Rainbow Soccer-Chapel Hill United League Rules

UPDATED September 2018

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.

i. General Rules

 

- Except where specifically altered in this document, games will be played according to the FIFA Laws of the Game.

 

- 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.

 

ii. Ball Size

 

Size 3 - Under-5, Under-6, and Under-7

Size 4 - Under-8, Under-10, and Under-12

Size 5 - Under-15

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

 

iii. 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

 

- Under-8 through Under-15 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.

 

- In the Under-5, Under-6, and Under-7 age groups free substitutions are allowed. Coaches are not required to wait for a break in play to substitute players into the game. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that the correct number of players are on the field. Players coming off the field must be off before the substitute goes onto the field.

 

- Each player WILL play a minimum of 50% of the game unless there is an injury or disciplinary situation.  No player may play as the goalkeeper for more than half the game with the exception of the u12 and u15 age groups.

 

iv. Game Length

Age Group

Game Length

Quarter 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 minute halves

N/A

5 minutes

Under-10

2x25 minute halves

N/A

5 minutes

Under-12

2x30 minute halves

N/A

5 minutes

Under-15

2x30 minute halves

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.

- The Under-5, Under-6, and Under-7 age groups do not have a referee and games will be organized by the coaches. Teams have an hour block in which to get their teams organized, warmed-up, and play the game.

- 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.

 

v. Offside

 

- Offside will only be called in the Under-8 through Under-15 age groups. There is NO offside for Under-5, Under-6, and Under-7 games.

- Rainbow Soccer and its programs only use a 1 referee system meaning the offside call is at the discretion of the referee.

- If offside is called the result is an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the spot of the offense.

 

 

vi. Rainbow Soccer Adjusted Fouls and Misconduct for Small-Sided Games

 

- NO PUNTING in the Under-8 and Under-10 age groups. The result of a punt will be an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the spot of the infraction.

- NO HEADING of the ball in the Under-5, Under-6, Under-7, Under-8, Under-10, and Under-12 age groups. If a player deliberately heads the ball the result is an indirect free kick at the spot of the foul for the opposing team.

- BUILD-OUT LINE in effect for the Under-8 and Under-10 age groups. When the goalkeeper is in possession of the ball during play or a goal kick is being taken the defending team must drop behind the BUILD-OUT LINE. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate (punting and drop kicks are not allowed). Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes. Referee can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate.

 

vii. Free Kicks

 

- All free kicks are direct with the exception of a punt, deliberate heading, offside, and a build out line infraction.  Opponents must remain 8 yards away from the ball until it has been played.

 

viii. Penalty Kicks

 

- Penalty Kicks will only be taken in the Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, and Under-15 age groups if there is a foul inside the penalty area.

- 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.  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.
  • Team Members and Spectators should sit at least 6 feet from the sideline to allow for safety of the players on the field and space for throw-ins. Team Members should be on one side of the field and spectators should be on the other sideline.
  • 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.