year FIFA publishes its annual edition of soccer rules that are obeyed by all
adept at the round ball sport.
FIFA’s rules and regulations are not adapted for the needs of the younger
soccer community. Therefore, the
Fédération Québecoise de Soccer Football (FQSF) has responded by producing
a set of rules and regulations especially suited to meet the needs of younger
players thus allowing them to progress according to their size and
capabilities. A smaller field, a
smaller ball, and a lesser number of players on the field allow them to fully
appreciate and enjoy the game.
A-Side soccer allows the young player to have fun while learning the basic
rules of the game. At this particular level, the referees’ role differs
greatly from one of an older age group. We therefore remind the officials that
their intervention must be primarily of an educational nature, thus imposing
penalties in extreme cases only.
make 7 A-Side soccer what it should be. We must realize that the objective
is to allow children to have as much fun as possible while kicking the ball
around. Having adapted soccer for
children, we must not impose adult rules. So let them play and dismiss who
wins or loses.
wish to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to: Mr. François Tessier,
Mr. Léo Deschenaux, Mr. Luis Pulgar, Mr. Eric Roy, Mr. Edouard Munday, Mr.
Dominic Maestracci, members of the refereeing committee, Mr. Joe Stella, Mr.
Pierre K. Lespinasse, Mr. Len Fornelli and Mr. Martin Hamel, refereeing
co-ordinator. We trust that their
special contribution will enable all new referees to perform their duties in
an appropriate environment.
playing field is of rectangular shape with a maximum length of 60 metres and a
minimum of 45 metres.
width of the playing field cannot exceed 45 metres and must be a minimum of 25
length of the playing field must always exceed the width.
lines marking the field (touch lines on the side and goal lines at the ends)
must be visible and not exceed 12 centimetres in width (no deep channel).
Four flags, each with a minimum height of 1.50 metres, shall be placed
at the corners of the playing field. A centre line running the width of the
field will divide the playing field into halves.
The centre of the playing field must be clearly identified and a
circle, 6 metres in diameter, marked around it.
lines and their width are included in the playing field surface area.
referee cannot assume the responsibility of a game played on an unmarked
each end of the playing field, two lines, perpendicular to the goal line, will
be marked at 5.5 metres from each goal post.
These perpendicular lines will extend 7.3 metres into the playing field
and be joined by a line parallel to the goal line.
each corner of the field a 1.0 metre radius arc shall be marked inside the
the center of each goal line, a goal must be placed consisting of two upright
posts equidistant from the corner flags and 5.5 metres apart (inside
measurements), joined by a horizontal crossbar, the lower edge part being at
1.8 meters from the ground.
safety reasons, the goals (including portable goals) must be firmly anchored
in the ground.
thickness and width of the goal posts and crossbar shall not exceed 12
centimetres. The goal posts and
crossbar shall also be of the same width.
goal posts and crossbar may consist of metal or any other material previously
approved by FIFA, and must be white. Goal
posts and crossbars built of any other component, color or shape will not be
goal shall have a properly installed net attached to its posts, crossbar and
the ground behind itself with no obstruction to the goalkeeper.
players’ bench will be placed on the opposite side of the spectators and
according to any safety parameters.
The referee must enforce this rule even when there are no benches for
the players or the spectators.
security perimeter of a minimum of 3 metres along the field sidelines and of 4
metres minimum behind the goal lines must be kept free of any obstruction.
the following instances the referee must not proceed with playing the game:
the ball does not bounce normally;
the field surface is drenched;
there is a risk of injury to the players;
the goals are not visible from the middle of the playing field;
there is an electric storm
the referee or the field manager has the duty and the right to declare a
playing field non-playable.
