Soccer - Fall & Spring


Crusader Youth sends special thanks to Scott McCuen for his many years of service to the CYAA soccer program.  Scott gave many hours to the development and running of this vital program.  We wish Scott the best as he moves onto other ventures.

Long term goals for the soccer program are being formulated.  For the fall season, no changes will be made.

The only exception to that will be trying to move more practices and games to the fields at Lancaster Catholic.
This allows our youth to develop at LCHS facilities and allows CYAA to run concession stands to boost income.


CYAA Youth Soccer Director – Bryan Fossi (Head boys coach at Lancaster Catholic HS)

CYAA Crusaders Youth Soccer is a recreational soccer program open to boys and girls attending Catholic elementary schools or registered in religious education at a Lancaster County parish.In continuous existence since the mid-1980s, CYAA soccer welcomes kids of all abilities to join teams organized by age and coached by volunteers from different parishes—all of whom must have Diocesan clearances.As a recreational program, our goal is to ensure that every player has fun, learns the fundamental and technical skills of the game and develops teamwork and sportsmanship qualities. There are no tryouts and all players receive ample playing time. 

Our U6 & U8 teams practice in house and compete within the Manheim Township Soccer Club Saturday mornings. Scores for games are not kept and the focus is on having fun, not the outcome of the game.Our U10 – U15 boys and girls teams participate in the Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer League play against other local clubs in Lancaster County.

We are a Catholic-focused program with a stress on teamwork, sportsmanship and having fun. Thanks to dedicated coaches and many returning players, CYAA Crusaders teams have had success over the years, both in terms of winning matches and also learning discipline and building friendships.

Team eligible by age group

U6, U8, U10, U12
** 7th and 8th grade students attending a Catholic Elementary school participate on the Junior High co-op at Lancaster Country Day>

U6, U8, U10, U12, U15, Possibly U19


CYAA Youth Soccer Director – Bryan Fossi

U6 & U8

Our U6 & U8 teams practice once a week and play games on the weekend. U6 teams are coed and the U8 teams are separated by gender. The objective of this league is for the kids to have FUN while learning the fundamental and technical skills of the game of soccer. Scores for games are not kept and focus is on having fun, not the outcome of the game.

U6 practices once a week for 45 minutes.
U8 practices once a week for an hour.
Practice locations and nights will determined at the start of each season

Ball Size
Play with size 3 ball.

U6 3 v 3 (no goalie)

U8 6 v 6 (goalie included)

Game Length
U6 four 10 minute quarters
U8 four 10 minute quarters

Playing Time
Equal playing time is provided for each player. Players will rotate between positions to learn each position.

Heading the ball is not permitted at this age level.

Coaches will act as referees on the field and provide on field instructions to players for U6 and U8.

Goal Kicks
Goal kicks are awarded when the attacking team kicks the ball over the end line. For every goal kick the defending team MUST retreat to their own half of the field to allow the other team to bring the ball in in accordance with fair play.

No penalty kicks or off sides will be called. Unintentional penalties will be called with the discretion of the coaches.

Throw Ins
U6 – will introduced through the course of the season. Players are given the opportunity to kick the ball in from the spot the ball went out of bounds if they are struggling with throwing it in.
U8 – will be performed each time the ball is played over the sideline. Players should be given multiple chances to perform the throw correctly.


Boys & Girls U10 – U15

Teams will participate in the Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer League play against other local clubs in Lancaster County. Practices are held twice a week for an hour or an hour & half. Practice locations and nights will be determined at the beginning of each season.

About LARS:

The Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer (LARS) league is the recreational division of the Lancaster County Soccer League (LANCO). LARS does not fields any soccer teams, LARS is comprised of approx. 19 Lancaster County youth soccer clubs that field teams in the age divisions listed below.

The clubs that comprise LARS were formally governed by two separate leagues; the Lancaster County Boys Youth Soccer Association (LBYSA) and Lancaster Area Girls Soccer. The two leagues merged on 11/17/2016 and are now both under one rec roof. On 3/6/2017 the new league became the rec division of LANCO. LANCO is the governing body for Lancaster County travel teams.

1) Rosters:

There are no maximum roster sizes but it is recommended teams limit their rosters to the numbers shown below.
The league requires all players must get equal playtime.

U10 = 12
U12 = 16
U15 = 22
U19 (Coed) = 22

2) Player Eligibility:

In order to participate in league play, players must meet the following criteria:
Must be female to play on an all-girls team.
Must be currently registered with EPYSA.
Must be an intramural player. Cannot be "carded" on any travel team roster. Select team players who are not on a travel team roster are eligible to play.
A player can play for more than one team as long as the team is within the same age group and/or at a play up age group.


