USA Soccer Build out Line info

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The goal kick is taken from anywhere inside the “goalie box” as it is affectionately called.

It can be taken by any player, not just the goalkeeper.

Div 4 – Div 6 When a team has a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the ½ way line.

Div 7 – Div 8 When the goalkeeper has the ball either during play (From the opponent) or from a goal kick, opposing team must move behind the ½ way line.

Div 9 – Div 10 When the goalkeeper has the ball either during play (From the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line.

If the goalkeeper puts the ball down after receiving it in their hands in open play the ball is live.

If the goalkeeper after receiving the ball in their hands from open play plays quickly then the attacking team does not have to back up behind the build out line

If the goalkeeper after receiving the ball in their hands in open play holds on to the ball the opposing team has to back up to the build out line or halfway line depending on age group

On a regular goal kick the opposing team has to back up behind the build out line or the halfway line depending on age group until the goal kick has been player

On a goal kick the team without the ball can only cross the line after the second attacking player has touch the ball.

If the ball is kicked down the field the team without the ball can receive the ball as long as it has crossed the build out line.

If the goalkeeper has the ball in their hands from open play. The team without the ball can cross the line as soon as the goalkeeper releases possession.

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