Novice Program

Key Information for the Novice Program 


Age Group:

8-10 years old (U8-U10)

Game Format 5v5 (4 plus a goalkeeper)
Number of Players on a Roster 7-9


4 periods

Period Duration:

12 minutes

Time Between Periods:

2 minutes

Time Between Halves:

5 minutes after second period

Total Running Time:

57 minutes

Ball Size:

Size 4

Goal Size:


Field Size:

35 x 45 yards

Number of Coaches on Field:

Only 1 if needed to referee
Game Field TBD
Practice Field TBD
Practice Night

Wednesday, time tbd, 5-5.45pm, 5.45-6.30pm or 6.30-7.15pm*

*provisional schedule, days may change

Cost $135, which includes a shirt
Duration 8 practices, 7 games
Registration Open now and will close Thursday 3/10/2022 at 8pm



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  • Many of the players will now have a good understanding of the object of the game and the basic rules. However, they are still having to process a lot of information, including trying to apply skills learnt at practice and executing them while the other players are trying to steal the ball. It is no easy task so receiving more information from the sideline just makes the game more stressful and less fun. Cheer, encourage, smile but please no sideline coaching.
  • No score keeping nor records. 
  • In the case of no referees, the coaches will establish 2 quarters each to act as referee
  • Coaches should not encourage players to hang by their offensive goal. Objective is to keep the players involved in the game as much as possible. 
  • No slide tackles, pushing, tripping permitted.
  • If one team has fewer players than the normal allowed on the field, the opponent plays with the same number of players as the opposing team.
  • If one team is clearly dominating a game, the opposing team can put 1-2 extra players in until game is more equal for both teams.
  • The same team taps off for the 1st and 3rd periods. The other team taps off at the start of the 2nd and 4th periods. Teams switch sides at half time.
  • Substitutions can be made at any point to keep kids fresh and involved.
  • All players will get equal playing time.
  • No goalkeeper should play more than half the game in goal per game.
  • No throw-ins, only kick-ins are to be taken if the ball goes out of bounds on the sidelines. Opposing team needs to give at least 5 yards space for the inbound pass to take place.
  • Goal kicks are taken when the attacking team knocks the ball out of bounds across the end line. Opposing team must wait at midfield and not proceed across until the pass is completed.
  • No off-sides.
  •  Indirect KicksWhen a foul occurs, such as a dangerous play, tripping, handling, slide tackling etc., play is stopped to allow the referee or coach to quickly explain the error. Foul kicks are all indirect (even if within the goal area/box) and from the spot of the foul. If a foul occurs inside the goal area/box, the kick is taken from directly outside the box at the point closest to the foul. All fouls should calmly be explained to all players as a learning experience. (Ball touched by at least two players before it goes in the goal.) Obstruction, unsportsmanlike conduct, slide tackling, dangerous play (lying on the ground near ball or foot too high in the air). If repeated behaviour, coaches are to take player off field to discuss.
  • GoalkeepersCan use their hands inside the goal area/box and have ~6 seconds to distribute the ball. (Encourage quick distribution) Keepers can NOT pick up a ball played back by their teammates’ feet. 
  • All teams are responsible for lining fields, setting up fields as directed by the Commissioner 


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