In order for a travel player to play for a rec team the player must be 'de-carded' (relinquish his travel player status). To just stop playing on travel teams does not make a travel player eligible to play on rec teams because the player is still registered with the travel league as a 'carded' travel player. If you are a carded travel player and would like to relinquish your travel player status you must do this through the LANCO.


This is allowed as long as the female plays within the same age group and does not have travel status. The max number of girls that can be fielded on game day is 50%. 


Not allowed.


Allowed as long as the team is within the same age group and/or at a play up age group.


U10 - Play quarters: Game length = 48 minutes with 12 minute quarters + 5 minute halftime
U12 - 60 minutes - (2) 30 minute halves + 5 minute halftime
U15 - 70 minutes - (2) 35 minute halves + 5 minute halftime
U19 - 90 minutes - (2) 45 minute halves + 5 minute halftime - (Approved at Fall 2014 meeting).


U10 = 7v7
U12 = 9v9
U15 = 11v11
U19 (Coed)
11v11 with the option to play a small sided game if a team is not able to field 11 players but both teams must field the same number of players.

U19 Boys to Girls Ratio:

If a team is unable to field two female players this team must play short one player.

5) Game Lengths:

The following game lengths must be used during all LAGS matches:
U-10 - 12 minute quarters
U-12 - 15 minute quarters
U-15 - 18 minute quarters

6) Ball Size:

The following ball sizes must be used during LAGS matches:
U-10 — #4      U-12 — #4      U-15 — #5


You may substitute players at the following times.
(All players are at mid-field ready for substitution when the ball leaves play. Players will not be able to enter the game from the "bench" area).
On either team's throw-ins and goal kicks.
On either team's kick-off.
At the beginning of each quarter/half.
In the case of an injured player, each team may substitute one player.
No substitutions on a corner kick.
All substitutions will occur at the mid-field line, with the permission of the referee.

8) Forfeits:

The following criteria will be used to determine forfeits:
The referee should allow a 15 minute delay if a team does not have enough players to start the game. After 15 minutes of delay if the game is played the game is shortened by the amount of wait time the game was delayed. After 15 minutes any team without enough players ready to play will forfeit.

Number of players required to start a match:
11v11 (7)  |  9v9 (6)  |  7v7 (5).

Note: If a team is unable to field a full team the opponent does not have to play short players also. - However - It is highly recommended that the opposing team fields the same number of players.
A team that does not have an adult coach at the match will not be allowed to play and will be considered to have forfeited.
A team which uses a non-roster or ineligible player in a match will be charged with a forfeit.
A team/club which does not properly follow the rain-out policy and causes another team to arrive at a field without a match will be charged with a forfeit.
A forfeit will be scored as 1-0.


Games are to be cancelled by HOME TEAM only. Reasons for cancelation are limited to field playing conditions, and weather conditions that relate to player safety.
Opposing Coaches should have phone contact each week at least 24 hours before game time.
Games must be cancelled at least 2 hours prior to game time.
Home team must contact the referee assignor and/or referee to inform them of the cancellation, and contact the assignor to get a referee for the rescheduled game.
Any referee not contacted for cancellation who shows up for the game must be paid regardless if game is played.
Once the teams show up to the field the decision to cancel or to play the game will be determined by the referee at the field.
Home team is responsible for rescheduling the game with the visiting team at a mutually agreed upon time.


With the exceptions contained within these rules and policies, all FIFA rules apply at all age levels.
The home team is responsible for:
Insuring that fields are adequately marked and equipment is safe.
Wearing alternate shirts or pinnies in the case of an opponent with a similar color.
Providing a qualified referee. In the event of a referee no-show, a referee shall be chosen with mutual consent of both coaches. No games will be played without a referee.


A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to herself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).
Shin guards must be worn under socks.
Metal cleats are not allowed.
The Goalie's jersey must be easily distinguished from all other players on the field.

12) Coaches Mobility:

Coaches' mobility will be restricted from the halfway line to approximately the 25-yard line on their own half without switching at halftime.
All team coaches must be on the same side of the field as their team.
No more than 3 coaches on the team side of the field.
Coaches are to be on one side of the field and fans on the other side.

13) Romp Recommendation:

No romp rule but a 5 point rule applies.

