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To Our Oceanside Breakers Family:


U.S. Soccer, the governing body that U.S. Youth Soccer, CalSouth and the Soccer Club of Oceanside (SCO or Oceanside Breakers), are sanctioned by and affiliated with, has established new player development initiatives which feature new standards related to birth-year registration and small-sided games. You may have seen the U.S. Soccer Announcement on our website under “Hot Topic” and since then, we have been actively engaged in several ways to best navigate through this time of change with the most positive outcomes possible for our club family.

The SCO Board established a committee to oversee the competitive and recreational implications of these changes for Oceanside Breakers. The administrative and technical leadership members of our club have been diligently holding and attending meetings regarding the initiatives. We’ve attended three major meetings recently, the CalSouth Presidents meeting on Sunday, September 27, an SDDA Director of Coaching (D.O.C.) meeting last Monday, October 12 and a CalSouth Technical Forum for club D.O.C.’s on Wednesday, October 14. However, details on how & when the small-sided games initiative will be implemented is still being discussed at the regional & state association levels.  Those decisions will directly impact how things are rolled out at the league and club level. We will continue to monitor and participate in those discussions going forward.

Oceanside Breakers at CalSouth Technical Forum

Brad Ackles, Miguel Barragan & Frank Zimmerman at the CalSouth Technical Forum, Fullerton Hotel on Wednesday, 10/14/2015


Click HERE for more info including a video presentation from U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, Tab Ramos.


Small-Sided Games

We at Oceanside Breakers have long supported the tenants of the U.S. Youth Soccer player development models and have been committed to the long-term developmental approach and philosophies the small-sided games initiative will put in place.

Oceanside Breakers has historically been committed to placing players’ individual skill ahead of their physical maturation while emphasizing the teaching of problem solving and encouraging young players to play. Fourteen years ago, we followed the small-sided games movement by moving to the European inspired 4v4 and 3v3 models we currently use at the division 7(U6) & 6(U8) recreational levels.


Birth Year

Let’s take a deeper look at the birth-year registration piece since that is what has been confirmed as mandatory for the coming season. We have prepared the following FAQ & Birth-Year Chart to help you better understand the topic.



FAQ on Birth-Year Registration


Why has the decision been made to switch from grouping teams by the school-year to birth-year?

Answer: To be in line with the other 208 countries that register youth players by their year of birth. The change will also make it easier for American club teams to play internationally as they will not be aligned with the national and international standards. This also helps to combat the relative age effect.


How do I know in which age group a player will participate?

Answer: Players born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of any given year will all play on the same team, unless a player is “playing up” in an older age group. For example, a player born on Jan. 1, 2000, would play on the Under-16 team in 2016.


What if a player wants to play with his or her school friends, but is in a different age group?

Answer: Depending on local rules for playing up age groups, a player will be able to play up with an older age group, which has been true for decades. As always, a player may not play down with a younger age group.


How will this change impact clubs?

Answer: Clubs will need to adjust the players on team rosters once the club makes the change. Most clubs will accomplish that task by simply adjusting the try-out age groups or how they distribute players to teams in the club. Oceanside Breakers will be using several methods and best practices to make these decisions, including Birth-Year Training Centers.


How are age groups determined in other FIFA nations?

Answer: By the calendar year in which a player is born.


Which US Youth Soccer programs will be affected?

Answer: The Olympic Development Program will not change since it has grouped players by birth year since its inception in 1977. All other player programs will be directly affected by the change to calendar year player registration.


When will the change to calendar year age groups take effect?

Answer: U.S. Youth Soccer programs will change to Calendar Year beginning with the 2016-2017 season. U.S. Soccer has mandated that all play move to the Calendar Year by August 2017.


Oceanside Breakers, USYS Birth Year Chart


How We Will Implement Birth Year Changes

Oceanside Breakers have been moving forward with the following plan:

  1. Identify the players in each age group (September-November 2015)
  2. Holding Birth-Year training sessions (November 2015)
  3. Transition into new teams after State Cup for the respective age groups:
    1. U8-U13 teams (February 2016)
    2. U14-19 teams (March/April/May 2016)

Birth-Year Training Center Schedule

In order to make this transition quickly and smoothly, we will be holding Oceanside Breakers Birth-Year Training Centers for current 02-08 players on three Fridays during November as outlined below:


Birth Year – 2002-2008

Friday, November 6, 13 & 20, 2015
Mance Buchanon Park – Fields 1 & 2

Years 08/07/06 – 5:15 PM-6:15 PM

Years 05/04 – 6:15 PM-7:15 PM

Years 03/02 – 7:15 PM-8:15 PM

All Oceanside Breakers players within these age groups are expected to attend each week.

Update (Nov. 18, 2015): The November 20 session has been canceled.



Frank Zimmerman
Director of Coaching
Oceanside Breakers