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Age Groups

Grade & Age Groups for the "Soccer Year" running from
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

Town based programs and league will be using the GRADE based grouping and Open Club based programs (e.g. NSL) and USYS programs (e.g. TSL, ODP, State Cup, NCS, Region 1, and National League) 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

1/1/2012

Grade KG (Formerly U-6)

KG Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2011

Grade 1 (Formerly U-7)

1st Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2010

Grade 2 (Formerly U-8)

2nd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2009

Grade 3 (Formerly U-9)

3rd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2008

Grade 4 (Formerly U-10)

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2007

Grade 5 (Formerly U-11)

5th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2006

Grade 6 (Formerly U-12)

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

Grade 7 (Formerly U-13)

7th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2004

Grade 8 (Formerly U-14)

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

Grades 9 (Formerly U-15)

9th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2002

Grades 10 (Formerly U-16)

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

Grades 11 (Formerly U-17)

11th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

Grades 12 (Formerly U-18)

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/1999

PG (Formerly U-19)

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/1998

 

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

1/1/2007

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

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

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

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

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

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

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

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/1999

PG (Formerly U-19)

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/1998

 

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 2017/18 soccer year players in the Grade 7/8 Group must be “In 8th grade or below AND born on or after 1/1/2003”.  A player born on 3/15/2003 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 12/01/2002 (before 1/1/2003) 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:  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.  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 from the league in which the team competes.  Upon league approval the player is approved for MTOC competition.

Example:  Under the Grade Group program, for the 2017/18 soccer year, a player born on or after 1/1/2005 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 2005.  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

1/1/2013

U6

1/1/2012

U7

1/1/2011

U8

1/1/2010

U9

1/1/2009

U10

1/1/2008

U11

1/1/2007

U12

1/1/2006

U13

1/1/2005

U14

1/1/2004

U15

1/1/2003

U16

1/1/2002

U17

1/1/2001

U18

1/1/2000

U19

1/1/1999

 

On 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:

In order to determine a player Age Group label use the following method:
 
A player’s age group label shall be determined by subtracting his/her year of birth from the year in which a soccer year ends.
 
Example #1 – Player A is born in 2006, and next soccer year ends in 2018.  Player A is a 12 and under player (12U).
 
Example #2 – Player B is born in 2002, and next soccer year ends in 2018.  Player B is a 16 and under player (16U).

 

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

 
 
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