Youth Soccer Rules & Guidelines
Soccer Officiating Ages 8-12
Sometimes in the heat of competition, it’s hard for everyone to remember why we are at the youth soccer fields. Contrary to many opinions, it is not to win a soccer game. The purpose of our soccer program is to instill in our youth the ideals of good sportsmanship, fair play, and honesty for the betterment of their physical and social well being through soccer.
Whether we know it or not, we are role models for every player on our fields. Our actions or reactions to events will become their model of action for other events in their lives, as well. We believe that all players on the field deserve our praise and applause whether they are on your child's team or not. Good play should be rewarded with cheers from all that are watching. Players should never be taunted or yelled at for making a mistake during the course of a game by a coach, parent or any other player.
Referees should also never be yelled at or confronted by a coach, parent or player. The referees are on the field because they love the game and enjoy teaching/interacting with all of our soccer playing youth. So many of the soccer rules are based on the opinion of the referee at the time of the infraction - what they see may not be what you see, but you must respect their judgment.
Know the Game!
Hand Ball, you say?!?
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