(These meet AYSO National’s U14 Guidelines – and exceed it some areas.)
Revised: September 8, 2016 (Heading the ball added)
Just a few points for coaches, referees & parents to remember, especially for those who have experience in other divisions, as to how U14 sometimes differs from the standard Laws of the Game. When not mentioned here, the standard Laws of the Game applies.
Any player may play as goalkeeper any number of “quarters”. However, it is highly recommended that if a player plays ¾ of the game as goalkeeper, that player should also play on the field for ¼ of the game.
Standard roster size is 14 players. However, in unique circumstances, with Executive Board approval, the roster may be increased to 15. In the event that a team has 15 players at a game, one (and only one) player will play only ½ of that game. At ALL other games in the regular season, a player who previously played only half of a game must play at least ¾ of the game (i.e., any given player may play only half of a game, ONLY ONCE during the regular season). During playoffs, this guideline “restarts” such that in the event that a team has 15 players at a playoff game, one (and only one) player will play only half of that game. At all other playoff games, a player who previously played only half of a playoff game must play at least ¾ of the game (i.e., any given player may play only half of a playoff game, ONLY ONCE during the playoffs).
Referees should briefly explain any infringements to ALL the players and help players with instructions. They are the teachers on the field – and should encourage proper play and sporting behavior. Every effort should be made to keep the game moving and free from stoppages for doubtful infractions. Let them play and enjoy.
Referees must be registered AYSO volunteers (meaning completion of safe haven and eAYSO volunteer background check) & certified with Basic Referee Training or higher (see How to Become an SM AYSO Referee on the Referee section of our website.) U14 Center Referees should be certified with Intermediate Referee Training.
Referees in U14 do not referee their own children’s game, but are scheduled for other games in the division. Referees schedule themselves for games in this division. The recommended procedure is as follows:
All teams must earn at least 15 referee points during the season to qualify for the playoffs. Referee points may be earned by refereeing games for which they are qualified in the U8, U10, U12, U14, and Upper divisions, by performing referee administration work, or by attending referee courses. More details are available on the Region 20 website, under the “Referees” tab.
Coaches shall utilize positive coaching skills (avoid constant coaching, no yelling at players), stay within the designated technical area (coach's box—no more than 10 yards on either side of the midfield line), show respectful attitude toward the referees and HAVE FUN!
Spectators from each team shall be on opposite sides of the field. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule and sits on the West or North side of the field. The visiting team is the second team listed on the game schedule and is assigned the East or South side of the field. Spectators must stay between the “18-yard lines” (between the penalty areas). Spectators must also be 2 yards back from the touchline, maintaining an unobstructed and safe area for the Assistant Referee and players to run and perform throw-ins. A spectator must never sit or stand behind the goal or goal line. Coaches & assistant referees should encourage adherence to this policy. Spectators shall avoid coaching players (coaches coach, players play, parents cheer), avoid foul or abusive language or gestures toward any player, coach, referee or other spectators, abide by the Kids Zone guidelines (no smoking, no consumption of alcohol, no dogs, etc.), acknowledge and congratulate BOTH teams on a game well played, and HAVE FUN! Team Managers should help ensure proper sideline etiquette. If playing on an artificial turf field, please see the City’s policies regarding use of those fields (i.e., water being the only liquid or food allowed on the field).
You have your field for your specified slot only. Referees must make sure the game starts on time as a courtesy to all the teams that have games afterward. Coaches and players should be ready to start the game on time. If a game must start late, the referee may shorten the halftime interval or may choose to play shorter halves, but both halves must be equal in length.
Coin toss: The “Home team” makes the call; either “heads or tails” in the air. If the call is correct the home team decides what end they will defend. If the call is incorrect then the “Visiting team” decides what end they will defend. Losing the coin toss means you kick off first. Coaches should prepare their captains on what end to choose to defend first.
Ball Size is size 5
Game Cards: Game cards are to be completed by each Coach or Team Manager prior to the start of game warm-ups. To complete the game card, coaches must write the full name and number of each player on the team in order of uniform number and give the game card to the Center Referee before the start of the game. The Referee notes all absences, substitutions, goalkeeper playing time & goals during the game. Again, the Referee can delegate this role to an Assistant Referee if s/he needs assistance. The Referee signs the completed game cards and deposits them in the Game Card box, or as per the Division Commissioner’s instructions.
Field Set-Up is the responsibility of all the teams with the first game. Please arrive early to complete this task in time for the players to practice with the goals in the proper location. Fields should have 6 flags – 1 on each of the four corners, and 1 each at the halfway line, about a yard away from the edge of the field (touchline). Additionally, the Game Card box and Kids Zone sign need to placed in a visible location. Please pick-up any debris on the field.
Field Take-Down is not needed at Airport Park unless requested by the City Monitor. Teams with the last game should check with the monitor.
No other changes from play as specified in FIFA Laws of the Game.
Coaches have an abbreviated copy of the FIFA Laws in their U14 Coaching Manual. Referees are given a copy in Basic Referee Training.
Everyone is welcome to download a full copy of the AYSO Edition of the FIFA Laws of the Game from the Coaches section or the Referee section of our website.
Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this an enjoyable experience for all the children!
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