Laws of the Game
Laws of the Game:
Information on small-sided standards
Under US Soccer and beginning August 1, 2017, new standards in youth soccer were implemented across the country. These standards are known as Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). A key component to these PDIs is new standards of play for small-sided games. OYSA Developmental League adopted these standards in 2018. The Developmental League is managed by OYSA in accordance with the bylaws and policies of OYSA, US Youth Soccer (USYS), and the US Soccer Federation (USSF).
The COSL Rules were developed from those PDI standards (https://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/us-soccer-player-development-initiatives) and OYSA Development League rules (https://oregonyouthsoccer.org/developmental/). For further detail about these rules, please visit their web sites.
What are small-sided standards?
Small-sided standards are youth games played with less than 11 players on each team. Playing with less players on the field means that players are constantly involved in play and provided with more opportunities for touches on the ball and overall player development. Not only are there fewer players, but small-sided games also use smaller fields, goals and balls, shorter game times and some different rules to optimize the game for younger players.
If any player, coach, manager, spectator, club official, or game official is charged with referee abuse or assault, the league director may suspend such person from any further participation in the tournament. The league director may also disqualify that person’s team from any further participation. If the league director disqualifies a team, the team will forfeit all of its games in the tournament, whether played or unplayed.
FIFA Laws of the Game except as specifically modified
4 vs 4 - Fields 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D.
7 vs 7 - Fields 6 South, Field 4
9 vs 9 - Field 5