Willapa Harbor Youth Soccer Club

Age Mandates from U.S. Soccer

The US Youth Soccer Board of Directors has approved the implementation of age group registration by calendar year, as mandated by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Last soccer season (Summer 2016) the age grouping changed. Prior to 2016 the age grouping was based on school-year age grouping, where a players age by August 1st determined which age bracket they were placed in. The new grouping is calendar-year age grouping. This means that when a player registers the age bracket they are placed in will be determined by how old the player will be on their birthday that year.

Another change is the understanding of the meaning of the age brackets. In the past, we have understood U6 to mean "Under 6". The new age brackets change the meaning to be "6 and under" for the U6 bracket. So U8 will be "8 and Under."

There is a chart at the bottom of the page to help you determine your child's age bracket. Here are some examples of the old and new groupings to help understand them:

John is born on June 23rd, 2011. John turns 6 in June, thus under the old rules he would be in the U8 (Under 8) bracket that is for players age 6-7. Under the new rules, he would be placed in the U6 (6 and Under) bracket that is for players age 4-6.

Another example is Katie. Katie is born September 6th, 2011. Katie also turns 6, but in September. Under the old rules, Katie would be placed in the U6 (Under 6) age bracket for players age 4-5 because Katie was still 5 on the August 1st cut off date. Under the new rules, Katie would still be placed in the U6 (6 and Under) age bracket for players age 4-6 since Katie turns 6 that calendar year. 

And yet another example is Barry. Barry is born December 15th, 2006. Barry turns 11 this year, but not until December. Under the new rules he is placed in the U14 bracket for players who are 11-14 years old. Even though Barry isn't 11 until December, he is still placed as an 11 year old since he turns 11 in this calendar year.

If you have any questions or want help figuring out what bracket your child will play in, please contact a board member.

Click for Official Press Release from US Soccer

Birthdate Between . . .Child's AgeAge Bracket Placed In
1/1/2011 - 12/31/20134 - 6 years oldU6
1/1/2009 - 12/31/20107 - 8 years oldU8
1/1/2007 - 12/31/20089 - 10 years oldU10
1/1/2003 - 12/31/200611 - 14 years oldU14

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