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Rainbow Soccer-Chapel Hill United League Rules

Note from Rainbow Staff:

At the recreational soccer level, players value enjoyment while playing more than anything else. As a coach, player, or parent, please make sure to act within the Rainbow Spirit while at the fields. Encourage players to try new things and applaud hard work. We play small-sided games to allow players maximum opportunities to touch the ball and find success.

 

  1. General Rules

 

  • Game/Practice Cancellations:

      Cancellations due to inclement weather or poor field conditions will be posted on the Rainbow Soccer Weather Hotline and on the Rainbow website, www.rainbowsoccer.org at least one hour* before the start of the scheduled game/practice.

      *Note: Some of our fields are managed by Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation and therefore we must wait for their decision before updating the hotline and website.

 

  1. Ball Size

 

Age Group

Ball Size

Under-5, Under-6, Under-7

3

Under-8

4

Under-10

4

Under-12

4

Under-15

5

 

  • Game balls must be provided by the “Home” team. The referee has final authority on which ball(s) is used in the game.

 

  1. Number of Players

Age Group

Players

Goalkeeper

Under-5

4v4

No

Under-6

4v4

No

Under-7 4v4 No

Under-8

7v7

Yes

Under-10

7v7

Yes

Under-12 9v9 Yes

Under-15

9v9

Yes

Adults 11v11 Yes
 
  • Substitutions will be allowed at any stoppage in play except for corner kicks and are unlimited. Players must enter and leave the field at the halfway line. The referee must be notified of the substitution before the player can enter the field.
  • Each player WILL play a minimum of 50% of the game.  No player may play as the goalkeeper for more than half the game.

 

  1. Game Length

 

Age Group

Game Length

Breaks

Halftime

Under-5

4x8 min

4 minutes

N/A

Under-6

4x8 min

4 minutes

N/A

Under-7 4x8 min  4 minutes N/A

Under-8

2x25 min

N/A

5 minutes

Under-10

2x25 min

N/A

5 minutes

Under-12 2x30 min N/A 5 minutes

Under-15

2x30 min

N/A

5 minutes

 

 

  • All games will be started according to their scheduled game time by the referee. Any delay in start time may be taken off the first period’s time.
  • No overtime periods will be played and games may end in a tie.
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to have the team ready to play by the scheduled start time.

 

  1. Offside

Age Group

Offside

Under-5

No

Under-6

No

Under-7 No

Under-8

Yes

Under-10

Yes

Under-12 Yes

Under-15

Yes

 

  • Coaches should teach/introduce the offside rule to their teams regardless of it’s called or not in games

 

  1. Fouls and Misconduct
  • In the Under-8 and Under-10 age groups, Goalkeepers are not allowed to punt the ball across the halfway line in the air. The ball must hit the ground in their defending half first.  If this occurs the opposing team is given an indirect free kick at the halfway line where the ball crossed.
  • In the Under-8 and Under-10 age groups, the defending team must be behind the midfield line on goal kicks. Once the ball is played they may enter the half.
  • NO HEADING the ball intentionally from u12 and younger. In the event of an intentional header the opposing team shall be awarded a indirect free kick from the spot of the foul including inside the penalty box. This rule is in accordance with US Youth Soccer initiatives for player safety.

 

  1. Free Kicks
  • All free kicks are direct with the exception of a punt crossing the halfway line in the air and an intentional header. Opponents must remain 8 yards away from the ball until it has been played.

 

  1. Penalty Kicks

Age Group

Penalty Kick

Distance from Goal

Under-5, Under-6, Under-7

No

n/a

Under-8, Under-10

Yes

8 yards

Under-12, Under-15

Yes

10 yards

 
  • All players other than the goalie and player taking the penalty must remain outside the penalty box until the ball has been kicked. Once it has been kicked the play is live.

Additional Rules and Guidelines

  • There will be no scores and standings kept except during the festival and tournament games. Coaches are asked to manage the game score in a responsible manner by putting restrictions on how their team can score when a game might get lopsided. Continuing to run-up scores will lead to roster changes or removal from Rainbow Soccer as decided upon by the league director.
  • Opposing coaches, players, and parents should shake hands after each match.
  • Parents, coaches, non-participating players, and other spectators should be there to enjoy and encourage the activity of the players. Players at this age will not process instructions quickly during game play. The fewer directions they receive during games the more they will enjoy and learn the game. Please do not coach from the sidelines as a spectator.
  • No alcoholic beverages or tobacco products will be allowed or consumed near the playing area.
  • No pets will be allowed on the playing fields.