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Bylaws & Rules

2016/17 Season Changes:

With the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) requirements there are several changes for the 2016/17 season.  We are working on updating all our rules and guidelines.  Below are the main changes and how they will affect our teams and clubs.


Birth Year Registration:  The age group for all teams will be registered based upon birth year (calendar year).  Clubs still have the option of forming teams based upon school year (seasonal year) but they need to understand that teams that are formed based upon school year will play against older teams that are based upon birth year.

Click here for the birth year registration guideline

Example of matrix team age:

Current year team make up of an U11 team :  mixture of 2004/2005.  In 2016/17 season if this team stays together the team will be a U13.  The 2005 players should be U12 and the 2004 players should be U13.  Keeping the team together causes the 2005 players to play up a year and play against older players.  Although teams/clubs can opt to keep teams together you need to think about the difference in age and maturity.

What about the U15 and U18/U19 age groups?

The U15 (or better defined as 15 and under in this upcoming season) will be comprised of players in junior high and high school.  With many players in high school playing for their high school team in the spring this will leave the junior high players without a complete team.  To address this issue we will offer a U14/U15 league option in the spring so that U15 players can club pass onto U14 teams.  Depending on numbers we can also offer a 7v7 or 5v5 league for those players.

The U19 players will be seniors in high school and players who have already graduated.  Teams may opt to register as U19 instead of U18 and keep their team together.  We will offer a U19 division in the league.  The difficult part is how to register for State Championships.  The U18 division of the State Championships is in the fall.  The U19 division of the State Championships is in the spring.  So teams will need to decide whether they will remain as a U19 or remove the U19 players and register for the cup as a U18.


Final version of the USSF Player Development Initiatives 


Team size:

Players on the field:

U5 and below: 3v3

U6 – U8: 4v4

U9 – U10: 7v7

U11 – U12: 9v9

U13 and above: 11v11


Roster size:

U5 and below: 6 players max

U6 – U8: 8 players max, 6 recommended 

U9 – U10: Academy and Rec. Plus: 12 players max, Recreational 14 players max, 12 recommended

U11 – U12: Classic and Rec Plus: 16 players max, Recreational (minimum of 9 primary players on a team)

U13 and above: 22 players max, 18 recommended (minimum of 11 primary players on a team)


Field Size:



Length Range

Width Range

U6 - U8


25 - 35

15 - 25

U9 - U10


55 - 65

35 - 45

U11 - U12


70 - 80

45 - 55


* 4v4 soccer is meant to be played in a less structured environment in order to maximize fun and participation; thus, players eight-years-old and younger should play without formal teams and rosters. Conducting play through in-house programs with flexible and fluid teams is the best approach. 



Heading is not allowed in the U11 and below age groups at practice or at games. In the U12 and U13 age groups limited heading is allowed in practice and unlimited heading is allowed during games.  Coaches need to know how to properly instruct heading at the U12 and above age groups.


U9/U10 Build-out Line: 

USSF has implemented a build-out line for this age group.  The build-out line promotes playing the ball from the back in a less pressured setting.  Please see the USSF Player Initiative for complete details and dimensions of the build-out area.


Arkansas State Soccer Registration Levels:


Seasonal Year: August 1- July 31. 

Rebate: Clubs that register 100% of their players and pay on time receive a $1 rebate per player

Team fees: Charged once per seasonal year and covers the fee for coach and manager background checks, medical and liability insurance for the coach/manager (listed on the roster) and administration.

Player fees: Players are charged once per seasonal year at the level of the team on which the player is rostered.  Medical insurance, registration with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation is included in the player fee.

Classic (Division I & II) U11-U19

  • Eligible to participate in the Interstate League, Premier League & State Governor’s League
  • Eligible to qualify for the Arkansas State Championships or Arkansas Governor’s Cup
  • Tryouts are allowed
  • Player Fee: $26 per player per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $40 per team


Rec Plus U9-U19

  • Eligible to participate in some classic events (depends on restrictions of event)
  • Eligible to participate in Governor’s Cup
  • Eligible to participate in Rec. Plus leagues
  • Eligible to participate in Recreational events that allow Rec. Plus
  • Tryouts are not allowed
  • Players must play at least 50% of the game, even if participating in classic event
  • Player Fee: $18 per player per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $25 per team


Academy U8-U10

  • Eligible to participate in Academy Leagues and events
  • Eligible to participate in Academy Cup
  • Pool Rosters, can change from game to game
  • Players must play at least 50% of the game
  • Player Fee: $18 per season per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $20 per team


Recreational U7-U19

  • Eligible to participate in the Recreational Leagues and other various leagues
  • Eligible to participate in Ron Heller Recreational Cup
  • Eligible to participate in Recreational Tournaments
  • Cannot participate in Classic Events
  • Tryouts are not allowed
  • Players must play 50% of the game
  • Player Fee: $14 per player per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $15 per team


In-House Recreational U6-U19

  • For teams that just play in their in-house league
  • Eligible for Fun Fest Jamborees & Kohl’s Jamboree
  • Players must play 50% of the game
  • Player Fee: $10 per player per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $6 per team


First Touch U6 & below

  • Designed to teach kids the basics of soccer in a fun environment
  • Arkansas State Soccer provides a program and coaching instructions specifically for this age group
  • Player Fee: $6 per player per seasonal year
  • Team Fee: $6 per team


Secondary Registration

U11 and above Recreational or Rec Plus players may secondary onto a classic team. Players who are secondary on a classic team may be ineligible to participate in certain recreational events. Rec Plus or Recreational teams are limited to having no more than 3 players who are secondary on a classic team.

Secondary Fee: $15 per player per team charged to the team receiving the secondary player



When a player transfers from one club to another club: $10 (charged to receiving club)


Yearly Membership Fee

$25 per club: provides Directors and Officers Insurance for the club.


Tournament Sanctioning

Classic Tournaments: $250

Recreational Tournaments: $100

Jamboree/Friendly: $50

Provides liability insurance for the club.  Player's Medical insurance is only in effect for sanctioned events.


Upgrade Fees

In-House Rec à Recreational : $5

Recreational à Rec (+): $5

Rec (+) à Classic: $10  

All other fees are event specific (leagues, state cups, coaching courses)


Club Pass:

Club pass is allowed in all registration levels.  The ability to club pass and the number of club pass players allowed is dependent upon the event that the team has entered.  Some leagues or tournaments may not allow club pass.  Players are allowed to club pass up but cannot club pass down a level.  Ex. A rec plus player can club pass onto a classic team for an event but may not club pass onto a recreational roster.  A classic player can only club pass onto another classic team.



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