We know that out in our soccer community there are ‘soccer purists’ that prefer to keep the game simple across the board. Those gigantic fields and nets we used to play on with 12 players to a side, even in 8U (heck, even the 8U was changed recently from U8).

US Soccer is responsible for all the changes made to youth soccer. They wish to keep soccer consistent throughout the country. If AYSO, club or USYouth Soccer they still want the changes to reflect all facets of the programs offered across the United States.

The organization feels that there is more successful player development in skill, intelligence, creativity and confidence. It focuses more on the development of the individual player and helps the parents have a better understanding of the game.

Lets look at the changes so far in youth soccer across the nation, including AYSO:

Field Dimensions

Field size recommendations are the maximum for each age group.
Some regions may need to adjust to fit their needs/space.

Goal Changes

Number of Players

The Build-Out Line

Build out lines are only in 10U games


Eliminates heading for children 10 and under. Includes 11U because players can be 10 years old at the beginning of the season. Also limits the amount of practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13.

The modified rule for heading is that when a player DELIBERATELY heads the ball in a game an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team for the spot of the offense.

If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

If a player has NOT DELIBERATELY head the ball, then play should continue.

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