As you may have heard, the U.S. Soccer Federation has implemented a new, mandatory, birth-year registration directive starting on August 1, 2016.
Northwest United FC, being a part of US Club Soccer, must adopt this new mandate for the upcoming 2016-2017 Season. Below is the official announcement from US Club Soccer:
“… All youth competitions beginning Aug. 1, 2016 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 Club Soccer and other sanctioning bodies are now clarifying the age group structures for the 2016-2017 season.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, all youth soccer sanctioning organizations will form competitions based on birth-year age groups.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, US Club Soccer will be using the following birth-year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends. For example:
Players born from January 1, 1998 – December 31, 1998 will be labeled as Under-19s.
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.
For any birth year, 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 a matrix here.
US Club Soccer, along with other members of the U.S. Soccer Federation, have been collaborating with each other to help ensure that these changes forced by the U.S. Soccer mandates are implemented as efficiently and smoothly as possible.”
We at Northwest United FC have taken many steps to ensure that this transition within our own club is smooth and seamless. Preparation for this switch began several months ago, and we feel very confident that all will go well come tryouts for the 2016-2017 Season.
We are aware that concerns may arise from this change, but we want everyone to feel comfortable coming to us with any and all questions, comments, or concerns you may have. We will do our best to answer your questions; we cannot answer anything regarding which specific team your son or daughter will be on next season, as that will not be decided until tryouts.
Rest assured, however, that we have your child’s best interests at heart, and we are working relentlessly to guide them through this change with minimal effects. To get an idea of what your child’s age division will look like, you can view the Birth Year Matrix here. Remember, US Soccer has given this mandate to the entire country; your children will continue to play at the proper level of competition even with this change.
Tryouts for our high school boys will be February 27 and 28 as follows:
U17/2000’s 4:30 – 6:00pm
U18/1999’s 6:00 – 7:30pm
U19/1998’s 6:00 – 7:30pm
These times apply to both days, and tryouts will be held at Mount Vernon High School.
Tryouts for the rest of our teams will be held within the first two weeks of May. Details will be announced soon.
Please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org