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U10 No Punting/Build Out Line (BOL) Q/A

When can the opposing players outside the BOL move to play the ball?  

  • On a Goal Kick: Once the keeper or player releases the ball and the ball clears the penalty area.
  • On Goal Keeper Possession: Once the keeper or player releases the bal

Can the Goal Keeper or player release the ball when the opposing players are still inside the BOL?

  • Yes

Can opposing players inside the BOL when the Goal Keeper or player releases the ball make a play on the ball? 

  • Yes

What is the restart if the Goal Keeper mistakenly punts or drop kicks the ball?

  • By the new rules, the opposing team is awarded an Indirect Kick (IDK) at the point of infraction.  Region 68 will use this as a teaching moment and ask the goal keeper to restart play with a throw, pass or kick on the ground.  This could change mid-season and an IDK could be awarded outside Region 68.

Does the time it takes the opposition to position themselves outside the BOl counted in the Goal Keeper releasing the ball in six seconds?

  • No

What happens if any of the opposing players cross inside the BOL before the ball is released to play?

  • On a Goal Kick:  The referee stops play; asks opponents to retreat, then Goal Kick is retaken. 
  • On Goal Keeper possession: The referee holds up play, ask the opponents to retreat, and then continue play (if necessary to stop play, then restart with Dropped ball to Goalkeeper).  The Referee is to use good judgment and not to interfere for trifling infractions.

Why was the “offside line” moved from the Half Line to the BOL?

  • The offside line was pushed back in order to give the players more space to move and pass.  If offside were to stay at the half way line then a majority of the plays would have to operate between the BOL and the halfway line (about 12 to 15 yards depending on the field size).  Moving the offside line to the far BOL doubles the space available. 

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