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AYSO Region 73, Bakersfield Southwest, 9001 Ashe Rd.


For age division information and chart see menu item PARENTS


Teams will formed after July 9. Coaches will receive information as soon as the teams are formed and will contact the parents.
All coaches must complete certification which includes Safe Haven, CDC concussion awareness, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and their age appropriate coach training. Much study material can be found on the website (click on AYSOU on our website menu bar)

Teams volunteers should be identified if possible so they can start their training early. This includes Team Manager, Team Referee, Youth Referee and other volunteers. 

Volunteers to have taken training and certifications (Safe Haven and CDC).
Team-Volunteers register with the RRA on first day for recording your volunteer points through the season.

8U teams will receive more information after team formation has been completed.
For emails and other board member information see our menu "About Us"

All regional rules and regulations must be followed.
KIDS-zone rules apply to all fields.There is zero tolerance.

Summary of rules for 10U+ age divisions see SUMMARY OF RULES.

RULES SPECIFIC FOR 6U (see also rules common for 6U/8U below)

4 v 4 - NO Goalkeepers. There should be no more than 6 players on the roster.  Standard AYSO uniform
Thus the AYSO LINE UP CARD (ALUC) shows 6 players.

2 periods of 10 minutes halves are played. 5 min halftime break. A quarter is approximately 5 minutes.

for all free kicks opponents must be 10ft away.

Goal Kick
: Opponents must be at least 10ft from the ball.
The ball is in play when the ball is kicked and moves.

Corner Kick:
Opponents must be at least 10ft from the ball. There is no corner arc.

8U or AR referee.

RULES SPECIFIC FOR 8U (see also rules common for 6U/8U below)

5 v 5 - NO Goalkeepers. When the roster is smaller the team may play 4 v 4. There should be no more than 8 players on the roster.
Standard AYSO uniform. Thus the AYSO LINE UP CARD (ALUC) shows max 8 players.

2 periods of 20 minutes halves are played. 5-10 min half time break. A quarter is approximately 10 minutes.

All games must start on time. Time starts when the ball is in play (ball is kicked and moves).

Goal kick:
Opponents must be at least 5 yards from the ball.

Corner Kick:
Opponents must be at least 5 yards from the ball. There is no corner arc.

most common fouls like pushing, pulling, kicking, deliberately handling, charging, tackling, and dangerous play result
in a stoppage. Allow play to flow as much as possible if it is safe.

for all free kicks opponents must be 5 yards away.

Dropped Ball
: For certain fouls like dangerous play or after an injury the 8U official may choose to restart with a dropped ball.
A goal cannot be scored directly from a dropped ball unless it has touched at least one other player.


Although in 6U and 8U officials will seldom find misconduct from players and as such not require any caution or send-offs.
However, any dissent from coaches and sideline must be dealt with promptly. The Laws of the game allow officials to show
Y/C and R/C to coaches. If coaches are not willing to dealing with parents who misbehave then they may receive the Y/C
and/or R/C instead of the parent and/or the game may be terminated with cause.

Up to 3 officials. 8U-official or AR certified referees can take any of the positions of the referee or assistant referee.


All games are practice games which means that the outcome of a match as a final score is irrelevant for these games.

Ball Size:
is #3. .

Players’ equipment:
Uniform is standard AYSO uniform
Footwear. Soccer shoes are recommended.
Shinguard must be worn at all times and on the shins under the socks.

Before coin toss:
Each team completes an ALUC. A coach or team manager can do this in advance at home.
ALUC-s must include coach names, full player names of the entire team in the jersey number sequence.

During the game:
indicate when they sit out (use X mark). If a player is absent write A B S E N T through all boxes behind
the player name on the ALUC.

After the game:
The coach who is present at the game signs the ALUC. The team manager hands it to the Regional
Referee Administrator. It is acceptable that one Team Manager can bring in both ALUCs from the game.

There will be a substitution break halfway through each period. This is a very short break no time for coach
instructions. Substitution is also allowed during half time break. No player plays 4Q unless all have played 3Q.
Region 73 plays in the AYSO Section/Area 10/A and every player should play 3Q when possible. ALUC must prove this.

Water Breaks:
On hot days additional water breaks may be considered.

Coin Toss:
A coin toss is done no later than 5 minutes before game time and after ALUCs for both teams are done.
The winner of the coin toss can choose kick-off or which goal to attack.

All games must start on time. Time starts when the ball is in play (ball is kicked and moves).

The ball is out of play when the whole ball has left the field over the touchline or the goal line or when the official blows the
whistle to stop the game. AYSO gives options on the restarts for the ball out of play and Region 73 will use for Fall 2021
program the following:

Throw-In: From the touchline. The player will throw the ball in over the head. Do not be bothered by a perfect throw-in. Be
kind to the players and allow play to continue if any decent attempt is made to throw the ball in. Opponents must be 10ft
from ball.

Goal Kick:
The ball is kicked from anywhere in the goal area. The ball is in play when kicked and moves.

Corner Kick:
The ball is kicked from the corner. The ball is in play when kicked and moves.

At this age division, fouls like pushing, pulling, holding, kicking, charging, deliberately handling, and dangerous play
may result in a stoppage. However, consider that teaching soccer and fun is the real objective so do not be too strict and let
the game flow as much as possible.
Err on the safe side if at any time safety may be a concern.

in 6U/8U all restarts are indirect free kicks.
IFK inside goal area for attacking team, place ball on goal area line parallel to the goal line nearest spot where foul occurred.

No headers allowed. Stop the game and check the player immediately before returning to play.

Stop the game immediately and check on the player. For this age division, there is no advantage to consider.


A goal is scored when the entire ball crosses over the goal line between goal posts and under the crossbar.

An 8U official or AR may officiate a 6U/8U game. It is not required that the official is neutral but it is recommended.
If no official can be found then coaches may decide how they want to officiate the game and do the coin-toss.
In any case, ALUCs must be ready before a coin toss is done.
Team managers may fill in the sit-out marks (X) and scores. Return the ALUC as soon as the game is finished.

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