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.
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
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).