Age Groups

Age Groups for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Our table for age group eligibility is available below. Youngest players eligible for OVSL’s Spring 2021 season must have been born on or before 04/10/18. Oldest players eligible must have been born on or after 01/01/2006*.

U4U6U8U10U12U15
Spring 2021
Birth Years
2017,
2018**
2015,
2016
2014,
2013
2012,
2011
2010,
2009
2006, 2007,
2008

OVSL encourages all players to play within their natural age group. “Move-ups” will only be accepted with approval from the OVSL Board and a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. “Move-downs” are also available to girls with approval from the OVSL Board. Contact information@ohiovalleysoccer.com with any questions.

*”Trapped 8th Graders” are eligible for U15 play. A trapped 8th grader is a player who has aged-out of the U15 age group, but is still in 8th grade, so not eligible for high school soccer. Contact the OVSL Registrar or U15 Age Coordinator to register a trapped 8th grader.
**U4 players must turn 3 years old prior to start of season.


U4 Age Group

2017, partial 2018 (must turn 3 years old prior to start of season)
Group Coordinator: David Staats
Co-Coordinator: Caitlin Evans

OVSL’s U4 age group consists mostly of 3-year-olds. The group meets once per week for a practice+game event. All U6 activities take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent.

  • Ball: Size 3
  • Format: 4 vs 4, no goalkeeper
  • Periods: 8 minute quarters (or coaches’ discretion)
  • Referees: none (coaches on field with players)
  • Rule Modifications: loose observance of “out-of-bounds”. Do not stop play, but guide players back to the field

U6 Age Group

2016, 2015
Group Coordinator:  Heather Sloan
Co-Coordinator: Katie Fleming

OVSL’s U6 age group consists mostly of 5-year-olds. These teams typically meet once per week for practice and have a single game on Saturday morning/early afternoon. All U6 activities take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent.

  • Ball: Size 3
  • Format: 4 vs 4, no goalkeeper
  • Periods: 8 minute quarters
  • Referees: none (coaches on field with players)
  • Rule Modifications: all out-of-bounds restart with a “kick-in”. No defending inside of the goal area

U8 Age Group

2014, 2013
Group Coordinator: Jon Hurley
Co-Coordinator: Kylee Evans

OVSL’s U8 age group consists mostly of 7-year-olds. These teams meet once or twice per week for practice and have a single game on Saturday morning/early afternoon. All U8 activities take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent.

  • Ball: Size 3
  • Format: 6 vs 6, including goalkeeper
  • Periods: 10 minute quarters
  • Referees: one Center Referee
  • Rule Modifications:
    • goal kicks, corner kicks, and throw-ins all observed
    • “Unlimited” attempts at legal throw-ins
    • All free-kick restarts are taken indirect
    • Goal Area and Penalty Area are combined
    • No intentional heading of the ball
    • Opposing team must move back behind the center line for goal kicks
    • Pass-back to goalkeeper violation not enforced
    • Offsides violation not enforced

U10 Age Group

2012, 2011
Group Coordinator: David Staats
Co-Coordinator: John Evans

OVSL’s U10 age group consists mostly of 9-year-olds. These teams meet once or twice per week for practice and have a single game on Saturday morning or afternoon. All U10 activities take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent, with the exception of the occasional game at coordinating area rec leagues in the Mid-Ohio Valley area.

  • Ball: Size 4
  • Format: 7 vs 7, including goalkeeper
  • Periods: 25 minute halves
  • Referees: one Center Referee, two Assistant Referees
  • Rule Modifications:
    • No intentional heading of the ball
    • Two throw-in attempts before change of possession
    • Opposing team must move back behind the center line for goal kicks

U12 Age Group

2010, 2009
Group Coordinator: Steven Hollis
Co-Coordinator: Adam Barrow

OVSL’s U12 age group consists mostly of 11-year-olds. These teams typically meet twice per week for practice and have a single game each weekend, usually Saturday afternoons. U12 practices and most games take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent. U12 often participates with coordinating area rec leagues in the Mid-Ohio Valley area.

  • Ball: Size 4
  • Format: 9 vs 9, including goalkeeper (may play 7 vs 7 some seasons)
  • Periods: 30 minute halves
  • Referees: one Center Referee, two Assistant Referees
  • Rule Modifications: No intentional heading of the ball.

U15 Age Group

2006, 2007, 2008
Group Coordinator: Steven Hollis
Co-Coordinator: Adam Barrow

OVSL’s U15 age group consists mostly of 13-year-olds. These teams typically meet twice per week for practice and have one or two games each weekend. U15 practices take place on our primary field space in Barlow/Vincent, but games are played with coordinating area rec leagues in the Mid-Ohio Valley area. Teams are expected to travel within Washington and Wood County each weekend.

  • Ball: Size 5
  • Format: 11 vs 11, including goalkeeper (may play 7 vs 7 some seasons)
  • Periods: 30 or 35 minute halves
  • Referees: one Center Referee, two Assistant Referees
  • Rule Modifications: host-league rules apply
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