CV Modified Game Rules

CV Recreational Play - New Mercy Rule

Effective immediately, the following rules will be applied to all recreational games played in CVYSL recreational leagues. The mercy rule is as follows:

  1. When there is a 4-goal differential, the winning team may not score within the Penalty Box area and all the shots must be taken from the outside of Penalty Box.
  2. When there is a 5-goal differential, the winning team must pull out a player; preferably, their striker.
  3. When there is a 6-goal differential, the winning team must pull out the goalkeeper.
  4. After the 7th goal, the winning team must pull out another player.

Build-Out Line for U5-U10

Rules regarding the Built-Out Line

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. This also applies to goal kicks being taken by the attacking team.

Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed).

After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the buildout line and play resumes as normal.

The opposing team must also move behind the buildout line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.

Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accept the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

Opponents must not waste time moving out past the build out line. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

Games are 2 x 25-minute halves with continuous clock and 10 minute break.  Coaches may not play 4 quarters as this will impact other schedules.


Deliberate heading is not allowed

  • Heading is prohibited in 12U and younger small-sided games.
  • All players age eleven (11) years old and younger, who are playing up in 13U and older games, are prohibited from heading, and must clearly be identifiable to the match official. (i.e. armband)
  • When a player, who is eleven (11) years old and younger, deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If a deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
  • All players age eleven (11) years old and younger, who participate in a non-CYSA sanctioned event with their CYSA player pass, must adhere to the CYSA heading policy and are prohibited from heading. 

CVYSL Entry Level Referee Course

Entry Level Referee Course

Entry Level Referee Course

July 14 Referee Course

Register Here for Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Course #29561

Date: July 14, 2019 

Location: Pearl Library, 4270 Pearl Ave., San Jose, CA

  • Sun, Jul 14  8:00am - 11:00am
  • Sun, Jul 14  11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Sun, Jul 14  3:00pm - 6:00pm

(Must attend ALL sessions) 

Interested in becoming USSF certified?

Referee Clinic

CVYSL sponsors an entry-level referee clinic for those interested in becoming a USSF certified soccer referee. The post-clinic examination must be passed in order to complete the certification. 

For information on the next entry-level clinic Please contact referee@cvysl.org for more details.