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Recreation Age Groups (2018-19)

The age groups for the 2018-19 recreation year will be as follows:

Birth Year Age Group
2000, 2001, 2002 U19
2003, 2004 U16
2005, 2006 U14
2007 U12
2008 U11
2009 U10
2010 U09
2011 U08
2012 U07
2013 U06
2014 U05
2015 U04
 
2016-2017 Seasonal Year Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we changing to birth year registration?

US Soccer mandated the birth-year change to align US Soccer with the rest of the world. Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) opted to introduce this mandate starting in the fall 2016 season. MYS is required to adopt this change.

What does "Birth Year" mean?

This is the birth year of your child. For example, a player born on January 1, 2007 or December 31, 2007 would both be in the "2007" birth year.

Are other clubs required to change to birth year?

If a team plays against a team from another club in an outside league or tournament, then each of the teams will need to follow these same rules.

If we do not play in an outside league, can we stay with school year?

No. Since the older players participate in an external league and U8s and older participate in all-star tournaments, it would cause confusion to have two different age structures within the same program.

How does the "Play-up" option work?

When online registration becomes available, a player born between January 1 and July 31 may elect to play up by one year for each season. Otherwise they will be placed according to their birth year.

Who decides if a player should play-up or not?

If your player was born between January 1 and July 31, then the family decides (Not your coach).

Are there restrictions on how many players who decided to play up may be placed onto a team?

No. In theory an entire team may be made up of players who decided to play up.

What happens if my child was born between August 1 and December 31 and I want them to play up?

You must obtain approval from the club before a player born between August 1 and December 31 may play up. This aligns with our current policy.

My child was born between August 1 and December 31. Why are they now being required to miss a year?

The realignment has the effect that players born between August and December will need to miss a year to align with their new birth year. We have no control over this mathematical effect.

My coach has told me that I must choose the play-up option instead of birth year when I register my child. Do I have to do what they say?

No. Coaches may only inform you of the age group and division that they intend to coach in; they may not provide advice or require you to select one option over another. If you register for the same age group as your coach, and no draft is triggered, you will usually stay with your coach. We recommend choosing where your child's friends will be playing when making this selection.

My coach is moving to a different age group, but I want my child to stay with their birth year to be with their friends. What happens then?

We will place your child on a team within the age group and division according to their birth year. Where possible we will place them on a team with their friends. Your child will receive a new coach.

Will my child be allowed to play down in a younger age group?

No. Players who are too old to play in a younger age group will not be allowed to "play down". For example, a player born in 2006 is eligible for U12 and may not play in the U10 age group.

U10 and U12

Why have we adopted two-year age groups for U10 and U12?

With the new birth year mandate, the two-year age grouping provides greater flexibility to allow as many school friends as possible to stay together.

What is the difference between "Black" and "Gray" divisions in U10 and U12?

Players on teams in the "Black" division will generally be older than players on teams in the "Gray" division. This may or may not reflect a difference in the standard of play of those divisions.

Where have the U9 and U11 age groups gone?

According to the US Soccer age group alignments, players born in 2008 will be U9 and those born in 2006 will be U11. We are following these alignments, but have simply renamed "U9" as "U10 Gray" and "U11" as "U12 Gray", so in essence these two divisions are still U9 and U11, but with new names. Changing the names to "U10" and "U12" allows us to maintain the "no play-down" rule.

My child is in the "Black" division, but his/her friends in the same school year are in the "Gray" division, will he/she be allowed to play in the "Gray" division?

Where logistics permit, due to the new two-year age group structure, your child may be allowed to play with their friends in the "Gray" division.

Heading has already been banned at U11 and younger. Does this now mean that heading will also be banned at U12?

Yes, since those teams will contain some "U11" players who have decided to play up.

U12 currently plays in the SFL. Does this mean that U12 will no longer play in the SFL?

Probably, U12 is likely to become an in-house league program.

Will there still be player drafts in the fall?

Yes, when a player first enters the U10 or U12 age groups, and based on their birth year or play-up option (if selected) would join the "Gray" division, they will be included in the draft that takes place prior to the start of the fall season. They will join one of the teams in the "Gray" division.

My child will return to the same age group in the fall. Will they stay with the same team?

Probably, provided that team still exists. If a player is returning to the same age group in the fall, they will usually stay with their team and be placed in the "Black" division.

My child is joining the program, but based on age would be placed in an older "Black" division. Do they have to go through the draft?

No. If a new player joins and would be in the "Black" division based on birth year or play-up option (if selected), they would usually simply be added to one of the teams in that division.

My child was born between August 1 and December 31, 2008. They will miss out on the opportunity to do MYS Juniors. What is the club doing to rectify this?

We are currently reviewing possible ways to provide additional training for these players.

My child was born between August 1 and December 31, 2008. It looks like they are missing two years and going straight to U10. How can this be?

Players born between August and December will need to miss a year to align with their new birth year. The perception of the second year is simply due to renaming "U9" as "U10 Gray". In effect, "U10 Gray" will contain players that were born in 2008 and players born in 2009 that have chosen to play up. A few players born in 2007 may be permitted in this age group, but only so that they may stay with their friends.

U13 to U19

What does "SFL" stand for?

Suburban Friendship League (http://www.sflsoccer.org/)

Can a player born in 2003 play in the lower division of their U14 age group (i.e. U13)?

No. The lower division is called "SFL U13". The oldest age that will be allowed to play in this league would be January 1, 2004.

My child was born between August 1, 2002 and December 31, 2002, so is currently playing U13. Will they be required to play U16 next season?

Players born between August 1 and December 31 will skip a year to realign. Clubs can have their teams play in the lower U16 SFL division, a decision which could reflect the age range of a particular team as well as other considerations.

My child was born between August 1, 2000 and December 31, 2000, so is currently playing U16 as a U15 player. Will they be required to play U19 next season?

Players born between August 1 and December 31 will skip a year to realign, so will move from U15 to U17. The SFL does not distinguish between U17, U18 and U19.