Age Groups and Divisions

The SFL has adopted the US Soccer and VYSA age groups which are based on birth year.  All age groups are normally broken down into two divisions assuming that we have enough teams to form divisions. Neither of these divisions is based on age. Rather they are based on skill level with the more competitive teams being placed in the upper divisions. The SFL Club Representative is responsible for determining the proper division for each of their teams in consultation with the appropriate SFL Age Group Commissioner.  The following shows the birth year(s) that apply to a given age group.

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Seasons

SFL Age Group Birth Year(s)
U11 2009
U12 2008
U13 2007
U14 2006
U16 2004 and 2005
U19 2001, 2002, and 2003

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Seasons

SFL Age Group Birth Year(s)
U11 2010
U12 2009
U13 2008
U14 2007
U16 2005 and 2006
U19 2002, 2003, and 2004

Actual Ages Allowed to Play In SFL Age Groups

SFL Age Group Player’s Actual Age
U11 U9, U10, and U11
U12 U10, U11, and U12
U13 U11, U12, and U13
U14 U12, U13, and U14
U16 U14, U15, and U16
U19 U15, U16, U17, U18, and U19

Important:  The SFL recommends that players only play in their age group, e.g., U14 age players play in the SFL’s U14 age group, U15 age players play in the SFL’s U16 age group, etc.  Based on club requests, the SFL  allows players to “play up” with the applicable club’s approval within the above constraints.  For example, a club may allow a player with a U13 birth date to play on an U14 team but not on a  Under 16 team.  

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