The Field of Play
The Retreat Line
Ages 5-12 use the “Retreat Line”: a rule intended to improve skill, and enforced during
a) goal kicks and
b) when the goalkeeper receives the ball during play.
Ages 5-8 retreat line is the halfway line.
Ages 9-12: Retreat line is halfway between the goal line and the half way line.
The line shall be indicated with pylons on either side of the field
Before a goal kick is taken, opposing players must stand behind the designated “retreat line” until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked out of the penalty area and either touches a defending teammate, or goes beyond the retreat line. For any infraction by the opposing team, play is stopped and goal kick is retaken.