League Rules

The CISL Game Rules follow the current guidelines of the Iowa Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer, with a few minor modifications. These rules are designed to be age-appropriate, in terms of the size of the field, the number of players on the field, the length of the game, and sophistication. It is expected that every player will be given at least 50% playing time.  There is no limit to the number of substitutions that may be made in the game, save for referee's discretion about substitution at any given stoppage.

 


U5/U6 Rules summary

 

The game is 3 v 3 on a small field. No keepers are used. The length of the game is 2 16-minute halves. On a goal kick, the defending team must wait behind the halfway line until the ball is kicked. No offside violations are called, nor are any penalty kicks. There are no indirect kicks, only direct kicks. Substitution is at any stoppage, at the discretion of the referee. No defending player should loiter in the back quarter of the field while the ball is in the offensive half. U6 games are parent-refereed. Games can be rescheduled at the discretion of the coaches due to bad weather or other conflicts. U6 players use a Size 3 ball.

 

 

U7/U8 Rules summary

 

The game is 4 v 4 on a small field. No keepers are used. The length of the game is two twenty-minute halves. On a goal kick, the defending team must wait behind the halfway line until the ball is kicked. No offside violations are called, nor are any pentalty kicks. There are no indirect kicks, only direct kicks. No defending player should loiter in the back quarter of the field while the ball is in the offensive half. Substitution is at any stoppage, at the discretion of the referee. U8 games should and will almost all have a certified referee, often a teenager learning the trade. However, parents should be ready to step in if need be, since we prioritize referees for older games over younger games. U8 players use a size 3 ball.

 

U9/U10 Rules summary

The game is 6 v 6 on a mid-sized field. Keepers are used, but no offsides is called. The length of the game is 2 25-minute halves. Free kicks are direct or indirect as appropriate, and penalty kicks are awarded for fouls or handling in the box. Substitution is at any stoppage, at the discretion of the referee. U10 games must have a certified referee, often a teenager learning the trade. Assistant referees are optional. U10 players use a size 4 ball.

Rules Links

USSF Rules of the Game

This link includes the Adult FIFA laws of the game, the USSF Age-modified Small Sided Games rules, and other helpful links and regulations. 

Full U5-U6 and U7-U8 Rules Modifications Documentation

CISL MODIFICATIONS TO U6 AND U8 USSF RULES (html format for viewing on web page)

CISL MODIFICATIONS TO U6 AND U8 USSF RULES (PDF format for printing)

About Jewelry

All jewelry must be removed for games. This includes earrings and watches, in addition to things like necklaces. This is a matter of safety. We cannot deny that "taping" of earrings occurs on occasion, but it is not officially allowed, is not as safe, and a referee is well within her/his rights to insist that earrings (whether just recently pierced or not!) come out for games.