Resources for Referees

Soccer Law Amendments

SCYSA Amendments to Laws of the Game

Full amended Laws (as per BC Soccer) can be found under Info/Documents/Referees

The following amendments apply.



U10 Amendments

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U9/U10

    Laws of the Game apply, with these changes:

  • 7 players on the field; one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 6 players to start at the beginning of each half and after a stoppage in play 

  • 25 minutes each half

  • Law 11 (Offside) does not apply

  • Opponents must be 8 yards away from the ball for free-kicks

  • All free kicks are Indirect (cannot score from a free kick)

  • No Indirect Free Kicks in the Penalty Area

  • 2nd chance on a throw in - explain what they did wrong

  • Unlimited substitution

  • Keeper not permitted to punt ball from his goal area to opponent's goal area; free kick to the opposing team from the centre mark.

  • Safety first

U11 & U12 Amendments

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U11 & U12

Laws of the Game apply with these amendments:

  • 8 players on the field, one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 7 players to start each half or after a stoppage in play

  • 30 minutes each half

  • Law 11 (Offside) applies in the last 1/3 of the field only

  • 9 yards for free-kicks instead of 10 yards

  • (House only) 2nd chance on a throw in - explain what they did wrong

  • Unlimited substitution

  • Indirect Free Kicks taken from outside of Penalty Area

  • Keeper not permitted to punt ball from his goal area to opponent's goal area; free kick to the opposing team from the centre kickoff spot.

  • Safety first


Retreat Line

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Retreat Line Procedure for all teams U6 - U13

There is a retreat line one-third running across the entire pitch one-third of the length of the pitch from each goal (this is the Offside line for U11 and U12). When one team is awarded a goal kick, all opposing players must be closer to their own goal than the kicking team's retreat line, and cannot cross it until:
- The ball is played by a player on the kicking team other than the player taking the goal kick OR,
- The ball travels over the retreat line OR,
- The ball leaves the field of play

If an opposing player crosses the retreat line before the ball is played or crosses the line the referee must stop play and the kick is re-taken.

If the opposing team repeatedly infringes the retreat line, an indirect free kick is awarded to the kicking team from the place where the offence occurred.

U13-U18 Amendments

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U13 to U18

The Laws of the Game are amended as follows:

  • Unlimited substitution

  • U13, U14 - 35 minute half

  • U15, U16 - 40 minute half

  • U17, U18 - 45 minute half

  • Safety first

Referee Monthly Meetings

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Referee Monthly Meetings

Monthly Referee Meetings - September through February


Upcoming dates for 2019:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:30 - 9 pm (Davis Bay Hall)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 - 9 pm (Davis Bay Hall)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 - 9 pm (Davis Bay Hall)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 - 9 pm (Davis Bay Hall)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:30 - 9 pm (Davis Bay Hall)


Referees, aspiring referees, coaches, players and parents are welcome!

Rep Game Reports

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To report disciplinary cards or any necessary details of a rep level game, please follow this link through NSYSA:  https://sites.google.com/site/nsysareferees/announcements/gamesheetsdisciplinereporting

U8/U9 Amendments

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U8/U9

    Laws of the Game apply, with these changes:

  • 5 V 5 format, 5 players on the field; one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 4 players to start at the beginning of each half and after a stoppage in play 

  • 20 minutes each half

  • Law 11 (Offside) does not apply

  • Opponents must be 8 yards away from the ball for free-kicks

  • All free kicks are Indirect (cannot score from a free kick)

  • No Indirect Free Kicks in the Penalty Area

  • 2nd chance on a throw in - explain what they did wrong

  • Unlimited substitution

  • Keeper not permitted to punt ball from his goal area to opponent's goal area; free kick to the opposing team from the centre mark.

  • Safety first