U.S. Youth Soccer Standards

Guideline U6, U7 U8 U9, U10 U11, U12 U13

Information source: US Youth Soccer

Number of Players 4v4 4v4 7v7 9v9 11v11
Goalkeeper? No No yes yes yes
Minutes per half/quarter 4 quarters, 8 min each 3 quarters, 15 min each 2 halves, 25 min each 2 halves, 30 min each 2 halves, 35 min each
Break Time (minutes) 5 5 10 10 15
Ball Size 3 3 4 4 5
Goal Size (height x width in FT) 4x6 4x6 6.5x18.5 6.5x18.5 8x24
Offside Rule? no no yes yes yes


Are you a youth soccer coach looking for how many players should play on the field, how many minutes each half in soccer, or other youth soccer standards? You came to the right place. We have a chart that outlines the basic field of play rules for youth soccer. All of these standards are set forth by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). (chart adapted by data used from U.S. Youth Soccer)

Under 6 and Under 7 Field of Play Rules

At the Under 6 and Under 7 age groups, it should be a 4 vs 4 match with no goalie. There should be a total of 4 quarters spanning 8 minutes each with a 5 minute break after each quarter. The games are played with a size 3 soccer ball with a goal size spanning 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide. There are no offsides rule in effect.

Under 8 Field of Play Rules

At the Under 8 age groups, it should be a 4 vs 4 match with no goalie. There should be a total of 3 quarters spanning 15 minutes each with a 5 minute break between each quarter. The games are played with a size 3 soccer ball with a goal size spanning 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide. There are no offsides rule in effect.

Under 9 and Under 10 Field of Play Rules

At the Under 9 and Under 10 age groups, it should be a 7 vs 7 match with a goalie. There should be a total of 2 halves spanning 25 minutes each with a 10 minute break at halftime. The games are played with a size 4 soccer ball with a goal size spanning 6.5 feet tall by 18.5 feet wide. The offsides rule should be in effect.


Under 11 and Under 12 Field of Play Rules

At the Under 11 and Under 12 age groups, it should be a 9 vs 9 match with a goalie. There should be a total of 2 halves spanning 30 minutes each with a 10 minute break at halftime. The games are played with a size 4 soccer ball with a goal size spanning 6.5 feet tall by 18.5 feet wide. The offsides rule should be in effect.


Under 13 Field of Play Rules

At the Under 13 age group, it should be a 11 vs 11 match with a goalie. There should be a total of 2 halves spanning 35 minutes each with a 15 minute break at halftime. The games are played with a size 5 soccer ball with a goal size spanning 8 feet tall by 24 feet wide. The offsides rule should be in effect.