Law 3 - The Number of Players

This law describes the minimum (7) and maximum (11) number of players permitted on a soccer team for full competitions. The number is adjusted for youth games. In addition the requirements for substitutions are defined. In general, substitutions may only be made during a stoppage in play (in youth games this may be done after a goal, on your own goal kick or at half time) and only with the permission of the referee. If a goalkeeper is changed at halftime, they must report to the referee.New Line