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U11-U12 (9v9) Structure

League Structure

  • Regular Games: 8 Regular Season Games (typically 1 p/w in Fall, Spring will include a mid-week game)
  • Tournament: Play-Off Event - Closing Weekend - Top 4 Teams Qualify
  • Playing Days: Primarily Saturday's - Weekday's Reserved for Overflow - No Sunday Play
  • Venue(s): Home/Away & 1 Neutral Game at Roots Athletic Center
  • No Games on Labor, Thanksgiving, Columbus or Memorial Day Weekends


Following the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Mandate on small-sided play the Roots Soccer League is embracing 9v9 play for all teams U11 and U12.

Heading is phased in at U12.
Scores and standings are recorded.

Structured as a "competitive developmental" bracket; this means placement of teams is heavily influenced by previous results (clubs may still make placement requests). Standings are now published and the teams are split into numbered divisions (D1, D2, D3 etc).

The top 4 teams in each division qualify for the RSL Play-off's at the end of both Fall and Spring. In addition every Spring the Division Winners of D1 will progress to the MTOC tournament (there is an additional fee for this tournament).

Age Group Specifications

  • Players: 9v9
  • Duration: 30min halves
  • Field & Goal Size: Modified Field Info
  • Ball: Size 4
  • Subs: Unlimited (on any stoppage w/ referee permission)
  • Heading: No Heading at U11. Headling allowed at U12
  • # of Referees: 1 - Center Official
  • Laws of Game: All FIFA Laws

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