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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

Rules of the Game


What is the Build Out Line and how is it used -- in 9U/10U games

The Build Out Line is used to encourage teams to play the ball out of the back in an un-pressured setting. It is used whenever the Keeper has the ball in their hands or when the ball has gone out of bounds and there is a goal kick.

When the goalkeeper has the ball in their hands OR there is a goal kick, the attaching team must move behind the buildout line. The Keeper may release the ball at anytime in which case the play resumes as normal. However if the Keeper chooses to wait to distribute the ball, the attacking team must move behind the buildout line.

No Punting. The goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate.  They cannot punt the ball as this would defeat the purpose of the buildout line and reduce the opportunity to play out of the back in an un-pressured setting.  If the keeper punts the ball, an indirect kick is awarded to the attacking team (from the point of offense). 

The ball is in play once it is released or kicked. The attacking team can step to pressure only after the GK releases the ball (ie rolls, throws, or kicks the ball). If the ball is put into play via goal kick, it is in play when the ball is kicked and clearly moves.

Regent strongly encourages you to watch these videos. They are short and very helpful to ensure you understand how the Build Out line works.

HERE is a video presentation that shows how the build out line is set up on the field and gives you information how it works  

HERE is a video presentation that shows how the buildout line works in offsides calls. 

HERE is a video that shows the buildout line in action  


Offsides Rule - applied in all games 9U and older but modified by the Build Out Line

Offsides is a hard call to make in soccer.  Many of the referees of our  youth games are just learning how to apply this rule themselves. Please be patient with them and do not yell at them if you believe that they have missed an offsides call.  They are doing their best!  

NOTE for Ages 9U and 10U -- The build out line (not the half line) will be used to denote where offside offenses can be called.  Thus, 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.

HERE is a link to a video that will help you understand the offsides rule 


NO HEADING THE BALL - applies to all players up to and including 10U

No intentional headers allowed

As part of the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Initiative, heading the ball is not allowed in leagues with players 10 and under.

Rule:   "When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue."


Player Passing or "Club passing"- what is it?

Player passing or Club passing refers to the ability of a team to "borrow" a player from another team within the same Club,  The player must be a legal player in the league  in order to be allowed. For example, a 10U player cannot club pass with a 9U team.

Player passing is permitted for all Regent teams in all Leagues. 

In addition, teams in some divisions require rosters where the player has had their birthdate verified (ie Regent Blue teams).  If Blue team wants to club pass a Gold player, then that player must have complied with this requirement. 

Club passing should be utilized to make sure you can field a team (ie when you are short players) OR to give an opportunity to a player to grow their game.  It should not be used to strengthen your team because you are playing a stronger opponent

Club passing is different from Guest passing. Guest passing refers to when a team borrows a player from a different club. Guest passing is only allowed in certain instances (mostly in tournament settings)

Protocol - when a coach wants to club pass a player, they should contact the coach of other team before they contact the player.  

MAYSA Rules related to Club passing and Guest passing can be found HERE