Length of Games and Size of Ball
The length of games and the ball size shall be as follows:
|Age||Length of Game||Over Time Periods||Ball Size||Time Between Periods|
|U3/U4||1st 20 Minutes Practice, 2nd 20 Minutes Game||None||Size 3||5 Minutes|
|U5/U6||1st 20 Minutes Practice, 2nd 20 Minutes Game||None||Size 3||5 Minutes|
|U7/U8||4 – 10 Minute Quarters||None||Size 3||5 Minutes|
|U9/U10||2 – 25 Minute Halves||2 – 10 Minute Halves||Size 4||10 Minutes|
|U11/U12||2 – 30 Minute Halves||2 – 10 Minute Halves||Size 4||10 Minutes|
|U13/U14||2 – 35 Minute Halves||2 – 10 Minute Halves||Size 5||15 Minutes|
Regarding our game formats for the home games in Berrien Springs:
2 30-minute halves……may need to adjust to 25-minutes as sundown gets earlier, but hopefully with earlier start times in October we can keep it at 30.
Our preference is to play 11 v 11 as much as possible, as we have 17 players per team. However, if due to your numbers we need to adjust down to 9v9, we will be happy to make that adjustment both home or away.
We implement a no-heading rule at the U12/5th-6th grade level. We do request that the Lakeshore U14 team plan for this when playing in Berrien Springs. If you play with headers on your home field, that is fine by us. I’m a believer in playing with the local rules.
I have also instructed our 5th/6th grade referees to touch base with the coaches of each respective game regarding when substitutions will be permissible, how long for halftime, etc., so that everyone is on the same page as much as possible, as I know some referees have their own way of doing some of those things.