Youth Soccer Age Division Chart
The U.S. youth soccer landscape is organized by birth year (not grade or season). In the past, it was August to July which made it a bit confusing. Going to a birth year format makes it pretty straightforward for players and parents to understand.
What Age Group Do I Register For?
In most cases, a youth soccer club’s season will run from the fall through the next year into late-spring.
Birth year registration should be based on the year in which the season ends. For instance, if a season begins in September 2023 and ends in June 2024 then the player should register for a team based on the year 2024 (skip to the chart below). A player whose birth year is 2009 should register for u15 as calculated below…
Here’s some quick math: 2024 (Year season ends) – 2009 (Birth Year) = u15 (Age Group)
If you’re not the math type, here’s a simple chart to help you understand which age group your player should be registered for.
Note: Due to bio banding rules, there may be cases within a club where an athlete is playing on a younger team. This is mostly due to the biological age being more in line with someone younger.
Now check out our network of U.S. soccer clubs to see if there’s a right for your player!
Frequently Asked Questions
This method of age grouping is used to support player development, more closely align with U.S. Soccer’s standards, simplify the calculation for a player’s age, and reduce the relative age effect.
Typically, soccer clubs will request a digital copy of a player’s birth certificate to confirm their age.
Absolutely! A player can join a team in an older age group.
A player usually cannot play down an age group unless they bio-banded. Bio banding allows players to be positioned based on their personal maturity and biological age rather than only their chronological age.
The U in an age group listing stands for ‘under’. This means that a child playing in a U12 age group must be under 12 before the season starts.