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Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association

7v7 Rules for U9 - U10 Teams

  1. Field Size
    1. Length - 55 - 70 yards    Width - 35 - 45 yards
    2. Goal size - 6.5 x 18.5 or 7 x 21
    3. Goal area: Length 4 yards Width 8 yards
    4. Penalty area: Length 12 yards Width 24 yards
    5. Penalty Arc and Center Circle - 8 yards
    6. Build out line - Yes, marked equidistant between the penalty area line and the midfield line. (on turf fields cones may be used on the outside edge of the field)
    7. In the advent that a field is not laid out in accordance with the above measurements, the Referee is to play the game and report it to the local competition authority.  The build out line is required to be marked (with a line or alternative markings).
  2. Offsides
    1. The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called
    2. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the midfield line and the build out line
    3. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and the opposing goal line
  3. Build Out Line
    1. When the goalkeeper  has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play (restart is an indirect free kick for the opposing team if there is an infraction).
    2. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goal keeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed and the restart is an indirect free kick taken on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred).
    3. After the ball is put into play by the goal keeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
    4. The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.
    5. Ideally the goal keeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line.
    6. However, the goal keeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.
    7. To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play.
    8. Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues wit their players
    9. Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate
    10. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the six second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.