U10 Program Guidelines




Provide an opportunity for North Andover children to enjoy non-competitive soccer, while encouraging FUN, participation and good sportsmanship for all players. The U10 program further develops soccer skills through instruction, in practices, clinics and Games.


Every reasonable effort has been made to make every team balanced based on age and skills/ability.


Players must have shin guards, and reversible NASA shirts. Highly recommended are cleats. Also encourage every player to bring a #4 soccer ball. Coaches are provided with a bag of team equipment for each season.


1.      All children MUST play at least half of every game. All players should play equal amount of time over the course of the season.

2.      There are NOT ANY permanent positions. All players are to play every position throughout the course of the season. THIS INCLUDES GOALIE! Every player SHALL play equally offensive and defensive positions. A good approach for goalie and other positions is to rotate every quarter or at least every half.

3.      As a coach, you should measure yourself on your ability to improve the skill level of every child, not on how often your team wins or how good your best players are.

4.      You, as coaches, must be fair to all of the players. We do not want to see one child scoring two and three goals every game. As a coach you can, and should, control this.

5.      Emphasize and encourage good defense. Allowing few or no goals is as, if not more important, than scoring goals.

6.      Teach the children good SPORTSMANSHIP. This includes FRIENDLY handshakes after every game.

7.      Teach the children the rules of soccer. Coaches should correct children who push while dribbling and absolutely disallow pushing or tripping from behind. In Travel Team Soccer such behavior would result in a yellow card or red card (removed from the game). Bad habits let go now will work against each player as he/she gets older

8.      Coaches are restricted to one half of the field on the coaching side. This is to prevent coaches from running up and down the sidelines shouting instructions during the games. Therefore, neither coach can cross the midfield line during the game.

9.      All parents and spectators are to stay on the opposite sideline from the teams. They are not to stand with the teams or at the goal lines. No parent or coach can stand at the goal lines. The referees are instructed to stop the games if spectators or coaches are not in their appropriate areas. As coach, you must help the referee enforce this rule in particular.

10.  Neither coaches, nor parents should yell or speak to the referee during the game. The coach may ask for clarification, but that is all.

11.  Coaches should make a list and have different parents bring water and orange slices each Saturday.


1.      Standard soccer rules apply including direct and indirect free kicks with the following exceptions:

2.      Play 7 vs. 7 including the goalkeeper. If one team is short players, the two teams should combine players and form two equal teams.

3.      Substitutions will be allowed during any throw in, goal kick, by notifying the referee, or after a goal by either team.

4.      Games will have two 25-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime. The referee will stop at a convenient point every six to seven minutes for substitutions.

5.      The second and fourth quarters shall be restarted with a throw-in or goal kick, depending on how the first and third quarter ended.

6.      The second half begins with a kickoff for the team that did not kickoff to start the game.

7.      Throw-Ins: The player will get two chances to properly throw the ball in play. The referee should instruct the player on what he/she did wrong the first time and how to properly execute a throw-in. If the player unsuccessfully attempts the throw-in on the second opportunity, the ball is given to the other team for a throw-in from the same spot.

8.      Goal Kicks: All defensive players must retreat to at least half field and may not cross until the ball is received by an offensive player after the goal kick is taken. The ball will be placed at the end of the goal-area box. The kick must clear the penalty area before being touched the second offensive player.

9.      Corner Kicks: Follow standard soccer rules with the defending player nearest the ball maintaining an appropriate distance from the kicker.

10.  When a goalie makes a save, he/she has 6 seconds to get the ball back into play. A goalie dribbling the ball with his/her feet is considered "in play".

11.  The goalie is considered in possession of the ball if the ball is stopped and the goalie has contact with the ball with any part of his/her body. It is not considered in possession if the ball is moving and the goalie slaps at it and it continues in motion.

12.  When a goalie has possession an opposing player may not interfere with the goalie. The goalie is to be given free space to move to throw or kick the ball. Any player interfering with the goalie is to be warned by the referee. When interference is called, the goalie is to be given another opportunity to get rid of the ball.

13.  Any player issued THREE warnings from a referee for interference; rough play or serious infractions, like pushing and tripping from behind shall be removed for the remainder of the game.

14.  Absolutely NO FIGHTING. Fighting will result with the player being removed for the remainder of the game and shall not be permitted to play in the next scheduled game.

15.  There are NO "drop balls." In a drop ball situation, a throw-in should be awarded to the defensive team.

16.  There are NO penalty kicks. All fouls committed inside the penalty area will result in the ball being placed at the nearest point outside the penalty area and a free kick awarded, either direct or indirect as called by the referee.

17.  There will be off-sides called, but only in the 14-yard penalty area.

18.  A ball put into play from a goal kick, or a kick or throw from the goalkeeper, must be touched by a player or the ground before it crosses the mid-field line. If it does not touch the ground or a player before it crosses the line an indirect kick will be awarded at the point where it crossed the mid-field line.


1.      Must control the game by using the whistle and letting the kids and coaches know what the call is. The whistle should be blown loudly and the call blatantly explained. Direct kicks, indirect kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks, kickoffs, should all begin with the referees whistle or acknowledgment to begin.

2.      The referee should explain to the players what they should do if they seem uncertain and should not let play continue if the players are confused. Corner kicks and goal kicks in particular may need to be explained to players.

3.      When a referee does not show, each coach should split the game and referee one half of the game. As a referee, the coach may not coach the players on the field. He/she is on the field to referee only. When a referee does not show, the coach MUST inform the in-town Director who will in-turn notify the referee director.

4.      The referee must not allow any coach or parent to come on to the playing field at any time except in the case of injury.

5.      The referee must stop play if spectators or coaches and sidelined players are not in their appropriate areas.

6.      Any abusive parents or coaches should be reported to the director of referees, and the In-Town Director. Abusive coaches will be let go from the program. Coaches of teams with abusive parents may be asked to help with the parent in question. Ultimately, abusive parents will either be asked to watch the games from a place where they cannot be heard or their child removed from the association.

7.      Although we want the kids to just go out and play soccer, the whistle must be blown to call obvious and blatant fouls such as pushing, shoving, tripping, and illegal tackles, handballs, goalie interference and unsportsmanlike conduct. Each call should be explained. Serious infractions can result in warnings. Any player receiving three warnings shall be removed for the remainder of the game. Fighting will result with the player being removed for the remainder of the game and shall not be permitted to play in the next scheduled game.

8.      The referee has complete control of the game and must use the whistle for that purpose.

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