Posted by U11G Firebirds on Apr 22 2017 at 07:17PM PDT in 2016-2017


A wee bit of homework for you

At U9 the retreat Line rule is in effect and if I could ask you to browse over the You Tube Video and read up on the rule.

If you can help talk to the kids about the rule and help explain it then it will help players with the practices and in the games.

Thank you


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Retreat Line information – Revised November 2014.

Options for Goalkeepers – 5v5/7v7/9v9

How the retreat line is implemented.

When the goalkeeper has the ball in their possession at a goal kick or after making a save the opposing team members would “retreat” to the predetermined area of the field. The predetermined areas are as follows:

 5v5 – Half way line. It is recommended the goalkeeper does not drop kick the ball  7v7 – 1/3rds line.  9v9 – 1/3rds line.

With the opposition retreating to the correct part of the field the goalkeeper can now successfully throw or pass the ball to a team mate. Once the player receiving the ball from the goalkeeper touches the ball, the ball is in play and the opposition players can pressure and attempt to win the ball.

If the goalkeeper chooses not to wait for the opposing players to “retreat” and throws or passes the ball down the field, the ball is instantly in play and does not require a player from the goalkeeper’s team to touch the ball first.

Opponents must be behind the retreat line and cannot cross the retreat line until the ball:  Is touched by a player of the team receiving the GK’s distribution  Leaves the field of play  Crosses the retreat line. (If the goalkeeper chooses to play the ball across the retreat line prior to the opposition crossing the retreat line)

For more information on the retreat line complete with diagrams please take a look at Ontario Soccer’s publication, Field Organization Guide. It’s available to view/ download at:


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