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2016 Rule Changes

USSF Launches Player Development Initiative

The USSF (United States Soccer Federation) has recently announced some significant changes which will affect the way youth soccer is played in the U.S.

The "USSF Player Development Initiative Presentation" can be viewed here

and here:

Also, these two documents provide further details.

OSA Will Comply with the New USSF Initiatives in the Fall 2016 Season

The two key initiatives are:
·  Small Sided Standards
·  Birth Year Registration

Small Sided Games
Beginning with the Fall 2016 season, OSA will implement the following playing formats:

  • U5 and U6: 3v3, no GK – field size: 30 yds X 20 yds
  • U7 and U8: 4v4, no GK – field size: 30 yds X 20 yds
  • U9 and U10: 7v7, with GK (no punting) – field size: 50 yds X 35 yds
  • U11 and U12: 9v9, with GK – field size: 75 yds X 47 yds
  • U13 and older: 11v11, with GK – field size: 112 yds X 75 yds

Currently at the UTPB Soccer Complex, the field sizes are as follows:

  • Field Size: 30 yds X 20 yds – fields 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19 and 26
  • Field Size: 50 yds X 35 yds – fields 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
  • Field Size: 75 yds X 50 yds – fields 20N, 20S, 21N, 21S, 22N, 22S and 28
  • Field Size: 115 yds X 65 yds – fields 20, 21 and 22


Birth Year Registration and How it Affects your Current OSA Team

All teams currently in the OSA rec league can stay together as a returning team with no issues.  Your current team age designation may change with the oldest player on your team determining your team's new playing age. The younger players on your team will be allowed to play up as a returning player only to your team.