New Providence Soccer Club is dedicated to the promotion and organization of youth soccer at both the recreational and competitive level. The Club is committed to the development of its players and coaches in order to allow them to reach their fullest pot

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SDP League Play: Modified 5v5 Rules for Soccer

Player safety/attire

  • Players must be geared properly at all practices and games:
  • Cleats, shin guards, and soccer socks (completely covering the shin guards).
  • No jewelry of any kind (earrings, necklaces, bracelets).
  • No hard plastic or metal hair accessories (bows, clips, head bands, etc.).

Number of Players

  • Format is 5v5 with NO GOALKEEPER.
  • Players must be allowed to play minimum of 50% of each game.
    • Exceptions include injury, illness, unwillingness to play, or disciplinary reasons.
  • Substitutions can be made with referee’s permission for injury or at the quarter.

Game duration

  • (4) 7 minute quarters
  • 2 min break between 1st and 2nd quarter; 2 min break between 3rd and 4th quarters
  • 5 min break at half time


  • One neutral official (referee) shall be allocated to every match. All infringements should be briefly explained to the player.
  • If no referee, a parent or coach may act as game official.

Game Play

  • Ball Size: 3
  • Kickoff from center spot at beginning of the game, after half-time and after each goal.
  • Kicker may not kick the ball a second time until another player touches the ball.
  • Opponents must be 4 yards from the center mark.
  • No official score will be recorded.
  • Fouls and Misconducts Conform to FIFA laws. Referee should explain all infractions to the offending player
  • All free kicks are direct and opponent shall remain 4 yards from ball.
  • There shall be no penalty kicks.
  • Games are intended to be instrucitonal for players to learn the game while keeping players safe from injury.

Ball In and Out of Play

  • Ball must be 100% over line to be out.
  • Throw-In: Balls out of bounds are put into play by the opposing team at the point on the touchline where the ball was kicked out of bounds. One re-throw/team after instruction by official.
  • Goal Kick: Goal kick is taken by defending team from any point on goal line. Opponents must be 4 yards away from ball.
  • Corner Kick: If team defending goal touches ball last before it crosses goal line, attacking team puts it into play with an indirect corner kick. Opponents must be 4 yards away from ball.

Opposing parents/coaches and players should shake hands after each game.

Referee Equipment

  • Official uniform (Shirt w/referee patch, shorts, socks)
  • Whistle
  • Stopwatch
  • Grade 9 referee license required

Referee Best Practices

  • Be a positive example to the players.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before game time.
  • Introduce yourself to the coaches.
  • Take control of the game by speaking loudly and clearly to the players. Blow your whistle strong and loud.
  • Wait by teams after the game to shake hands.