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Post by cosmos04 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:39 pm

Osa announces true age changes, this is going to change a lot of things.

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Post by t-town05 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:01 pm


Changes Coming to Youth Soccer in 2016
Age Group and Small-Sided Games Mandate from U.S. Soccer
FRISCO, Texas (August 24, 2015)

Next year, the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of U.S. Soccer will begin to transition on two key factors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.

US Youth Soccer, the largest member of U.S. Soccer, will assist members with information on these changes through the national office and our 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer director of coaching education and long-time advocate of Small-Sided Games, Sam Snow acknowledged, “Since the mid 1980’s US Youth Soccer has been an advocate for Small-Sided Games. Why? The many benefits to the players and even to novice coaches are clear. With fewer players on the field making quick tactical decisions is easier. Players are in the vicinity of the ball more often which engages them in all four components of the game. The players are realistically exposed to the principles of play frequently. In short, Small-Sided Games will accelerate the development of American soccer players.”

Small-Sided Games will be mandated come August of 2017, with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. U.S. Soccer will encourage the adoption of Small-Sided Games best practices in August of 2016. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.

The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game.
There is a Small-Sided Games FAQ in a downloadable pdf on the OSA website.

Calendar Year Birth Dates:
Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will also change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.
US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for US Youth Soccer program and competitions.

Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members go by the calendar year. Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group.

US Youth Soccer, a respected leader in player development for more than 40 years, has seen the evolution of the game and various changes. The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has used the birth year for the grouping of players since it was established in 1977. In fact, the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, awarded at the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships also shows the history of teams named for their calendar year age group.
There will also be a Calendar Year FAQ and Calendar Year Age Matrix 2016-2021 in downloadable pdfs on the OSA website as well.
More details will be provided as available regarding specific implementation for these mandates from U.S. Soccer.
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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:53 pm

Pure age. I think I feel earthquakes from some teams whose roster is almost all August -October kids

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Post by Kickin grAss 04 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:17 pm

Yes, very interesting. I wonder when Oklahoma clubs will make the change? 2017 or before?

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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:21 pm

Next fall

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Post by yoyokix on Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:09 pm

Woah. All new teams and coaches, this will definitely shake things up! Wonder if any teams will try staying together with the younger girls playing up or wil the younger girls prefer to become the older girls for a change? Will be interesting to watch this transition.

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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:18 pm

This will be fun to see what clubs do.  You could have intra club recruiting.  Your going to have August birthdays who run up against Girl's just as big and faster than them.  If clubs try to play groups up it cojld help smaller clubs that stick true age.

Interested in how this will impact teams. Any 04 girls teams gonna undergo dramatic changes?

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Post by cosmos04 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:28 am

Slsc will only lose 4 players so it won't effect us much.

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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:25 am

The next year will be absolutely fascinating. We are talking a nuclear bomb in Oklahoma soccer and the DOCs are going to have their hands full. Here are some of the questions:

1. Do you play a team up? For example how many 04s does TSC Griffin have? How about TSC 03 Amos? Do they stay together or combine their 04s into a pure age group?

2. Who coaches the team? What if a state champion 01 team has a majority of 2000s as top players? Does the current 2000 or 2001 coach?

Looking at the 04s I see it this way.

1. TSC by having two quality teams will be fine at pure age.
2. OFC has only 3 returning (from last year) 04s from their top team from what i hear. The team was heavily weighted with 03s? What if you are an 04 player? Who coaches the team?
3. SLSC - probably youngest team in OPL. Weighted very heavy with 04s. As Cosmos said they lose 4 players? What do they have on their 05 team that are 04s?
4. Blitz - their best players were 03s. How bad does this hurt their 04 pure age team?
5. Norman may have some good 05s? But could those 05s really compete against 04s who have been playing 11 v 11 a long time and are bigger and faster?

Biggest loser in all this? August - December birthdays. Most have been able to rely on size and strength due to maturity. Will they find themselves on second team now that you have just as big or bigger kids to tryout against? As for team? I think its clearly OFC's 04s. They better have a strong bunch of 04s on their white team and 04s on their 05 team. Still will have to learn to play together.

Biggest winner? Jan - March birthdays. They have had to develop skill but now they become some of the biggest and best athletes as well. As for team, probably SLSC depending on what they pick up from their 05 team.

Favorite to win a pure age? So long as TSC doesn't play a bunch of 04s up to 03 with Griffin i suspect they are still team to beat.

Welcome to the Hunger Games!



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Post by Go4header on Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:50 am

Sorry, I don't see it. I think it gives small clubs hope because you can count your good players on one hand and see they might all be on one team, but again the winner will be the big clubs based on pure numbers and depth. TSC on east side has top 03, 04 and 05. On west side OFC has top 03,04 and 05. On west side Southlakes 03? 04 plays opl2 and 05 has never even played a gold bracket tourney against top first teams. They struggle to beat local second teams. I like the hope it brings, but don't be crazy to think Tsc won't clearly be top in east and OFC won't clearly be top in the west. They both have like 14 teams between them in some age groups. I support the dream but unfortunately it doesn't change reality. If they don't have those kids at Tsc or OFC they will probably go get them. Thing that will be interesting is intra club.

