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US SOCCER MANDATED AGE CHANGES 2016 - 2017

The United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) has announced major changes for youth soccer which will affect recreational and travel teams throughout the United States, beginning in August, 2016. These changes will impact our 2016-2017 programs, starting with tryouts this spring.

This letter will hopefully explain the changes and how they will affect the Lacey Soccer Club. The biggest modification will be the change to “birth year eligibility.”

For the past 25 years, age groups were defined with an August 1st cutoff. For example, current U12 age group teams are comprised of players born between August 1, 2003 and July 31, 2004. Starting next season, the age group cutoff will switch to January 1st for all age groups. So, for next year, the U11 age group will be comprised of players born in the year 2006. This change will take place throughout the United States.

Tryouts for next year’s teams will take over a two-week period starting at the end of April beginning of May. Our tryouts will use these new age classifications, as mandated by U.S. Soccer.

We will start from scratch and form NEW teams, from the U8-U12 age groups. Teams will be formed at tryouts in the same manner as previous years, however using the new “birth year” parameters. U13 and older aged players may be allowed to play for an age group older than defined by their year of birth, based on the results of tryouts and evaluations by the training staff.

Every club in the United States has been struggling with how to adapt these new guidelines over the past few months. We are required by our governing bodies to make these changes. These changes are in the best interest of individual player development, clubs, and youth soccer in the United States as a whole.

For more information please go to US Youth Soccer and read in detail all the mandated changes.
 

US SOCCER MANDATED AGE CHANGES

2016 - 2017

The United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) has announced major changes for youth soccer which will affect recreational and travel teams throughout the United States, beginning in August, 2016. These changes will impact our 2016-2017 programs, starting with tryouts this spring. This letter will hopefully explain the changes and how they will affect the Lacey Soccer Club.

The biggest modification will be the change to “birth year eligibility.” For the past 25 years, age groups were defined with an August 1st cutoff. For example, current U12 age group teams are comprised of players born between August 1, 2003 and July 31, 2004. Starting next season, the age group cutoff will switch to January 1st for all age groups. So, for next year, the U11 age group will be comprised of players born in the year 2006. This change will take place throughout the United States.

Tryouts for next year’s teams will take over a two-week period starting at the end of April beginning of May. Our tryouts will use these new age classifications, as mandated by U.S. Soccer. Specific dates for each specific age group will be posted on website as tryouts draw closer.

Another change mandated by U.S. Soccer will be the number of players on the field for some age groups. Currently, games U11 and younger are played 8v8 while games U12 and older are played 11v11. Beginning in the Fall, games for U8 and younger will be played 4v4, U9 and U10 will be played 7v7, and will be played on slightly smaller sized fields. Ages U11 and U12 will be played 9v9 and played on mid-sized fields. Age groups U13 and older will still play full-sided 11v11.

Small-Sides Games USSF Standards Chart: https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/1/15/Standards%20Chart%20SSG.pdf

Lacey Soccer Club’s Implementation of These Changes will be as follows:

We will start from scratch and form NEW teams, from the U8-U12 age groups. Teams will be formed at tryouts in the same manner as previous years, however using the new “birth year” parameters. U13 and older aged players may be allowed to play for an age group older than defined by their year of birth, based on the results of tryouts and evaluations by the training staff.

As we get closer to the tryout dates, you will be required to register, if you wish to tryout for a travel team. There will be no charge for pre-registration and will be done through our website at www.laceysoccerclub.com.

Every club in the United States has been struggling with how to adapt these new guidelines over the past few months. We are required by our governing bodies to make these changes. These changes are in the best interest of individual player development, clubs, and youth soccer in the United States as a whole.

For more information please go to US Youth Soccer and read in detail all the mandated changes -- http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/changes_coming_to_youth_soccer_in_2016/

If you have further questions or concerns, please e-mail your inquiry to the Travel Vice Presidents - Glenn Mass (glemass@comcast.net) and Mike Schmitt (ffwdschmitt@yahoo.com) and they will address them.

Thank You

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