IM Referee Workshop

The date for the September, 2014 referee class for new referees has not yet been set.  Please check back in mid-August.  This class will provide an overview of the program, rules, scheduling, and other items to expect and prepare for as we enter the new season.  

 

Rules

Newton Youth Soccer uses standard FIFA rules with the differences described below. NYS rules are as close as possible to those of the travel leagues while preserving a less competitive nature.

Field of Play
Field sizes are reduced commensurate with the age and number of players. Field assignments are made with this in mind. Games are to be played on the assigned fields as marked. For small-sided games, the penalty area will extend the width of the field as marked.

Ball Size:
Grades 1-2: size 3
Grades 3-6: size 4

Number of Players on Field:
Grade 1: 3 v 3 (no goalies)
Grades 2: 4 v 4 (no goalies)
Grade 3: 6 v 6
Grade 4/5: 6 v 6

In the spirit of good sportsmanship and fun, if a team is shorthanded the other team is encouraged to share players on a rotating basis to make the game fair and competitive.

Equipment
Shinguards are mandatory for al players and should be worn under the players socks.  Cleats are not required but are recommended. No jewelry, watches, bracelets, etc. may be worn, EXCEPT medical alert tags, which must be protected with tape.



Age Specific Rules

1st Grade

No goalies

Out of Bounds (restarts):


Sidelines: 
When a ball goes out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) the game will be restarted by a kick-in (we WILL NOT have throw-ins at this age).  

End-lines:  When a ball goes out over the end-line, the game will be restarted by either a goal kick (if the ball was kicked out by the attacking team) or a corner kick (if the ball was kicked out by the defending team).  

On a goal kick, the defending team will need to move back to the midfield line prior to the goal kick.  The reason for this rule is that we want the attacking team to be able to put the ball back in play and attempt to move the ball forward.  Once the ball is put in play, the defending team can come into the attacking team's side of the field.

Substitutions:

Substitutions can be made on any out of bounds situation or when a child needs to come out of the game due to an injury.  The rule of thumb for all coaches will be to give all players equal playing time each week.

2nd Grade

No goalies

Out of Bounds (restarts):

Sidelines: When a ball goes out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) the game will be restarted by a throw-in.

End-lines:  When a ball goes out over the end-line, the game will be restarted by either a goal kick (if the ball was kicked out by the attacking team) or a corner kick (if the ball was kicked out by the defending team).  

On a goal kick, the defending team will need to move back to the midfield line prior to the goal kick.  The reason for this rule is that we want the attacking team to be able to put the ball back in play and attempt to move the ball forward.  Once the ball is put in play, the defending team can come into the attacking team's side of the field.

Substitutions:

Substitutions can be made on any out of bounds situation or when a child needs to come out of the game due to an injury.  Please signal the referee whenever you want to substitute and wait for the referee to acknowledge the request prior to making your change.  Please note: The rule of thumb for all coaches will be to give all players equal playing time each week.

3rd and 4th/5th Grade

Out of Bounds (restarts):

Sidelines: When a ball goes out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) the game will be restarted by a throw-in.

End-lines:  When a ball goes out over the end-line, the game will be restarted by either a goal kick (if the ball was kicked out by the attacked team) or a corner kick (if the ball was kicked out by the defending team).  

Special Rules regarding goal kicks / goalie punts and goalie throws:

Goal kicks, goalie punts (to include drop kicks), and goalie throws can not travel over the midfield line in the air.  The ball must bounce first or be touched in the air by a defending player to be in play.  Balls that travel over the midfield line in the air will result in a dead ball, indirect kick for the defending team at the spot the ball landed.

Substitutions:

Substitutions can be made on any out of bounds situation or when a child needs to come out of the game due to an injury.  Please signal the ref when are want to substitute and wait for the ref to acknowledge the request prior to making your change.  Please note: The rule of thumb for all coaches will be to give all players equal playing time each week.

Payment

Payment: In the fall and spring, all referees are paid by NYS. You must download the NYS Intramural payment form for each game, fill it in, and mail to the address printed in order to get paid.  If you have any questions, contact the NYS Treasurer.  

Payment Schedule

Certification Status

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4 +

Non-Certified

$14

$18

$20

Certified

$17

$20

$23