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12U Guidelines


The Field:
The field size for 12U games is 70-80 yards long and 44-55 yards wide.

The Markings:
No change from Laws of the Game.

The Goals:
Goal size is 6.5 feet high x 18.5 feet wide. (Max size - 7 feet high x 21 feet wide).

The Ball:
A size 4 ball is used for U-12 games.

The Players:

  • Numbers: Nine per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper. 12 maximum on roster.
  • Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.
  • Playing Time: Minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three.
  • Teams: Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play.

Player Equipment:
Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soft-cleated soccer shoes or tennis shoes.

Duration of Game:
Four 15-minute periods. Halftime break of 5 - 10 minutes. No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game Printed for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

Referee:
The referee must be a certified regional referee or above.

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