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Newsletter Note:   FYSA RULES Friday, July 29, 2016 at 01:06

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In conjunction with the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer, the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) will be instituting a heading ban for players age 10 and younger. In accordance with the recent U.S. Soccer recommendations on concussion risk management.

FYSA has eliminated heading in matches for player’s age 10-years-old and younger (11u-2006 and younger), per the new calendar year registration guidelines. Heading will not be permitted in 11u and younger age groups.*

Competitive league, tournaments, and other FYSA sanctioned events that include 11u and younger age group teams heading will not be permitted.

Playing Up Rule

211.3   Playing up (above a player’s normal age group): 

It is FYSA's policy that all             players compete at a level they are capable of both physically and             developmentally. In order for a player to move up more than one             birth year will require approval from the affiliate's director of             coaching or agent of record and FYSA Director of Coaching. Players,             11u will not be able to play up due to FYSA heading guidelines until             the player reaches the age of 11.
            Failure to obtain proper permissions may result in the player being             removed from the team’s roster and sanctions against the team/club.
  • Playing up requests will not be reviewed     until July 15 and added to rosters after August 1st.  Below is the chart     that will be used in determining the ability to play up.
  • The playing up submissions need to be     submitted by Tuesday and will be reviewed on Wednesday each week. 
  • Submissions may be made either through GotSoccer for     individual players or by spreadsheet for multiple groups of players playing     up via email here. 
  • Playing up requests are made in regards to     player development purposes. Factors to be considered are technical,     physical, and psychological. All of these factors should be present for it     to be developmentally appropriate. 
  • Playing up requests should not be made for     logistic or club/family convenience. 
  • For special considerations, a club’s Agent     of Record, Registrar, or Director of Coaching can submit via GotSoccer. The     considerations will be considered mainly for players 15u and above.
        *Exception to the playing up rule 211.3
        Recreation leagues that utilize double year age groups may choose to form     12u no heading divisions to accommodate formation of teams and league     divisions.
        Below is the chart that will be utilized to make determinations as to the     level a player can play up to.

                Age Group








                10u and Below


                2007 and Below


1 Year


No Approval Needed






1 year after the player reaches age of 11


Approval Needed


12u (September - December Birthdate) to 14u




1 year


Approval Needed for U12


                12u (January - August) to 14u




2 year


Approval Needed


                15u (September - December)




2 year


Approval Needed


                15u (January to August) or Older




3 years


Approval Needed









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