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Note: effective through July 2017

Note: effective starting August 2017

[Updated: 10/18/2016]

Small-Sided Summary

MYSA has conducted small-sided games for the 12-and-younger age groups since the mid-1990s. With many parts of the country having continued to play 11v11 at these ages, in 2015 the U.S. Soccer Federation issued Player Development Initiatives, mandating that all youth soccer affiliates adopt national small-sided standards. MYSA is implementing these new standards starting with the 2017 Fall season.



  • 7v7 format
  • Build Out Lines
    - Equidistant between top of penalty area and halfway line
    - Opponent must drop behind this line on goal kick or GK possession to facilitate playing out of the back
  • Offside Law in effect between Build Out line and endline
  • Field dimensions: 55-65 yds L x 35-45 yds W
  • Goal dimensions: Recommended 6 x 12 ft; Maximum 6 x 18 ft


  • 9v9 format
  • Field dimensions: 70-80 yds L x 45-55 yds W
  • Goal dimensions: Minimum 6 x 18 ft; Maximum 7 x 21 ft

U.S. Youth Soccer Playing Rules: