Youth Soccer Age Groups Explained

Youth Soccer Age Groups 2019/2020

Age groupings for youth soccer players is sometimes confusing, especially for new parents trying to navigate the youth soccer travel leagues. The first thing you need to know is that the cutoff date that youth soccer clubs use is now Jan 1st - Dec. 30th, so basically the Calendar year. This is more aligned with the other countries competing in the world of soccer.  This  used to be different in the United States just about 5 years ago. Now you should just be able to refer to an age group as a birth year. For example a child born on October 30th, 2006 can just be labeled a "2006" player. No need for the "U14" label. 

The second factor to understanding the youth soccer club age groupings is that the Under means you are Under that age group on January 1st. For example, a child that turns 13 years old on August 1st, 2006, is considered a U14 player, since they will be Under 14 as of Jan. 1st, 2019. 

To avoid confusion, stay away from using the "U" or "Under" label. Just use the birthyear and you will make everyone's life easier, including yours. We need to catch up with this and stop using the "under" label. 

Understand that there are normally two seasons (Fall and Spring) every youth soccer club year, but your child will still hold the same age group throughout the entire year, until the end of the Spring Season, which is usually in June of each year. 

The table below will help you with the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 ageroups However when in doubt, refer back to the rule. Just use the BIRTH YEAR!!!

Single year age grouping for Fall 2019/ Spring 2020 Seasons:

UNDER 19

Born anytime in 2001

UNDER 18

Born anytime in 2002

UNDER 17

Born anytime in 2003

UNDER 16

Born anytime in 2004

UNDER 15

Born anytime in 2005

UNDER 14

Born anytime in 2006

UNDER 13

Born anytime in 2007

UNDER 12

Born anytime in 2008

UNDER 11

Born anytime in 2009

UNDER 10

Born anytime in 2010

UNDER 9

Born anytime in 2011

UNDER 8

Born anytime in 2012

UNDER 7

Born anytime in 2013

UNDER 6

Born anytime in 2014

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