Retreat Line Procedure for all teams U6 - U13
There is a retreat line one-third running across the entire pitch one-third of the length of the pitch from each goal (this is the Offside line for U11 and U12). When one team is awarded a goal kick, all opposing players must be closer to their own goal than the kicking team's retreat line, and cannot cross it until:
- The ball is played by a player on the kicking team other than the player taking the goal kick OR,
- The ball travels over the retreat line OR,
- The ball leaves the field of play
If an opposing player crosses the retreat line before the ball is played or crosses the line the referee must stop play and the kick is re-taken.
If the opposing team repeatedly infringes the retreat line, an indirect free kick is awarded to the kicking team from the place where the offence occurred.