Northwest Iowa Soccer Club

NW Iowa Soccer Club General Rules and Regulations

USA Soccer Changes

Parents & Coaches,

US Soccer is making a few changes that will put our program more in line with how the rest of the world organizes and manages their soccer programs.

These new coaching initiatives are in effect as of August 1, 2016 and can be split into two major categories:

Birth Year Registration

US Soccer has removed the policy of age groups being decided based on a birth date before August 1st or after August 1st. A player's age group will now be determined based solely on their birth year.


The new age group registration is based on calendar year. The new cut-off dates will be January 1 through December 31 of any given year. This is consistent with the other 208 FIFA countries that register youth players by their year of birth. Players born between January 1 and December 31 in a year will now play on the same team — unless a player is “playing up” in an older age group.

Player Development Initiatives

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

For additional information, follow the link to Iowa Soccer Association.