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GAME PLAY ADVANCING BALL


WHAT IS IT? In U13 and U15 play, a team that gains possession of the ball


in its defensive half has 20 seconds to clear the ball beyond the center line. Once beyond midfield, the team has 10 seconds to advance the ball into the goal area.


FUNDAMENTALS


GOAL AREA A box 40 yards wide and 35 yards long marked around the goal crease area.


CLEARING Transitioning the ball from the defensive half to the offensive half is called “clearing the ball.”


DEVELOPMENTAL


U9 AND BELOW - No offensive 10-second count, defensive 20-second count, or stalling rules will be used


U11 - Same as U9 and below


U13 - Offensive 10-second count, defensive 20-second count and stalling rules will be used


U15 - Same as U13


U11 AND UNDER - referees may make a verbal “advance the ball” and start a visual 5 second hand count to advance the ball.


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RIDING The defending team will try to prevent their opponent from clearing the ball, thereby creating a turnover.


COMMUNICATION Advancing the ball often brings offside rules into play making communication between players key.


PLAY SAFE


All players should be aware of time count.


Advancing the ball rules are necessary to keep the game moving and discourage stalling tactics.


The easiest way to avoid stalling calls is to get the ball “cleared” up the field promptly when possession is gained.


The stalling rule is in effect for the team that is ahead during the last 2 minutes of play at the U13 and U15 levels. The offensive team must keep the ball in the offensive goal area.


BOYS YOUTH RULES GUIDEBOOK


WHEN a team with possession must advance ball into their offensive zone


WHERE defensive half to center line, and/or midfield to goal area


WHO team with possession of ball WHY keep the game moving along


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