U12 and Younger Small Sided Tournament Play
Policy #092109


Date: September 21, 2009
To: MSYSA Presidents
From: Marie Langford, Executive Director, MSYSA
Re: MSYSA Small-Sided Policy
In 2007, MSYSA expanded the requirement for small-sided play to the U11 and U12 age groups to increase developmental opportunities for young players. Small-sided play had been required for U10 and younger teams for a number of years, with a 7v7 format and a 14 player roster limit. The expanded policy was to be implemented over a two year period.
Starting in seasonal year 2007-08, all play in the U11 age group would be no more than 8v8 format, with a maximum roster size of 14. Starting in seasonal year 2008-09, all play in the U11 and U12 age groups will be no more than 8v8 format, with a maximum roster size of 14.
In September 2009, the Executive Board adopted a measure to extend the small-sided requirement to tournament policy. Effective seasonal year 2010-2011:
a) All MSYSA sanctioned tournaments may offer both 8v8 and 11v11 divisions in the U12 age group. Only non-MSYSA rostered teams may enter and participate in the 11v11 division.
b) MSYSA rostered teams U12 and younger may only compete in small-sided tournament play, whether in or outside of Maryland.

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