THE BUILD OUT LINE
- The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. The build out line is unique to U10 (7v7)
- For goal kicks and when the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands, 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 (punts and drop kicks are 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
The build out line also denotes where offsides offenses can be called. A player is offsides if the ball is played to them when they are between the build out line and the goal line with less than two defensive players between them and the goal.
Note that if the ball is played to an attacking player and they are outside the build out line with less than two defensive players between them and the goal, the player is not offside.
- 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
- 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 only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line