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DYAA adopted the recommendations of the U.S. Soccer Federation and introduced a “build out line” for our U8/U9  boys and girls teams playing on the small junior fields at Mingo.  It’s an awesome enhancement for our U8/U9 Rec teams…DSSC teams adopted the new rule several years ago.  Here’s how it works and why the rule was established:

The build out Line is marked midway between the penalty area line and the halfway/midfield line…it’s a white dash line.  The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a more controlled and less pressured setting…rather than teaching players to just send the ball as far as they can down the field and chase after it!

Here’s how it works:  when/once the goalkeeper has possession of the ball, either during play or for a goal kick, the opposing team must move back to the build out line until the ball is put back into play. The opposing team has 6 seconds to move behind line.

NOTE:  if the opposing team takes longer than 6 seconds to move behind the line, referee will warn the coach. If the delays continue, an indirect free kick will be awarded on the build out line.

The goalkeeper is not required to wait until the opposing team is behind the line to put the ball in play…but the keeper can certainly choose to do so if they want.  

To put the ball back into play, the goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball into play. Punting is not allowed. If the goalkeeper punts the ball, restart is an indirect free kick on the penalty area line parallel to the goal at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

The ball is considered back ‘in play’ as soon as it leaves the goalkeepers possession and is touched by a teammate…at which time play resumes as normal and the opposing team is then allowed to cross the build out line.

When the goalkeeper first puts the ball into play, players on the opposing team may not be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line.

ALSO with this new rule…the build-out line, not the halfway line, is used to denote an offside violation…so an attacker can’t be penalized for offsides between the halfway line and the build-out line.  As such, the offside violation is enforced on a smaller portion of the field while still not allowing an attacker to hang out by the opposing team’s goalkeeper…much better for our 2nd/3rd grade kids who are just learning the offside violation.


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