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FAQ Regarding Kenosha Crew A.C.  and US Soccer Changes

 

WHO IS US SOCCER?

US Soccer is the national governing body of soccer in the United States. Below shows the hierarchy of soccer within the United States.

US SOCCER

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US Youth Soccer Association

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State Associations, such as Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA)

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Individual Soccer Clubs Across the US (Including Kenosha Crew)

 

DID SOCCER CLUBS OR STATE ASSOCIATIONS GET A SAY IN THESE NEW MANDATES?

No

 

CAN Kenosha Crew AC OR ANY OTHER CLUB IN WISCONSIN OPT OUT OF THESE NEW MANDATES?

No

 

WHAT OTHER CLUBS IN WISCONSIN ARE AFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE?

All of them. Every club in Wisconsin that is a member of the WYSA is affected by this change and they too must follow the new mandates set forth by US Soccer.

 

WHEN WILL THE MANDATES AND NEW AGE DIVISIONS GO INTO EFFECT?

The 2016-2017 soccer year

 

I READ THAT THE MANDATES ARE TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED BY 2017-2018 SOCCER YEAR. WHY ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING THEM FOR THE 2016-2017 SOCCER YEAR?

The decision of when to implement the new mandates was left up to the individual state associations. The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association made the decision to implement these mandates starting in the 2016-2017 soccer year and that all clubs in Wisconsin must comply to these changes.

 

WHAT IS THE AGE DIVISION BREAKDOWN FOR 2016-2017 SOCCER YEAR?

The original age division matrix that was initially released by US Youth Soccer and the WYSA was incorrect and has since been corrected. Below is the most up to date (for now) Age Division Matrix for the 2016-2017 soccer year.

 

BIRTH YEAR

AGE DIVISION

2010

U7

2009

U8

2008

U9

2007

U10

2006

U11

2005

U12

2004

U13

2003

U14

2002

U15

2001

U16

2000

U17

1999

U18

1998

U19

 

 

WILL THE SOCCER YEAR CHANGE?  (i.e. will the soccer year start with spring season rather than the fall season)

No. The soccer year will remain the same, with the soccer year starting with the fall season.

 

HOW IS KENOSHA CREW AC PREPARING FOR THESE CHANGES?

  1.  Staggered tryouts - During our annual tryouts in June 2016, all players for the upcoming soccer year (2016-2017) will be able to tryout at different levels (true age level or up.  Can not tryout at a younger age level).  The tryouts will be staggered as to best equip Kenosha Crew AC and the players to be evaluated in their true birth year.  This also allows players to continue to “play up” to an older division. If the coaching staff deems it in the best developmental interest of a player to play up an age division, a discussion will be held at that time with the player, parents, the age division coaching lead, and the Director of Coaching.
  2. Coaching Leads- Each division will have (2) Lead coaches.  One each for boys and girls.  These coaches will coordinate with the Director of Coaching during tryouts to best place all players to their ability.  They will continue to coordinate during the year with the other coaches within the division to ensure continuity of training and opportunities for ALL Kenosha Crew AC players.

 

HOW WILL Kenosha Crew AC STRUCTURE THE DIFFICULT AGE GROUPS SO THAT PLAYERS IN DIFFICULT AGE LEVEL SITUATIONS DO NOT MISS OUT ON HALF A YEAR (OR MORE) OF CLUB SOCCER?

While there is not yet a concrete decision as to how teams in that age group will be structured due to more information forthcoming from WYSA and, of course, needing to fully evaluate those groups at annual tryouts, Kenosha Crew AC will look to utilize existing flexible roster rules and various competition offerings from WYSA to ensure players do not miss out on a season of club soccer. More specific discussions regarding the club's plan for this age group will be had at a future date with those particular players and families that may be affected.

 

WHY IS US SOCCER CHANGING THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD FOR THE U9 THROUGH U12 AGE DIVISIONS?

This is being done to bring uniformity to youth soccer across the country. Currently, the small sided format is only a recommendation; not all states use small sided games, or even use the same formats for small sided games. As an example, currently in Wisconsin U11 teams play 8v8, but if you cross the border to Illinois they play in a 9v9 setup. These changes will bring mandated uniformity to age groups across every state, and also with the rest of the world, as the 7v7 and 9v9 formats are used internationally.