On August 24, 2015, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced several significant changes to the youth competition environment to be implemented in the coming years. Fundamentally, these changes have been made in the interest of long-term player development and can be placed into 2 major categories: (i) player age group cut-off dates; and (ii) small-sided game structures and sizes. (To read the full USSF announcement click HERE.) This posting will address the impact of the change to birth year registration.
As a club sanctioned by US Youth Soccer (USYS, a national association member of USSF), Lebco United is required to follow the rules, regulations and policies of USSF, including these new mandates.
The recent USSF initiatives will have an impact on almost every facet of youth soccer competition in this country. These initiatives, especially the change to birth year registration, will require adjustments to the structure of USYS-sanctioned leagues and to the structure of Lebco United team rosters. Because the local leagues in which Lebco United teams compete (Lanco, CPYSL, PAGS) have decided to implement the calendar-year age group change beginning in the 2016-17 soccer year, these adjustments must be made by Lebco concurrently, beginning with the formation of 2016-17 rosters following tryouts this spring. We understand that some parents of current players may have anxiety as to what the roster will look like for their children’s teams next year. We will be working over the coming weeks to communicate the most likely scenarios, but final decisions will not be possible until tryout results are evaluated.
The soccer year will still run August 1st through July 31st, and teams will still be formed and rostered for the soccer year.