Great news for youth soccer development in our country. Download the full document here:
The key change is to move to smaller teams playing on smaller fields. The new standards to be implemented in 2016/17 now have youth play 11v11 on full-sized fields at U13, not Spring U11, and the younger teams now play 7v7 and 9v9 as shown in the chart above.
This is incredibly important for youth development as explained in the attached PDF above. Great step forward for soccer in our country and we’ll see the benefits of this new approach in our national teams over the next five to ten years.
US Soccer will also change to a calendar year system to align with the rest of the world.
Additional changes are needed also, of course. These include better coaching and a stronger emphasis on technical skills, but these changes are a big step forward.
Great job U.S. Soccer!