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Membership Year and Age Policy

Our soccer years runs from from Fall to Summer, roughly aligned to the school year. However, our parent organization, US Soccer Federation, in 2017 moved from school year to Birth Year for determining player eligibility. It can be a bit confusing, but we prepared a chart below to help you plan your child's soccer career.

The effective date of age determination for registration shall be the player's age as of December 31 looking ahead of the Membership Year. Example: For MY2019 the division the child will be placed in will be determined based on their age as of December 31, 2020. This age determination does not apply to Playground or Schoolyard division.

Sometimes parents want to have their child play in a higher age division to make transportation easy or play with friends. But children develop rapidly and differences in maturity and size puts a younger child at risk. Therefore, we rarely allow children to play up and never allow older children to play down.




** Playground is a program specially designed for 3 to 5 year olds to develop Fundamental Motor Skills that will prepare the child for soccer and other sports. The player must
be 3 years old by the date of the first Region activity. The Region must set the registration minimum age date to the day and month of first activity minus three years.
For example, if your first activity is 9/2/2018 your minimum age date will be 9/2/2015 so that the child can be three years old by that date.

*** Schoolyard, when offered, is a program designed for 4 & 5 year olds that continues the learning of fundamental motor skills and introduces soccer skills. The player must
be 4 years old by the date of the first Region activity. The Region must set the registration minimum age date to the day and month of first activity minus four years.
For example, if your first activity is 9/2/2019 your minimum age date will be 9/2/2015 so that the child can be four years old by that date.
Both Programs align with US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives.

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