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CPL Rules & Regulations

last updated April 2019

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CPL | Laws of the Game


Law 1 - Field of Play

8U Coed 45 x 25 yards
10U Coed 45 x 25 yards
12U Coed 55 x 30 yards
14U Coed 55 x 30 yards


Law 2 - The Ball

8U Coed Size 3
10U Coed Size 4
12U Coed Size 4
14U Coed Size 5


Law 3 - The Players

8U Coed 6 v 6
10U Coed 6 v 6
12U Coed 7 v 7
14U Coed 7 v 7


8U and 10U divisions must have a minimum of 1 girl on the field at all times.

12U and 14U divisions must have a minimum of 2 girls on the field at all times.

If you do not have enough girls to meet this requirement during any given game, you must play down. 


Whenever a team is winning by more than 3 goals the referee will indicate that the losing team may add an extra player or the winning team must remove one player, depending on roster sizes.  Preferably the losing team adds a player to allow more players to play. If the score returns to within 3 the players on the field returns to normal.


Substitutions may be made on any stoppage of play. 


Law 4 - Players Equipment

  • Shin guards always required

  • Socks over shin guards

  • Footwear: cleats or athletic footwear (tennis shoes). No metal studs. No non-athletic footwear, such as boots.

  • No Jewelry, watches, necklaces or other accessories

  • Glasses should be approved for sports

  • No hoods (such as a hooded sweatshirt) which are dangerous if grabbed, pulled, or caught on something.


All of these requirements are for your player’s safety!


Law 5 - The Referee

Referees are to be respected at all times.  KICS does not tolerate abuse of any kind towards referees.  

Referees have the power to remove abusive or disruptive fans from the vicinity.


Referees have full control over the field, players, coaches and fans. 


Referee decisions are final. No protests. 


Law 6 - Referee System 


Games will be officiated in a 1 referee system instead of the 3 referee system.  


Law 7 - Duration of the Game

8U Coed 2 x 25 min
10U Coed 2 x 25 min
12U Coed 2 x 25 min
14U Coed 2 x 25 min


Law 8 - Start and Restart of Play

  • Home team will take the kickoff in the first half.

  • Away team will take the kickoff in the second half.


Kickoff Basics:

  • Kickoffs are indirect 

  • Kickoffs must be kicked backwards to a teammate.

  • All players must be in their own defensive half.

  • The player that takes the kickoff cannot touch the ball again until another player has touched the ball


Law 9 - Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when: 

  • It has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air

  • Play has been stopped by the referee


Extra Explanation: The ball is still in play until the entire ball has crossed the entirety of the line. This means that if any part of the ball is above any part of the line the ball is still in play.  Same concept for determining a goal.



Law 10 – Outcome of a Game

There are no overtimes or penalty kicks if a game ends in a tie during regular season games.If a playoff game results in a tie at the end of regulation, the game will be determined by penalty kicks. All players on the roster may take a penalty kick regardless of whether they were on the field at the end of the game. 


Law 11 - Offsides

No Offsides


Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct


No slide-tackling.


Offences resulting in a direct free kick:

  • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

  • Trips or attempts to trip an opponent

  • Jumps at an opponent

  • Charges an opponent

  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

  • Pushes an opponent

  • Tackles an opponent

  • Holds an opponent

  • Spits at an opponent

  • Handles the ball deliberately


If one of these infractions is committed by a player inside his own penalty area a penalty kick is awarded to the other team.


Offences resulting in an indirect free kick:

  • Plays in a dangerous manner (kicking ball near opponents’ head; remaining on ground near ball)

  • Impedes the progress of an opponent

  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

  • Goalkeeper infractions:

    • Controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing
      it from his possession

    • Touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his
      possession and before it has touched another player

    • Touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him
      by a team-mate

    • Touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a
      throw-in taken by a team-mate


Exceptions for 8U Division:

  • Every kick is indirect at the U8 age group.

  • There are no penalty kicks for U8 age group.



The referee has the authority to take disciplinary sanctions from the moment he enters the field of play until he leaves the field of play following the final whistle.


No red cards are used for U8 and U10 age groups. There is, however, a time-out for exuberant players. 


U11 Leagues and above, players can be red carded and ejected from a game. (Before, During or After)


The yellow card is used to communicate that a player, substitute, or substituted player has been cautioned. The red card is used to communicate that a player, substitute, or substituted player has been sent off.


Cautionable offences
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the
following five offences:
• unsporting behaviour
• dissent by word or action
• persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
• delaying the restart of play
• failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner
kick, free kick or throw-in



Sending-off offences
A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the
following seven offences:
• serious foul play
• violent conduct
• spitting at an opponent or any other person
• denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity
by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within
his own penalty area)
• denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving
towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a
penalty kick
• using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
• receiving a second caution in the same match


Law 13 - Free Kicks

Free kicks are awarded as outlined above.


Players must remain 10 yards from the ball during during free kicks, according to FIFA rule. 


Every kick is indirect at U8 age group.


Law 14 - Penalty Kicks

No Penalty Kicks for the U8 Division.  Free kicks will be moved outside the penalty box.


10U, 12U, and 14U divisions will follow standard FIFA rules.


Law 15 - Throw Ins

To perform a proper throw in the player must:

  • Keep both feet on the ground

  • Throw the ball with two hands

  • Pull ball behind their head and deliver over their head


If any of these are not done it is considered a “foul throw in” and the throw in is awarded to the opposing team.


Law 16 - Goal Kick/Build Out Line

Build OutLine

A fallback line is a line that all opposing players must be behind during the goal kick. This line exists at the top of the penalty box. This is to encourage passing and playing the ball from the back as opposed to simply kicking as far/hard as they can.


The opposing team may not touch the ball until the ball has been received by the team taking the goal kick. The opposing team may not cross the build out line until the ball has been received. 


The build out line applies when the goalie has the ball in their hands and during goal kicks.


Law 17 - Corner Kick

Opposing players must be 10 yards (or referees discretion on smaller fields) away from the ball/corner.  Players on the same team are allowed within that space.  

Corner Kicks are direct and may be scored without another player touching the ball.


All rules and regulations can be subject to change during season, as determined necessary by the League Commissioner.