Calendar Year Age Divisions

AYSO Age Determination in 2017

In 2017, AYSO decided to follow the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) new guidelines for the construction of age divisions in soccer. Players will now be assigned to divisions as shown in the table below.

MY 2017

Birth Year

Age Division

2014

4U

2013

5U

2012

6U

2011

7U

2010

8U

2009

10U

2008

2007

12U

2006

2005

14U

2004

2003

16U

2002

2001

19U

2000

1999


For parents who are familiar with the old “school year” method of age determination, the change to “birth year” will have the effect of making all age divisions roughly five months younger than they previously were. Players born after July will experience the most notable difference because they will appear to “skip ahead” by one division in alignment with the new Age Guide. For example, a player born August 1, 2009 would have gone into the “U8” division under the old (school year) system. But in Fall 2017, someone born Aug 1, 2009 will now be “9U”, which means he/she will play in the “10U” division in the above table. In sum, players born after July in any year will “bump up” to the next age bracket, pulling down the median age for the entire division.

For more information on this change, please see the Age Guide at AYSO.org.

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