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MNJ Build Out Line Rule Clarified

By MNJYSA, 08/23/21, 11:15PM EDT


Putting the Ball in Play for 7v7 Competition

1. On a goal kick or 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.


2. 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).
  • The goal kick may be taken, and the ball is put into play when “it is kicked and clearly moves.”

3. After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper or by goal kick, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal ( 7v7 Build out Line Practical Applications).


4. Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However, the goalkeeper 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.


5. 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.

  • Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players.
  • Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate.
  • Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.