Start & Restart of Play: Retreat Line (new for U10 & U12)

Start & Restart of Play: Retreat Line (new for U10 & U12)

The Retreat Line will come into effect in two situations during the game:

  • Goal Kick
  • Free Kick to the defending team within its own goal area

At these two restarts, the opposing team is required to move beyond the
Retreat Line. The player taking the kick can then pass the ball to one of
his team-mates without the pressure of an opposing player nearby.  When
the ball is touched by a 2nd player, the play will resume as normal and the
“opposing” team can move inside the Retreat Line.

The Retreat Line for 7-a-side U10 soccer will be the Halfway Line:

The Retreat Line in 8-a-side soccer will be the closest offside line to the restart:


If a member of the opposing team comes inside the Retreat Line before the
ball has been touched by a 2nd player, and interferes with play, the Referee
will stop play and the restart will be retaken.

Please see Law 8, Start and Restart of Play, in the Alberta Soccer Association
Laws of the Game found on the CMSA Coaches and Managers webpage.

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