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AYSO New Rules and Regulations

10U and 12U Updates.

  • 2019 FALL Season UPDATE - In accordance with the new IFAB updates, starting August 1st.  On a goal kick the players must still clear behind the build-out line.  The players can challenge the ball once it has been kicked and clearly moves.  What has changed? The ball no longer has to clear the penalty area to be in play.
  • 2018 FALL Season UPDATE - the rule has been updated that when a ball makes contact wit a players head, play is stopped and an Indirect Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team.  Prior to this update the rule was that an IFK was awarded only on deliberate heading and not accidental heading, this is no longer true.
  • 2018 Fall Season Update - 12U Goal Keepers are now allowed to punt the ball.

Build Out Line U9 and U10:

Build out line Instructional Video:  Build Out Line Video

  • The spirit of this rule is to encourage the U9 and U10 teams to learn how to play the ball forward from the first third. Traditionally keepers have been able to just punt the ball across the midway line which was a detriment to the players learning how to progress the ball forward from defense to mid field to the attackers.
  • When the goalkeeper (Team O) has the ball in his/her hands during play, the opposing team (Team X) must move behind the build-out line until the ball is released from the goalkeeper's possession.
  • Once the opposing team is behind the build-out line, the goalkeeper can release the ball by passing (NOT dribbling), throwing, or rolling the ball to a teammate who is on his/her side of the build-out line.
  • Section 1R has clarified that the goalkeeper may roll (not bounce) the ball and then pass the ball to a teammate on their side of the build out line.
  • PUNTS and DROP KICKS are not allowed from the keeper.
  • After the ball is released from the goalkeeper's possession, the opposing team may cross the build-out line and play resumes as normal.
  • The goalkeeper releasing the ball from possession or the player taking the goal kick does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line.
  • 2019 FALL Season UPDATE - on Goal Kicks, the ball must be kicked and clearly move before the opposing team can cross the build out line to attack the ball.  THE BALL NO LONGER HAS TO CROSS THE PENALTY AREA TO BE IN PLAY.


  • The build-out line shall be used as the line to determine offside. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line.
  • Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build-out line and goal line.
  • AR's should position themselves with the build-out line, the second to last defender, or the ball, whichever is closest to the goal.
Guidance to Referees
  • Encourage the opponents to move quickly beyond the build-out line. Do not start the “6-sec clock” until all opponents have retreated behind the build-out line.
  • The referee should position themselves on or very close to the build-out line and ask the players to stay behind until the ball is released.
  • If a player insists on crossing over the line a couple of times without respecting the referee’s direction; you have an IFK for the goalkeeper’s team… location: on the build-out line, place closest to where the player crossed the line

Heading the Ball:

February 15, 2016
  • Consistent with the US Soccer (USSF) mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.
  • Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading during a match.
  • An indirect free kick (IFK) will be awarded to the opposing team if a player, age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match.
  • The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the player deliberately touched the ball with his / her head.
  • An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team's goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player deliberately touched the ball with his / her head.
  • Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringe mentor denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Sideline Tolerance Policy:

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee's authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.
AYSO Region 815 rules:
  • No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may respectfully ask questions before the game or during breaks in play (water break, halftime), point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  • Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game. Coaches ONLY may respectfully ask referees to monitor unsafe playing conditions during breaks in play (water break, halftime). NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or negative feedback of any kind during or after the game.  
  • Irresponsible behavior and abusive language will not be tolerated.
  • Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the Region 815 AYSO Disciplinary Committee. Disciplinary action may include suspension from games for certain time periods and/or suspension from AYSO Region 815 fields in extreme cases. Disciplinary action can and will apply to Coaches as well if necessary.
  • If any coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the referee administrator or board member at the coaches table on the game day.

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Regional Commissioner: Kelli Woodard 
Byron Center, Michigan 49315

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