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IMG Nationals 3v3 Soccer and it’s qualifying events are required to adopt the 3v3 soccer rules set forth by the USYS. Below is a description of these rules as well as some modifications for IMG Nationals 3v3 Soccer.
U.S. YOUTH SOCCER 3V3 OFFICIAL LAWS :
LAW I - THE FIELD
A. Dimensions: The field of play shall be rectangular, its length being not more than 40 yards nor less than 20 yards and its width not more than 25 yards nor less than 15 yards. The length in all cases shall exceed the width.
U.S. Youth Soccer Recommendation: Length & Width dependent on age
1. Distinctive lines not more than five (5) inches wide.
2. A halfway line shall be marked out across the field.
3. A center circle with a three (3) yard radius.
4. Four corner arcs with a two (2) foot radius.
5. Goal area: none.
C. Goals: The size of hockey goals or 4x6.
LAW II - THE BALL:
Size three (3) or (4)
A. The ball should be spherical.
B. The outer casing should be leather or an approved synthetic.
C. No dangerous materials should be used in the construction of the ball.
LAW III - NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
A. Maximum number of players on the field at any one time: three (3).
B. Maximum number of players on the roster should in general not exceed: six (6).
C. Substitutions may be made during ANY Stoppage of Play with referee’s permission.
E. No goalkeepers.
LAW IV - PLAYERS EQUIPMENT:
The basic equipment of a player consists of the following:
A. A jersey or shirt (same color for all players on a team).
B. Shorts - Jerseys/Shirts must be tucked in.
C. Stockings – must completely cover the shin guards should be the same color for all of team.
D. Shinguards – MANDATORY for protective reasons.
E. Footwear – tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes.
LAW V - REFEREE:
A. Associate referee.
B. Parent/coach or assistant.
C. All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending player.
D. No cautions or ejections shall be issued to players except by an independent neutral referee.
LAW VII - DURATION OF THE GAME:
A. The game shall be divided into two (2) equal TWELVE (12) minute halves.
B. There shall be a half-time break of one (1) minute between each half.
LAW VIII - START OF PLAY:
A. At the start of the game, choice of field ends and kick-off is determined by the flip of a coin.
B. Opponent must be three (3) yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.
C. Ball must be passed (touched) to another player (no dribbling on kick-off).
LAW IX - BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY:
The ball is out of play during the following circumstances:
A. When it has gone completely over the boundary line (on ground or air-born).
B. When the game has been halted by an official.
LAW X - METHOD OF SCORING:
A. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line.
B. The ball must cross the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar.
LAW XI - OFF-SIDE:
There shall be no off-side.
LAW XII - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:
A. All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick.
B. Opponents must be three (3) yards away before kick is allowed.
C. Any player who commits one of the following offences shall be penalized by the opposing team being awarded an indirect free kick.
1. Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
2. Trips an opponent.
3. Jumps at an opponent.
4. Charges an opponent.
5. Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
6. Pushes an opponent.
7. Tackles an opponent, but touches opponent before the ball.
8. Holds an opponent.
9. Spits at an opponent.
10. Handles the ball deliberately.
11. Plays in a dangerous manner.
12. Impedes the progress of an opponent.
LAW XIII - FREE KICKS:
A. All free kicks are INDIRECT.
B. A goal cannot be scored unless ball has been played or touched by a player other than the kicker before passing through the goal.
C. Opponents must be three (3) yards away before kick is allowed
LAW XIV - PENALTY KICK:
A. No penalty kicks are to be taken during these games.
B. Play is restarted with an indirect free kick.
LAW XV - KICK-IN:
Kick-in is considered as an indirect free kick with the opponent five (5) yards away from the ball.
LAW XVI - GOAL KICK:
A. A goal kick is taken by a member of the defending team when the ball crosses the goal line outside of the goal when last touched by a member of the attacking team.
B. The kick is taken from the edge of the goal area or from the goal line.
C. Opponents must be at least three (3) yards from the ball.
LAW XVII - CORNER KICK:
A. The attacking team is awarded a kick-in when the ball passes completely over the goal line outside the goal area after last being played by a member of the defending team.
B. Opponents must be three (3) yards away from the ball.