Regional Rules and Information

For All Divisions

  • The games end on time. "On time" is 5 minutes before the next game starts. No Exceptions!
  • Home team is the first team on the schedule.
  • Home team provides the referee.
    1. If the home team does not have a referee, the visiting team's referee is expected to cover the game.
    2. If the visiting team does not have a referee, the home team is responsible for finding one.
  • Each referee is responsible for finding his/her own substitute.
  • Concession stand workers are responsible for concessions only. If you have any question,s please direct them to a Board Member. Board Members commonly wear blue AYSO Board shirts while at the soccer complex.

Referee, Safety and Pre-Game Inspection

  1. No jewelry is allowed on any part of the body... ALL jewelry must be removed. No "taping" of jewelry is allowed.
  2. Shin guards are mandatory for all practices and games. Socks must completely cover the shin guards.
  3. Soft hair ties only (nothing hanging or loose). No metal barrettes or hairclips.
  4. Shorts may extend below the bottom of the uniform if they are the same color.
  5. Medical bracelets may be taped (recommend removal, give to an parent or coach).
  6. Sports straps for glasses are not required but recommended.
  7. Mouth guards for players with braces is strongly recommended.
  8. Inspect shoes, only soccer spikes or tennis shoes allowed. No toe cleats.
  9. First referee will inspect the field and net before the game begins.
  10. If a player is injured, the coach will be allowed onto the field. All players are to kneel and wait for further instruction. Referees should stop play immediately.
  11. Parent, Guardian, or ambulance attendant are the only people allowed to transport a player for medical care. Coaches and referees may not.
  12. Players are not allowed to wear hard cast or any type of metal splint. Any knee braces with exposed metal must have the metal covered. The referee on the field will decide.
  13. Special request/circumstances need to be reviewed and approved by the AYSO Board.

Coaches

You are required to have Player registration forms at ALL practices and games. These are in your coaches packets along with your rosters. At all times, absolutely:

Inclement Weather

Weather cancellations run through two different parties:

  1. The DSA (Dubuque Soccer Alliance) makes their call by 1:00 whether they permit games to be played on the Soccer Complex fields.
  2. AYSO makes a final call by 3:00 whether games should be allowed.

Check our website for the most up-to-date information. Our Facebook page will be the LAST website we update!

For additional information related to weather delays or cancellations, refer to our Weather Policies page.

Conduct

  1. Spectators and coaches are not allowed to yell at the referees or assistant referees before, during, or after the game. We respect our volunteer referees and are grateful that they are helping us out.
  2. Spectators must maintain a minimum of 3 feet from the touchline.
    • Assistant referees may stop the game if the spectators infringe into this area.
  3. Coaches leaving the team area during the game will receive a warning. Coaches leaving a second time will receive a verbal caution. Reminder: Referees and active Players are the only ones allowed on the field during the game.
  4. Players not currently playing in the game must stay in the team area with the coach.
  5. If a player is injured and needs immediate attention, signal the referee and/or coach. If a player becomes ill (heat exhaustion, upset stomach, etc) while playing, have the player sit down where he/she is and signal the referee and/or coach. The game will be stopped immediately.
  6. Any player issued a red card must attend his/her next two games but will not be allowed to play. A player may NOT play until he/she has attended two games without playing.
  7. A second red card to the same player, in the same season, will result in an AYSO Board review.
  8. Sportsmanship Rule: At the referee's discretion, if there is a game where a team is leading by 10 goals, the referee may stop the game, mix up the players across teams, put pennies on one team and restart play.

Absolutely:

  • No alcoholic beverages at games or practices.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • No smoking (including spectators at the games). This includes E-Cigarettes! Remember, we are a Kids Zone!
  • No pets of any kind at games or practices.

Rules of the Game

FIFA Laws apply, with the following exceptions:

Under 5

  • U05 games are 5:15-6:15. Girls and Boys both play on Wednesday on separate fields. Practice is scheduled the first 20 minutes of the game and lead by the U05 Master Coach. The official game will start at 5:45. The U05 division will be Jamboree style. Practices will be conducted by the Master Coach and games will be run by the Parent/Coach helpers.
  1. Throw-ins are not done in this Division. Consult the U05 Master coach for the alternative play.
  2. Kick-ins by the players may be done on the goal line, per discretion of the Referee or Coach.
  3. No penalty kicks.
  4. No red or yellow cards are given to players – time out used as necessary.
  5. 10 minute halves; four 5 minutes quarters.
  6. All kicks are direct.
  7. No goalkeepers.
  8. All players are attacking – this allows more scoring.
  9. No heading the ball.
  10. Substitution at quarter breaks only (Exception: injury).
  11. Size 3 soccer ball.
  12. 3 vs. 3 players.

Under 6

  • U06 games are at 5:30 and 6:45 on Thursday nights. Practice is scheduled the first 15 minutes of the game. Game starts per discretion of the coaches and referee.
  1. Throw-in law is not enforced but instruct player on correct procedure and allow a redo.
  2. No goal kicks – throw-in on sides per instruction of referee/coach.
  3. No penalty kicks.
  4. No red or yellow cards are given to players – time out used as necessary.
  5. 10 minute halves; four 5 minutes quarters.
  6. All kicks are direct.
  7. No goalkeepers.
  8. All players are attacking – this allows more scoring.
  9. No heading the ball: Attacking the ball and intentionally heading the ball results in an indirect free kick.
  10. Substitution at quarter breaks only (Exception: injury).
  11. Size 3 soccer ball.
  12. 3 vs. 3 players.

