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At the U8 level, boys and girls are separated into divisions within the age group so that boys will play with and against boys while girls will play with and against girls. MASC does not have a coed option at this age group level.

The U8 program is great for beginners and more experienced players alike. Teams are created to ensure all games are competitive and fun for everyone. U8 games will be played under "modified" rules, which are intended to allow the players to more fully enjoy the game, without burdening them with the rules (i.e. laws) of the game, which they are not ready to comprehend, much less execute. "Modified" laws are typically instituted with some variation throughout youth soccer.

Game Format

The U8 games consist of four (4), twelve (12) minute quarters.

  • Field size: reduced to be within recommendations.
  • Substitutions: either team may substitute one or more players prior to a throw-in.
  • Except for the kick-off (which is a "direct" kick that may result in a goal), all kicks are "indirect," meaning a goal cannot be scored until a second player touches the ball prior to the ball entering the goal.
  • "Direct" kicks and "penalty" kicks are not taken. "Offside" is not called.
  • Maximum number of players on the field is six (6) per team, including the goalkeeper.
  • Keepers are not permitted to 'punt' the ball. Upon playing the ball with his/her hands within the goal box, the keeper must keep the ball in play by either dribbling, passing or throwing the ball.

Practice Sessions

Once per week for a maximum of one (1) hour.

Game Times and Schedules

All teams will be scheduled to play one (1) game per week on Saturday mornings.

Uniform / Equipment

  • The reversible MASC In-House jersey must be purchased by the parent/guardian of the player. Jerseys may be purchased from

    SEW YA NEED A
    www.sewyaneeda.com

    Phone: 724-265-3100

    1590 Saxonburg Blvd.
    Tarentum, PA 18084

  • Shoes may be tennis shoes, turf shoes, or soccer spikes.
  • Shorts may be of the athletic style, sweatpants are permitted in cold weather.
  • For personal safety concerns, jewelry is not permitted; earrings must be removed or taped. Hair accessories such as metal barrettes and plastic headbands must be removed before a game.
  • Shinguards are mandatory for practices and games.
  • Each player should bring their own drink to every practice and game.
  • U-8 and U-10 use a size #4 soccer ball.

Spectators

  • Disputing or verbally abusing the referees and/or assistant referees will be cause for ejection.
  • Refrain from coaching players during the game.
  • Make an effort to understand the laws of the game.
  • All spectators must view the games from the opposite side of the bench area and behind any designated 6' boundary. Spectators are prohibited in the bench area and/or behind the endline/goal. This is to ensure and promote:
    • Safety of the players and spectators.
    • Player development
    • Proper Officiating
  • Please, understand that soccer is a game of risks and mistakes. Players must be willing to chance failure keeping in mind it is only temporary. The referees of MASC are typically youth, who, even though they have been trained and have passed an exam, are nevertheless, in the process of developing their skills as referees. Positive reinforcement from spectators and coaches is of great value in their development.