Minimum 45 m
ball must be spherical in shape; its exterior casing made of leather or any
other appropriate material. No
material that may cause harm to the players may be utilized.
number 4 ball shall be used.
ball cannot be changed during the game unless authorized by the referee.
principle, the home team provides the game ball unless the referee finds it
unsuitable for the game.
the ball bursts or deflates during play, the referee shall stop the game and
have it replaced. Play shall be
restarted with a drop ball at the same area or place where the defective ball
was when play was stopped. However,
should this situation occur in the penalty zone area, there will be a drop
ball on that part of the penalty area line that runs parallel to the goal
line, at the point closest to where the ball was when the play was stopped.
the play was stopped (kick off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty
shot and/or throw-in) the game shall be restarted accordingly.
game shall be played by two teams, each with a maximum of 7 players including
one goalkeeper. A team may dress
a maximum of 13 players per game. The minimum number of players per team is 5.
a game, the goalkeeper can be replaced by another team player providing the
coach has obtained prior approval from the referee and the substitution is
made when the play is stopped.
player who has been expelled during the game cannot be replaced.
wears complete regulation uniform;
observes all rules and regulations of the game;
shows respect for the referees, coaches and opponents;
behavior shall be conducted in an orderly manner and use of appropriate
language must be respected at all times.
to prior authorization of the referee, unlimited substitutions may be made as
after a goal
prior to a goal kick
at half time
when play has stopped because of an injury (only injured player)
at throw-ins (substitutions may be made by the team taking the throw-in and
ONLY if they make substitutions, may their opponents also substitute.)
team may have a maximum of three coaches with registered passports on the
coaches must present their registered passports in order to be on the bench.
team is responsible for presenting the registered passports for all approved
players and coaches to the referee at least 20 minutes prior to the start of
must be present 30 minutes prior to the start of the game;
complete the game sheet with player’s names and passport numbers;
only approved players may be used;
all unavailable players must be excluded
from the game sheet;
remains in the technical zone during the game;
respects game rules and regulations at all times;
sets the example by acting in an orderly manner using appropriate language at
shows respect for the referees, players and opponents;
accepts referee’s decisions;
ensures the safety of his/her players exiting the field.
Coaches are responsible and accountable for the PARENTS and FANS behavior.
equipment for all players include a numbered team jersey, shorts, socks, shin
guards and shoes.
equipment must be free of all items that may cause injuries to himself/herself
or others, including all jewelry.
guards are mandatory during games and practices. For proper protection, shin guards (rubber, plastic,
polyurethane or of other material), must be entirely covered by the socks.
referee must ensure that the uniforms are worn properly, hence, that all
players are wearing approved footwear, shin guards and uniforms, jersey
properly tucked in the shorts, and that all objects that may cause injuries
(watches, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc..) be removed.
goalkeepers shall wear a jersey of a distinguishable color from those of the
other players and the referee. Should
both teams wear the same color jersey, the visiting team must change their
must wear black shorts, black socks and a black jersey with a white collar (or
alternate if necessary). A
certification level badge must be clearly visible on the uniform.
registered referee is appointed for each game.
His/her authority and empowerment according to the rules and
regulations commences on entering the game field.
referee shall check the game sheet, players’ and team personnel’s
registration passports before the game starts and refuse whoever cannot
produce a duly registered passport for the current season.
referee is responsible for the conduct of the game according to the rules and
referee will keep notes of all particular events during the game.
The referee is the sole authority for keeping time, respecting
regulation playing time or as previously agreed upon.
Any lost time due to particular incidents shall be added to playing
referee has the authority to interrupt or stop any game if deemed necessary
for reasons including breach of rules and regulations, continuous interference
by spectators or for other reasons.
referee is authorized to administer cautions, or eject if need be, any players
for misconduct. He/she must
report reasons for cautions and/or ejections on the game sheet.
referee may also eject from the field or its surroundings, parents, fans,
players or coaches for misconduct, irresponsible or aggressive behavior and/or
use of abusive language.
referee will stop the game if a player appears seriously injured, have him/her
removed from the field when it is safe to do so and immediately restart the
game. For a minor injury, the
referee will stop the game as soon as the ball is out of play.
