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This rules summary is provided to the referees as a service. These are not the official rules of the competition. NO warranty is made that this summary is up to date.

Last Updated 4/2/2021


Masks on all participants all the time.   No food/drink.   Limited spectators.

Weather Hot Line / Game Day Hot Line

Questions? Talk to field marshal first. No field marshal? Call 415-794-2974

Match Reports

Submit match reports online at the Pensra website-> Must logon.


Printed on a game day photo roster.
Applies to Players, Coaches and Guest Players.
Guest coaches can use ANY team game day photo roster.
Not on the roster = no play. No handwritten names.


Only 2 coaches in the Technical Area ("Coaches' Box"). People not on a game day roster are not allowed in the technical area. Guest coach from same registration league permitted as long as they are on a game day roster (any game).


U09-U12 : One USSF Referee and two STAR referees - get the names of the STAR referees !!!!
Games that start late must be shortened equally in each half to end on time.
No coach? No game day roster? No team? - do not wait more than 5 minutes.

Send offs

Click here-> for procedure.

Ball Size

U09-U12 - Size 4
U13+ .... - Size 5

Number of Players

U08-U10 - 7v7 Minimum 5 Maximum 13
U11-U12 - 9v9 Minimum 7 Maximum 15
U13-U19 - 11v11 Minimum 7 Maximum 18

Match Length

U09-U10 - 2 X 25 minute
U11-U12 - 2 X 30 minute
U13-U14 - 2 X 35 minute

5 minute half time all levels

Mercy Rule

No Mercy rule in Upper House..

Age specific

Legal slide tackling is permitted at all ages
PK and DFK all ages.

Direct Kicks allowed all ages
... For Ages U09-U12, the wall should be set at 8 yards
... For Ages U13-U14, the wall should be set at 10 yards

Penalty Kicks allowed all ages
... For Ages U09-U10, the penalty kick should be taken at 8 yards
... For Ages U11-U12, the penalty kick should be taken at 10 yards
... For Ages U13-U14, the penalty kick should be taken at 12 yards

U09-U12 No deliberate heading. Infractions are an IFK. 

Build out line    7v7    U9 & U10 :

  • NO PUNTING or drop kicks by the keeper from tehir hands
  • Goal kicks or Throws by GK may not cross build-out line without touching either the ground or a player first.
  • Infractions are restarted with an Indirect Free Kick for the opposing team at the build-out line
  • Attackers should move back to the build-out line when the goalkeeper has possession, or on a goal kick.
  • Players must remain behind the build out line until the ball is in play on goal kicks or when the ball is released from the hands of the keeper
  • Attackers can not be in an offside position unless they are between the goal line and the build out line.


Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage with Referee's permission.

Add time for time lost for substitutions.


  • Each half reduced by 5 minutes
  • If tied - straight to KFTPM
  • KFTPM for 7v7 is best of 3 then sudden death - from 8 yds.
  • KFTPM for 9v9 is best of 3 then sudden death- from 10 yds
  • KFPTM for 11v11 is best of 5 then sudden death.
  • Only 10 minutes allotted for KFTPM - keep it moving!
  • No guest players

More Information

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Rules of the Competition

Rules Spring 2021


  • Referees are encouraged to explain infractions.
  • Prepare a Match Report on the Pensra website.
    >> No report = no pay
    >> Report rainouts. You are paid if the game started. Otherwise no pay.
    >> Report forfeits. . You are paid.
    >> You must have a W9 form on file with Pensra or SFYS.
    >> Note the names of the STAR referees in your report