2nd grade plays 4 v 4 on a small field to help provide players as many "touches" on the ball as possible and for them to develop footskills in an appropriate sized field dimension as endorsed by US Soccer. The are NO goalies at this age and score / standings are not kept.
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).
On a goal kick, the defending team will need to move back to the midfield line prior to the goal kick. The reason being 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 teams side of the field.
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.
Shinguards are required and should be worn under the players socks. Cleats are not required but as suggested.