East Central Soccer District Statement:
This statement has been put together to help the soccer community in the East Central Soccer District understand the changes taking place for the 2016-2017 soccer season. Realize not every question will be addressed here but we will try to cover the most important items as they pertain to your child and their team.
While US Soccer Federation is giving the youth soccer communities until the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season to come into compliance with the new initiatives, the East Central Soccer District, as directed by WI Youth Soccer (WYSA) will be implementing the new initiatives for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 soccer season.
The initiative to move to the Birth Year Registration was set forth by US Soccer and effects how players are registered (age eligibility) and how teams are formed. Wi Youth Soccer Association is making every effort to offer programming that provides the best playing opportunities for all members. Individual competitions (leagues) have discretion to form age groups according to their player population and what best serves their membership.
- East Central will continue to offer soccer leagues for all ages, same as in the past. For the competitive team placements and recreational soccer, divisions will be formed geographically.
- Players will be placed on teams, using the calendar year. The initiatives are set forth by US Youth Soccer. Not individual clubs. Every club in the district is required to follow the same guidelines. (http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives)
- The shift to a calendar year age division is not meant to split up teams, it simply is another way to form teams by age groups which matches what others around the world are doing. For competitive players, tryouts will continue to evaluate players for team placement. For Academy and Recreational soccer, the new age divisions will be followed.
Some items to take a special note of:
- Depending on when your child’s birthday is, an age group may get skipped. Realize that all other players are in the same situation, so at least some of your child’s teammates will also be in the same situation.
- Players who were the ‘older’ in the age group will now be the ‘younger’ in the age group.
- As in the past, players will continue to be allowed to play up two years.
- The calendar year for team formations will be based on the year for the second half of the season, (spring year). For example: for the 2016/2017 soccer year, team formations will be based on the 2017 calendar year.
- Adjustments have been created for key age groups to accommodate special situations. In Wisconsin there will be an U14/15 division to accommodate players who are not yet in high school and an U18/19 age group to accommodate players who are still seniors in high school.
- Even though all clubs have been given the same directions, each club is free to form teams as they wish within the outlined structure. But we do encourage all players and their parents to carefully look at how the player fits into the new age structure when deciding which team to accept a position with.
Additional items which may be of interest:
- The maximum roster size has increased for U7 – U12 players and the number of players on the field, each by 1 player.
- Offside has been added to the U9 & U10 game
- Length of Game for the U7 & U8 game
- ‘Build-Out Line’ for U9 and U10 games. US Soccer has added this standard believing it is needed to promote development. The Build-Out Line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting.
- Player will register according to the year they were born. Players will no longer be age appropriate based on the birth date between August 1 and July 31 and/or their grade in school. Instead, players will register and be age eligible according to their birth year. Birth years still correlate with U groups.
Birth year placement