Under 8

  1. Goal Keeper changed at every quarter.
  2. All kicks are direct free kicks.
  3. One (1) redo for throw ins is permitted. If 2nd attempt fails, ball goes to other team.
  4. Blatant offside will be called. This will be RARELY called. Offsides will ONLY be called by the referees, not the coaches.
  5. 20 minute halves, 10 minute quarters.
  6. No slide tackling. A player leaving their feet and tackling the ball with an opponent within playing distance is dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  7. Coaches and Players on the opposite side of the field way from the spectators.
  8. No heading the ball – attacking the ball and intentionally heading it is dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  9. When Goal Keeper reaches for the ball and is within reasonable distance with the ball, the ball belongs to the goal keeper. A player may NOT kick the ball when goal keeper is about to pick it up. This can result in injury.
  10. Substitution at quarter break only (Exception: injury).
  11. Size 3 soccer ball.
  12. 7 vs. 7 players.

Under 10

  1. When Goal Keeper reaches for the ball and is within reasonable distance with the ball, the ball belongs to the goal keeper. A player may NOT kick the ball when goal keeper is about to pick it up. This can result in injury.
  2. Goal Keeper changed every half.
  3. 24 minute halves. No Quarter break (Exception: heat).
  4. Per discretion of the referee, a player may substitute on their team's throw-in, all goal kicks, or before kick-off. If the other team has substitution rights and is utilizing it, the other team may also substitute. All players who plan on substituting MUST be behind the touch line AT center line BEFORE the ball goes out.
  5. 5 minute half time.
  6. Goal Keeper may not be knocked down (in goal area). Unintentional foul – verbal warning. Intentional foul – escorted off the field.
  7. No slide tackling. A player leaving their feet and tackling the ball with an opponent within playing distance. Dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  8. Coaches and Players on the opposite side of the field away from spectators. Spectators and coaches/teams must be as far back as possible from the touch line. No one is permitted to be behind goal line (Exception: Photos. If you have a nice camera, watch for flying balls).
  9. No heading the ball – attacking the ball and intentionally heading it is dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  10. Size 4 soccer ball.
  11. 7 vs. 7 players.

Under 12

  1. Dead ball – Goal Keeper has ball in control.
  2. Goal Keeper starting the 2nd half must be different than the goalkeeper that ended the first half.
  3. 5 minute half time.
  4. 24 minute halves. No quarter break (Exception: heat).
  5. Per discretion of the referee, a player may substitute on their team's throw-in, all goal kicks, or before kick-off. If the other team has substitution rights and is utilizing it, the other team may also substitute. All players who plan on substituting MUST be behind the touch line AT center line BEFORE the ball goes out.
  6. No slide tackling. A player leaving their feet and tackling the ball with an opponent within playing distance. Dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  7. Coaches and Players on the opposite side of the field away from spectators. Spectators and coaches/teams must be as far back as possible from the touch line. No one is permitted to be behind goal line (Exception: Photos. If you have a nice camera, watch for flying balls).
  8. Size 4 soccer ball.
  9. 9 vs. 9 players.

Under 14

  1. Goal Keeper changes every half.
  2. 35 minutes halves. No quarter breaks (Exception: heat).
  3. Coaches and Players on the opposite side of the field away from spectators. Spectators and coaches/teams must be as far back as possible from the touch line. No one is permitted to be behind goal line (Exception: Photos. If you have a nice camera, watch for flying balls).
  4. Per discretion of the referee, a player may substitute on their team's throw-in, all goal kicks, or before kick-off. If the other team has substitution rights and is utilizing it, the other team may also substitute. All players who plan on substituting MUST be behind the touch line AT center line BEFORE the ball goes out.
  5. No slide tackling. A player leaving their feet and tackling the ball with an opponent within playing distance. Dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  6. No bicycle-kick or flip throw-ins allowed.
  7. Size 5 soccer ball.
  8. 11 vs. 11 players.

Under 19/High School

  1. Goal Keeper changes every half.
  2. 35 minutes halves. No quarter breaks (Exception: heat).
  3. Coaches and Players on the opposite side of the field away from spectators. Spectators and coaches/teams must be as far back as possible from the touch line. No one is permitted to be behind goal line (Exception: Photos. If you have a nice camera, watch for flying balls).
  4. Per discretion of the referee, a player may substitute on their team's throw-in, all goal kicks, or before kick-off. If the other team has substitution rights and is utilizing it, the other team may also substitute. All players who plan on substituting MUST be behind the touch line AT center line BEFORE the ball goes out.
  5. No slide tackling. A player leaving their feet and tackling the ball with an opponent within playing distance. Dangerous play – indirect free kick.
  6. No bicycle-kick or flip throw-ins allowed.
  7. Size 5 soccer ball.
  8. 11 vs. 11 players.

Very Important Player (VIP)

  1. VIP games are 6:15-7:15 on Tuesday nights. Practice is scheduled the first 20 minutes of the game. The official game will start at 6:35.
  2. Throw-in law is not enforced but instruct player on correct procedure and allow a redo.
  3. No goal kicks – throw-in on sides per instruction of referee/coach.
  4. No penalty kicks.
  5. No red or yellow cards are given to players – time out used as necessary.
  6. 10 minute halves; four 5 minutes quarters.
  7. All kicks are direct.
  8. No Goal Keepers.
  9. All players are attacking – this allows more scoring.
  10. No heading the ball: Attacking the ball and intentionally heading the ball results in an indirect free kick.
  11. Substitution at quarter breaks only (Exception: injury).
  12. Size 5 soccer ball.