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U10 Playing Up Policy

Mass Youth Soccer recognizes that player development is best advanced by allowing players to compete at the highest possible levels, even if it means playing up in age. At the same time, we recognize that playing up in age is often more appropriate for the older players. The membership of Mass Youth Soccer have attempted to address this issue with respect to players age 10 and younger in the context of those players “playing up” in age.

In brief, a player age ten or younger is not permitted to play on an Under 11 or older team that participates in a results-oriented format unless one of three criteria are met:

1. The older team would not have sufficient players without the participation of younger players; or 
2. The player is being placed on a team with his or her classmates; or 
3. The player's skills justify the placement on an older team. These guidelines require organizations to fulfill certain reporting so that statistical results can be obtained for future analysis. 

It is important to note that this applies only to situations where the younger player is being placed on an Under 11 or older team. This is not applicable to other situations. However, a number of Mass Youth Soccer's organizations use this guideline as a basis to establish their own rules with respect to players playing up in age.

U8 Playing Up Policy

U8 players shall be permitted to “play up” only under all of the following conditions:
a.     No more than two U9/U10 teams of each gender per town/club organization may have U8 players on any of their rosters; and
b.    Small town/club soccer programs need additional players to have a viable U9/U10 team so it places strong U8 players on a U9/U10 team roster; and
c.     No U9/U10 player is denied a roster spot in favor of a U8 player; and
d.    U8 players comprise less than 40% of any single team’s roster
A U8 player with a birthday after July 31st, but who will be in the third grade in the current school year, may play on a U9 or U10 team with classmates.


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