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AYSO Region 106 Lakewood-Bellflower

Short-Sided Matches

US Soccer has mandated for its member associations small-sided matches as part of the Player Development Initiatives. Match play shall be governed by the FIFA Laws of the Game as modified by AYSO (with permission), the AYSO National Rules & Regulations and the age appropriate AYSO Coach Manual.


1. Consistent with the US Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 11U (12U and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and matches.
~Extra 12U: Heading is NOT allowed in 12U and above Extra matches, as this program qualifies as a "single age program" within AYSO!

Heading for players in 14U is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 12 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a match (excluding Extra players in the 12U age group).

    a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line     at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

3. Neither cautions nor send-offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infractions.


1. Region 106 allows throw-ins to take place at any age group. There is no infraction for performing this mechanic. 


1. Region 106 allows ALL divisions the ability to have their goalkeepers punt the ball. There is no infraction for performing this mechanic.


1. Region 106, for CORE program play, utilizes the build-out line (BOL). AYSO EXTRA and all Area/Section play at these age groups will utilize this Player Development Initiative (PDI), too.

2. The build-out line shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.

3. The opposing team must move behind the build-out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession. At any time, the goalkeeper may pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate who is behind the build-out line.

4. The goalkeeper or the player taking the goal kick does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line. The play from the goalkeeper or from the goal kick may be played to a teammate anywhere on the field. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal. The first touch is from a pass from the goalkeeper or when the ball exits the penalty area from a goal kick.

5. 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.

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