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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

 

Ages of Play

Sam Snow

Continuing with the Position Statements of the 55 state Technical Directors here are numbers four and five which are closely related to one another.

Age of Competitive Play        No. 4
 
While it is acknowledged and recognized that preteen players should be allowed to pursue playing opportunities that meet both their interest and ability level, we strongly discourage environments where players below the age of twelve are forced to meet the same "competitive" demands as their older counterparts therefore we recommend the following:
  1. 50% playing time
  2. no league or match results
  3. 8 v 8 at U12
Minimum Age for Play     No. 5
 
                We believe that a child must be five years old by August 1 to register with a soccer club for the soccer year September 1 to August 31.  Children younger than five years old should not be allowed to register with a soccer club.