Essex County Youth Soccer Association

G6 Rule Exceptions

Below is a summary of the G6-specific rules. If there is a discrepancy between what is listed below and the operating rules, the operating rules win.

Note that the minimum number of players required to start or continue a G6 game specified in the 2018 version of the rules was 7.The correct value going forward is 6.

Format9v9
Min Players6 (This is different from what has been stated in the rules from previous years.)
Time30 minute halves
HeadingNot allowed
Ball Size4
Free Kicks
  • Opposing team must be at least 8 yards from the ball.
  • IFKs to attacking team inside opponents' penalty area are allowed.
  • PKs are awarded as usual to attacking team if fouled in the opponent's penalty area. The PK is taken 10 yards from the goal line (not 12).
  • IFK/DFK to defending team must clear penalty area before being touched (otherwise retake).
OffsideYes, inside opponent's half of field
Kick-OffNo retries if taken improperly
Throw-InNo retries if taken improperly
Goal KickNo special rules
Keeper ReleaseIf the GK throws, passes, or drop kicks the ball directly into the opponent's penalty area without it touching the ground or another player, IFK to the opposing team where the ball crossed the halfway line.
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