With the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) requirements there are several changes for the 2016/17 season. We are working on updating all our rules and guidelines. Below are the main changes and how they will affect our teams and clubs.
Birth Year Registration: The age group for all teams will be registered based upon birth year (calendar year). Clubs still have the option of forming teams based upon school year (seasonal year) but they need to understand that teams that are formed based upon school year will play against older teams that are based upon birth year.
Click here for the birth year registration guideline
Example of matrix team age:
Current year team make up of an U11 team : mixture of 2004/2005. In 2016/17 season if this team stays together the team will be a U13. The 2005 players should be U12 and the 2004 players should be U13. Keeping the team together causes the 2005 players to play up a year and play against older players. Although teams/clubs can opt to keep teams together you need to think about the difference in age and maturity.
What about the U15 and U18/U19 age groups?
The U15 (or better defined as 15 and under in this upcoming season) will be comprised of players in junior high and high school. With many players in high school playing for their high school team in the spring this will leave the junior high players without a complete team. To address this issue we will offer a U14/U15 league option in the spring so that U15 players can club pass onto U14 teams. Depending on numbers we can also offer a 7v7 or 5v5 league for those players.
The U19 players will be seniors in high school and players who have already graduated. Teams may opt to register as U19 instead of U18 and keep their team together. We will offer a U19 division in the league. The difficult part is how to register for State Championships. The U18 division of the State Championships is in the fall. The U19 division of the State Championships is in the spring. So teams will need to decide whether they will remain as a U19 or remove the U19 players and register for the cup as a U18.
Final version of the USSF Player Development Initiatives