Registration ages will go from being based on the school year (August 1st- July 31st) to being based on the calendar year (January 1st-December 31st). This means that some players will stay in their current age division and others will be moved up. Players may choose to “play up” or play in an older age group if they are ready for the challenge. The purpose of the age registration change is to:
align with the international standards
reduce age bias of older players over younger players
Player Safety: US Soccer has changed how we teach heading to improve player safety. For U10 and below, there is neither practicing nor coaching of headers. If a ball is headed in a game, there will be NO stoppage of play.
Small-sided games: US Soccer is changing U9 age and below to decrease the number of players on the field, decrease the field size, and decrease goal sizes. The changes are summarized below and are compared with our current standards:U12 and below will reduce the number of players on the field. For example: U12 currently plays with 11 on the field, starting next year it will be reduced to 9. The number of players on each team’s roster will be reduced. Field and goal sizes will be reduced. *see the table below for a breakdown of how the changes will affect your team
We know change is hard, but please remember these changes are being made by US Soccer to improve the soccer experience! We look forward to assisting you in adapting to the new changes, and we will
ensure you have the proper fields, equipment, and coaches training to make a smooth transition next season.
US Soccer made the small-sided game changes for the following reasons:
Fewer players on the field means more touches on the ball and increased touches translates to more individual skill.
Players who are more skilled may become more confident and comfortable when in possession of the ball.
The ratio of players to field size is designed to assist players with making the right kind of decisions and improving awareness.
This approach builds on itself as players get older and start playing with more players on bigger fields.
And as players get older, the building block approach also allows them to better integrate into a team model where they develop partnerships with the other players that make up the team.
More information about these changes can be found on the US Soccer website.
U10 Rule Change!
Our parent League (CVYSL) has approved one final change for the upcoming season: build out lines. Build out lines are part of the suite of changes being made across the nation by US Soccer to improve development of soccer players in the US.
Purpose: build out lines will promote playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting to encourage skilled soccer play rather than kick and chase.
Implementation of the rule:
• When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put in play
• Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed)
• After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
• If a goalkeeper punts the ball:
o The first time a player punts the ball, the referee will give a gentle, verbal warning (“remember, you can throw the ball, but not kick it out”). One such warning will be permitted per team, per game.
o The second time a player from that same team punts the ball, the referee will award an indirect free kick to the opposing team
• If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
• Build out lines will be instituted for u10 only
• Build out lines should be equidistant between the penalty area line and half line
7v7 (u10) implementation:
55-65 yds long
35-55 yds wide
blue line between penalty box and half