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U5 Guidelines



3v3 with a minimum of three to play No goalkeepers - Players should not defend the goal in any manner.  

Ball Size: 3

Game Duration:  

20 minutes – played in two halves of 10 minutes each with a short beak at the quarter to make substitutions and get a quick drink.


For developing the feel of the game and having fun.

Player Equipment:

Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks, are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.


During the game, a coach from each team is to officiate. Coaching during the game should be held to a minimum.


The recommended field size for the U-5 games is 30 x 15 yards marked with lines or cones.


Max 4 x 6 feet


Allowed anytime ball is out of play-with.

Start of Play:

Kick offs are used at the beginning of each quarter and after each goal. All players must remain on their half of the field until the ball is kicked.


There are no offsides .

Free Kicks:

All free kicks are indirect and awarded for all major fouls. The ball must be touched by at least 2 players before a goal is scored. The defending team must be at least 5 yards away from the ball.

Goal Kick:

If the team attempting to score a goal kicks the ball over the goal line outside the goal posts, the opposing team puts the ball back into play with a goal kick. The Goal Kick should be taken within 2-3 yards of the goal and the opposing players must be 5-6 yards away from the ball.

Corner Kick:

If the team defending the goal last touches the ball before it crosses the goal line, the attacking team puts it into play with an indirect kick.


Throw-ins are awarded to the opposing team when a player causes the ball to entirely cross the touchline. Encourage proper throw-in but do not penalize bad ones.

Check here for the official AYSO gudielines regarding U5