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U11 Age Groups and Younger – Deliberately Heading the Ball


New Jersey and U.S Youth Soccer has adopted a policy of NO HEADING in games or practices for U11 teams and below and for 10 year old players and younger playing up. Players in U11 and younger age groups my not deliberately head the ball in soccer matches. The Sussex County Youth League no longer extends this no heading policy into the U12 age group. Because our teams are grouped in 2 year age brackets. With all U11 players being placed in the U12 division there will be players in the U12 teams banned from heading. Coaches may instruct age eligible players in heading and allow them to use it in game situations. They may not instruct or allow those under the age of 11 to use their head. This will be up to the coaches to police , referees will be instructed to allow heading in these games but will not be able to enforce the age requirement, it is up to the coaches to make sure these guidelines are followed. Heading is allowed by all in the U15 age group.
•If a player deliberately heads the ball and the ball remains in play, the referee will immediately stop play and restart with an indirect free kick as per Law 13.
• If a player deliberately heads the ball and the ball immediately goes out of play, the
referee will restart in accordance as to how the ball went out of play (throw-in, goal kick, corner kick)
• If a player is inadvertently struck in the head with the ball, there is no rule  infraction.
However, if the referee deems the player to be injured the referee will immediately stop play, have the player removed and restart with a drop ball.
Game Cancellations
All game cancellations need to go through our designated referee contact. No one is to contact the referee Assignor directly. If you need to cancel your game for any reason your first call is to our referee contact who will arrange for the referee cancellation , we will be charged if a referee shows up to a game that has been cancelled. If you need to cancel or reschedule a game you need to contact your opposing coach to let them know and make arrangements if possible to make it up. If the game in question is your home game The referee is your responsibility Once arrangements have been made for a make up you then need to call the contact and they will make and confirm with you that a referee will be there. This should be done as early in the week as possible as the referees are assigned for Saturday on Wednesday. This is only your responsibility with Home games , away games are taken care of by the other team. Our current referee contact is Luke Sayner his Phone number is 8622669676

Rain Cancellations

Rain cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the game. If it looks like rain on Friday night you may cancel then. If you wish to wait till Saturday morning you must call and cancel 2 hours before your scheduled start. Games can be played in the rain it is up to you whether or not you wish to play. In the event that one of the towns closes their fields you will be notified by email.

Game Length
U6 will play Four 8 minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between quarters.

U8 will play three 15 minute periods with a five minute break between periods.
U10 will play two 25 minute halves with a ten minute break between halves.
U12 will play two 30 minute halves with a ten minute break between halves.
U15 will play two 35 minute halves with a ten minute break between halves.
Due to our schedule constraints there will be no grace period for the starting of games. Encourage your players to be at the field at least 20 minutes before game time.

Team Size and Ball Size

  1. A team must field the minimum numbers of players from the team roster to play an official game.
    DivisionNo. of Players Goalie
    Ball Size
  2. In the event that a team plays with less than a full compliment of players, the opposing team may field an equal number of players. Players may be shared between teams in order to have all children play a fair amount of time. Fair and even play should prevail.
  3. As additional players arrive, they may be added to the game at proper times for substitutions. The coach of the team(s) that is(are) inserting latecomers must make sure that the referee and opposing coach know that they are adding players. The opposing coach will then add the appropriate number of players during the same stoppage of play.
  4. All players should play a minimum of one half the game, regardless of skill level or attendance record at team practices.  All players should receive equal playing time over the course of the season.   If players are recruited to play on a team due to a shortfall at the beginning of the game, those players must be removed when additional players arrive at the game. Coaches will not keep players from another team on the field or use them as substitutes when they have reached the full complement for their age group, or the same number of players as the opposing team for that game.
  5. In the event that a team cannot field the minimum number of players the coaches should then divide the players from both teams into two teams so that they can play an informal game. Do not penalize the players who have come expecting to play a game. You may recruit others, but you cannot recruit players who are not registered with Newton United or who are older than the age group of the game. For example. You may recruit a U6 player for a U8 game, but not a U10 player. No Travel players are allowed to play on any recreation teams.

  6. Substitutions

    1. The referee must be notified and give approval prior to any substitution.
    2. Substitutions are permitted on throw-ins by the team gaining ball possession. If the team gaining possession makes substitutions before its throw-in, the opposing team may also make substitutions at that time.
    3. Substitutions are permitted by either team before most restarts, i.e. goal kicks, penalty kicks, and other direct free kicks and on kick-offs following goals. Substitutions are not allowed on corner kicks.
    4. A substitution is permitted when play is stopped for an injury; but that substitution is limited to replacing the injured player only. Play will be stopped when a player is injured regardless of which team has the advantage of the play, at the time of the injury. The referee will put the ball back in play after the injured player has been attended to and substitution has or has not been made.

    Goal Kicks

    1. On a goal kick, the ball must clear the Penalty Area before it is played again by anyone from either team. If the ball is played before leaving the Penalty Area, a re-kick will be awarded. If repeated infractions of this rule prevent a prompt resumption of play, an indirect free kick may be awarded at the point of the illegal touch.
    2. U8 players may kick the ball from the top of the goal box. Field payers must remain behind the midfield line until after the ball is kicked. Goalie punting is not permitted.
    3. U10 players must kick the ball from the inner goal box. Players from the opposing team must stand outside the build out line until the goalkeeper puts the ball into play. Goalie punting is not permitted.
    4. Once the ball is placed by the kicking team, it may not be moved to another location.

