20. Special Rules for BAYS 7v7 Matches
In addition to (or in modification of) the regular playing rules of soccer, the following special rules for BAYS 7v7 boys’ and girls’ divisions shall apply:
There is no limit on the number of players allowed on a 7v7 team. BAYS, however, strongly encourages limiting rosters to 11 or 12 players so that a reasonable amount of playing time will be available for each player. Instead of the regulation eleven players on the field, there shall be seven players including the goalkeeper. A minimum of six players must be present to start a game, and a minimum of five qualified players must be available to continue a game.
- Rules Modifications
- There will be NO OFFSIDE in 7v7 play.
- On fields without goal areas marked, goal kicks shall be taken from within six yards of the goal line and within the penalty area (otherwise goal kicks are taken from within the marked goal area). The team not in possession shall withdraw to its defensive half of the field and may not enter its offensive half of the field until the ball is kicked and moved. Should the team in possession put the ball in play before the opposing players have taken position in their defensive half, play will continue.
- Indirect kicks awarded to the attacking team within the penalty area will be placed at the spot of the infraction, but no closer than six yards from the goal / goal line.
- On goal kicks, or on goalkeeper saves followed by a throw-out, punt, or drop kick, the ball must touch the ground or be touched by any player in the defensive half of the field. Infringement of this rule will result in a turnover of the ball to the other team. Play shall restart with an indirect kick at the midfield line nearest the point of contact.
- Penalty kicks will be taken from a point eight yards directly in front of the midpoint of the goal. All other players must stand beyond the midfield line.
- Field Dimensions
The ideal field size for 7v7 is forty yards wide by sixty yards long. This will not be a rigid requirement, as some organizations will, because of limited space, have to play their games across the width of regulation fields. An acceptable range for field size is thirty to forty-five yards wide and fifty to seventy yards long.
The penalty area should be 12 yards deep, and extend 12 yards to the outside from each goalpost. A separate goal area may, but need not be marked. Clearly visible dots or dotted lines may be used to mark the penalty areas to avoid excessive lining and confusion on regulation fields.
Downsized goals will be used which should be approximately twelve feet wide by six feet high (for 4th grade and younger), or the next adjustable size larger (for older teams). They must be anchored securely to the ground.