Playing Rules


NMYSA Rules and Policies Regarding the US Soccer Federation
Concussion and Player Development Initiatives

The US Soccer Federation Board of Directors recently approved a “Small Sided Soccer” and “Birth Year” registration mandate.  This 2016-17 best practices and 2017-2018 mandate applies to all USSF members, AYSO, US Club, SAY and US Youth Soccer.  For more information,please see the below initiatives along with the FAQs.

US Soccer's Webpage on Player Development Initiatives 

Statement from NMYSA on the New Rules

NMYSA's 2016 Game Formats & Age Groups Chart 

More information on Implementing the Build Out Line

US Soccer Statement on Heading in Games

Field Dimensions & Marking for Small-Sided Games

US Soccer Minor Player Application Guide for international clearance

U6 Laws of the Game

U8 Laws of the Game

U10 Laws of the Game

U12 Laws of the Game


Below is a video (9 mins) on the implementation of the new 7v7 (U9 and U10) playing rules and the implications for coaches. 

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