The rules of the game are governed by FIFA rules, except where noted below for the Modified soccer formats (U-06 to U-11). Rules that are unmodified are those concerning the Start of Play, Out of Bounds, Fouls and Misconduct. The purpose of the Modified soccer format is to allow players to play the game in a format that will maximize player enjoyment of the game while teaching them the skills that they will need as they grow older.

Modified Soccer Rules - Highline Soccer Association (WSSC's parent) has approved small sided rules (U-06 to U-11) for its clubs. A copy of the entire rule set can be found on the HSA site HERE.

The following rules are standard for play in modified formats:

  • No Heading is permitted for players under the age of 11.
  • No jewelry is allowed on a player except medical ID.
  • No standings will be kept for levels U-06 to U-10.
  • All players in good standing are to be played at least 50% of the time
  • All players must wear shinguards
  • All players must be properly registered with the West Seattle Soccer Club
  • All parents must provide a signed medical release for their players, or be physically present at all games and practices
  • All comments from the sidelines must be positive and supportive of the players, coaches, and officials
  • Build Out Line (a.k.a "No Poaching") Rule (U6-U11)
  • Spring Season: 3-goal rule - add a player if down by 3 goals (for all age groups)

Click Here to visit for official rules and regulations governing full-sided play.

Soccer Myths and Facts!

Handball Myth: With the exception of the goalkeeper inside the penalty area, any contact between the ball and a player's hand/arm is a hand-ball foul. Fact: The foul is called handling the ball and requires intentional contact. During youth soccer games there are many instances of accidental contact between hand and ball which do not constitute a foul.

Offside Myth: It is illegal for a player to be standing in an offside position. Fact: An offside violation only occurs if, at the moment the ball is played by a team mate, a player is in an offside position and, in the opinion of the referee, the player participates in the play, interferes with play, or otherwise gains an advantage from his/her position. Offside position is a matter of fact. Offside is a judgment made by the referee.

Throw-in Myth: On a throw-in, the thrower's feet must be behind the touchline (out-of-bounds). Fact: A throw-in may be legal as long as some portion of each of the thrower's feet is either behind or on the touchline. This means the thrower's heels may be on the touchline with his/her toes on the field.

Scoring a Goal Myth: If the ball is on the goal line, or any part of the pall is over the goal line, a goal has been scored. Fact: The entire ball must be completely across the entire width of the goal line for a goal to be scored. If any portion of the ball remains over any portion of the goal line, a goal has not been scored and the ball is still in play. Similarly, the ball is still in play if any portion of it remains over any portion of the touchline (side-line).