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Soccer Rules U6/U8/Winter FAQ

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Soccer Rules (U6/U8/Winter) - FAQ  

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---Soccer Rules (U6/U8/Winter) FAQ Index---

WHERE ARE GOAL KICKS TAKEN IN U6/8?


Goal Kicks are taken anywhere along the goal line except in the area inside the Goal Arc. They may be taken on either side of the goal regardless of where the ball crossed the goal line.

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IS IT EVER CORRECT TO RESTART PLAY FROM WITHIN THE GOAL ARC?


No, play may never be restarted from on or within the Arc. It would be unfair because the player making the restart (e.g. a Goal Kick) would be in immediate danger of committing a Goal Area Violation if the ball is played back to him or her.

For the same reason dropped balls and free kicks should never be taken closer than one yard from the Goal Arc. Defending players may stand just outside the Arc on free kicks even if that puts them closer than the required distance from the ball.

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WHAT SYSTEM OF CONTROL IS USED IN U6/8?


In U6 we use one referee per field, and referees do there own teams game. That means each team needs one referee at each game.

In U8 we use the dual referee system, which is the same system we use in U9, U10 and at all age levels in Winter Soccer. Each team needs two referees at each game.

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IS THERE ANY CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE JEWELRY IS PERMITTED?


Jewelry, earrings and studs are not allowed under any circumstances. Medical alert bracelets may be worn, but must not be dangling in a dangerous manner. If they are taped the alert message must still be clearly visible.

While referees have some lattitude in determining the safety of certain items, e.g. soft hair bands or bows which might be considered as jewelry, they do not have any discretion concerning earrings and other jewelry that is worn in a clearly visible body piercing. These items are strictly forbidden, and must be removed.

Referees and coaches that knowingly allow players to violate this policy may face disiplinary action and increase their personal legal liability in case of accident.

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