The player will then be attended to outside the field.
is strictly prohibited for any person to enter the field while the game is in
referee must stop the play and make a sign to authorize anyone to enter the
injured player with an “open wound” must be allowed to leave the field to
be attended to.
referee may reverse a decision providing the game has not restarted.
the referee has decided to apply the “advantage clause” and the presumed
advantage does not happen at that moment, he/she must penalize the initial
the game, a coach is entitled to give technical instructions providing he/she
remains within the technical zone parameters, if existent, and providing
he/she behaves in an orderly manner at all times.
If there is no designated technical zone, players must remain seated on
the bench and coaches seated or standing behind it.
is present on the field 30 minutes prior the start of the game;
inspects the field and reports all abnormalities and/or cancels the game
claiming the poor condition of the field;
verifies conformity of passports and uniforms;
if necessary, demands that players remove all items that may cause injuries to
themselves or others;
refuses any coaches or players who cannot provide a registered passport;
ensures that all players on the bench are registered on the game sheet and
restricts the presence of those who are not.
the end of the game, on the game sheet:
registers all goals;
notes all cautions and ejections (with reasons);
report major injuries to player
in the game sheet
reports fields abnormalities;
signs and writes his registration number;
reports all particular events occurring during the game;
notes starting and ending times;
gives a copy to each team and forwards the original to his superior within 48
the assigned referee fails to appear, the coaches can appoint a mutually
agreed upon person to officiate the game providing that the appointee has
enough knowledge of the rules and regulations, and so indicate their agreement
on the game sheet, and record the name of the individual. Alternatively, the
coaches themselves must each referee one half of the game, with the home team
refereeing the first half of the game. The home team coach is responsible for
ensuring the game sheets are mailed to the League.
are no assistant referees.
duration of the game shall be as follows:
2 equal periods of 20 minutes
2 equal periods of 25 minutes
referee shall add on to each period estimated lost time for replacements,
injured players taken off the field, or elapsed time for other reasons.
necessary, the duration of the game will be extended to allow for a penalty
will be a resting period of 5 minutes at
choice of sides and kick off will be decided by flipping a coin.
The winning team decides which goal to shoot at for the first half and
the other team proceeds with the kick off.
referee whistles for the start of the game.
The ball is positioned on the ground in the middle of the field; the
first kick is done facing the defending goal.
All players must be on their respective side of the field.
The defending team players are not allowed within 6 metres of the ball
prior to kick off. The ball will be in play after it has been kicked and has
moved forward. The kick off
player will only be allowed to play the ball a second time once the ball has
touched another player.
game is restarted in the same manner after each goal scored and at half time.
In the last instance the kick off will be made by a player of the
defending team at kick off in the first half of the game.
the event of a violation of this rule, the kick off will be retaken.
However, if the player taking the kick plays the ball a second time
before it touches another player, the opposing team shall be granted a free
kick from where the offense was committed.
goal may be scored directly from a kick off.
ball is considered out of play when:
it has completely crossed a side (touch line) or a goal line, whether it be in
the air or on the ground;
the referee has stopped the play.
ball is in play at all times from the beginning to the end of the game
when it rebounds from a goal post, cross bar or corner flag post and remains
on the field of play;
when it bounces off the referee while he/she is on the field of play;
while waiting for a delayed decision on the part of the referee in the case of
an infraction to the rules and regulations where the referee is allowing the
advantage or waiting for the next stoppage of play in order to deal with the
inside the drawing:
ball remains in play when it bounces back onto the field after hitting a
corner flag, or goal post or goal cross bar.
where specified in the rules and regulations, a goal is scored when the whole
of the ball completely crosses the goal line between the posts and under the
cross bar without being carried in, thrown in, or intentionally handled by any
opposing player except the goalkeeper in his own penalty area.
winning team shall be deemed the one who scores the most goals.
A tied game will be declared when no one has scored (0-0) a goal or
when each team has scored an even number of goals.
