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US Soccer Mandated Changes


US Soccer Changes


These new coaching initiatives can be split into two major categories, Birth Year Registration & Small-Sided Game Standards 


Birth Year Registration

Birth year registration is based on the year in which the seasonal year ends. 
For example, the seasonal year begins in the fall and ends in the spring: i.e. 2017 (Fall) - 2018 (Spring). Players would be registered based on their age in the year 2018.

Small Sided Standards 

For small-sided play there will be a number of changes including playing numbers, roster sizes, field sizes, goal sizes, game lengths and rules.
For example, the 10U age group will now include the offside(s) rule and a build-out line. A build-out line is used to encourage players to play the ball out of the back instead of the goalkeeper punting the ball.           
These new initiatives will create multiple implementation challenges for Iowa Soccer member clubs. Please read through the materials provided by U.S. Soccer (see below) to make sure you understand the new coaching initiatives, implications and timelines and utilize the Iowa Soccer FAQ’s to help with implementation.  You may also contact our staff at any time!

ISA Member Resources

  • Birth years and age group
  • Small sided game

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