U.S. Soccer’s Birth Year Registration Mandate

Pleasanton, Ca. (May 13, 2016)— As previously announced, Cal North and US Youth Soccer will be implementing the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth year registration mandates ‪in 2016.

This means that ‪beginning Aug. 1, 2016 all regional and national US Youth Soccer competitions, including all levels of the US Youth Soccer National Championship SeriesUS Youth Soccer National League, US Youth Soccer Olympic Development ProgramUS Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup will be based on age group cut-offs of January 1 for each age group. Due to additional interpretative changes by U.S. Soccer since this announcement in how competition age groups are labeled, US Youth Soccer and other sanctioning bodies are now clarifying the age group structures for the 2016-2017 season.

‪Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, US Youth Soccer and Cal North will be using the following birth year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends. For example:

  • ‪Players born from August 1, 1997 – December 31, 1998 will be labeled as Under-19/20s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 1999 – December 31, 1999 will be labeled as Under-18s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as Under-17s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as Under-16s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as Under-15s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as Under-14s.
  • ‪Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as Under-13s.

‪With the exception of the Under-19/20s, the age group “label” will be determined by subtracting the year in which the players participating in the competition were born from the year in which competition ends.

The change to birth year age groups and to the “labels” for naming each age group have been made by U.S. Soccer. You may view the U.S. Soccer matrix here, please note the definition for US Youth Soccer Under-19/20s competitions above.


  1. Dennis McGrath says:

    Page 23 of the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives, http://nebula.wsimg.com/2c5fe919a61adfd0840bfd01a1621d79?AccessKeyId=4B340AF97765397E012C&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 states playing up will be allowed to keep teams together, or allow kids to “compete in a more challenging environment, which can also aid in their future development.” My son benefits greatly from this. Playing in his birth year division would be a regression for him. I heard a rumor that Cal North will prohibit playing up this year. Is that true? If so, can you please explain the deviation from the enclosed document? Thank you.

    1. Hi Dennis – Cal North allows players to play up, but not play down unless for a medical exception accepted by the league. Again, rumor is incorrect and Cal North does allow a player to play up.

      1. Dennis McGrath says:

        Fantastic, Emanuel. Thank you.

  2. Felipe Lemus says:

    Can you make the birth year chart printable? It is not clear when printing from your current web page.

  3. Felipe Lemus says:

    Please check the birth year chart for the year 2007. It is not correct. If a player is born on 2007 and is playing in 2017, such player is only ten years old. Your chart say the player is eleven years old. Please, correct me if I am wrong.

    1. The age calculation for a player based on US Soccer’s birth year mandate is the end of the seasonal year minus the birth year. So if a player is born in 2007, then is playing in the 2017-2018 seasonal year, the calculation is 2018-2007 = 11.

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