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Youth 3v3 League Rules



Good sportsmanship is a must in this league. Parents and families are encouraged to create a fun environment for the players. If you do not demonstrate our core values, you will be asked to leave. Same goes for the players.

Number of Players

*All players must be registered.

 1. All teams will play 3 per side (no goalies).

 2. Teams must have a minimum of three players on the field to start a game.   

 3. Substitutions shall be unlimited. 

     Substitutions may be made once the ref has acknowledged that a substitution can be made.

     The player leaving and entering the field does so at midfield and/or without gaining an unfair advantage.

Players’ Equipment

Player equipment must conform to Striker Soccer rules.

 1. Shin Guards are REQUIRED. No exceptions.

 2. Footwear: regulation soccer cleats with rubber-soles (not football cleats), plastic cleats, and detachable rubber cleats that screw into the shoe, and tennis shoes are the only permissible footwear.

 3. Teams will wear uniforms of matching color.

 4. If eyeglasses are worn, each player is responsible for the safety of his/her own eyeglasses.

 5. No hats with bills, watches, or bulky jewelry. 

Duration of the Match

 1. Games will be played with two 15-minute halves, and a three-minute half time.

 2. There will be no overtime periods in regular season matches.

 3. If there is a playoff match, playoff matches will have a 3 minute overtime period with “Golden Goal” format. If there is no score after overtime, Penalty Kicks will follow. First to 3 goals wins. If still a tie, golden goal PK is how winner will be determined.

Forfeit Time: A 5 minute grace period will be given to a team not able to meet the minimum player requirements of the number of players. A forfeit will result in a 4-0 loss for the forfeiting team. After forfeiture, the game can still be played as a scrimmage or “friendly” between the two scheduled teams. Even if it is a forfeit, referees are required to stay and officiate the game if both teams still want to play. Teams can share players between the two scheduled teams or any team scheduled at their field, if the game is a forfeit. All players playing in a forfeited game must be registered players on the rosters at the field that game is being played at, and check in before they play.

Mercy Rule

There is no mercy rule but no team can win by more a 4 goal differential. This is in an effort to keep things fun. 


The offside rule will NOT be in effect.

Slide Tackling

 1. There is NO SLIDE TACKLING. You may slide block to block a shot with no players around. If a player is around, it will result in a yellow. 

 2. It will be up to the referee’s discretion as to whether or not a player’s participation from the ground is dangerous.

The Box Rule: No one can touch the ball inside the box (both defense and offense) if the ball is at all touching the box (this includes the line) then it will result in a PK from the halfway line. All players must be behind the halfway line when the ball is kicked. If the defensive team touches the ball inside the box with purposeful intent to block a goal, that will result in a yellow card. If offense touches the ball in the box, it will result in a goal kick. If there is a dead ball in the box, it will result in a goal kick. 

Free Kicks

 1. All fouls outside of the goal box will be awarded a free kick.

 2. A penalty within the goal box results in a penalty kick from the halfway line. This is a direct shot with everyone behind the halfway line. The ball is live upon the first touch. 

2. All free kicks are indirect with the exception of corner kicks.

 3. Indirect Kicks: The ball must touch any player before a goal can be scored.

    The defensive players can be no closer than 2 yards to the ball.

How to score

The ball must be scored from a touch on the offensive side of the field. 


 1. All balls that go out of bounds on the sidelines will be put back into play via a kick-in. This is treated like an indirect free kick (defenders must give 2 yards).

Goal Kick

 Ball may be kicked from on or anywhere on the end line. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal kick.

Corner Kick

 1. A corner kick shall be awarded to the attacking team when the entire ball passes over the goal line, excluding the area between the goal posts and under the crossbar, either in the air or on the ground, having last been touched or played by the defending team.

 2. A corner kick is the only free kick that is considered direct.

 3. Players of the defending team shall be at least 2 yards from the ball until it has been kicked.

 4. The ball shall be kicked from the ground within proximity to the corner, at the corner nearest where the ball left the field of play.

 5. After the corner kick, the ball must be played by another player, before the one who executed the kick plays the ball again.

Violations and Bookings

 1. If a player receives a yellow card, they will be removed from the playing field until the next substitution, but may be replaced by another teammate so that the team can continue at full strength. Names are taken after every yellow card. Failure to provide the referee with your own, real name will result in a longer suspension from the league.

 2. A player receiving two yellow cards in one game will be ejected from the current game and their next game. The team will have to play down a player in this case for the current game.

 5. A player receiving a red card in a game will be ejected from the current game and their next game, and the team will have to play down a player for the rest of that game.

Sin bins – The sin-bin will mean five minutes off the field. No replacement or sub is allowed. Anyone still continuing to argue or complain will receive a red card and suspension from future games. The sin bin area will be your own teams bench.

Smack talk, complaining and abusive language – Smack talk consists of verbally abusing anyone and WILL NOT be tolerated in this league. This includes your opponent, a team mate or referee. It also consists of persistent complaining. Only the Captains should address the referee, calmly, during the game. If you are not the Captain and complain or make comments to the referee, you can expect to receive a yellow or a red card, depending on what and how you say things. If your body language or tone of voice is perceived to be aggressive, you can expect a more severe punishment. If you constantly whine and complain, you should expect a sin bin and a yellow card, or a straight red card. If you receive a red card you will be suspended from future games, the length to be determined by the league, no exceptions. The answer to this is, don’t do it! It’s almost certain a referee will never change their mind, so don’t waste your breath, and just play. It’s not the World Cup.


 In regular season play there will be NO overtime games. Standings in the league will be determined by GAME POINTS:

 3 points for a win

 1 point for a tie

 0 points for a loss

 Maximum goal difference for each game is 4. (If a team wins 6-0, only 4 goals count).

 Same thing with the losing team, their goal difference would be -4.

If at the end of the season it is a tie for the winning team, it will result in looking at goal differential. 


 3 minute sudden death

 3 PK’s

 Sudden death PK