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MNJ Build Out Line Rule Modified

By MNJYSA, 03/11/22, 3:15PM EST

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Goal Kicks or free kicks coming out of the Penalty Area

  • The ball is considered “in play” once the kick is taken and the ball is touched by a teammate of the goalkeeper OR the ball crosses the build-out line.
    • Players must remain behind the build-out line until the ball is considered in play. If a team chooses to take a goal kick or a free kick quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line, they are doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.
    • The goalkeeper may wait until ALL opponents have retreated behind the build-out line before putting the ball into play.

Goalkeeper’s possession after ‘save’ during live play

  • Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop-kick the ball.
    • If the goalkeeper does punt/drop-kick the ball: the restart is an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team at the penalty area line parallel with the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • Goalkeepers must throw, roll or put ball on ground and play the ball with their feet to put the ball in play. The ball is considered “in play” as soon as the GK releases the ball.
    • There is no halfway line restriction for GK distribution, the GK is permitted to distribute the ball directly into the opponent’s half of the field
    • Per LOTG - GK has 6 seconds to release the ball. However, that count should not start until ALL opponents retreat behind the build-out line.
    • The goalkeeper can choose to release the ball quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line. However, they accept the position of the opponents and the consequences when doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.

Encroachment:

  • All opponents must retreat behind the build-out Line before they can pressure the ball or the attacking team.
    • If an opponent pressures the ball or the opponent attacking team before they retreat behind the build-out line (encroachment), the restart will be an indirect free kick for the attacking team at the point of the infraction
    • If a goalkeeper chooses to release the ball quickly before their opponents retreat behind the build-out line, they are doing so at their own risk as these opponents can pressure the ball / attacker as soon as the ball is “in play”.