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US Soccer Initiatives

Mass Youth Implementation of the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives

Commencing with the 2017/18 soccer year the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association is committed to implementing US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives for all member players, coaches, clubs, town programs and leagues.

Based on the requirements and recommendations from US Soccer as provided in their Player Development Initiative communications, Mass Youth Soccer has provided a small-sided games chart with player numbers, field sizes, goal sizes and additional rules for all member organizations to follow and abide by.

Please click here to download Mass Youth Soccer's Small Sided Games Chart for 2017/18 of which is still applicable for 2018/19

Mass Youth Soccer's ODP, State Cup and Town Select Programs will adhere to US Soccer's Birth Year mandates for the 2017-18 season.

Town based programs should click the link below to view information on 2018/19 GRADE based grouping:

Grade & Age Groups for Mass Youth Soccer affiliated organizations for the "Soccer Year" running from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019

U.S. Soccer's Player Development Initiative

US Soccer wants to make sure all members of the youth soccer community are as informed as possible on the collective plan to develop players to best of their abilities.

Please visit the U.S. Soccer's Player Development Initiative webpage to view the latest updates fro US Soccer regarding player age-groups, registration, field and goals sizes and concussion initiatives


Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind, the program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.

Emergency Action Plans

Cardiac Conditions

Head and Brain Conditions

Environmental Conditions

Injury Prevention