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Coaches Resources

Coaches,

Thank you so very much for taking the time to volunteer to coach a team this season. Below are some items we would like to bring to your attention that will help our season run smoothly.

All games this season will be held at Trupp Park. You need to advise the EPYSA Board as to where and what time you are holding practices so that we may have the information if needed.

We have divided the team as follows:

U6 (meaning until 7 – therefore 3, 4, 5 year olds)

U10 (meaning until 10 – therefore 6, 7, 8, 9 year olds)

U15 (meaning until 15 – therefore 10, 11, 12,13, 14 year olds)

Each team consists of 8 to 10 players.

All players will wear an EPYSA uniform consisting of jersey, blue shorts, blue socks, shin guards and soccer cleats. To wear uniform correctly the jersey must be tucked in (this is enforced for all U10 and U15 teams), the socks must cover the shin guards, the cleats must be soccer ones (U7 may wear tennis shoes if necessary). During cold weather the players may wear sweats, jackets, etc… under their uniform, not on top.

Please remind your parents to follow the Code of Conduct,.

Remember our goal is to learn the game and have FUN! We are a recreation league, while competition is healthy and great, we want to emphasize sportsmanship. Keep yelling onto the fields during the game to a minimum and always be aware of you language.

Teams will be seated on one side of the field, with spectators on the other side. Please have your team to the fields 20 minutes prior to the start of your games.

Review the soccer laws and regulations we have posted, as we will follow and enforce them.

Soccer Laws & Regulations

U7

* Size of ball – 3

* Maximum # of players on the field – 6

* No goalies

* Substitutions allowed at any stoppage (no on-the-fly) and unlimited

* Each player should play at least 50% of each game

* Referee – will be the teams coaches, will explain infractions to players

* Game time – game divided into four 5 minute quarters, with a 2 minute break between 1&2 quarter and 3&4 quarter, and a 5 minute half time break.

* Field end and kick-off is determined by the flip of a coin. Opponents must be 4 yards from the center mark while kick is in progress. Ball must cross centerline on kick-off and may not travel backwards. No dribbling on kick-off.

* When the ball is out, it may be kicked in or if player is capable, thrown in properly.

* There will be no offside, however, the coaches are strongly encouraged to teach their players in a manner that will prepare them to continue playing in upper levels.

* All fouls should be agreed upon by coaches and result in a direct free kick. Coach must explain infractions before restarting play. Opponents must be 3 yards away before kick is allowed. The following offenses shall be penalized by opposing team being awarded an direct free kick: Tripping of an opponent Striking or attempting to strike and opponent Purposely pushing an opponent Tackling an opponent Holding an opponent Spitting on an opponent Handling the ball deliberately

* All free kicks are direct Opponents must be 4 yards away before the ball is kicked.

* Goal kicks are taken from 2-3 yards within the goal line anywhere across the width of the field nearest the point from where the ball was retrieved. Opponents must be 4 yards away.

* Corner kicks are taken from the corner. Opponents must be 4 yards away.

U10 & U15

* Size of ball – U10 – 4, U15 – 5

* Maximum # of players on the field 7, Minimum # of players 5, if your team does not have 5 players they will forfeit. In case of forfeit, we will locate other players from the opposing team so the game can be played and enjoyed, however, the win will go to the other team.

* Substitutions allowed: Prior to throw-in by your team After a goal, by either team, After an injury, when the referee stops the play, At half time

* Each player should play at least 50% of each game

* Referee – There will be at least one certified referee on the field. Their decisions are final.

* Game time – all games divided into 2 halves of 20 minutes, with a 5 minute half time break.

* Field end and kick-off is determined by the flip of a coin. Opponents must be 8 yards from the center mark while kick is in progress. Ball must cross centerline on kick-off and may not travel backwards. No dribbling on kick-off.

* There will be offside called in these games. A player is considered offside if he is nearer to the opponent’s goal than the ball at the time the ball is kicked except for when the player is on his own half of the field, the player is not nearer to his opponent’s goal line than at least 2 of his opponents. A player is penalized for being offside if the ball is played or touched by one of his team and he is involved in active play in one of the following ways: Interfering with play, interfering with an opponent, gaining an advantage by being in an offside position.

* All fouls are called by the referee, they will explain infractions before restarting play. Opponents must be 8 yards away before kick is allowed. The following offenses shall be penalized by opposing team being awarded an direct free kick: Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent Jumps at an opponent Charges an opponent Tripping of an opponent Striking or attempting to strike and opponent Purposely pushing an opponent Tackling an opponent Holding an opponent Spitting on an opponent Handling the ball deliberately

The following offenses shall be penalized by opposing team being awarded an indirect free kick: Playing in a dangerous manner – slide kicks not allowed Impeding the progress of an opponent Preventing the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands Any other offense, not previously mentioned that requires to of play to caution of dismiss a player. An Indirect free kick is also awarded to opposing team if a goalkeeper in his own penalty area, commits one of the following offenses: Controls the ball with his hands for more than 6 seconds before releasing it from his possession. Touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched another player. Touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team mate. Touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team mate.

* There are two types of FREE KICKS Direct Kick – a kick awarded in which a goal can be scored Indirect Kick – a kick awarded in which the ball must touch another player from either team before going into the goal For both types of kicks, opponents must be 8 yards away before kick is allowed.

* Penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark. It is awarded when a foul resulting in a direct kick occurs inside the penalty area. Only the goalkeeper and the kicker are allowed inside the penalty area. Opponents bust be 8 yards away before the kick is allowed. The goalkeeper must stay on the goal line until the ball is kicked. The kicker cannot touch the ball twice until it has been touched by another player.

* Throw-Ins is awarded to the team that did not cause the ball to leave the field, by crossing the sideline completely. The player making the throw-in must have both on the ball and have both feet on the ground at the time of the throw. The ball must be thrown from the starting point directly behind the head. The ball will be thrown in from the point where it crossed the line.

* Goal Kick is taken by a member of the defending team when the ball crosses the goal line outside of the goal, when the ball is last touched by the attacking team. The kick is taken from any point within the goal area. The ball must leave the penalty area before it can be touched or played by either team.

* Corner Kick is taken by a member of the attacking team when the ball passes over the goal line outside of the goal, when the ball was last touched by the defending team. The kick is taken from within the corner arc on the side of the field that the ball left the field of play. No defending player may be within 8 yards of the ball.