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Ahead of Virginia Legacy’s soccer tryouts in May, when some of the Historic Triangle’s top soccer players will display their agility, coordination and technical prowess, the club will be holding a town hall meeting to inform parents about a new set of mandates from U.S. Soccer, some of which are going into effect this year.
The new mandates touch on subjects relating to how players between ages 6 and 12 are coached, field sizes for different age divisions and changes in birth-year registration for soccer clubs to align with international standards.
Changes in birth-year registration, which moves to a calendar year cutoff instead of the current August 1 to July 31 cutoff, will affect the makeup of teams and how players are sorted into different age divisions.
Virginia Legacy will be hosting two meetings to discuss the mandates and answer questions from parents about what the changes will mean for team formations, player development and club philosophy.
The first meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Williamsburg Regional Library in theater 515, and the second meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christopher Newport University’s Forbes Hall in lecture room 1022.
To learn more about U.S. Soccer’s mandates, click here.