This chart applies to Region 13 players during the MY2024 season, from Aug. 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025. For the 2023-2024 season, see here.

In California, children 6 years old as of Sept. 1 are eligible to enter 1st grade, which corresponds to the 7U division. Region 13 uses that to set the age ranges for 8U and under. If the younger divisions were divided by birth year, per US Soccer Federation guidelines, some kindergartners would start playing in the 7U division. Region 13’s system allows all kindergarten-aged kids to play in 6U, so children in younger grades can play with their school cohort for up to 3 years. If your child started school a year later, they will play with the other kids their same age, rather than the same school grade. 

For questions about team assignments, please contact your division administrator.

Date of Birth
Soccer Age
Fall (Core)
Soccer Age
EXTRA program
Ball size Practice time [min] Game time [min]
09/02/20 – 09/01/21
4U   3 60
09/02/19 – 09/01/20
5U   3  – 60
09/02/18 – 09/01/19
6U   3 60 32
1st grade
09/02/17 – 09/01/18
7U   3 60 40
2nd grade
01/01/17 – 09/01/17
8U   3 60 40
09/01/16 – 12/31/16 8U or 10U**        
01/01/16 – 08/31/16 10U   4 90
2015 10U 10U 4
2014 12U 11U 4 90
2013 12U 12U 4
2012 14U 13U 5 90
2011 14U 14U 5
2010 16U   5 2 x 90
2009 16U   5
2008 19U   5 2 x 90
2007 19U   5
2006 19U   5

**For 2024 only, players born Sept. – Dec. 2016 can choose to play either in 8U, or the first year of 10U. 

  • If you choose 8U, they will be with mostly other 2nd graders, and may play in Grad Series in the winter
  • If you choose 10U, they play in the competitive league, with scores and standings. They will play in a championship tournament, and can try out for an All-Star team in the winter. 
  • Historically, most kids in this range choose to play in 10U, with goalkeepers, offside, line referees, and the whole shebang. Some of the Region 13’s strongest alumni were the smallest on their team when they first played in 10U.

You have until July 15 to decide (email Either way, everyone born in 2016 advances to the final year of 10U for fall of 2025. If you are unsure, please ask the coach staff for advice. Emotional development, interest, and physical ability vary greatly among children, and it’s not uncommon for our youngest (or smallest) players to also be some of the strongest players.

Note also that doing the birth date math hurts the registrar’s head. If he did it wrong, please be understanding, and we’ll fix it.

  Jan Feb March April May June July August September October November December
2006 19U
2009 16U
2011 14U
2013 12U
2015 10U 10U
2016 8U or 10U
2017 8U 7U
2018 7U 6U
2019 6U 5U
2020 5U 4U
2021 4U