What is Encroachment?
Encroachment meaning When a free kick is taken, the opposing team must be 10 yards from the ball (unless the kicking team decides to take the kick early). If an opposing player is not 10 yards from the ball, it is encroachment. Exception: inside the penalty area, as players would line up on the goal line (as this is as far back as they can go).
reference: NC Youth Soccer: Soccer Glossary. Words and terms of the game