5 Point Rule

If a team is down by 5 goals the team that is down may add a player (adding a player is optional) for the remainder of the game. This can be done without a stoppage in play with the referee's approval. This does not change the responsibility of the coach of the leading team to institute restrictions on scoring. The additional player does not have to be removed if the goal (score) gap closes.

Although the league does not have a 'romp rule' we do have guidelines to prevent game scores from getting 'out of hand'. Before each game coaches are to discuss how to handle a lopsided high scoring game (when one team is leading by 4 points) if the situation would arise. A document is provided for this purpose which offers several suggestions and options that can be utilized to keep the score from getting out of hand. Please print a copy of this document and go over it with the opposing coach before each game.


No headers in U12 and under. This includes practices.
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense unless the infraction occurs in the 6 yard box in which case the ball is placed on the 6 yard box line.


Enforced for all age divisions (U10 thru U19).
U10 off sides rule
Off sides starts at the build out line
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.


In order for a player to be eligible to play-down, the club cannot be fielding a team in the next age division up.
The play-down player cannot be more than one birth-year older (according to the birth year chart) than the age-group in which he will be participating.
Divisions that play 11v11 can have a maximum of three (3) players play down.
Divisions that play a 7v7 or 9v9 format can have a maximum of two (2) players play down.

Play-downs in the Spring:

The age charts encompasses one full season which is both the fall and spring seasons. If a player is eligible to play down in fall, he/she can also play down in the spring even though be might be more than one year older in the spring.


The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.
When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play.
Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting and drop kicks is not allowed).
After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
If the punt 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.


One game every season is designates as a silent game. What this basically means is; no instruction is to be given to the players from the coaches or the fans.

Although the term "silent" is used to recognize the day, the fans do not have to be "silent". Parents are still encouraged to cheer for the players when they make a good play or score a goal. - The "silent" pertains to the coaches giving instructions to the players, AND... to all the "sideline coaches" who like to coach or give instructions to the kids from the parents' side of the field.

The silent game gives the coaches an opportunity to evaluate the kids on how well they do without any instruction, while allowing the players to see firsthand the importance of talking to each other on the field


When the league decided to adopt USYS recommendation of playing small sided games it was understood that not all clubs have the real estate in which to add small sided game fields. For the clubs that could not provide separate fields they were to do the best they could which included sharing resources including goals. If space is tight the fields should be laid out as close as possible to the recommended USYS small sided field setup parameters. One possibility is to place a field inside of a field. However, if this option is used both fields must be lined with a different color with a strong enough color contrast that the players & refs can easily tell which field is which.

Field Set-up Documents (PDF's)

U10 Small Sided 7v7 Field Set-up
U12 Small Sided 9v9 Field Set-up
U15 & U19 Full-Size Field Set-up (11v11)


Clubs do not need to purchase new goals.
U10 & U12 (7v7 & 9v9): 6.5x18.5 ft..
U15 & U19 (11v11) use standard full size goals (8x24 ft..)

20) RED & YELLOW CARDED players

If a player is red carded, he must leave the field of play immediately.
If a player is red carded, he is not permitted to play in the next game.
If a player or players are red carded the team must play short equal to the number of players that have been red carded.

A yellow card given to a player two games in a row equals a red card. Upon receiving a yellow card in the second consecutive game which now constitutes a red card the player must leave the field of play immediately and cannot play in the next game.

If a Goal Keeper receives a red card the keeper must leave the field of play immediately. A replacement keeper can take his place but then an outfielder position must be forfeited so the team is still short a player.

Although the team must finish the game short the number of players equal to the number of red cards that were issued, and although the red carded players cannot play in the next game, the team does not have to play short players next game.

A player that has been red carded can travel with the team to the game in which he cannot participate but the player cannot be in uniform.

Procedure to follow if a red or yellow card is issued.

Coaches from both teams are to report any player or players that receive a red or yellow card to the commissioner. The commissioner will be responsible for notifying the coach of the next game and the coach's club rep to let them know the red carded player is not permitted to participate in the their game.

What to include in the report.

Date of the incident
Location of the Incident (Field Name).
The two teams participating in the match.
Both Coaches' names, email addresses & phone numbers.
Name & Phone Number of the Ref(s) that issued the Card(s).
Reason for the Red or Yellow Cards (e.g. dangerous play, unsportsmanlike action etc).
Carded Player(s) Name.
Carded Player(s) Jersey Number.
The report can be sent in an email, it does not have to be a separate attached document. The report should be submitted to the commissioner within two days after the game.


Pinnies are worn by the home team if the visiting team's jersey is the same color.