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octubre 27, 2015

FULLERTON, CA (October 26th, 2015) — The Cal South Board of Directors has approved the implementation of age group registration based upon Birth Year (calendar year), as mandated by the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) effective for the 2016-17 season.

First announced on August 24th, 2015 as part of the USSF Player Development Initiatives, the registration of youth soccer players nationwide will shift to Birth Year age grouping, as opposed to the current school-year age grouping.  Cal South’s adoption of the Birth Year registration initiative is effective for the 2016-17 season and applies to all Cal South programs and competitions.

Cal South programs and competitions affected by the Birth Year registration requirement in the 2016-17 season include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cal South National Cup, including State, Regional, and National competitions
  • Cal South State Cup – including Presidents Cup; Governors Cup; and Mayors Cup
  • Cal South PRO+ and ODP programs and events
  • California Regional League
  • Cal South Recreational All-Star Tournament of Champions

Cal South’s implementation coincides with the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) decision to implement the initiative for its programs, including the National League; National Championship Series; and Far West Regionals as well as the National and Regional Presidents Cup competition in the 2016-17 season.

The changes to Birth Year registration is designed to make age groups easier to distinguish, while aligning our calendar with USSF Youth National Team Programs as well as the International calendar and standards.

The implementation applies to all age groups.  Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between August 1st and July 31st.  The change to Birth Year registration will reflect the calendar year, or January 1st to December 31st.  Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group. 

Cal South continues to collect information related to the Small-Sided Games initiatives mandated by USSF.  A decision on this initiative is expected in the November time frame.  Cal South will share information related to both initiatives as they continue to develop.

Calendar Year FAQ: [Download PDF]
Calendar Year Age Matrix 2016-2025 [Download PDF]