Due to recent mandates by US Soccer, all soccer clubs in the US are switching to birth year to determine what age group a player plays in.  For instance a player born in the year 2003 will play in the U18 age group for the 2020-21 season.

Also note that the format “U followed by age” really means that age and younger. For example, U8 should be read as 8 and younger.

There is another very important component to understand about this chart. To avoid players aging out of an age group during a season, the new top age group for youth competitions is U19. This change aligns with the birth year standard and makes sure that players are not eliminated from participating during the second half of a season. In short, all the existing U18 leagues should become U19 in the 2018-19 season and this change should cascade down the age groups (Ex: U17 becomes U18, U16 becomes U17, etc.).

2020-21 Soccer Age Chart

Birth Year




2012 U8 U9 U10
2011 U9 U10 U11
2010 U10 U11 U12
2009 U11 U12 U13
2008 U12 U13 U14
2007 U13 U14 U15
2006 U14 U15 U16
2005 U15 U16 U17
2004 U16 U17 U18
2003 U17 U18 U19
2002 U18 U19
2001 U19
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