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U.S. Soccer Mandates

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.

Resources and Charts

Small-Sided Games FAQ: [Download PDF]

Calendar Year FAQ: [Download PDF]

Calendar Year Age Matrix 2016-2025 [Download PDF]

U.S. Soccer Presentation (Sept. 2016) [Download PDF]

US Youth Soccer Releases

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.