US Soccer’s Recommendations on Field Changes and Roster Sizes
With the Fall Season quickly approaching, youth soccer across the nation is preparing to transition to small sided games as mandated by US Soccer.
Small sided games will encourage an environment of constant play, allowing more opportunities for tactical decision making and touches on the ball. All players will benefit from these changes, but change is always difficult and presents unique challenges for clubs and leagues that must plan fields, schedules and answer questions from parents and coaches.
Cal North understands the diversity of leagues and clubs across northern California and the unique challenges each of our affiliated leagues will face as they transition to small sided games. Although plans for the Fall playing season may have already been finalized by your organizations, we hope to continue providing you with useful information that can be utilized as a guide for recreational play and future improvements.
The below standards were recently announced by US Soccer as recommendations for small sided games. These recommendations are based on the input from US Soccer’s Youth Member’s Technical Leadership group, and feedback provided by Directors of Coaches. Please, note Cal North’s maximum roster size limitations have not changed and these are recommendations only.
Length Range (yards)
Width Range (yards)
|U6||4v4||25-35||15-25||No more than 6*|
|U7||4v4||25-35||15-25||No more than 6*|
|U8||4v4||25-35||15-25||No more than 6*|
|U9||7v7||55-65||35-45||No more than 12|
|U10||7v7||55-65||35-45||No more than 12|
|U11||9v9||70-80||45-55||No more than 16|
|U12||9v9||70-80||45-55||No more than 16|
For more information on US Soccer’s Recommendations, please see the below resources:
- Presentation on New U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives (September 2016 version)
- U.S. Soccer Birth Year Chart
- Player Development Initiatives Small Sided Standards & Birth Year Registration Frequently Asked Questions
- US Soccer Player Development Initiatives Slideshow
- Other U.S. Soccer posts on the CalNorth.org