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Fill-out Game Cards completely. Include FIELD and if you are HOME or AWAY. Home provides the balls (3 suggested) and AWAY calls the coin flip. If neither coach marks this the referee just give the choice of coin flip to one of the team. You may have just lost your chance to call the Coin Flip. Include UNIFORM NUMBER and at the bottom of the card, your  OPPONENT (these are all the areas circled on the example).

Substitution Rule - U10 and Above


The referee must be informed before a substitution is made • the substitute only enters the field of play after the player being replaced has left and after receiving a signal from the referee • the substitute only enters the field of play at the halfway line and during a stoppage in the match • the substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play • from that moment, the substitute becomes a player and the player he has replaced becomes a substituted player • the substituted player takes no further part in the match • all substitutes are subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee, whether called upon to play or not.

Coaches need to follow this procedure. Referees will enforce this. Player can be issued yellow cards for their coaches not following the rules. Officials will warn coaches before we issue cards to the player giving them a chance to correct their mistakes. 

CHANGE U08 Penalty Area added!

U08 Fields now contains BOTH the Goal Area (box) and the Penalty Area (box).

Goal kicks must still be taken from somewhere along the Goal Area line but the Goal Keeper may now patrol the entire Penalty Area for goal protection and use the same area for kicks after retrieving an attempted shot on goal.

Law 16 the Goal Kick - becomes something new to think about. On a goal kick, the opposing team defensive players may not line-up inside of the the Penalty Area (or box) nor touch the ball until it leaves the Penalty Area (box). If the ball does not make it out of the Penalty Area, the kick is retaken. The Goal Kick must clear the Penalty Area (box) for a proper restart. 

Two other Laws specific to U08 that the referee have asked me to pass along:

Law 12

Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

A. All fouls will result in an indirect free kick with the opponents six (6) yards away.

B. The Referee must explain all infractions to the offending player.

Law 13

Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

A. Shall be classified under one heading – INDIRECT.

B. The goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team.

C. No kicks shall be taken by the attacking team within the defending team’s goal area.


Goalie Jersey's are in - all coaches are welcome to pick-up a NEW GOALIE JERSEY. Chose a different color than your team to make your goalie stand-out as a different player. LOCATED AT Referee Stations at Rice Ranch and Orcutt Academy. Please help yourself to ONE JERSEY ONLY PER TEAM. 

Coaching Education Resources

Cal South Expands their coaching education resources. Click on the link title and check out What's New on Coaching Education at Cal South. More to follow, check back regularly for new information.

Paul Ollice

Paul Ollice

Vice President

Phone: 689-9950

Gus Vargas

Gus Vargas

Director of Spring League

Phone: 260-6129

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Concussion Training

All Coaches must complete the Concussion Training Course. 

Link: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/online_training.html