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Birth Year Deadlines

Written by Jeff Dawson, UGSC Board Member and Player/Parent Advocate.

Starting August 1, 2016, UYSA has adopted US Youth Soccer’s birth year age groups. You might ask how this affects your soccer player. Well, you will have to decide.

In the US and Canada, US Youth Soccer has used school year age groups, August 1 st through July 31 st . US Youth Soccer is making the change so it will make it “easier and gets US youth soccer on the same calendar as the rest of the world”. Whether you think this was complicated or not, the time of school year age groups will be gone for good. So what does this truly mean?

Here is an example: Marie was born April 17, 2002. With school year age group, Marie would be trying out for U15. Now, there is another player on the same team, Linda, born December 15, 2001. School year age grouping will allow Linda to tryout for U15 as well. Now let’s change this scenario to birth year age group. Marie would be trying out for U15. Linda would not be eligible for U15, so she would be trying out for U16. Linda and Marie have been playing for the same Utah Glory team for the past 4 years. The team is cohesive and the coach, Sarge, does not want to break up the team so Sarge has decided to keep the team together and will be playing U16. Glory Teams wanting to remain cohesive and keep the team together have to play to the birth year age group of their oldest player.

If you would like to read further on this subject, see the official press release of US Youth Soccer and the new age matrix, please click here or view the chart below.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions. We will also be available during tryouts to answer any questions.  We will work with parents and players to find the right fit and age group.