Soccer Maine adopted the best practices of small sided games when it was first introduced over ten years ago. Other states are just catching up with what is best for our developing youth players. In 2016, new best practice mandates had Soccer Maine introducing a slight change in number of players on the field with a move to 7v7 for U9 and U10, and 9v9 for U11 and U12.
The new Calendar Year Change will moved us to a January 1-December 31 soccer registration year for premier starting in the seasonal year of 2016-17.
For Fall Classic and Pine Tree League, there has been no change as these Soccer Maine leagues have stated on the school calendar basis of August 1 to July 31. Players will continue to be able to play up with their school-grade friends if they are young for their grade.