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RECREATIONAL RULES

DC Soccer Club's Recreational Soccer program plays by modified USSF rules in order to accommodate players ability level at different ages. These rules come from recommendations presented by the US Youth Soccer Association and are adapted by many youth soccer leagues around the country. 

Age Group-Specific Gameday Rules & Reminders PRE-K Plus | Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd & 4th Grades |
5th & 6th grades | 7th & 8th grades | 9th-12th (HS) grades
Continuous Play Guidelines (Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st grade) |  Build Out Line rules (2nd, 3rd & 4th grades)

Rec Soccer Administrative Rules (updated January 2022)

Helpful information about Silent Soccer

Age Game Format Team Size Team Max Practices (mins per week) Game Length (mins) Ball Size Referee Throw Ins Offside
Pre-K Plus 4 v 4 6 to 8 8 40 on gamedays 5 x 3 3 Coaches No; Continuous play No
Kinder 4 v 4 6 to 8 8 15 on gamedays 8 x 4 3 Coaches No; Continuous play No
1st 4 v 4 6 to 8 8 Encouraged 12 x 4 3 Coaches No; Continuous play No
2nd 5 v 5 8 to 10 10 Encouraged 12 x 4 3 Some, plus Coaches Liberal throw ins No
3rd 7 v 7 11 to 14 14 60 25 x 2 4 Yes Yes, 2 tries allowed Only if obvious
4th 7 v 7 11 to 14 14 60 25 x 2 4 Yes Yes, 2 tries allowed Yes, regular rules
5th 9 v 9 13 to 16 16 60 25 x 2 4 Yes Yes, regular rules Yes, regular rules
6th 9 v 9 16 to 18 18 60 30 x 2 * (if field time allows) 4 Yes Yes, regular rules Yes, regular rules
7th 9 v9 16 to 18 18 60 30 x 2 * (if field time allows) 5 Yes Yes, regular rules Yes, regular rules
8th 9 v 9 18 18+ 60 30 x 2 * (if field time allows) 5 Yes Yes, regular rules Yes, regular rules
HS (9-12) 11 v 11 22 22+ 60 35 x 2 5 Yes Yes, regular rules Yes, regular rules

NOTE: Dogs are NOT allowed at any DC Soccer Club Event. Service dogs are an exception, but MUST be leashed.