2017-18 Season Age Matrix

U.S. Soccer mandated that all youth soccer organizations adopt “calendar/birth year” play, field size and player number changes by 2017 and recommended they be implemented in 2016. SSA implemented these changes at the beginning of the Fall 2016 season. A brief recap of the mandated Calendar/Birth year change and weblink for more detailed info are below.

US Soccer Birth Year Mandate

Simply put, players will play with players having the same birth year. As an example, if your daughter/son, was born 2/8/2006, they will be on a team of players born in 2006. We could call this a 2006 team or may have called it U13 team, but it is probably best described as a “13 and under” team.

For many parents, the birth year change is confusing. The question we hear most frequently is, “Born 2/8/2006, my player is going to be 12 this year, so why is he/she playing on a team called 13 and under?”

US SOCCER has elected to base team age group classifications using the following formula:

  • Player pass expiration year – birth year = age group classification. Your player’s Fall 2018 player pass will be issued Aug 1, 2018 for the Fall season and will expire 7/31/2019.

Taking the expiration year (2019) less the birth year (2006), US Soccer came up with what they called "13 and under" as players on the team will be 13 or under when the player pass expires.

Simply put, 2018-2006 = "13” and 2/8/2006 birth player will hit 13 yrs old within the window of the 2018-2019 player pass. “And UNDER” accounts for any other younger player on the same team.

Locate the Year of the Player's Birth: The matrix shows the appropriate 2018 – 2019 age group for that birth year.

Age GroupBirth Year# Per side
9 and under20107v7
10 and under20097v7
11 and under20089v9
12 and under20079v9
13 and under200611v11
14 and under200511v11
15 and under200411v11
16 and under200311v11
17 and under200211v11
18 / 19 and under200111v11

Additional information can be found at U.S. Soccer@.