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2021-2022 Pre-Season Reminders


2021/2022 Pre-Season Reminders

As we prepare for the 2021/22 soccer season, we would like to remind everyone (players, parents, coaches, referees, volunteers, etc.), that it is our collective responsibilities to make every soccer game and/or practice fun, safe, and great learning environment for all. 

Consequently, parents and/or spectators are expected to abide by the rules set by their local clubs as it regards side-line behaviors for parents, players, and coaches. PA West have compiled a set of SIDELINE ETIQUETTES to help in this regard.

Sideline Etiquette for Parents:

  • Do not interact with the referees
  • Cheer for your players not against the other team

Read PAW’s Zero Tolerance Policy HERE. Read more about sideline etiquette HERE.

Coach specific sideline etiquette can be found HERE.

Laws of the Game/Modified Rules of the Game:

Offside Reminders:

  • Referees and Assistant Referees will generally wait to whistle or flag offside until the attacking player touches the ball or interferes with an opponent.
    • This wait and see approach gives onside players an opportunity to continue the attack.
  • A player in an offside position when their teammate passes or touches the ball cannot put themselves back onside.
    • Returning to an onside position after the ball is passed or touched by a teammate does not erase a potential offside infraction.

Build-out Line for 10-U games ONLY: The purpose of the build-out line is to allow goalkeepers and defenders more time to control the ball before being pressured from opposing players; to play the ball without pressure and confidently play out of the back. After the 2019-2020 Law changes, defenders can receive the ball inside the Penalty Area. Only once the kicking team’s player receives the ball (inside or outside the Penalty Area) may the opposing players advance beyond the build-out line. More details HERE.

We all have a role to play in reducing or managing “Blow-outs” in games. Click HERE for information on steps to take.