Rules U8

Field Size: Min. 25 x. 20 and Max. 35 x 30 yd field, with no goal box, no penalty box and no corner flags

Ball Size: Size three (3)

Number of Players: A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five (5) players per team, one of those players being a goalkeeper.

Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions, with the CONSENT OF THE REFEREE, may be made at the following times:

• Before a throw-in (by the throwing team)
• Before a goal kick (by either team)
• After a goal is scored (by either team)
• When play has been stopped for an injury (by either team)
• At half time/quarter break (by either team)

Playing Time: Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of total playing time.

Duration of Game:The game is divided into four (4) equal twelve (12) minute quarters. There will be a two (1-2) minute break between quarters. The will be a half-time break of five (5) minutes.

Off-sides: None

Penalty Kicks: None

Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA rules with the exception that all fouls shall result in a direct free kick. The referee/coach/parent must explain ALL infringements to offending player. No cards shown for misconduct.

Start/Restart Play, Free Kicks, Corner Kicks: Conform to FIFA rules with the exception that opponents must be four (4) yards away until the ball is in play.

Goal Kick: Conform to FIFA with the exception that opponents must remain outside the goal area and at least four (4) yards from the ball until it is in play.

Skills to Focus on and Teach @ U8 Level:

  • Receiving
  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Pairs Activities

For specific examples of games & drills to help you teach these skills, go to our website: and click onto Player Development.

FIFA Laws of the Game 2014 pdf file


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