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Post by archer on Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:54 pm

Go4header wrote:Sorry, I don't see it. I think it gives small clubs hope because you can count your good players on one hand and see they might all be on one team, but again the winner will be the big clubs based on pure numbers and depth. TSC on east side has top 03, 04 and 05. On west side OFC has top 03,04 and 05.  On west side Southlakes 03? 04 plays opl2 and 05 has never even played a gold bracket tourney against top first teams. They struggle to beat local second teams. I like the hope it brings, but don't be crazy to think Tsc won't clearly be top in east and OFC won't clearly be top in the west. They both have like 14 teams between them in some age groups. I support the dream but unfortunately it doesn't change reality.  If they don't have those kids at Tsc or OFC they will probably go get them. Thing that will be interesting is intra club.
It's funny, little SLSC gets a glimmer of hope but you can't argue with who has the numbers and depth.

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Post by sooner5 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:23 pm

So is 9v9 the only thing being offered at u-12 next year? With what I am reading that is the case. Anyone heard different?

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Post by sooner5 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:25 pm

And with slsc only losing 4 girls. It depend on the girls are they all starters?

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Post by 04Bonosfan on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:47 pm

No love for SLSC. Our 05's lack depth and numbers but we did acquire some of our girls back from NOKC pre merger of OFC and we have played a mixture of gold bracket tournaments in the academy seasons.
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Post by SSD2004 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:12 pm

Archer, I am bringing you an SLSC t-shirt to the 1st OFC/SLSC match this year!  At least when you are over on the visitor's side talking about SLSC players you will blend in a little more. lol!

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Post by SSD2004 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:21 pm

sooner5 wrote:So is 9v9 the only thing being offered at u-12 next year? With what I am reading that is the case. Anyone heard different?

Looks like you are correct sir....unless said U-12 team plays up.

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Post by Soonerdad04 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:44 pm

So maybe, just maybe our Oklahoma teams will now be able to compete with Texas teams in a year or so..

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Re: osa announces changes in 2016-2017

Post by ENERGYFC04 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:48 pm

Soonerdad04 wrote:So maybe, just maybe our Oklahoma teams will now be able to compete with Texas teams in a year or so..
The uniform small sided rules will help even the playing field. Take for example Liverpool Elite 04 team. My understanding is they have been playing 11 v 11 since U9 or before. Therefore tactically they have a better understanding of the 11 v 11 game. That said, those teams will still be beasts as they are picking from over 200 kids whereas oklahoma clubs may have at most a 100 per age group to pick from. It may close the gap some but not completely.

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Post by sooner5 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:52 pm

I am more curious on how many teams and players play up now.

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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:01 pm

sooner5 wrote:I am more curious on how many teams and players play up now.
I think its a regular Sophie's choice. If a team plays up what if a team goes age pure? How about PLW and State Cup and on and on? All it takes is one of the major clubs going pure age to start the domino effect. My gut says you might as well rip the band aid off and and go age pure. Yes it will upset some people. Yes it will divide friends. But at the end of the day its going to happen whether we like it or not. Large clubs such as TSC and OFC will be fine because they have the numbers. Other clubs is much harder as do you breakup a successful team? What if team above is not successful but have age group players that will fit into the successful teams structure making that team stronger? I think these clubs will have to look at those teams and how they fit in deciding to play up. Some clubs where were strong in lets say 03s may now be stronger in 02s.

My advise to OSA is to do this! Implement age pure next year. Get the clubs to bite the bullet. However, for U12s make OPL Gold 11 v 11 as most 04s have already been playing 11 v 11 for years. Phase that out for the 05s in the fall of 2017 to comply with the mandate.


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Post by SSD2004 on Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:06 pm

We need to start thinking of how OSA will botch this....that is the most likely outcome.

OFC stays classical - all others true age etc, etc.


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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:03 pm

Board is eerily quiet. People drinking away their sorrows with the new system? I heard lots of rumors but curious if Tulsa and OFC parents are burning down the village yet?

So what's the consensus? Are parents with kids with August - October birthdays crying and gnashing their teeth? Are current 04s with birthdays in 2003 worried? For many, this will be the first time they have to compete for spots against girls as big or bigger than they are.

The whole landscape of soccer is changing!

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Post by 04Bonosfan on Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:33 pm

It is a change that will have impacts on many different levels and affect lots of teams. It will be very interesting the next few years on how clubs react. You can either embrace it or go play another sport. Sad
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Post by ENERGYFC04 on Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:37 pm

My view is the good skill players will have nothing to worry about. If you can play you can play. The ones who have relied on size and strength will have to worry. I suspect a lot of practice, privates and working on soccer skills this year. That in and of itself is not a bad thing.

I also expect to see lots of parents "scouting" on the sidelines this year.


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Post by 04Bonosfan on Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:43 pm

I agree with the notion of those who rely on size/strength will have the major adjustment. Skills always benefit in the long run. This year will be a year of focused development and awash for performance on most teams depending on the dynamic of the changes to their teams and the changing of players! I for sure will be having my DD continue take advantage of the extra opportunities
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