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Divisions by Age

SSYSA follows the division age as according to the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association guidelines.  The Birth Chart and Season Matrix is provided below.  
Additional information can be found at:

SSYSA divisions begin with the Lil' Kickers (ages 2 & 3) and Under 6 divisions.  

Age Chart for Season

Birth Year Division

2020-2021 Lil Kickers
2018-2019 6U
2016-2017  8U
2014-2015  10U
2012-2013 12U
2010-2011  14U
2008-2009  16U
2006-2007  18U

A Player may play up to the next division only at the parent and coaches discretion.  Players are not allowed to play down to a younger division.

US Youth Soccer Changes

Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will also change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.

US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for US Youth Soccer programs and competitions.

Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members go by the calendar year. 

Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group.

US Youth Soccer, a respected leader in player development for more than 40 years, has seen the evolution of the game and various changes. The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has used the birth year for the grouping of players since it was established in 1977. In fact, the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, awarded at the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships also shows the history of teams named for their calendar year age group.



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