Rule Changes for the Fall 2017 Season

Hello Castaic AYSO parents,

US Youth Soccer, the governing body for youth soccer in the United States, has mandated a series of changes to the game for young players.  The purpose of these changes is to make the game safer for younger players, and to adapt the game to the skills of different players at different ages so they can more fully develop as soccer players as they grow.

These changes will be implemented at every level of youth soccer, from the expensive "club" and travel programs such as CalSouth, to the local recreational leagues like AYSO.  For those of us who have participated in youth soccer over the past few decades as players, coaches, referees and parents, some of these changes might be a little surprising.  And certainly, change is never easy.  

Please help us as we implement these changes on the faith that it will improve the program for our children in the long run.

  • Jonathan Burk, Referee Administrator, Castaic AYSO

Youth Soccer Program Changes for 2017

This is a general overview of the changes to be implemented in the Fall 2017.  Please refer to the resources at the bottom of the page for more specific info.  Updated training for coaches and referees will also be offered as we approach the start of the season.

    • The effective date of age determination shall be calendar year or the player's age as of December 31.  In the past, the age was determined in August to coincide with school grade levels.  Please refer to this chart to see which division your player will be in based on the year they were born.  Most regions, including Castaic, only do even-number divisions, so instead of 9U and 10U, we just have 10U, and instead of 11U and 12U, we just have 12U, and so on.
    • Division nomenclature is changed to XU from UX, e.g. 10U instead of U10. This aligns with the change made by U.S. Youth Soccer (U.S.Y.S.). This change also aligns with the change in registration determination age. For example, a player during the competition may be 10 or younger.
    • Small sided games team sizes for 7v7 for 10U and 9v9 for 12U will be the same.  For team sizes for 6U to 8U, play will be 4v4.
    • Field dimensions for 8U, 10U and 12U have changed to be a little smaller.
    • The build-out line for 10U. The build-out line exists only in this age group. It serves two purposes related to match play. First, for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession, the opposing team must back up behind the line. Second, it will be used as the offside line in place of the halfway line.These changes are not immediately mandatory, but they do need to be gradually phased into use. 
    • There are some goal size changes for 8U - 12U.  In the past, we have used regulation size goals (8'x24') for 12U.  Now they will be smaller (6.5'x18').
    • A kick-in, pass-in or dribble-in shall be used for 6U to 8U in lieu of a throw-in. The throw-in becomes part of training and match play at 10U.
    • The goalkeeper shall not punt the ball in 10U through 12U.
    • There shall be no goalkeepers in 8U and younger. 
    • No heading in 12U and below.

A presentation outlining all the changes, and the reasoning behind the changes.

AYSO 2017 National Rules and Regulations

US Youth Soccer Mandated Rule Changes FAQ

The Build-out Line

Build-Out-Line FAQ

A build-out line video: