USSF Initiatives

The US Soccer Federation launched several changes in 2015 taking affect for the 2016-2017 season.  These include changes to registration, changes to number of players on the field and field sizes as well.  Central League Soccer as a member of EPSYA and USSF will be following those guidelines beginning with the Fall 2016 season and going forward.  In a nutshell, Central League Soccer will follow the recommendations from EPYSA.  Please click on this LINK to connect to the EPSYA website with this information.

Player Registration

Player registration is changing from a "school year" system to a "calendar" system.  Before, age groupings were based on an August 1st to July 31st grouping.  Now it will strictly be based on calendar year.  Below is a chart with the new and old age groupings.

Old

New

Age Group

Birth Date

Age Group

Birth Year

U9

8/1/07-7/31/08

U9

2008

U10

8/1/06-7/31/07

U10

2007

U11

8/1/05-7/31/06

U11

2006

U12

8/1/04-7/31/05

U12

2005

Please note: These age groupings are effective 09/01/2016 thru 08/31/2017

Roster Sizes- UPDATED

Previously communicated: 

Central League Soccer will be using the following guidelines for roster sizes:

Under 9/10 - recommend twelve (12) players, maximum of fourteen (14)
Under 11/12 - recommend fourteen (14) players, maximum of eighteen (18)

Please note there are no minimums.

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Updated from May 27th memo:

Under 9/10 - No more than twelve (12) players
Under 11/12 - No more than sixteen (16) players

For the 2016-17 season the roster sizes we (EPYSA) committed to will be allowable for league play for those teams that have made their final roster decisions. For any teams that have not, we would strongly recommend adopting the standard roster size immediately.  Please use the following LINK to the EPSYA website.

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Small Sided Games-UPDATED

Central League Soccer will be using the following with regard to small sided games:

 

U9

U10

U11

U12

Field Size (*see note below)

47x30

47x30

75x47

75x47

New Field Size Length Range**

55 – 65

55 – 65

70 – 80

70 – 80

New Field Size Width Range**

35 – 45

35 – 45

45 – 55

45 – 55

Number of Players

7v7

7v7

9v9

9v9

Playing Time (mins)

2x25

2x25

2x30

2x30

*Please note: These field sizes are being reviewed and may change prior to Fall 2016.  The USSF may now give ranges for field size.  Regardless, EPYSA and CLS is instructing member clubs that no games are to be postponed or forfeited due to field size.

**Please note: These field size ranges were modified from the EPSYA memo dated May 27th.

CLS is strongly encouraging clubs to use the MAXIMUM length and width for field sizes!

For ALL age groups (U9 through U12 inclusive), teams will play with a GK, offside rule will be in effect, teams will use #4 size ball, 10 minute half time break, and goal size is to be 6.5 feet x 18.5 feet.