Some visual aids for who gets called what if born when!

It is sometimes difficult to remember exactly how age groups are organized and what birth year should be associated with the “U(age)”.  If we’re being honest, prior to the birth year age reorganization it took a minute to think and perform some math to determine age grouping based on equating U(age) to a child’s birthdate.

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Now, with the new mandates coming into effect to “simplify” everything for us, because we are (in theory) only looking at a child’s year of birth, it’s fair to say that many of us remain at least somewhat confused.  Specifically, questions may remain if not as to what team to place a child on, then in what U(age) division to play that team in during this upcoming fall and spring seasons.

Perhaps these charts will help!

 

First, directly from US Soccer’s website, http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives:

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Still confused? Yeah, we are too because age grouping by birth year for a season that spans two calendar years can be confusing!

The fundamental source of confusion in re-organizing the age groupings by birth year in the manner demonstrated by US Soccer’s Birth Year Chart is located in Row #1; season.  US Soccer did not concurrently declare that the start of a new season should start with the new year.  So, for parents unfamiliar with the way the coding of “Under (age)” works, meaning a player may play in that grouping if he or she is that age or under, when trying to divide players into a simple “hey, if you’re born in this calendar year, you are that age group,” team organization by birth year for a season that spans two calendar years can be confusing – especially when the new basis for age classification is, (drumroll) a calendar year!

Providing more clarification is a chart from US Soccer accessible from US Youth Soccer’s resource center at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/aboutus/DownloadCenter/?CategoryId=124:.  The explanation that the “U(age)” really means that age and under is helpful, as well as the declaration that the determination of age grouping shall be determined by the year the season ends.

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We have also found the age chart provided by US Club Soccer to be helpful, at http://usclubsoccer.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/USSF-calendar-year-competition-age-chart-2016-18.png:

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Finally, the Florida Youth Soccer Association (and many other associations) provided a chart, via US Youth Soccer, that can either make it crystal clear what the new organization really looks like, or make you cross-eyed, depending on how your brain is processing some slight cognitive dissonance.  Accessible at http://www.fysa.com/calendar_year_birthdates_and_small_sided_games/:

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