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.
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.