On August 24, 2015 U.S. Soccer (the governing body of soccer in the United States) announced two major changes: small-sided standards and birth-year registration calendars.

The latter change by U.S. Soccer, birth-year registrations, is especially concerning for athletes, parents, club directors and coaches. Check out the article U.S. Soccer Breaks the Glass by Bryan Drotar, author of the Recruiting Code, and his opinion on this change, how it has been received and what can be done to adjust to these changes.

For Eagles players and recruits, The US Youth Soccer Board of Directors has approved the implementation of age group registration by calendar year, as mandated by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The registration of youth soccer players nationwide will shift to calendar-year age grouping, as opposed to the current school-year age grouping. The board approved a motion for all US Youth Soccer programs and competitions to introduce the change to calendar-year registration for the 2016/17 soccer year. To tryout for the 2016/17 season please complete the registration form and select the players birth year. Every player must tryout in their own birth year, even if they will to play “up”. Decisions on players playing in other age groups other than their own will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Kelley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..