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St. Charles County Youth Soccer Association

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Build-Out Line

Build-out Line
(U6 – U10)

The spirit of this rule is to encourage the U6 - U10 teams to learn how to play the ball forward from the first third. Traditionally goalkeepers have been able to just punt the ball across the midline which was a detriment to players learning how to progress the ball forward from defense to midfield to attackers.

-When the goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands during play, the opposing team must move behind the build-out line until the ball is released from the goalkeeper's possession. When the goalkeeper releases the ball, play is live and defenders are released from the Build-Out Line. 

-The goalkeeper can release the ball by passing, throwing, or rolling the ball to a teammate at any time although if they do not wait until the defending team is behind the buildout line, the defending team is free to play the ball. Goalies may not dribble the ball to restart play in this instance.

-On a goal kick, the defending team should move behind the buildout line as soon as the ball is out of bounds/not live. Once the ball is touched by the offensive team (player taking the goal kick) the ball is back in play/becomes live and the defending team is free to play the ball.

-The goalkeeper releasing the ball from possession or the player taking the goal kick do not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line which means that they are allowed a quick restart unless instructed to wait by the referee.  

-PUNTS and DROP KICKS are not allowed from the keeper at these ages.


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4800 Mexico Road, Suite 105
St. Peters, Missouri 63376
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 636-498-1056

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