US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Manual

Rules and Information
Anchorage Youth Soccer League

The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.

  1. Recreational Soccer - a soccer program that is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition.
  2. Recreational Player – a player who is randomly assigned to a team without regard to his/her abilities and skills.
  3. Recreational Team – teams formed randomly to play soccer.
  4. Recreational League – leagues composed of teams formed in a random manner.

More information on Alaska Youth Soccer’s website, click here.

League Modified Rules

The Anchorage Youth Soccer League uses the US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Manual modified rules and addenda with the following format:

  • Under-8: 4 versus 4 (no goalkeepers) | four 12-minute quarters
  • Under-10: 7 versus 7 (6 field players, 1 goalkeeper) | two 25-minute halves
  • Under-12: 8 versus 8 (7 field players, 1 goalkeeper) | two 30-minute halves
  • Under-14: 11 versus 11 (10 field players, 1 goalkeeper) | two 35-minute halves

Club Code of Conduct

As a player, you are part of both a team and a club and your actions reflect not only upon yourself but on your team and the rest of the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club. As a member of the Club, you are responsible for your own actions and will be held accountable for the same.

Players and Parents are expected to:

  • Conform to rules established by your team and the Club
  • Respect the coaches’ decisions and follow his/her instructions
  • Avoid inappropriate behavior during practices, games, travel, and Club-sponsored events
  • Attend practices, games, and tournaments to which your team is committed
  • Abide by travel rules of the team or Club including team meals, activities, room hotel assignments, etc.
  • Treat teammates, members of the Club (including parents and family members), opponents, coaches, referees, and other officials with respect
  • Care for your uniform, equipment, and soccer fields
  • Remember that under the rules of soccer, a coach can be ejected from a game or the team may be forced to forfeit due to the conduct of a parent
  • Drive slowly around all fields and parks
  • Pick up your trash, keep fields clean, and keep pets away from all fields
  • Abide by all field/facility rules and regulations, including parking restrictions
  • Understand that the cost of repairing any damages caused by a player shall be responsibility of the player and the players’ parents

Coaches are expected to:

  • Set high standards for their own and their players’ conduct
  • Set team rules, including attendance rules, and fairly and equally apply these rules
  • Treat all players honestly, fairly, positively, and with respect
  • Be committed to helping each player develop soccer skills and game understanding
  • Communicate openly, honestly, and professionally with players and parents
  • Represent the Club in a professional manner with any actions being beyond reproach
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco around the players
  • Abide by team and Club rules
  • Drive slowly around all fields and parks
  • Make sure trash is picked up prior to leaving any field or facility.