FootballU10 & U11 Miniroos Rules


9-a-side Recommended squad size: 12 (3 on the bench)
Size 4 ball
5m x 2m goals
Pitch size: 45m wide x 65m long Approx one half of a full-size pitch
Length and width may vary up to 5m.
Penalty area: 10m deep x 20m wide
2 x 25-minute halves Minimum 5-minute half-time break.
Goalkeepers The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds.

The goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop-kick the ball directly from their hands. Opponents must be at least 10 metres outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area or when the goalkeeper places the ball on the ground.

No back passes: An indirect free kick is awarded if the goalkeeper touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a teammate.

Throw-ins Player faces the field of play, has part of each foot on the ground either on or behind the touchline, uses both hands and delivers the ball from behind and over his or her head. The thrower must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. Opponents must be at least 5 metres away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play once it enters the field of play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.
No offside Game Leaders should strongly discourage children from permanently standing in blatant offside positions.

Children should be made aware of the official offside rule during training and be encouraged to adopt this philosophy during the game at all times.

Goal Kicks Ball crossing the goal line after touching the attacking team last: Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents remain at least 5m outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. Game Leaders should not restart play until they are satisfied all opposition players are at least 5m outside the penalty area. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area.
Corners Ball crossing the goal line after touching the defending team last: A player from the attacking team places the ball inside the corner arc nearest to the point where the ball crossed the line. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.

A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.

Fouls and misconduct Indirect free kicks are awarded for all acts of handball or fouls and misconduct. Opponents must be at least 5 metres away from the ball when the indirect free kick is taken. An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.

For deliberate or serious acts of handball or fouls and misconduct in the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded from an 8-metre penalty mark with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 5 metres behind the penalty mark.

Fouls and misconduct are:
• kicks or attempts to kick an opponent;
• trips or attempts to trip an opponent;
• jumps at an opponent;
• charges at an opponent;
• strikes or attempts to strike an opponent;
• pushes an opponent;
• tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball;
• makes contact with the opponent before touching the ball;
• holds an opponent;
• spits at an opponent;
• handles the ball deliberately;
• plays in a dangerous manner; and
• impedes the progress of a player.

Source: MiniRoos Club Football National Playing Formats and Rules

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