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09 April 2013 | southernsixes

Overview of the League Rules and Code of Conduct as agreed too by all the coaches at the meeting on the 23rd February 2013 at Kenilworth.


U/7 & U/10 Rules for The League

Each team to have up to (9) NINE PLAYERS (6 on the pitch and 3 substitutes)

1. Roving substitutions / during break in play or stoppage.

2a. The Under 7 match will consist of three (3) periods of ten (10) minutes. Each with a three (3) minute interval between periods.

2b. The Under 10 match will consist of two (2) periods of fifteen (15) minutes with a five (5) minute interval between periods.

3. Size three (3) ball to be used for U/7 and size four (4) ball to be used for U/10.

4. Start the game in the middle of the field and when a goal is scored.

5. Where the ball goes out, throw-ins will take place.

6. A penalty awarded within the goal area shall be taken 6 m from the goal line.

7. A goalkeeper can kick or throw the ball back into play.

8. The goalkeeper can play as a sweeper as well.

9. No off-side rule in the game, but players must be made aware of the off-side rule to avoid camping in front of the opponents goal.

10. Full corners opponents to be three (3) meters away.

11. No goals can be scored directly from a indirect free-kick.

12. Coaches and managers NOT ALLOWED ON the field of play.

Suggested Field markings

A. 30m X 40m for U/10 and U/7 minimum halfway spot and penalty area to be
lined if possible

B. Hockey goals or similar goals to be used.

C. Halfway line and penalty area to be lined, if practical.


Emphasis must be on creativity and enjoyment.

All clubs U/7 an U/10 managers and coaches should stick to the above rules only and not make their own.


The code of conduct is intended to improve RESPECT amongst players, coaches, team managers, club officials, match officials, spectators and parents.

Code of Conduct: Players

It is important everyone behaves themselves when playing football.

When playing football, I will:

Always do my best, even if were losing or the other team is stronger
Play fairly - I wont cheat, complain or waste time
Never be rude to my team-mates, the other team, the referee, spectators or my coach/team manager
Do what the referee tells me
Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
Listen to my coach/team manager and respect what he/she says
Talk to someone I trust, for example my parents or the club officials if Im unhappy about anything at my club.

Code of Conduct: Spectators and Parents/ Carers

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

I will:

Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectator Area (where provided)
Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
Always respect the match officials decisions
Applaud effort and good play as well as success
In addition, when attending youth games I will:
Remember that children play for FUN
Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials
Never criticise a player for making a mistake -mistakes are part of learning

Code of Conduct: Coaches, Team Managers and officials

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

I will:

Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
Adhere to the Laws of the Game
Display and promote high standards of behaviour
Always respect the match officials decisions
Never enter the field of play without the referees permission
Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

When working with players, I will:

Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
Ensure the parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
Refrain from, and refuse to tolerate any form of bullying
Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players ability level, experience, age and maturity
Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each players best interests

Code of Conduct: Match Officials

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game - both on the pitch and on the sidelines.

When officiating I will:

Be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of the teams, players or team officials involved in the match
Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently
Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner
Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct
Not tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials
Support my match official colleagues at all times
Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game
Communicate with the players and encourage fair play
Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains
Prepare physically and mentally for every match
Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games which I officiate

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