Playing Rules

NMYSA Playing Rules and Policies

NMYSA Return to Activity Modification options for COVID-19

New Mexico Youth Soccer Association in conjunction with US Youth Soccer and US Soccer are all working towards the full return of play. However, due to current State restrictions, modifications to game formats may be an option for our member affiliate leagues once we can resume play. Below are sample playing rules that can be used and modified for games of 3v3, 5v5, etc. should you choose to use modified formats or if restrictions require modified formats.

Note: Returning to play is a personal choice for the parents/players, coaches, referees and administrators. Leagues and clubs must ensure that there are no negative consequences to those that choose not to participate in activity.

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications Presentation 

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications 3v3

NMYSA Return to Activity Modifications 5v5


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 Player Development Initiatives 

Statement from NMYSA on the New Rules

NMYSA's 2018 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 (Including the use of the buildout line). 

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