    Build Out Line (U10)

    1. This Rule is intended for “fair play” and to promote playing out of the back.
    2. There will be no punts or drop kicks made by the goalkeeper. If the keeper punts or drop kicks the ball, then the referee is to stop play and restart at the spot on the ground where the keeper punted it originally and with the opponents behind the build out line. This rule will be treated like a free kick.
    3. Goalkeepers will only be able to throw the ball, or place it on the ground and kick it. When placed on the ground, the ball cannot be moving.
    4. The first pass has to be to a teammate inside the Build Out Line.
    5. Opponents must stay behind the build out line until the 2nd person plays the ball.
    6. Like a free kick, the goalkeeper has the option of waiting for the opponents to be behind the Build Out Line, or take a quick re-start. There is no consequence to any player if the ball is lost after a quick re-start is played.
    7. Goal Kicks are subject to the Build Out Line Rules.

Goalkeeper Punts (U11 & U12): The goalkeeper may punt the ball from his/her own area into the oppositions side of the field. But, the ball cannot travel through the air and into the opposition’s penalty area. If this happens then it will be restarted as an indirect free kick, with the ball placed parallel on the mid field line closest to the point in which the ball traveled over the mid field line and into the penalty area. The punt may bounce on the ground, or off of another player, before entering the opposing penalty area and this is ok.

Corner Kicks

  1. All divisions will take corner kicks from the three-foot arcs at the regular corners.


  1. Coaches must instruct players in appropriate throw-in techniques. Both feet must be on the ground when the ball is released, with the player out of bounds. Opposing players must give the player 2 yards clear space to throw-in the ball.
  2. Allowances will be made for instructional purposes during the game as follows:
    1. U6 players:  Unlimited attempts at throws. Possession will not pass to the opposing team for incorrect throw-ins.
    2. U8 and U10 players: 2 attempts at throws. Possession will not pass to the opposing team for first incorrect throw-in.
    3. U12-U15 players Possession changes for improperly executed throw-ins. No grace period.


  1. The key to off-side is the position of the players when the ball is passed forward.
  2. A player is in an off-side position when that player receiving the pass is ahead of the ball and there are fewer than 2 defenders (one defender may be the goalie) between the ball and the goal. Off-side position includes the player's head, body, or feet, not their arms.
  3. Off-side is called when a player is in an off-side position at the moment the ball is passed forward to the player by a teammate.
  4. A player may be in an off-side position when the ball is played forward, and yet not to be called for an off-side infraction if, in the judgment of the referee, the player did not affect the course of the play. Example: Left wing is playing close to the sideline, with only the goalie between him/her and the goal. The center forward captures the ball, takes a long shot and scores directly. Goal is good; no off-sides should be called.
  5. There is never an off-side call on a throw-in regardless of the attacking player's positions; nor is off-side called on the initial kick of a corner kick, or whenever the team in possession of the ball is in its own (defensive) half of the field. Also, off-side is not called if a player receives a ball that was last played by an opponent.
    1. U6 and U8 players: Off-side will not be called.
    2. U10-U15 players: Off-sides will be called.


  1. The goalie must wear a jersey that contrasts in color from both teams. Pinneys are fine.
  2. Once the goalie gains control of the ball all opposing players must allow the goalie to clear the ball.
  3. The goalie may take as many steps as desired within the penalty area to clear the ball. If the goalie carries the ball over the line, then the opposing team will gain possession as follows with a direct kick from the point where the goalie left the box carrying the ball. A direct kick is NOT a penalty kick. Players from the defending team may form a wall between the offensive player and the goal to help stop the ball from going into the goal for a score.
  4. If the goalie places the ball on the ground, it cannot be picked up again until it has been played by another player. If the goalie does pick it up, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
  5. The goalie may not play a ball with their hands that was intentionally passed by a teammate with any part of the body except the head. The goalie may receive throw-ins and headers from teammates and play those balls with their hands. Any pass to the goalie may be played with the goalies feet without penalty. The penalty for a pass back to the goalie is an indirect free kick from the place of the touch.

Fouls in the Penalty Box

U6 and U8: Indirect free kick from the point in infraction. The ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored.

U10: When a foul in the penalty box is called on a defending player, a direct free kick will be awarded to the opposing team from outside the penalty box, not from the point of infraction. A foul by the attacking team will result in a free kick for the defending team from the point of the foul.

U12-U15: When a foul in the penalty box is called on a defending player, a penalty shot will be awarded to the fouled player. A foul by the attacking team will result in a free kick for the defending team from the point of the foul.

If the player taking the penalty kick infringes the Laws of the Game, or a teammate of the player taking the kick enters the penalty area before it strikes the goalie or goal, the following should take place: If the ball does not enter the goal, the referee stops play and restarts the match with an indirect free kick to the defending team from the spot of the foul. A kick into the net would result in a no goal, and restart with a goal kick for the defending team.

If the goalkeeper or a teammate of the goalie infringes the Laws of the Game the following should take place: if the ball enters the net the goal is awarded. If the ball does not enter the net the kick is retaken.

If players from both teams infringe the Laws of the Game the kick is retaken.

Field Status

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Andover Subacute (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Evergreen Park (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Newton Turf Field (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Memory Park (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Newton park and ride (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Pine St Park (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Andover Boro Field (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)

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Florence M Burd School (09:21 AM | 02/06/21)