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Revised: March 2014

All rules and interpretations will be covered under the Kansas Youth Soccer with the following emphasis and exceptions listed below. The Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department sets the rules and reserves the right to interpret the rules in the best interest of the Bonner Springs Park and Recreation Soccer League.

Purpose of the BSPR youth soccer league: The goal of the BSPR Youth Sports Soccer Program focuses on fundamental skills, fun, participation, and social interaction throughout practice and organized games. The BSPR sports programs are designed to provide opportunities and participation to all, regardless of skill or ability. We wish to provide youth with a FUN learning experience and the opportunity to develop lifetime leisure skills.

1. Roster - each team shall consist of a maximum of 10 players. 
    a. 6 Players are in the field of play 
        I. 6 on the field, 1 goalkeeper 
        ii. Must have minimum of 4 to start game 
        iii. Opposing team must play with same amount of players
            
2. Organization 
    a. Leagues will be organized by the Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Age groups can be combined by Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department if number of teams permits. Leagues will be organized as follows: 
    b. Age Cutoff: soccer age will be determined as of July 31 of current year.
Example: if a player is 6 years old after July 31 of the current year that player will be considered a 6U player for the season. If a player is 7 years old prior and/or on Sept. 1 of the current year that player will be considered an 8U player for the season.

3. Game 
    a. Each game shall consist of two 20 minute halves, with a 5 minute break for half time. 
    b. Game ball is regulation size 4 
    c. Goal size is 6.5 x 18 
    d. Field size will be 55 x 35 

4. Playing Time 
    a. Each team will begin the game with six players. 
    b. Players should be given 15 minutes of playing time.

5. Substitutes 
    a. Player substitutions can only be made when the ball is not in play, and are unlimited. 
        i. During half time 
        ii. When the ball is out of play, the possessing side can initiate a substitution, at which point the opposing team may also substitute. 
        iii. In the event of an injured player, a substitution may occur. 
        iv. Substitution cannot be made “on the fly” while the ball is in play. 
        v. Goalkeepers may be substituted in the event of injury to the existing goalkeeper, at the 10 minute mark of each half, or at half time. 
    b. Substituting coach must advise the referee of the pending substitution. 
        i. Referee must acknowledge and approve the substitution before it occurs.

6. Goalkeepers 
    a. Goalkeepers are only allowed to handle the ball in their own penalty area. 
    b. A goalkeeper may leave his goal area at anytime. However, the goalkeeper is not permitted to handle the ball while outside their team’s penalty area. If a goalkeeper handles the ball outside of his own area, the resulting play is an indirect free kick.

7. Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks 
    a. In the event of a foul, the referee should stop play and award a free kick. 
    b. All Free Kicks will be indirect. In the event of a goal being scored, the ball must have touched another player of either team for it to be allowed. 
        i. The referee is classed as part of the field, an indirect free kick which goes into the goal after only making contact with the referee will result in a goal kick. 
    c. Fouls committed in the penalty area will not result in a penalty spot kick. The referee will place the ball at the nearest spot outside the area and award an indirect free kick 
    d. The defending team players must be 5 yards from the ball when the free kick is taken. 
    e. For all fouls, the referee will briefly advise the player what they done to concede the foul.

8. Throw-Ins 
    a. If the ball goes out of bounds on the sidelines a throw in will be awarded to the opposing team. 
    b. The ball must go completely over the line to be ruled out of bounds. 
    c. The throw in must be taken correctly, ball thrown in over the head, and at the point of the throw, both feet must be on or behind the sideline and on the ground. One foot must be firmly planted to the ground; the 2nd foot can be trailing as long as one part of the foot is touching the ground. 
    d. In the event of a foul throw, the attacking team will have a second chance at taking the throw, if a foul throw occurs a second time, the throw in will be awarded to the opposing team.

9. Corner Kicks 
    a. Corner kicks will be awarded when the ball crosses the touchline of the defending team, and the defending team was the last to touch the ball. 
    b. In the event of a goal, the ball must have touched another player of either team for the goal to be awarded. 
    c. If the ball enters the goal without touching another player a goal kick will be awarded. 
        i. The referee is classed as part of the field, a ball going directly into the goal after only making contact with the referee will result in a goal kick.

10. Goal Kicks 
    a. When the ball crosses the touchline a goal kick will be awarded. 
    b. The goal kick can be taken from anywhere on the touchline. 
    c. When a goal kick is taken all opposing team players must be outside the goal area. 

11. Referees 
    a. There is one referee for all U8 Soccer games.

12. Offside 
    a. U8 will not play the offside rule. 
        i. It is recommended that players are encouraged to play and not just hang around the goal waiting for a pass down field.

13. Safety 
    a. Players are required to wear shin guards at all games. This is a mandatory requirement. Socks must cover shin guards completely. 
    b. No jewelry will be permitted, this includes, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc… Tape cannot be used to cover up jewelry. 
    c. Hair ties should be bands only 
    d. Casts on limbs are not permitted. 
    e. In the event of the coach believing a player maybe seriously injured, he/she will stop the game and call over the appropriate coach, and contact the field supervisor if necessary. 
    f. Footwear: Players must wear shoes with cleats. 
        i. Cleats must be entirely made of rubber 
        ii. Toe cleats are not permitted. 
        iii. Coaches will check all footwear to ensure it complies. 
    g. No slide talking allowed

14. Sportsmanship 
    a. After each game both teams must line up and shake hands with the opposing team, coaches and referees.

15. Uniforms 
    a. All players are required to wear Soccer uniforms 
    b. Soccer socks must cover the entire length of the shin-guard 
    c. Soccer shirts must be tucked into the shorts for the duration of the game, and must be the top layer of clothing. 
    d. Shorts maybe replaced with sweat pants in the event of cold weather 
    e. Shin guards must still be worn underneath sweat pants, and the socks are still required to cover the shin guard

16. Forfeit 
    a. Teams are encouraged to lend players to team in need. 
    b. It is recommended in the event of a forfeit, that coaches for both teams get together and play an exhibition game against the players.

17. Schedules 
    a. Game schedules will be available no later than 1 week prior to start of the season.

18. Coaches 
    a. All coaches are responsible to pass a national background check

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