SAY Soccer is making some organizational and administrative changes in order to be in more compliance with the new U.S. Soccer Playing Year and Player Development Initiatives. Additionally, in an effort to maintain SAY's two-year age divisions, the SAY National Rules & Referee Committee (SNRRC) has extended the deliberate heading restrictions to include 11-year old players, i.e. all Striker Division (U12) teams and younger.
SAY Soccer Gold and Silver Age Matrices have been established in order to be in compliance with the U.S. Soccer directive regarding the definition of a player's age relative to the playing year. SAY's GOLD MATRIX matches the U.S. Soccer standard that has been mandated to be implemented by the Fall of 2017. Those SAYAreas wishing to stay-the-course with their existing player year definition would use the SILVER MATRIX to establish teams. The SAY GOLD and SILVER Matrices, used in conjunction with the SAY Organizational Rules, are compliant with U.S. Soccer's mandated standards.
Our expectation is that our members continually move towards these new U.S. Soccer standards. Please click on the links below for more detailed information.
SAY Gold Matrix SAY Silver Matrix
USSF Coaching Education & Player Development Initiatives "The Changes"
U.S. Soccer FAQ on Coaching Education & Player Development Initiatives "The Changes"
U.S. Soccer Changes:
This page was created to address questions you may have in reference to the U.S. Soccer proposed changes. This page will be updated frequently as additional information become available.
Does my SAY League have to make these changes?
Our expectation is that our members will essentially move towards these new U.S. Soccer standards. SAY Soccer has always provided our membership with a reasonable amount of flexibility and, as such, will continue to make every effort to assist you in meeting your needs in conjunction with the new U.S. Soccer standards.
Who is U.S. Soccer and why do we care?
U.S. Soccer is the governing body for soccer in the United States. SAY Soccer and many other youth soccer organizations chose to belong to U.S. Soccer for a variety of reasons including participation in tournaments, hosting tournaments, league interplay, access to grants, a structure to standardize our sport across multiple organizations and more. Many SAY Soccer leagues find U.S. Soccer membership is crucial to their survival, provides legitimacy to their program and offers a level playing field to participate in non-SAY events around the country.
What are the changes I am hearing about?
There are three major changes coming from U.S. Soccer that have an implementation date set for Fall of 2017.
1. Calendar-year birth date (January to December)
2. Small sided game changes
a. Age-appropriate play guidelines
i. Field size
ii. Goal sizes
iii. Team sizes
iv. Build-out lines
3. Concussion protocols and practical implications