Recreation Rules


2022/2023 CSA One Page Rules and Policy Guide For Recreation Soccer

  • No pets allowed at practices and/or games Except Sight Assist and approved Service Dogs.

  • Uniforms - CSA Recreation Uniforms are mandatory for games. Home Team will wear the yellow jersey, Visiting Team will wear the black jersey. Players should always bring both jerseys to every game. Shin guards are required.

  • Spectators must be on opposite side of field directly across from their team. Both teams separated by midfield.

  • No coaching from spectator side, this includes parents, family, friends, etc.

  • During a game, the coaching technical area is from the top of the goal box to midfield unless advised otherwise by the referee. Coaches may not cross midfield.

  • Two coaches per team maximum on team sideline during games. No parent/guardian, family, or friends on team side.

  • No coaches and/or spectators from corner to penalty box line or behind the goal.

  • Spectators must stay at least 6 feet off touchline.

  • Coaches must stay at least 3 feet from touchline.

  • Coaches and/or spectators are not allowed on field. Only coaches with referee permission or request.

  • Coaches are responsible for all spectator behavior. Referees will not restart a game until coach has addressed Issues.

  • The referee controls the game. The referee has the final say. They can and will send-off coaches and spectators.

  • Substitutions are allowed on any stoppage with referee permission.

U5/U6 (NO GK) (2018/2017) (4) 8 minute quarters 2-3 minutes each quarter 3 4 2 NO
U7/U8 (2016/2015) (4) 12 minute quarters 2-3 minutes each quarter 3 5 4 NO
U9/U10 (2014/2013) (2) 25 minute halves 5 - 10 minutes 4 7 5 YES
U11/U12 (2012/2011) (2) 30 minute halves 10 minutes 4 9 6 YES
U13/U14 (2010/2009) (2) 35 minute halves 10 minutes 5 11 7 YES
U15+/HS (2008-2004) (2) 40 minute halves 10 minutes 5 11 7 YES
  • U5/U6 - Do not play with a goalkeeper. No players allowed in Goal Arc or "Camping Out" near Goal Arc. All player on field must be actively participating in ball play.

  • U5-U8 will receive second chance to thrown in if Referee allows.

  • U5-U8 does not have "Offside".

  • U7-U10 age groups will play with buildout lines.


    The build out line is equidistant between the top of the goal box/penalty area and the halfway line. If no line is painted on the field, the ref must mark the field with cones or pennies along the side line on each half of the field. When the goalkeeper has the ball in their hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play.

    Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the six second count can begin and the goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed). After the ball is released from the goalkeeper’s possession and put into play, the opposing team may cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. During a goal kick the opposing team must also move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded and should be taken on the goal area/penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

    In the U10 age group, the build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

    Videos that explain buildout lines can be found here and

  • No heading in U12 and below.

  • No slide tackling in any age group, including U19.

  • Defensive Player touching = PK

  • Attacking Player Touching = GK

  • All Player's play time during a game must equal at least half the game length (Some exceptions apply).

  • All age groups must report scores on website by the following Monday night after a game, including U5-U8.

    Coach of winning team will email in score. If there is a tie, both coaches should email in score. Please review "Lop-Sided Rule" in the policy manual regarding game score.

  • First Point Of Contact for coaches with questions or concerns is the Recreation Commissioner or Vice Commissioner..