US Youth Soccer Rules and Regulations

Southwest Washington Youth Soccer is a member of WA Youth Soccer Association which supports US Youth Soccer. Since we are under the US Youth Soccer organization, we abide by the rules and regulations as much as possible as well as player development initiatives that US Youth Soccer recommends.

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US YOUTH SOCCER PLAYERS AND PLAYING RULES POLICIES

 
Charging the Goal keeper
Charging the Goalkeeper
The following rules apply to all competitions under the jurisdiction of the WSYSA:
  1. In all Under-11 age groups and below: No player shall make physical contact with the goalkeeper, or attempt to play the ball once the goalkeeper has control of the ball in any manner and to any degree whatsoever.
  2. In all Under-12 age groups and above: No player shall make physical contact with the goalkeeper WITHIN THE GOAL AREA, harass the goalkeeper, or attempt to play the ball once the goalkeeper has control of the ball in any manner and to any degree whatsoever. For infringement of this special Rule, an indirect kick shall be awarded.
Note: Also included in "having control of the ball" is, if the goalkeeper holds the ball on the ground with one or both hands.