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Changes to CVYSC

Changes Coming to Conestoga Valley Youth Soccer Club
February 2016

In the fall of 2016, CVYSC will implement the nationwide mandates from U.S. Soccer. The first change is the adoption of small sided game standards and the second will be a shift from school year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.

“With these initiatives, we’re more likely to have players better prepared down the road,” said Tab Ramos, U.S. Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach.  “With small-sided standards, what we’re trying to do is to help players develop by putting them in an environment where they are constantly involved in the play, and our changes in the birth-year registration will make age groups easier to understand, while aligning our calendar year with the international calendar.”

Small Sided Game Standards

U.S. Soccer has made alterations to field sizes, goal sizes, and rules with an emphasis on 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 competitions.  The benefits of small-sided games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball, and more tactical decisions. 

For many years, CVYSC has followed a small-sided game approach for youth players 12 years old and under, so the changes in this regard will be relatively minimal.  However, there will be several slight adjustments to the number of players on the field.

  • U6, U7, U8 – 4v4
  • U9, U10 – 7v7
  • U11, U12 – 9v9
  • U13 – 11v11

Please reference the attached “Standards Chart” for more details.

Birth Year Registration

CVYSC will be changing the way players are grouped, moving from the school year to the birth year. In the past, age groups were determined based on players born between August 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age group will reflect the calendar year, or January 1 to December 31. Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the U.S. and Canada. All other FIFA members go by the calendar year.

Please refer to the attached “Player Development Initiatives FAQ” for more explanation.

What this means for CVYSC

The CVYSC board is working to implement these modifications across the club for the fall of 2016 in order to be in compliance with U.S. Soccer. We recognize that such changes prompt questions and some concerns.  We ask that you thoroughly read through the “Player Development Initiatives FAQ” to better understand the rationale for these changes and get answers to commonly asked questions. 

The shift to birth year grouping of teams could present some preliminary challenges to travel teams. All current teams are comprised of players born in two calendar years. This means that teams will, most likely, split in order to comply with the birth year policy. We understand the initial uncertainty, the possible disappointment, and the possible shortage of players for some age groups. The board is working with travel coaches to make the necessary adjustments in the attempt to have every qualified player on a travel team. 

Tryouts, this coming spring, for CVYSC travel teams will be organized according to birth year.  For example, U-10 tryouts will be for any player who was born in 2006 and will turn 10 years old, on or after, January 1 or, on or before, December 31, 2016. In cases where a player’s level is beyond her/his age group, s/he will be permitted to “play up” an age group as decided by coaches and evaluators.

Recreation teams will also be organized according to birth year. Since tryouts are not held for these teams, the club will place players in their appropriate age group.

We thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding as our board, our coaches, our players, and their parents adjust to these changes.  Should you have further questions, please contact any one of these CVYSC club representatives:

  • Justin Bredeman, CVYSC board president
  • Aaron Schoeneberger, CVYSC Past-President
  • Dave Hartlaub, CVYSC Director of Coaching.
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