U12 Rules

Ancaster Soccer Club U12 Rules

The Game

  • 2 X 35 min halves, 5 minute halftime in between
  • A maximum of 9 players (including the goalie) on the field at one time
  • If a team cannot field a minimum of 6 players, they shall “forfeit” the game.


Substitutions can be made on your own goal kick, corner kick or throw-in with approval from the referee. Piggy-backs are allowed.


A player is in an offside position if:

He/she is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the 2nd last defender. A player is not in an offside position (onside) if:

  • He/she is in their own half of the field of play
  • He/she is level with the second last opponent

There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

  • A goal kick
  • A throw-in
  • A corner kick

The restart of an offside is an indirect free kick from where the infraction took place. Fouls and Stoppages

Penalty Kicks

  • Awarded when an infraction is committed by the defending team in its penalty area.
  • During the penalty kick, all players shall stand outside the penalty area.
  • The ball will be centered 9 m in front of the goal line.
  • The goalie shall stand on the goal line until the ball is kicked.
  • The ball is “live” once kicked, if a goal is scored, the play will restart at half.

Goal Kicks

  • The ball shall be placed anywhere in the “mini” box.
  • All players should be outside the penalty area (large box) for goal kicks.
  • A player cannot touch the ball until it has exited the penalty area (large box).

Free Kicks

  • Awarded by the referee when an infraction is committed.
  • Opposing players shall be a minimum of 7 m from the ball.
  • Both direct and indirect (two-touch) free kicks may be given depending on the nature of
    the foul committed. Throw-Ins


If the ball crosses the touch line, a kick in is awarded to the opposing team. Throw-Ins are treated as an indirect free kick where as a goal cannot be scored directly from a throw.

Retreat Line

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands OR at a goal kick, the opposing team members would “retreat” to half. Once all the opposing players have retreated to the line the goalkeeper can successfully throw or pass the ball to one of his/her teammates. The ball is in play once it leaves the penalty area. All opponents must be behind the retreat line and cannot cross the retreat line until the ball:

  • Is touched by a player of the team taking the goal kick OR,
  • Leaves the field of play OR,
  • Goes over the retreat line. (If the goalkeeper chooses to play the ball across the retreat
    line prior to the opposition crossing the retreat line).