A goal shall be granted if:
a defense player throws (except during a throw-in), carries or hits the ball
with the hand or the arm into his own goal;
A goal shall be denied whenever:
an opposing player throws, carries or hits the ball with the hand or the arm
while it is entering the net;
b) the ball entering the goal is stopped by whatever means.
goal, no goal, no goal, goal scored.
offside rules will be applied for 7-a-side soccer.
major and minor infractions if committed outside of the penalty are sanction
by a DIRECT FREE KICK.
a MAJOR infraction is committed inside the penalty area by the defending team
a penalty kick will be awarded to the attacking team.
a MAJOR infraction is committed by
the attacking team inside the penalty area, a DIRECT FREE KICK will be awarded to the defending team. The ball
will be position anywhere inside the penalty area.
a MINOR infraction is committed by the defending team inside the penalty area,
a DIRECT FREE KICK from outside de
penalty area will be awarded to the attacking team. The kick should be taken
from the part of penalty area line which runs parallel to the goal line at the
point nearest to where the offense was committed, and no member of the
opposing team should be closer than 6 meters from the ball.
a MINOR infraction is committed inside the penalty team, a DIRECT FREE KICK is awarded to the defending team. The ball could be
place anywhere inside the penalty area.
Breach with the hands:
1) handling the ball (deliberately playing the ball
with the hand or the arm) except while playing as the goal keeper;
2) pushing an opponent;
3) holding an opponent;
4) striking (or attempting to
strike) an opponent;
Breach with the feet:
1) kicking (or attempting to kick) an opponent;
2) tripping (or attempting to trip) an opponent;
3) tackling an opponent (making contact with the
opponent before touching the ball);
1) jumping at
2) violently (or dangerously) charging an opponent.
3) spitting at an opponent.
dangerous play judged by the referee;
charging (shoulder to shoulder) while the ball is not in play distance;
obstructing a player without playing the ball;
obstructing a player when the ball is not within playing distance;
challenges the goalkeeper.
a goalkeeper inside his/her own penalty area:
wastes time or delays the play to benefit his team;
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the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked back to
him/her by a teammate.
player will be given a yellow card for:
misconduct or breach of sportsmanship;
verbalizing or using gestures to signify his/her disapproval;
persistently breaching the rules and regulations of the game;
delaying the restart of the game;
not respecting the required distance on the taking of a corner kick or a free
entering or re-entering the field without prior authorization from the
deliberately leaving the field without prior authorization from the referee.
player will be given a red card for:
serious foul play;
spitting on an opponent or any other person;
a defender deliberately preventing a goal or an obvious goal by touching the
ball with his/her hand (this rule does not apply to the goalkeeper in his/her
committing an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick in order to
prevent a player from scoring a goal, or denying a player an obvious goal
using coarse, vulgar or abusive language;
receiving a second warning (yellow card) during the same game.
committed outside their own penalty area will be penalized by a direct free
kick from where the offense was committed.
the game has been stopped for an offense committed, the game will be restarted
with a direct free kick.
free kick being a penalty, the ball is given to the opposing team.
the taking of a free kick, the ball must be stationary and members of the
opposing team shall be at least 6 metres away from the ball. However, the
attacking team members are allowed to position themselves as they see fit.
player taking a free kick may do so in any direction as long as he does not
play it a second time before it has touched another player.
ball that has been kicked and has moved is considered in play. If it goes
directly into the opponents’ goal, they will be granted a goal.
However, if it goes into the attacking team’s goal, the opponents
will be granted a corner kick.
a free kick is granted to the opposing team in their own penalty area, it must
be kicked back into play and completely cross out of the penalty area,
otherwise the kick must be retaken.
penalty shot will be granted whenever a player commits one of the ten major
offenses within his/her own penalty area.
A direct free kick will be granted if the offense was committed outside
the penalty area and will be taken at the closest point to where the offense
penalty shot will be granted when a defending team player commits one of the
ten major offenses within his/her own penalty area.
ball will be placed on the ground 7 meters away from the goal line at a point
midway between the goal posts.
is mandatory that the referee signal authorization to take the penalty kick by
blowing his/her whistle.
penalty shot is taken from the penalty mark.
