Highlands Ranch Soccer Rules of Play

Our HRSA rules of play go as follows:

  • U6 – U7: The field of play should be rectangular with the length being a maximum or 40 yards and minimum of 30 yards. The width should be a maximum of 30 yards and minimum of 20 yards. The length in all cases shall not exceed the width.
  • U8: The field of play should be rectangular with the length being 55 yards. The width should be 35 yards. The length in all cases shall not exceed the width.
  • U9-U12: The field of play should be rectangular with the length being 80 yards. The width should be 50 yards. The length in all cases shall not exceed the width.
  • U13/Older: The field of play should be rectangular with the length being 100-110 yards. The width should be 60-70 yards. The length in all cases should not exceed the width.
  • U6 – U8: Size 3
  • U9 – U12: Size 4
  • U13 – older: Size 5
  • U6-U7: The game is played with 3 players of each team on the field. A maximum of 6 players on a roster. The game is played without a goalkeeper.
  • U8: The game is played with 5 players on each team (5 field players and goalkeeper). A maximum of 8 players on a roster.
  • U9-U10: The game is played with 7v7 players on each team (6 field players and goalkeeper). A maximum of 10 players on a roster.
  • U11-U14 The game is played with 9 players on each team (8 field players and goalkeeper). A maximum of 14 players on a roster.

All children must get at least 50% playing time. The goal is equal and equitable playing time, ideally one half to three quarters of each game.

For U6-U8, substitutions are allowed on any stoppage of play. This includes the following:

  1. When ball has gone out of play including goal kicks and corner kicks
  2. After a goal has been scored.
  3. Injury time outs

For U9/older, here are the instances when you can make a substitution:

  1. Your throw-in, or other team’s throw-in if they sub as well
  2. Any goal-kick
  3. Any kick-off (after goals are scored)
  4. Any injury

It is very important to be liberal with substitutions so all players get equal playing time.

Players are required to wear the official Highlands Ranch Soccer Association Uniform. For the safety of all players, names of individuals will not be permitted anywhere on the outside of the uniform.

Uniforms can be ordered online by following the link under the drop down menu “Uniforms” under the registration tab.
Description of official uniform: Blue or White jersey with HRSA logo, black shorts, White or black socks, shin guards, and footwear.

The home team wears the blue jersey and the visiting team wears the white jersey.

A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to another payer.

The following items are NOT permitted:

  1. Hair control devices with any hard parts
  2. Jewelry of any sort, including earrings of any kind regardless of covering.

The following items are CONDITIONALLY permitted:

  1. Religious medals or medical tags which are taped to the body
  2. Splints, casts, braces or other joint support devices that, on both coaches’ opinion are
    not dangerous or are padded with pliable materials to eliminate the dangerous condition.

Molded soccer cleats (recommended U7-older) or tennis shoes.

SHINGUARDS ARE MANDATORY and must be made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, polyurethane or similar substance), and socks must entirely cover the shin guards.

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U6 – U7: Opponents should be 5 yards from the center mark while kick-off is in process.

U8-U14: Opponents should be outside the center circle while kick-off is in process.

U6-U10, no scores shall be advertised. At all levels however, scores will be kept by the coaches and the team record will be reported to HRSA at the end of the game for flighting purposes only.

In an effort to promote a positive soccer experience, the HRSA staff flights age groups if possible.

Our objective is to place similarly skilled teams in the same divisions. Despite our best intentions, there will be games when two teams are not of equal level and ability.

It is the belief of HRSA that when there is a great disparity in the skill level of two teams during a game, the potential for a positive soccer experience may be diminished.

There is also the potential for negative player and parental feelings towards the game, opposing team and opposing coach. In the event that one team is dominating the game, the team which is losing has the option to add one extra player to the playing field.

This is to be called the ‘Good Sportsmanship Rule’. The intent of this rule is to create an environment that is both fun and challenging for both teams.

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