US Soccer Initiatives


Over the past year, Alabama Soccer has been involved in discussions with our parent organizations, the

U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer, regarding potential mandated rule changes to the

youth soccer structure.

At the USSF Board Meeting held July 5th, the USSF Board of Directors approved the Player

Development Initiatives developed and proposed by the National Coaching Staff. These two initiatives

mandate small-sided games at Under-12 and a move from school year (Aug. 1-July 31) to calendar year

(Jan. 1-Dec. 31) age groups.

US Youth Soccer will implement calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the

2016-2017 soccer year for all US Youth Soccer programs and competitions. To align with regional and

national competitions, Alabama Soccer will also adopt the calendar year age grouping for State-run

programs beginning August, 2016. Alabama State Cups and Leagues will be run on calendar year age

groups starting with the 2016-2017 season. There will be no change to the Olympic Development

Program (ODP) or Elite Development Program (EDP), as the programs already operate by calendar year.

  • Click here for the US Soccer link which includes the official announcement and detailed information on

the Initiatives.

Member Resources

  • Alabama Soccer Presentation (Updated 5/27) - Click Here
  • Birth Year Matrix - Click Here
  • Age Group Chart showing school grades - Click Here
  • Small Sided Games Chart - Click Here
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Click Here

Primary Staff Contacts

Tom Condone, Executive Director

Zac Crawford, Technical Director

State Office: 205-991-9779

Gardendale Soccer Club

2117 Fieldstown Road
Mt. Olive, AL 35117

(205) 919-1802


Coaches Needed!

Coaches Needed!

If you are interested in coaching a team, please contact Sheri Farley 205-919-1802.

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