Spirit United strives to develop soccer players capable of competing at the highest levels of competitive youth soccer in Central Florida. This past year has been one of tremendous growth for the ACYS Spirit United Competitive Soccer.

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ACYS Team Format and Information

 

Rule U6 U7 U8

U9/U10

U11/U12
Field Size 30x20 Yards 30x20 Yards 30x20 Yards 47x30 Yards 75x47 Yards
# of Players 4v4  4v4  4v4  7v7  9v9 
GK NO NO NO YES YES
Playing Times

4x

8 min

4x

8 min

3x

15 min

4x

12 min

4x

15 min

Break Times 5 min 5 min  5 min 10 min 10 min
Ball Size 3 4 4
Goal Size 4x6 4x6  4x6 6.5x18.5 6.5x18.5
Offside NO NO NO YES YES
Build Out Lines NO  NO NO YES NO
Player Development Children at this age need to development basic motor skills.  A smaller space will help them develop these skills while also providing more interaction with the ball, teammates, and opponents.  Players at this age need to develop speed and agility.  With a slightly bigger field, this will allow players to develop these skills while also providing more interaction with the ball teammates and opponents. Players at this age are sensible to develop coordination, balance, and visual awareness.  Increasing the number of players requires faster decision making so players can develop partnerships and game intelligence.

 
Special NoteDue to the size of the team, coaches with-in the U5-U6 age groups will be responsible for refereeing their own game.  Both coaches should come to a mutual agreement before the game starts on what format they will use to referee i.e. “I’ll call the fouls in this half and you in that half or if there is a bad throw-in we will allow one additional try”.   The time will be kept by a referee on the field who will blow an air horn to signify the start of the game, the substitution breaks, half time and the end of the game.  Due to time constraints, the timekeeper/referee will not wait for late, parents or coaches.

Player Equipment

  • Every player must have a standard uniform provided for by the school or ACYS in order to participate.
  • The goalie must have a different color jersey, provided by the team that distinguishes him/her from his/her team members. 
  • Shin guards must be worn in all games or practices.  They must be made of hard plastic.
  • Regulation soccer shoes or turf shoes with soft rubber cleats are required for all.

 
Players with improper equipment will not be allowed to play until corrected.    No Exceptions!
The following are unacceptable and considered unsafe:
Jean shorts or shorts with belt loops.                                        Metal baseball cleats or cleats with sharp edges.
Belts or shorts with metal buttons or clips.                                Soft fabric wrapped foam shin guards.
Socks that are too short to cover the shin guard completely.   

Jewelry (i.e.bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.) Earrings can NOT be covered with bandaids they must be removed for the game.