Roo Ball Rules - U9 & U10
These are for playing within the SCCSA and may differ slightly from the rules of other soccer associations. Modifications have been made to some FIFA Laws of the Game, to facilitate the transition from the U6-U8 rooball game to the Full Field game. Below is an extract from the Law of Rooball U9 / U10, the full document can be found on the website under referees, Laws of the Game.
GAMES ARE NON-COMPETITIVE: There are no points table or championships. Children should be given equal time
THE BALL: All matches are played with a size 4 ball. A match ball must be given to the referee before the start of the match by both teams.
PLAYERS: Teams consist of no more than nine players one of whom is the goalkeeper and up to five interchange players. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than six players. Teams may borrow players from other teams to make up numbers. Interchange must occur during a stoppage in play, after the referee has acknowledged the interchange and the interchange player must enter the field at half way and after the player being replaced has left the field. Interchanging is encouraged to provide all players with equal game time. All players must not wear any kind of jewellery or hard brim hats. Players must wear Club jersey, Club Shorts, Club Socks, Shin guards and Footwear.
REFEREE: Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Match. The team sheet- must be correctly filled out and signed by each player, and must be handed to the referee before the start of the match. A player arriving late may take part in the game once the referee has been notified and their equipment has been checked. The late player must sign the team sheet at half time.
ASSISTANT REFEREE: There are no assistant referees allocated to these matches, however the referee may give permission to a responsible person from each team to indicate when the ball is out.
DURATION OF THE MATCH: The duration of the match is two 25 minutes halves with a 5 minute break at halftime. Time is started by the appointed referee whether the teams are ready or not. There is no time added for stoppages or injuries.
START AND RESTART OF PLAY: A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play, for the start of the match, after a goal has been scored, and the start of the second half. A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. At the start of the match teams must enter the field of play from the halfway mark, in a line after the referee has signalled them by a whistle to come on. A coin is tossed and the team winning the toss chooses ends, the other team kicks off from the centre mark. Opponents must be 7 metres from the ball. From a kickoff, the ball can be played in any direction, and the kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player. A goal may be scored directly from a kick-off. After a goal has been scored, the team conceding the goal takes the kick-off to restart play. For the second half of the game the teams change ends and the kick-off is taken by the side that did not start the game.
BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY: The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air or play has been stopped by the referee.
SCORING: All players are allowed to play and score within the semi circle (goal area) and a goal is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
OFFSIDE: Offside will not be penalised in this game, however deliberately placing a player in a position to gain unfair advantage is contrary to the spirit of the game and is discouraged. The referee can verbally caution the players doing this or penalise such as unsporting behaviour.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT: A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force. A player may also be cautioned and shown the yellow card or sent off and shown a red card.
FREE KICKS: All free kicks in this game are indirect. A goal can be scored only if the ball touches another player before it enters the goal. All opponents must be at least 7 m from the ball until it is in play.
PENALTY KICK: There are no penalty kicks in this game. If a free kick is awarded to the attacking team inside the goal area, the kick must be taken from the edge of the semi circle. Defending players may stand on their goal line.
THROW IN: A throw-in is awarded to the opponents of the last player to touch the ball before it wholly crossed the touchline. The thrower must face the field, keep part of both feet on the ground either on or behind the touchline, delivering it from behind his/her head using both hands. A player who has thrown in the ball shall not play it again until it has touched another player. Coaches/Referees may assist players to achieve the correct method. A second attempt is given. Following 2 foul attempts, possession passes to the opposing team. A goal cannot be scored direct from a throw-in.
GOAL KICK: A goal kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of the attacking team. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team. Opponents must remain 7m from the ball until it is in play.
CORNER KICK: A corner kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of the defending team. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick. The kick is taken at the nearest corner from within the marked quarter circle. The corner flag may not be removed. Opponents must be 7 metres away
TECHNICAL AREA: Each field should have an area marked out as a technical area for each team either side of the halfway line. It should be at least 2m from side line.
THE TECHNICAL AREA IS THE DESIGNATED SEATING AREA FOR THE COACH, MANAGER AND PLAYERS. ONLY ONE COACH, ONE MANAGER AND INTERCHANGE PLAYERS WHO ARE MARKED ON THE TEAM SHEET AND CAPABLE OF TAKING THE FIELD ARE ALLOWED IN THE TECHNICAL AREA.
THE COACHES: Coaches are not permitted to enter the field of play unless called on by the Referee. Coaches may walk their team’s defensive sideline ONLY after requesting permission from the Referee.
SPECTATORS: Are not to be in the technical area and must stand between the technical area, nor stand along the goal line or behind the goals to a distance of 7m.