House League Rules

(Revised 2011-08-9)
The following is a summary of the rules for the Lancaster-Depew Soccer Club House League. In general, the house league rules follow that recommended by the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) for short-sided games. In some cases, the rules have been modified for reasons of safety or for the benefit of the less experienced players in the younger age groups.

House League Mission Statement

LDSC is a volunteer based organization whose mission is to provide the players, family, and community with a soccer experience centered on sportsmanship and player development. We will accomplish this through player, coach, and parent education and will foster respect for the game, referees and for others.

Outdoor Field

The field of play shall be rectangular for all age groups; the length shall exceed the width. Space permitting, these are the recommended field sizes for each age group:

U8 6v6 up to 30 x 50 yards

U10 7v7 up to 50 x 80 yards

U12 9v9 up to 55 x 100 yards

Teens 9v9 up to 60 x 110 yards

A halfway line shall be marked out across the field. A circle with a six yard radius shall be marked out at the center of the field. The goal area shall be designated by a rectangle drawn six yards from each goal post and six yards onto the playing field.


Shin guards are mandatory for all players. Players may use tennis shoes, sneakers or soft-cleated soccer shoes. Recommended ball sizes:

U8 #3

U10 #4

U12 #4

Teens #5


Each game shall be judged by a certified referee. The referee's decisions shall be final on all points of fact connected with the game. The referee will briefly explain all rule infractions to the offending player and use hand signals to indicate the infraction and possession of the ball. LDSC has passed a zero tolerance policy regarding referee abuse by any player, coach, or parent. Those found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the field.

Duration of Game

The games will be started promptly as scheduled. Each game will consist of two twenty- five minute halves. There will be a two minute break between the first and second half.

Start of Game

At the referee's signal, the ball must be kicked forward from the center of the field and must make one rotation of the ball, or the referee’s judgment, before it can be touched by a player on the opposing team. The kicker may not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.


The ball is thrown back into play from outside the field when kicked over the touchline (sideline). To be legal, the thrower must:

  • Be off the field
  • Have both feet on the ground at the time the ball is thrown
  • Bring the ball forward over the head with both hands

Players at the U-8 level will be permitted to repeat the throw if incorrect. In the U10 and above levels, the ball will be given to the opposite team if incorrectly thrown.

Free Kick

For all ages U-8 and below, all free kicks shall be indirect. A goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team. For U10 and above Free Kicks may be direct direct (a goal may be scored directly off the first kick) or indirect, based on the offense as stipulated by the FIFA Laws of the game. The referee will signal an indirect free kick by holding their arm straight up in the air until the ball is touched by a second player of either team. If the ball enters the goal without being touched by a second player a goal kick will be awrded to the defending team.

An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team in its opponents’ goal area (6 yard box) is taken from the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Corner Kick

A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team when it has been kicked over the goal line by a player on the defending team. Opponents must stand at least six yards from the ball when kicked.

Goal Kick

A goal kick is awarded to the defending team when the ball has been kicked over the goal line by the attacking team. The ball may be placed and kicked from any point inside the 6 yard box area. Opponents must stand outside of the penalty area (18 or 12 yard box, depending on field size).

Penalty Kick

Penalty kicks are allowed for U10 and above age levels only for infractions inside the penalty area (18 yard box).


Goalies will wear a jersey of distinctive color so it easy to distinguish them from teammates and/or opponents. Only the goalie is allowed to touch the ball (with hands) while inside the designated goal area. The goalie has a maximum of 6 seconds to release the ball from his hands. Safety Rules governing goalies will be interpreted strictly as it is written in the FIFA rule book. Coaches should instruct players to stop play as soon as the goalie has possession of the ball. To avoid collisions, coaches must instruct players of this rule prior to the first game and continue to reinforce. When outside the designated goal area, the goalie must abide by the same rules as the field players.

Goalie Passback Rule: U8: all passes can be handled by the goalie directly from a teammate. U10 and up: only non foot-passes can be handled directly from a teammate.

Goalie Punting

Punting is allowed as age and ability permit for all outdoor games. Punting is not allowed on any of the indoor fields at the Epic Center.


Offside will only be called when the referee feels that a player is trying to gain an advantage because of the liberal interpretation of this rule.

U8: Offside will be interpreted very liberally by the referee.

U10: and up: will be interpreted as it is written in the FIFA rule book.

Fouls and Infractions

The referee shall award a free kick for all fouls and explain all infractions to the offending player. Opponents shall stand at a distance of at least six yards. Slide tackling will not be allowed at any level in the house league.


Coaches will be responsible for substituting players and ensuring that all players share the playing time as equally as possible. Coaches must have the referee's attention before any substitution is made. Substitutions can be made by both teams at the same time and can only be completed before a throw-in or goal-kick. Substitutions cannot be made before a penalty-kick, corner-kick, or free-kick.

Coach and Spectator Conduct

At no time is it permissible for a coach or spectator to confront a referee regarding a particular call. Questions, concerns, and/or complaints should be brought to one of the league coordinators or Lancaster-Depew Soccer Club board members. LDSC has passed a zero tolerance policy regarding referee abuse by any player, coach, or parent. Those found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the field.


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