Cal North Adopts US Soccer Initiatives

Pleasanton (September 16, 2015) – The Cal North Board of Directors is pleased to announce Cal North’s adoption of US Soccer’s calendar year age groupings, and small sided standards for state level, district level and intra-league play effective for the 2016/17 season. In all other competitions,Cal North strongly recommends adopting the small sided standards for the 2016/17 season and is required by US Soccer effective for the 2017/18 season.

Cal North Chairman of the Board, Pete Zopfi, notes,

This is an important change that will more closely align Cal North to US Soccer and international standards, allowing our players to be better equipped for transitioning to national level play.

Matthew Madeira, Cal North Executive Director, adds

We aim to accelerate the development of our competitive and recreational players and these changes are in line with that mission. Small sided standards adopted by Cal North will enable coaches to be more effective by promoting more touches on the ball, playing opportunities, and creating a more cohesive team unit.

Cal North recognizes this is a significant change and is currently developing a plan for transitioning to the calendar year and small sided standards. Please continue checking our website,, for information as it becomes available.


Emanuel Lusca says

For additional information, please view the US Soccer Post - "New U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives", or download the full presentation.