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Changes to CVYSC

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.

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