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Age Groups

GRADE AND AGE GROUPINGS FOR 2019/20 SOCCER YEAR

GRADE BASED GROUPINGS

SINGLE GRADE GROUPINGS (2019/20)

Program

Grade Requirements

AND

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

Pre-School

Pre-School

AND

1/1/2014

Grade KG

KG Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2013

Grade 1

1st Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2012

Grade 2

2nd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2011

Grade 3

3rd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2010

Grade 4

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2009

Grade 5

5th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2008

Grade 6

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2007

Grade 7

7th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2006

Grade 8

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

Grades 9

9th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2004

Grades 10

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

Grades 11

11th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2002

Grades 12

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

PG

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

 

DUAL GRADE GROUPINGS (2019/20)

Program

Grade Requirements

AND

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

Grade 3/4

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2009

Grade 5/6

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2007

Grade 7/8

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

Grades 9/10

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

Grades 11/12

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

PG

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

 

Grade Based Group Waiver Classes

For Town Based Programs and Leagues

Older Player Playing with Classmates:  Players who are born on a date that would typically place them in a higher grade may play with their actual grade on any level team (D1 and lower) and may play on an MTOC eligible team.  Using a “1/1/xxxx born on or after” date all will catch the vast majority of these players.  Those born before the 1/1/xxxx date and in the lower grade will need to be approved by a waiver from the league in which the team competes.  Upon league approval the player is approved for MTOC competition.

Example:  For the 2019/20 soccer year players in the Grade 7/8 Group must be “In 8th grade or below AND born on or after 1/1/2005”.  A player born on 3/15/2005 would typically be in 9th grade.  But, if this player is actually going to be in 8th grade then they would be permitted to play in this group without a waiver.  Another player, also in 8th grade born on 12/01/2004 (before 1/1/2005) would only be permitted to play with his same grade classmates through above noted waiver process.

Player in Higher Grade Playing with Same Age Teammates: Prior to the switch from the August–July Birth Year grouping method to the current Grade Group method, same players who chose to play within their age group and not up with classmates (most commonly players born in August). These players are eligible for a waiver allowing to play with their same age teammates they have historically played with in the past.  They will be permitted to play on MTOC eligible D1 and lower teams.  Proof of playing history is required for a waiver from the league in which the team competes.  Upon league approval the player is approved for MTOC competition.  Players entering a soccer program starting after Fall 2017 with no playing history of playing “down” a grade were and are not eligible for this waiver.  They must play with classmates or higher grades, not down a grade.

Example:  Under the Grade Group program, for the 2018/19 soccer year, a player born on or after 1/1/2006 but in the 7th grade would have to play on the 7th Grade  or 7th/8th Grade Group team except if they have always played within the previous age group as compared to playing up with their classmates.  Most likely this player was born in August 2006.  This player is grandfathered to continue playing with the same age group teammates (on a 6th Grade Group team) they have played with in the past as long as proof of playing history is provided.

AGE BASED GROUPINGS FOR 2019/20 SOCCER YEAR

SINGLE AGE GROUPINGS (2019/20)

Program

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

5U

1/1/2015

6U

1/1/2014

7U

1/1/2013

8U

1/1/2012

9U

1/1/2011

10U

1/1/2010

11U

1/1/2009

12U

1/1/2008

13U

1/1/2007

14U

1/1/2006

15U

1/1/2005

16U

1/1/2004

17U

1/1/2003

18U

1/1/2002

19U

1/1/2001

 

Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, US Youth Soccer began using the following birth‐year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends. For example the 2019-20 soccer year:

  • Players born during the year 2001 will be labeled as 19 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2002 will be labeled as 18 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2003 will be labeled as 17 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2004 will be labeled as 16 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2005 will be labeled as 15 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2006 will be labeled as 14 and Under
  • Players born during the year 2007 will be labeled as 13 and Under
  • …and so on.
  • The age group “label” will be determined by subtracting the year in which the players participating in the competition were born from the year in which competition ends. For example, a player born in 2005 subtracted from 2020 (the end of the 2019/20 soccer year) makes them a 15U.

The change to birth year age groups and to the “labels” for naming each age group have been made by U.S. Soccer.

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