When a penalty shot is taken, all other players, except for the
goalkeeper, must remain outside the penalty area, furthest from the goal line,
and behind the ball.
opposing goalkeeper shall remain on his/her goal line between the posts.
If a goal is scored while the goalkeeper is not respecting this rule,
the goal shall be granted. If a goal is not scored, the penalty shot shall be retaken.
player taking the kick must kick the ball forward. He/she cannot play the ball a second time until it has
touched another player.
penalty shot shall be retaken if, after the referee has given the signal for
the taking of the penalty kick but before the ball has been put into play:
a player from the attacking team commits an offense and a goal has been scored
(i.e.: re-entering the penalty area too quickly).
a player from the defending team commits an offense when a goal has not been
a goal is scored or not, the penalty shot shall be retaken if a player or
players from both teams commit(s) an offense.
the ball completely crosses the touch lines, whether it be in the air or on
the ground, the ball is put back into play by a throw-in, in any direction, by
a player of the opposing team than the last one who touched the ball.
player shall stand facing the field at the point where the ball crossed the
ball must be held over the head and thrown-in with both hands.
player may stand with part of each foot either on the touch line or on the
ground outside the touch line. Both feet, or a part of both feet, must remain
on the ground at all times.
goal cannot be scored on a direct throw-in. (Restart with a goal kick unless
the ball has been thrown by a player into his/her own net in which case it is
a corner kick).
player taking the throw-in may not touch the ball again until it has touched
ball is in play immediately when it enters the field of play.
second throw-in will be allowed if the player commits an error on the first
one. Should a second error occur,
the ball will be granted to the opposing team.
the ball is last played by an attacking team player and has completely crossed
the goal line outside the goal posts and the cross bar in the air or on the
ground, the ball must be positioned within the penalty area with no further
such a case, the ball will be considered in play only when it crosses out of
the entire penalty area.
opposing team players must remain outside the penalty area and at least 6
meters away from the ball.
goal kick will be retaken if the ball is touched or played by another player
prior to crossing the entire penalty area.
goal can be scored from a goal kick.
the ball is last played by a defending team player and has completely crossed
the goal line outside the goal posts and the cross bar in the air or on the
ground, the ball must be positioned inside the corner flag arc closest to
where the ball went out without removing the corner flag.
opposing team players must remain at least 6 meters away from the ball.
player taking the corner kick shall not play the ball again until it has
touched another player.
ball is in play when it has been kicked and moves.
goal can be scored on a corner kick.
IS NOT A SET OF RULES AND REGULATIONS BUT A BEHAVIOR CODE
a thorough knowledge of 7-A-side soccer rules and regulations.
a positive and friendly atmosphere thus making soccer a truly enjoyable
the safety of players at all times.
good judgment and ensure that the young players respect the “essence of the
the example. Conduct yourself
according to the principles of sportsmanship on and off the field.
both teams for the way they played. Accolades
are beneficial at any time.
coherent, objective and courteous when you declare an infraction.
deliberate breach of sportsmanship in order to maintain respect for fair play.
it your duty to stay tuned with the principles of good refereeing and child
are responsible for parents and fans behaviors at all times.
a meaningful interest in the development of the child.
each team member with fairness and equality.
receptive to parent’s and children’s comments.
“a sound winning philosophy”.
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that training sessions are appropriate, stimulating, and fun.
parents in training sessions.
player’s opinions when taking decisions.
on the improvement of their soccer technical abilities.
effort, team spirit and sportsmanship.
your game plan allowing for equal playing time and rotation of player’s
positions on the field.
mini-soccer an enjoyable experience for their child, teammates and other
that their child obey the rules.
support and appreciation for coaches and referees.
the value of the effort.
good plays for both teams.
a good example at all times.
their child to accept victories and defeats gracefully.
to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the game’s rules and
parents must not:
at their child when he/she makes a mistake.
the coach’s work.