The retreat line will come into play when the ball has gone out for a goal kick OR when the goalkeeper has the ball in their hands.

All opponents must be behind the retreat line and cannot cross the retreat line until the ball :

Is released by the keeper’s hands to allow distribution with their feet or ( drops the ball to pass/ dribble with their feet.

  • Tier 1 divisions in U15 & above have assistant referees
  • Field linings are required in all divisions
  • Slide tackles are allowed in outdoor soccer at the Referees discretion
  • U8 to U11 All opponents must be at least 5 yards from the ball on a free kick
  • U12 All opponents must be at least 7 yards from the ball on a free kick
  • You cannot score from an indirect kick which includes from the sidelines
  • If coaches would like water breaks, please discuss with referee 15 minutes before kick off
  • Referees are to collect games sheets 15 minutes before the game
  • The ball is not live when the goalie puts it down as it must be touched by another player first
  • See the EMDSL Web Page for the new OS soccer lightning rule
  • Shirts do not have to be tucked in
  • All Substitutions must be done at the center of the field
  • No offside’s for U8-U11 and offside’s are in effect U12 & above
  • They are no penalty kicks in U-8
  • U-10 and U-11 penalty mark is 7 yards from goal line
  • U12 penalty mark is 9 yards from midpoint of the goal posts
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a pass in
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a goal kick

For complete rules, including the new Ontario Soccer lightning rule, please see the about section .

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