New USSF Calendar Year Age Group. As was announced by the league during the Fall 2015 season, NCSA will be implementing the calendar year group definitions beginning with the Fall 2016 season. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) mandated the Calendar year age group beginning with the 2016/2017 rosters effective 8/1/2016. US Club Soccer, along with all other youth USSF affiliated members, adopted the USSF mandate. NCSA is a US Club Soccer sanctioned league and therefore NCSA must comply.
Age Group Play. Typically, players play at the youngest age level for which they are eligible. However, please note that under current US Club Soccer guidelines a player may "play up" in an age group older than that player's typical age group. (Example: A player eligible for a 13 team can be registered on a U14 or older team.) Under those same guidelines, a player may not play down" to an age group younger than that player's age group. (Example: A player eligible for a U13 team may not be registered to a U12 or younger team.) The check birthdate function produces the typical or youngest age group for that birthdate according to the chart below. PLEASE NOTE: Each club may set its own rules whether a player may be registered in an age group older than typical for that player's birthdate; no club is obligated to allow this even though US Club Soccer allows it.
Fall Play for U15 Players. There have been many questions and concerns regarding the U15 age group since typically some of those players will be in 8th grade and some will be in high school. The former age brackets were more closely aligned with school year eligibility, but every school district had its own cutoff date, so there was always an age group that had some HS age players. The change to calendar year also changed the age bracket designations, so now U15 is the age group with HS players. NCSA will continue to provide Fall play opportunity for those players in the U15 age group since many U15 players will not be in HS.