Player Development Initiatives

Updated - August 15, 2017

U.S. Soccer’s 2017 presentation on the Player Development Initiatives.

We want to make sure all members of the community are as up-to-date as possible on our collective plan to attract, develop and retain players to best of their abilities.

The PDF presentation below serves as a resource to inform all stakeholders about current PDI mandates (standards) and to provide additional recommendations regarding best practices (philosophies) for players 12 years of age and younger.

Download the full PDF presentation: English  |  Español

Download the Frequently Asked Questions document: English  |  Español

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Original Article - August 10, 2016

A resource for parents, coaches and referees supporting the growth and improvement of grassroots soccer.  

US Soccer has released their updated 2016 Player Development Initiatives , which include modified Small-sided Games Rules for 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9; and updates on Concussion Awareness and Calendar Year Registration.

The information linked below should be posted on the US Soccer website later today.

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*Please note that SLYSA will not be calling offside for 7v7 games.