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Changes Coming for 2016/2017

By League President, 11/05/15, 12:00PM CST


Calendar Year Registration & Small Sided Games Coming Fall of 2016 (Updated)

Articles have been circulating for some time now regarding the Federations Player Development Initiatives. Every initiative is an effort to focus on stronger player development at the younger ages and bring Birth Year Registration inline with International standards.
The two key initiatives are:
  • Small Sided Standards
  • Birth Year Registration
Small Sided Games.
Starting with the 2016 Qualifying Tournament, LHGCL will introduce Phase I of the New Small Sided Standards by introducing 9v9 for U11 teams. It is important to note, that 9v9 will only be played at the U11 level in 2016. By 2017 we will be in full compliance with the Federation's plan and both U11 and U12 will be 9v9. The 9v9 field size will change to accommodate this initiative. Smaller fields and smaller goals.
Birth Year Registration
We are aware that an updated and revised Age Chart for Birth Year Registration has been approved and released by the Federation. We are meeting to review these changes and a decision will be posted soon. Thank you for your patience.