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Age Groups

Click here to read Massachusetts Youth Soccer's January 30th 2016 Statement regarding US Soccer Birth Year Mandates

Grade & Age Groups for the "Soccer Year" running from
September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017

Town based programs and league will be using the GRADE based grouping and Open Club based programs (e.g. MAPLE) and USYS programs (e.g. NCS, Region 1, ODP) will be using the AGE based groupings.

Click Here for PDF version of the charts and waiver information presented below 

GRADE BASED GROUPINGS

(Town Based Programs and Leagues)

SINGLE GRADE GROUPINGS

Program

Grade Requirements

AND

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

Pre-School (Formerly U-5)

Pre-School

AND

1/1/2011

Grade KG (Formerly U-6)

KG Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2010

Grade 1 (Formerly U-7)

1st Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2009

Grade 2 (Formerly U-8)

2nd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2008

Grade 3 (Formerly U-9)

3rd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2007

Grade 4 (Formerly U-10)

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2006

Grade 5 (Formerly U-11)

5th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

Grade 6 (Formerly U-12)

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2004

Grade 7 (Formerly U-13)

7th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

Grade 8 (Formerly U-14)

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2002

Grades 9 (Formerly U-15)

9th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

Grades 10 (Formerly U-16)

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

Grades 11 (Formerly U-17)

11th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/1999

Grades 12 (Formerly U-18)

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/1998

PG (Formerly U-19)

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/1997

 

DUAL GRADE GROUPINGS

Program

Grade Requirements

AND

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

Grade 3/4 (Formerly U-9/10)

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2006

Grade 5/6 (Formerly U-11/12)

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2004

Grade 7/8 (Formerly U-13/14)

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2002

Grades 9/10 (Formerly U-15/16)

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

Grades 11/12 (Formerly U-17/18)

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/1998

PG (Formerly U-19)

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/1997

 

Grade Based Group Waiver Classes

NOTE: Optionally implemented by Town Based Leagues.  Check with your league administration prior to implementing.

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.

Example:  For the 2016/17 soccer year players in the Grade 7/8 Group must be “In 8th grade or below AND born on or after 1/1/2002”.  A player born on 3/15/2002 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 12/01/2001 (before 1/1/2002) would only be permitted to play with his same grade classmates through a waiver process.

 

Player in Higher Grade Playing with Same Age Teammates:  Players who chose to play within their age group and not up with classmates (most commonly players born in August) are eligible for a waiver.  With our new Grade Group method these players are now being pushed up and off teams that they may have been playing with for years.  These players are now eligible for waivers to allow them players 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 to be issued. 

Example:  Under the new Grade Group program, for the 2016/2017 soccer year, a player born on or after 1/1/2004 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 2004.  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

(Open Club Based Programs and USYS managed Competitions)

SINGLE AGE GROUPINGS

Program

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

U5

1/1/2012

U6

1/1/2011

U7

1/1/2010

U8

1/1/2009

U9

1/1/2008

U10

1/1/2007

U11

1/1/2006

U12

1/1/2005

U13

1/1/2004

U14

1/1/2003

U15

1/1/2002

U16

1/1/2001

U17

1/1/2000

U18

1/1/1999

U19/20

1/1/1997

 

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

  • Players born from August 1, 1997 – December 31, 1998 will be labeled as Under-19/20s.
  • Players born from January 1, 1999 – December 31, 1999 will be labeled as Under-18s.
  • Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as Under-17s.
  • Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as Under-16s.
  • Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as Under-15s.
  • Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as Under-14s.
  • Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as Under-13s.
  • With the exception of the US Youth Soccer Under-19/20s, 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.

 

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

 

For the US Soccer press release, please use the following link: US Soccer Birth Year Registration

Further information from US Youth Soccer: Changes coming to Youth Soccer in 2016 

 
 
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