Statement on Recent US Youth Soccer Decision

Seattle United Transition Committee: Statement on Recent US Youth Soccer Decision to Implement Calendar Year Age Groups for the 2016/17 Season

As much of our membership is already aware, there is a major change coming to the way youth soccer teams in Washington and throughout the country will be organized beginning next Spring with tryouts for the 2016/17 season. This change will materially impact nearly all of our existing teams.

US Youth Soccer has mandated that youth soccer age groups nationwide will be delineated by calendar year, as opposed to the current model that more closely mirrors the school calendar. Previously, the age groups were determined based on a year beginning August 1 and ending the following July 31.

The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year – or January 1 to December 31. Therefore, as an example, any player born in 2003 now will be an ’03, and teams and playing years will be organized around players who were born in 2002, 2003, 2004, etc.

Washington Youth Soccer, our parent organization, as well as the other states in the Western Region of US Youth Soccer, have elected to implement this change beginning in the 2016/17 season. The Seattle United management team is working diligently to determine how to implement this transition within our club. We understand that this change will raise many concerns among our members and we hope to be able to address them in future informational releases and/or meetings as we develop a transition plan in cooperation with Washington Youth Soccer, the Regional Club League, and the North Puget Sound League.

We ask for your patience as we work on this transition. Please know that we are doing everything we can to anticipate the many issues that will arise as a result of this change and make the transition as smooth as possible. More information will be forthcoming as our transition plans are developed.

Click HERE for the US Soccer official announcement.

Click HERE for the US Youth Soccer official announcement.

See below for the US Youth Soccer Age Chart for 2016/17 and beyond: