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US Soccer Mandates

What the governing body says...goes!


On August 24, 2015, U.S. Soccer announced mandates that resulted in significant changes to the youth soccer environment: birth year registration and small-sided games/standards.  These were implemented effective August 1, 2016.
Birth Year Registration: Players are now grouped on teams by birth year (January 1-December 31).  This is consistent with the other 208 FIFA countries that register youth players by their year of birth. 
Small Sided Standards: For small-sided play there were a number of changes including playing numbers, roster sizes, field sizes, goal sizes, game lengths and rules.


Player Development Initiatives (PDIs)

U.S. Soccer Information
Iowa Soccer Resources
  • Summary of standards
  • Small-sided field diagrams
    • Please note that in the 7v7 diagram a "build-out line" is shown, but no dimension is provided.  Following that diagram are two pages from Iowa Soccer designating where the build-out line is for us and a numbering system for your team.  Effective Fall 2016, Iowa Soccer is instructing members to utilize the halfway line for the build-out line.