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US Soccer's Player Development Initiative (PDI) Implementation

Implementation of the Build Out Line

U.S. Soccer has continued to refine the Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). NJYS wishes to make sure all members of the soccer community are as up-to-date as possible. The clarifications to follow are provided as a resource for parents, coaches, clubs, leagues, and the referee community supporting the growth and improvement of grassroots soccer. To follow are a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the U.S. Soccer Player Development & NJYS Decisions.

When will the changes take effect?

NJYS revised policies to implement the US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives regarding the Build Out Line will take effect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 seasonal year and onward. Fundamentally, these policies are meant to focus on a player's long-term development and all leagues are to adopt changes as soon as practical (Spring 2018).

Do Intramural and Recreational Leagues and programs need to comply with the US Soccer initiatives?

Yes, as our entire member organizations are affiliated with US Soccer. Our goal is for everyone to eventually reach the standards set forth in the US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives (PDI). However, the Spring 2018 implementation mandate is limited to member travel leagues and NJYS-sanctioned competitions. It is recommended that Recreation Programs adopt and implement the US Soccer PDI.

NJYS intent is to narrow and eventually eliminate all variances between travel leagues in the best interests of the players, the game, and referees who manage them for the 2018-2019 season. The NJYS Board will reconvene in spring 2018 to determine implementation on a broader level to include a similar phased in revisions for full adoption of the U.S. Soccer PDI for the 2018-2019 season year.

Will goalie punting be permitted at the 7v7 level?

NJYS has approved the US Soccer Player Development Initiative as outlined for no goalie punting and use of buildout lines at the 7v7 level (i.e., U9 and U10). Added language: If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

What is a Build Out Line (BOL) and where is it located?

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting on a 7v7 field for 9U and 10U. Build out lines should be equidistant between the penalty area line and the halfway line. In the absence of a line, a build out line can be marked with 2-3 training disks or cones in a way that does not endanger the players or referee(s).

Build Out Line use?

When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing (now defending) team must move behind the building 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 on 7v7 fields). 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 opposing team must also move behind the build out line prior to a goal kick and may only cross the build out line once the ball has left the penalty area.

Build Out Line practical applications; guidance to coaches and referees

Ideally, the goalkeeper with ball in hand (or field player taking a goal kick) will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However, the goalkeeper (player) can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the position of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes. Coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play. At this age, coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players and referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate. To encourage compliance of defenders to retreat past the build out line, referees should be flexible when enforcing the six (6) second rule and counting time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

Build Out Line and offside?

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Attacking 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 goal line.

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