Retreat line U9 – U12 Mini Soccer
The retreat line initiative is
designed to encourage and foster improvements in the following areas of mini
Elimination of deliberate high press defensive tactics
· Constructive and technical build-up starting in the defensive
third of the field
Building confidence in our young players by allowing them
more time and space when receiving a goal kick
Goalkeepers taking the goal kicks. Note – Any player is
allowed to take a goal kick however we want to encourage our goalkeepers to
take as many as possible.
This initiative is for GOAL KICKS ONLY.
U U10 Development, U11 and U12 the retreat line / offside line
is the line marking the attacking 1/3 (see diagrams below).
· U10 House (non-development) the retreat line / offside line
is the half way line.
Below is information pertaining
to the implementation of the retreat line into the U10 – U12 mini soccer game
Retreat Line Procedure:
The Retreat line comes into play
when the ball has gone out of play for a goal kick. All opposing players will
retreat back behind the offside line / retreat line on the field. The opposing
players may not pressure the ball until:
The player taking the goal kick has successfully put the ball
into play and it is touched by their teammate (on their side of the offside
line / retreat line).
The ball is played beyond the offside line / retreat line
into the middle third of the field.
The ball leaves the field of play.
If a team decides to take the
goal kick quickly, they are allowed to and the ball will be in play once it
leaves the penalty area. The opposition’s position on the field will not come
Encroachment of retreat line:
If the defending team encroaches
across the retreat line before the ball is touched by an opposition player then
the referee blows the play stopped and issues a re-take of the goal kick.
Making the Right Decision:
At times, the correct pass is a
long one, players need to recognize the positions of the opposing team and act
accordingly. If there is an opportunity to play quickly to create a counter
attack, it should be encouraged.