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15U Program: 
Each team will have a one (or 1.5) hour practice twice a week scheduled by the coach at their discretion. Practice plans can be found in the 15u coach manual. Do not be worried about running a professional practice. We suggest running drills that keep the most players involved all the time so that players do not get bored or start acting up. 

11 players take the field, with one playing goalkeeper.

Each player should play at least one half. Every single player needs a uniform and shin guards. 

Once coaches are assigned, coordinators will provide them with their rosters and we encourage them to reach out to their team immediately to let everyone know practice times and introduce yourself. We suggest email and text at least for the first communication. 

The Markings:
Distinctive lines recommended.

  • Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.
  • Center circle with an 10 yard radius in the center of the field.
  • Corner arcs with a 1 yard radius at each corner of the field.
  • Goal area in front of each goal measuring 6 x 20 yards.
  • Penalty area in front of each goal measuring 18 x 44 yards.
  • Penalty mark 12 yards from the goal line.
  • Penalty arc extending in a 10 yard radius from the penalty mark.

The Goals: 
Maximum 8 feet high and 24 feet wide.

The Ball: 
A size 5 ball is used for games.

The Players:

  • Numbers: 11 per team on field; one of which is a goalkeeper.
  • SubstitutionsBetween periods, at halftime and for injuries.
  • Playing Time: Minimum of two periods per game and no player should play four periods until everyone has played three.
  • Teams: Separate girls and boys teams should be promoted at all levels of play except for U19 COED.

Player Equipment: 
Shoes and shin guards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes, tennis shoes, or similar type athletic shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use.

Duration of Game:
Four 17.5 min periods.

AYSO certified Regional Referees or higher are required for U15 games.

Assistant Referees/Club Linesmen:
If available, qualified assistant referees who have completed Assistant Referee Certification may be used to assist the referee. This is an opportunity for new assistant referees to begin getting experience. If qualified assistant referees are not available, Club Linesmen (untrained volunteers who may be affiliated with one of the teams/clubs) may be recruited from the spectators to assist the referee with calling the ball in and out of play only. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved.


The Start of Play: 
The game should be started with a kick-off in the middle of the field.

The Kick-off: 
A coin toss is used to determine which team kicks off to start the game and the other team kicks off to start the second half. Opponents must be eight yards from the center mark while kick-off is in progress.

Ball In and Out of Play:
The ball is out of play in all age group games when it completely crosses the touch line (side line) or goal line (end line), either on the ground or in the air.

Method of Scoring:
A goal, in all age groups, is awarded when the ball completely crosses the goal line into the goal.

For 15U and older games, all fouls identified in Law 12 apply. Refer to the Laws of the Game for more information. 

For 15U and older games, all misconducts identified in Law 12 apply. Refer to the Laws of the Game for more information. 
Coaches at all levels of play have the option of calling players to the touchline to receive words of 'positive instruction' concerning player's behavior. 

Free Kicks:
Free kicks, in 15U and older games, may be either direct (may score directly), or indirect (must be touched or played by another player before a goal can be scored). Opponents must be at least eight yards from the ball or on the goal line between the goal posts during free kicks.

Penalty Kicks:
Penalty kicks may be awarded in 15U and older games. A penalty kick results from a player committing one of the ten direct free kick fouls inside his/her own penalty area. The penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark with all other players outside the penalty area except the opposing teams goalkeeper.

Second chances are not given for improper throw-ins for U15 and older players. An improper throw-in results in a throw-in for the opposing team. 

Goal Kick:
A goal kick is awarded to the opposing team, in 15U and older, when the attacking team is last to touch the ball before it crosses the goal line but without scoring a goal. The goal kick may be taken from any point inside the goal area. The goal kick is retaken if the ball is touched or played by either team before leaving the penalty area.

Corner Kick:
A corner kick is awarded to the opposing team when the defending team is last to touch the ball before it crosses the goal line but not scoring a goal. The opposing team must be at least eight yards from the ball when the corner kick is taken in 15U and older games.

The offside law applies in 15U and older games.

Hand Ball:
A hand ball infraction occurs when a player handles the ball deliberately. The 'hand' includes the entire arm up to the top of the shoulder. Accidental contact (ball striking hand or arm with no intent by the player) is not an offense and should not be penalized.

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