As previously communicated in May of of last year, The NCSA Board has approved and will implement the 8v8 format for U12 effective Fall 2015. There will no longer be the option of 11v11 for U12 in the Fall of 2015. At this time, we do not expect that U13 and older will have any change in format, in the near future.
The NCSA Board believes that the implementation of 8v8 as the format for U11 games in the Fall 2014 and now U12 for Fall 2015 is the proper course considering the national movement in that direction. In considering U12 implementation a year later, the Board considered the same policy it used when small sided was first introduced for younger ages, that is, following the progression so that teams which had played full sided would not revert back to small sided.
We believe the 8v8 format is beneficial for player development. In addition, tournaments and the various state cups are now offering the 8v8 format for both U11 and U12.
Please note the following:
-The registration and flighting process will remain the same.
-Teams will be allowed to roster 26 players, as per US Club; however, only 14 players will be allowed to participate in a game.
-The registration fee will be $435.00.
-As per NCSA rules for small sided play, the field of play shall be a minimum of 35 yards and a maximum of 50 yards. The length should be a minimum of 55 yards and a maximum of 80 yards in length. Clubs should schedule these games on fields that are close to the maximums.
-Goals used for these games are the standard small-sided goals.
-Games will be covered with a 3 person referee crew, as long as properly scheduled and referees are available. Clubs should schedule U11 and U12 games back to back, along with U10 games.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any board member.
For the NCSA Board,
Northern Counties Soccer Association