Education

~7v7 Standards of build out line

  1. The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. 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.
  2. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts or drop kicks are not allowed).
  3. After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
  4. The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.
  5. 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.

 

IMPORTANT:

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.

 

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 accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

 

To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play. Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players.

 

Important:

Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should being when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

~Latest video from PGMOL from England about the new DOGSO law changes. It was also presented at the April meet. See the link below.
~Any U-11 or younger player (10 years old or younger) who deliberately heads the ball, an Indirect Free Kick (IFK) will be awarded to the opposing team.  
 

 FROM U.S. SOCCER REFEREE PROGRAM

February 12, 2016

As part of U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides guidelines that have been implemented since January of 2016.

The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.

Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13
In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule should be implemented:

  • 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.  If the 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.

September 14, 2015

The Youth and Adult Associations have agreed to amend the rule regarding “Referee Fees”:

  • If a referee official goes to a game and both teams are not at the assigned field, the officials will be compensated $25 plus tolls (with receipts).
  • If a referee official gets to the field and finds it unplayable, the same fee of $25 is provided.
  • Referee officials that are notified of a cancellation two hours prior to kick off will not receive compensation.
  • If a referee official has not left his home, and is notified of an unplayable field (sudden storm, act of God), there is no compensation.
  • If a referee official has left his home, he is then the only one that can cancel the game at the field.