The Retreat Line Rule

Law 16: Goal kicks/Goal clearance [and Retreat Line]
5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and Futsal
Opponents must retreat to their own half on every goal kick or goal clearance and whenever the Goalkeeper has possession until the ball is returned into play. The team in possession does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game sooner should they choose to.

Deliberate pass
When the ball is returned into play from a goal kick, goal clearance or from the Goalkeepers’ possession, it must be a deliberate pass to a team mate in the team’s own half or it must be re-taken without a Retreat Line.

Method of distribution
Goal kicks must be kicked from a stationary position on the ground. Goal clearances (Futsal) must be rolled or thrown. From possession in open play, Goalkeepers can roll, throw or kick the ball as long as it is a deliberate pass to a team mate in the Goalkeeper’s own half.

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