USSF Rationale for Changes to Small-Sided Games:
The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game.
USSF Rationale for Changes to Calendar Year Age Grouping:
Calendar birth year age grouping aligns with international standards and Youth National Team programs.