Build Out Line Policy | Referees
EDP promotes player development and supports the US Youth Soccer Player Development Initiative. The EDP implementation will be as follows:
The 7v7 game is geared for player development. Referee decisions may invoke the “spirit of the game” when the development of the players supersedes trifling infractions.
The build-out line promotes playing the ball out of the back, while creating more opportunities and improvement of a player’s understanding of the game in a less pressured setting.
When the goalkeeper has possession of the ball, either during live play or from a goal kick, opponents must retreat behind the build-out line before they can pressure the ball and the attacking team when the GK puts the ball into play the ball
The build-out line will also serve as the designation for offside at 7v7 play.
Field Marking of the Build-Out Line:
The build-out line should be equidistant between the penalty area line and the halfway line
The build-out line should be painted on the field, preferably in a different color
If a painted line is not available, a marker such as a flag or cones will need to be used on the sideline
The build-out line will be used to denote where offside offenses will be penalized (instead of the halfway 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 the goal line
Goal Kicks / Free Kicks coming out of the Penalty Area
The ball is considered “in play” once the kick is taken and the ball is touched by a teammate of the goalkeeper OR the ball crosses the build-out line OR the ball comes to a complete stop inside the buildout line.
Players must remain behind the build-out line until the ball is considered in play. If a team chooses to take a goal kick or a free kick quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line, they are doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.
The goalkeeper may wait until ALL opponents have retreated behind the build-out line before putting the ball into play.
Goalkeeper's Possession after 'save' during live play:
Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop-kick the ball
If the goalkeeper does punt/drop-kick the ball: the restart is an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team at the penalty area line parallel with the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
Goalkeepers must throw, roll or put ball on ground and play the ball with their feet to put the ball in play. The ball is considered “in play” as soon as the GK releases the ball.
There is no halfway line restriction for GK distribution, the GK is permitted to distribute the ball directly into the opponent’s half of the field
Per LOTG - GK has 6 seconds to release the ball. However, that count should not start until ALL opponents retreat behind the build-out line.
The goalkeeper can choose to release the ball quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line. However, they accept the position of the opponents and the consequences when doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.
All opponents must retreat behind the build-out Line before they can pressure the ball or the attacking team.
If an opponent pressures the ball or the opponent attacking team before they retreat behind the build-out line (encroachment), the restart will be an indirect free kick for the attacking team at the point of the infraction
If a goalkeeper chooses to release the ball quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line, they are doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.