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Dear West Coast Elite family and new players,
West Coast Elite club will adopt the NEW USSF soccer age matrix and playing rules starting February 2016. We at West Coast Elite know that there is a lot of concern about the restructuring of teams, but rest assure that West Coast Elite is putting every effort in to make this transition as smooth as possible. We will do our best to keep all parents and players update with any changes. Also, know that all Coast Soccer League (CSL) clubs which is the league we play in are going through the same transition. Below is a list of common questions and answers that West Coast Elite came up with, if you have additional questions or concerns feel free to call your current coach for more detail information.
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Q & A
West Coast Elite TRANSISTION PROCESS
1. When will West Coast Elite adopt the new age matrix?
West Coast Elite will adopt the new age matrix in early February 2016. At this time all player will try out for their new team. This annual tryout is not new to West Coast Elite, every year all players have a tryout time period and are ranked and placed according to their playing skill. The only difference this year is some kids will be shifted to another age bracket.
2.Will my practice time and location change?
Your practice time and date may change due to the new age group and field availability. The location will remain the same.
3. Will my team playing status change (Bronze, Silver, Silver Elite, Gold)?
More than likely not, but in a few cases we have teams that will move up from Bronze to Silver and Silver to Silver Elite.
For more information on Small-Sided Games, More Info
What are Small-Sided Games?
All ages can play "Small Sided Games", but it has a definite developmental impact on our younger soccer players. US Youth Soccer recommendations for "number of players" at the various age groups are as follows:
U8 | 7 against 7 no goal keepers
U10 | 9 against 9 with goal keepers
U12+ | 11 against 11 with goal keepers
USYS Birth year and season matrix: More Info
Cal South "season at a glance": More Info
Here are some of the reasons why we believe, as soccer coaches, administrators and parents must guarantee that our young soccer players play small-sided games:
Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become with it! (Individual technical development)
Because we want our young soccer players to make , during the game! (Tactical development)
Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)
Because we want our young soccer players to have more with the coach! Fewer players on the field and fewer players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)
Because we want our young soccer players to have in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
Because we want our young soccer players to have (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
Because we want our young soccer players to have (Pure excitement
2. What are the differences between Small-Sided Games and 11 v. 11 matches in regards to field size, goal
The fields are smaller, as are the goals and the ball. The length of the game is also shorter. The rules to play the game are modified for each age group. More Info
3. What are the benefits to Small-Sided Games for players?
With fewer players on the field and a smaller field on which to play the game the kids are more directly involved in the action of the game. That equates to more enjoyment in playing, more contact with the ball, more tactical decisions made and executed and more physical movement, which improves the player’s physical fitness. More Info
4. Is this something clubs in the United States already participate in?
Many clubs, especially those affiliated to US Youth Soccer, have been playing Small-Sided Games in one version or another for years, perhaps even a decade or more.
5. Are Small-Sided Games a fixture in other countries like Brazil, Germany, Spain?
While Small-Sided Games are not new to American soccer, many other countries around the world also play Small-Sided Games with young players. In fact, Spain plays Small-Sided Games up through the U-15 age group. More Info
6. What are U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer doing to help coaches organize Small-Sided Games?
Assistance is given to coaches through coaching courses and clinics given by the State Associations and the two national organizations.
7. Where can I find more information on Small-Sided Games?
Anyone interested in learning more about Small-Sided Games should use the Small-Sided Games Resource Center in the Coaches section of the US Youth Soccer website. More Info
8. When will these Small-Sided Games be introduced in US Youth Soccer?
Clubs that are ready may make the change immediately, especially for intramural programming. Others may wait until August of 2016. All clubs must be playing Small-Sided Games by August 2017.
CALENDAR YEAR AGE GROUPS
US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Sam Snow answers some frequently asked questions regarding US Youth Soccer’s implementation of calendar year age groups as opposed to school year age groups per the player development initiative from U.S. Soccer.
1. When will the change to calendar year age groups take effect?
US Youth Soccer programs will change to Calendar Year beginning with the 2016-2017 season. U.S. Soccer has mandated that all play move to the Calendar Year by August 2017.
2. Why has the decision been made to switch from grouping teams by the school year to the calendar year?
To be in line with the other 208 countries that register youth players by their year of birth. The change will also make it easier for American club teams to play internationally.
3. How do I know in which age group a player will participate?
See the U.S. Soccer matrix. More Info
4. What if a player wants to play with his or her school friends, but is in a different age group?
Depending on local rules for playing up age groups, a player will be able to play up with an older age group, which has been true for decades. As always, a player may not play down with a younger age group.
5. How will this change impact clubs?
Clubs will need to adjust the players on team rosters once the club makes the change. Most clubs will accomplish that task by simply adjusting the try-out age groups or how they distribute players to teams in the club.
6. How are age groups determined in other FIFA nations?
By the year in which a player is born; i.e., calendar year.
7. Which US Youth Soccer programs will be affected?
The Olympic Development Program will not change since it has grouped players by birth year since its inception in 1977. TOPSoccer will be unaffected since players are grouped by ability and less so by age. All other player programs will be directly affected by the change to calendar year player registration.