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 2023 and Spring 2024 Seasons

SFL Age Group Birth Year(s)
U11 2013
U12 2012
U13 2011
U14 2010
U16 2008 and 2009
U19 2005, 2006, and 2007

Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 Seasons

SFL Age Group Birth Year(s)
U11 2014
U12 2013
U13 2012
U14 2011
U16 2009 and 2010
U19 2006, 2007, and 2008

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 an Under 16 team.  

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