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What's New 2018

U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives

12U Division

For the 2017 season, it was decided that goalkeepers may not drop kick or punt the ball into the air. This restriction has been rescinded. In 2018, drop kicking/punting by the goalkeeper is permitted. However, players still may not head the ball and coaches may not do any activities in practices that involve heading.

8U/10U Divisions

In an effort to encourage possession football, an extra line known as the "build-out line" has been added to each half of the field, halfway between the penalty area (aka the "18-yard box") and the half line. Changes to this rule are in bold. (Note that US Soccer only proscribes the use of the build-out line in 10U, but Region 42 has decided to use it in 8U as well.)

  • When the goalkeeper is in possession of the ball, either in their hand or taking a goal kick, the defending team must retreat behind that line.
  • The goalkeeper may play the ball past the build-out line if they so wish. Previously, they were required to roll or pass the ball to a teammate who is on their side of the line. However, they still may not punt or drop-kick the ball.
  • For the rule that goalkeepers must release the ball within six seconds of picking it up, the clock does not start until the defending team has retreated behind the build-out line.
  • If the goalkeeper releases the ball before the opposing team has retreated behind the line, the ball is considered to be in play and the opposing team may then attack the ball (i.e., they don't have to go back behind the line before advancing again).
  • On a goal kick, the defending team must wait until the ball is kicked before they may advance, but remember that the ball is not in play until it leaves the penalty area.
  • The build-out line also serves as the offside line (10U only). In other words, an attacking player will not be considered to be offside when they are standing between their goal line and the build-out line in the opponent's half. (This is the official US Soccer rule. In 2017 in Region 42, the half line was considered to be the offside line, which is standard for 12U and older divisions.)

7U Division

In the 7U division, we will also be using the build-out line as in 8U/10U, but as there are no goalkeepers, the build-out line is only applicable to goal kicks. The defending team must wait behind the line until the ball is kicked. However, if the kicking team decides to kick the ball before the opponents have all gone behind the line, then the ball is in play.

Safe Haven/Concussion Awareness

AYSO Safe Haven certification is now required every three membership years (a membership year lasts from August 1 to July 31). In addition, in accordance with California state law, the CDC Concussion Awareness class is now required for all coaches, referees, and other administrators. If your certification for either of those two was last done 7/31/16 or earlier, you must retake it. Both courses are available at AYSOU. Please use the same username and password as you did for this web site.

Coaches may not conduct practices or coach at games, referees may not officiate games, and board members may not partake in any AYSO activities if either certification has expired.

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Newbury Park, California 91319

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