The USA has so many organizations involved in youth soccer the term "turf war" often comes up.
However, last December representatives from U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S. Club Soccer, AYSO, Say Soccer, the USSSA, MLS and U.S. Futsal (USFF) met to discuss the U.S. Soccer Federation’s player development initiatives.
These organizations, often at odds with each other, came together as a “Youth Council Technical Working Group” in a quest to help the associations’ membership implement the USSF’s various new mandates, including a switch to birth-year registration, small-sided guidelines and a heading ban at the younger ages.
Last week, the Youth Council Technical Working Group released this statement:
Moreover, the USSF's small-sided field chart gives specific field sizes instead of minimum and maximum sizes, leaving clubs and leagues to wonder what the consequences are if they're unable to provide the exact sizes mandated. The USSF's "Field Types and Progression" chart shows how to line various size fields within a full-size field that is 75 yards wide -- not a common width in youth soccer communities.
Says U.S. Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne, "What has brought us together is a common desire to work more closely with the Federation in advance of decisions being made. We are all very anxious to support the Federation’s efforts. But we want to be part of the conversation about what direction those efforts should take."