As many of you have already heard, there are significant changes coming to the world of youth soccer. These changes are coming from US Soccer … the parent organization for youth soccer in the United States, and are being passed down through the state organizations and the various Leagues and Clubs. At this point, all ‘sanctioned’ youth soccer in the US will be required to comply with these changes. Our immediate travel world (Delco, PAGS, Central, etc) have informational material on their sites, and the national organization has information on their site. The changes are intended to improve the experience and education of the youth soccer players in the US and improve their ability to play and enjoy the game of soccer.
We are providing a ‘snapshot’ of the changes here to help you understand the potential impact on your family and soccer players – but some of these things are not finalized, thus RTSC will not be making final decisions about these changes (where we have choices) until the first of the year. We suggest you stay tuned as these changes are being finalized – but stay focused and enjoy the Season at hand.
These changes will start taking effect Fall 2016; the first impact you will see at RTSC are the Youth Travel Tryouts next Spring. The major changes are as follows:
· Players Soccer Age
o The age for youth soccer players will be determined by the calendar year they were born.
o Rather than the artificial year (August 1st) we have been using for years.
· Age Groups
o (new) Age Groups will use the (new) Soccer Age, and will be designated as U10, U11, etc
§ The new Age Groups will be for players that age (thus U10 will be for 10 year olds - those players born in 2006)
o (Current) Age Group U10 is for players Under 10; thus 9 year olds
· Team Sizes
o Smaller team sizes for Age Groups below U13
§ U08 & below – 4v4 (no GK)
§ U09, U10 – 7v7
§ U11, U12 – 9v9
§ U13 & above – 11v11
o At this time, we do not know the maximum roster sizes
· Field Sizes
o Field and Goal sizes are defined for each of the Team Sizes.
We (RTSC) will be watching and working with our partners at the State and the various Leagues in which we participate (along with the surrounding Clubs) to understand the changes and impact in the coming months.
We will communicate any significant changes to the above, or other information that we think will be helpful to you when we have it - and in January we will announce our plans for these changes. Thank you ...