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US Soccer Changes 2016

 

 

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CHANGES COMING TO YOUTH SOCCER IN 2016/17
AGE GROUP & SMALL SIDED GAMES MANDATE FROM US SOCCER:
 
Player Development Initiative September 2016 - CLICK HERE
 
Player Development Initiative September 2016 (Spanish) - CLICK HERE
 
     Frisco, Texas (August 24, 2015)  -  Next year ((2016/17 Season), the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of US Soccer will begin to transition on two key factors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to birth year for the age grouping of teams. - From US Youth Soccer Association

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CHANGES TO ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION IN 2016/17
AYSA TO IMPLEMENT US SOCCER CHANGES NEXT YEAR:
 
     Phoenix, Ariz (December 8, 2015)  -  Although the adoption of small-sided games and shift to a birth year registration as mandated by US Soccer are not required until 2017/18, Arizona Youth Soccer Association will adopt the recommended changes beginning next season.  Below is a description/breakdown of each change:

SMALL SIDED GAMES:
 
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A key component for the new US Soccer Player Development Initiative is to create small-sided standards and institute a birth year registration process. The rationale for the changes is simple; US Soccer wants to develop players with more individual skill, intelligence, creativity and confidence. These standards were created based on the needs of the players and provide a consistent approach across the country.  Below is the new Standards Chart which AYSA will implement during the 2016/17 season:
 
    LEAGUE >     
IN-HOUSE/OTHER
ACADEMY/OTHER
ACADEMY/OTHER
ACADEMY/OTHER
ACADEMY/OTHER
POSOL
STATE/POSOL
STATE/POSOL
AGE GROUP >
    U6    
    U7    
    U8    
    U9    
    U10    
   U11  
   U12  
    U13    
# of Players
4V4
4V4
4V4
7V7
7V7
9V9
9V9
11V11
Goalkeeper
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Playing Minutes
 
4x10
4x10
2x25
2x25
2x30
2x30
2x35
Break Minutes
5
5
5
10
10
10
10
10
Ball Size
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
5
Goal Size (Ft)
4X6
4X6
4X6
6.5X18.5
6.5X18.5
6.5X18.5 or 7x21
6.5X18.5 or 7x21
8X24
Offside Rule
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Headers No No No No No No Yes Yes
 
US SOCCER SMALL-SIDED GAMES FAQ: [Download PDF]

BIRTH YEAR REGISTRATION:
 

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Birth Year Registration is also part of U.S. Soccer’s new player development initiatives. Birth Year Registration applies to all players regardless of age and this change will align with the international standard.

Below is a Birth Year & Season Matrix.  When determining the age group for a season, the year of the season ends should be used for determining the birth year.  Also note that the format "U followed by age" really means that age and younger.  For example: U8 should be read as 8 and younger:
 
IN-HOUSE/OTHER ACADEMY/OTHER POSOL/REGIONAL LEAGUES STATE, POSOL, & REGIONAL LEAGUES
 
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25
2019                   U6  
2018                 U6     U7  
2017               U6     U7     U8  
2016             U6     U7     U8     U9  
2015           U6     U7     U8     U9     U10  
2014         U6     U7     U8     U9     U10     U11  
2013       U6     U7     U8     U9     U10     U11     U12  
2012     U6     U7     U8     U9     U10     U11     U12     U13  
2011   U6     U7     U8     U9     U10     U11     U12     U13     U14  
2010   U7     U8     U9     U10     U11     U12     U13     U14     U15  
2009   U8     U9     U10     U11     U12     U13     U14     U15     U16  
2008   U9     U10     U11     U12     U13     U14     U15     U16     U17  
2007   U10     U11     U12     U13      U14     U15     U16     U17     U18  
2006   U11     U12     U13     U14     U15     U16     U17     U18     U19  
2005   U12     U13     U14     U15     U16     U17     U18     U19    
2004   U13     U14     U15     U16     U17     U18     U19      
2003   U14     U15     U16     U17     U18     U19        
2002   U15     U16     U17     U18     U19          
2001   U16     U17     U18     U19            
2000   U17     U18     U19              
1999   U18     U19                
1998   U19                  
 
BIRTH YEAR REGISTRATION FAQ: [Download PDF]
BIRTH YEAR AGE MATRIX 2016-2025 [Download PDF]
AYSA BIRTH YEAR AGE MATRIX & LEAGUE ASSIGNMENTS [Download PDF]
 

Click here for U.S. Soccer's official statement on the changes. More details will be provided as available regarding specific implementation for these mandates from U.S. Soccer.

 
 
 
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