*USSF new modifications for 2016-2017
MODIFIED RULES FOR 7 v 7 PLAY – 3/4 Grade
The field dimensions shall be approximately 50yds (goal line) by 60 yards (touchline).
- Half way line with a center mark for kick-off point at midpoint.
- Center circle with a radius of 8 yards from the center mark.
- Penalty area marked by the penalty line extending from one touch line to the other, 12 yards from and parallel to the goal line.
- There is no goal area.
- Penalty mark is 9 yards from midpoint between the goal posts and parallel to both touchlines.
- Approximately 6 feet (2 yards) tall by 12 feet (4 yards) wide, where available. Goals must be secured to the ground.
The ball size is #4.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
Each team must field no fewer then five (5) and no more than seven (7) players for 3/4 match to begin or continue. One player must be a goalkeeper.
A team is permitted to willingly and intentionally play shorthanded with fewer then seven (7) but no fewer the five (5) players, one who must be a goal keeper.
The maximum roster size is 11 players.
DURATION OF PLAY
All 7v7 games shall consist of two 30 minute halves with a half-time interval of 5 minutes.
Opposing players shall be 8 yards from the ball on the kickoff, corner kicks, direct kicks, and indirect free
kicks, rather than 10 yards as normally required for 11v11 play.
The penalty spot will be 9 yards from the center of the goal. All players except the goalie and kicker must be outsid the penalty area until the ball is kicked.
After a goalkeeper takes possession (e.g. by throw, punt, dropkick, etc.), the ball must next touch a player or the field prior to entering the penalty area of the opposing team or there is a loss of the ball and play restarts with an indirect free kick at the halfway line.
The goal kick shall be taken from anywhere in the penalty area up to and including the penalty area line. The ball is in play when it is kicked.
Opposing players must stand no closer than the halfway line until the goal kick is taken or the goal kick is retaken.
On a goal kick, the ball must next touch a player or the field prior to entering the penalty area of the opposing team or there is a loss of the ball and play restarts with an indirect free kick at the halfway line.
Indirect kicks by the offensive team due to a foul by the defense within the penalty area shall be taken from the point on the "Penalty Line" nearest the spot of the infraction.
A drop ball due to an event within the penalty area shall be taken from the point on the "Penalty Line" nearest the spot of the infraction.
The offsides law shall be enforced only for 7v7 matches in the Rec 1 flight of the Grade 3/4 division. The offsides law shall not apply to any other matches in the 3/4 division.
NVYSL prohibits heading by players in the Grade 3/4 division. Coaches must not instruct, encourage or permit players in the Grade 3/4 division during a match. An infraction by any player who deliberately heads or attempts to head the ball, will result in the awarding of an indirect kick for the opposing team from the spot of the infraction. If the heading infraction is committed by a defending player inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick shall be taken from the point on the penalty line nearest the spot of the infraction. Any goal scored as a result of deliberate heading shall be disallowed.