Important Goal Kick Rule Changes!

The rule regarding goal kicks has been changed.  The ball is now put into play from a goal kick as soon as the ball is kicked and clearly moves.  The ball must no longer have to leave the penalty area to be in play.  Accordingly, the keeper may now kick the ball to a teammate who is in the penalty area.

The build-out rule remains the same.  The opposing players may move back over the build-out line following a goal kick as soon as the ball is put into play.  However, because the laws governing goal kicks have changed, and the ball is now put into play as soon as it is kicked, the opposing players no longer need to wait until the ball leaves the penalty area; rather, they may now move back over the build-out line as soon as the ball is kicked.