In August 2015, U.S. Soccer announced new player development initiatives that are targeted to improve youth development standards in the United States. The initiatives phase in new standards related to small-sided games and birth-year registration. For more information on the U.S. Soccer mandates, click the links below to news releases, charts and other resources.
Video: U.S. Soccer's Tab Ramos discusses the 2015 Player Development Initiatives.
Small-Sided Games FAQ: [Download PDF]
Small-Sides Games USSF Standards Chart: [Download PDF]
Calendar Year FAQ: [Download PDF]
Calendar Year Age Matrix 2016-2025 [Download PDF]
U.S. Soccer Presentation (Sept. 2016) [Download PDF]
Aug. 24, 2015 — Changes Coming to Youth Soccer
Sept. 1, 2015 — US Youth Soccer Board approves implementation of U.S. Soccer Mandates
Jan. 26, 2016 — US Youth Soccer statement on U.S. Soccer's birth-year registration mandate
Feb. 5, 2016 — Statement from Youth Council Technical Group to U.S. Soccer
For more information from U.S. Soccer on the player development initiatives, click here.