Age-Groups ranges for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 season

U6: 1-1-12 to 12-31-13 (In-House)
U8: 1-1-10 to 12-31-11 (In-House)
U10: 1-1-09 to 12-31-08 (In-House & Travel)
U11: 1-1-07 to 12-31-07 (Travel)
U12: 1-1-06 to 12-31-06 (Travel)
U14: 1-1-04 to 12-31-05 (Travel)
U16: 1-1-02 to 12-31-03 (Travel)

Note RE: Age Group Changes for Fall 2016+

As of Fall 2016, new age group rules are in place. The following summarizes the age group change and its rationale.

1. The upcoming age group change has been mandated by US Soccer and PA West; this is not a decision that was made by the MASA organization. The change will impact all soccer communities throughout the country.

2. Age Groups are now determined by the players’ birth year. There is no longer a August/September cutoff, so the month your player was born is irrelevant in this regard.

3. According to US Soccer, this change has been implemented to (1) align the US with the international standard and (2) to better safeguard the development of youth players at all ages and levels.

In-House Age Group Details

We have two sessions. The Fall session starts at the beginning of September and runs through the end of October. Each in-house division plays a total of 8 games. The Spring session starts at the beginning of April and runs through the end of May. Each in-house division plays a total of 8 games. Easter weekend and Memorial Day weekend typically have no games scheduled. All MASA home games are played at Murrysville Community Park.

Under 6 Boys - The U6 boys play at Murrysville Community Park on Saturday afternoons. The boy's session is from 12:00 PM until approximately 1:30 PM. The first half hour of each session is instructional practice followed by an in-house game. The U6's play 3v3 and have no more than 6 on a team. U6's may make a request to be on a friend's team. Make your request online in the NOTE_TO_MASA section under player info. Make-up games for cancellations are typically held the following day - Sunday - at the same time.

Under 6 Girls - The U6 girls play at Murrysville Community Park on Saturday afternoons. The girl's session is from 2:00 PM until approximately 3:30 PM. The first half hour of each session is instructional practice followed by an in-house game. The U6's play 3v3 and have no more than 6 on a team. U6's may make a request to be on a friend's team. Make your request online in the NOTE_TO_MASA section under player info. Make-up games for cancellations are typically held the following day - Sunday - at the same time.

Under 8 Girls - The U8 girls play their games on Saturday mornings starting at 10:30 AM at Murrysville Community Park. The U8's play 4v4 and should have no more than 8 on a team. The games consist of 4 - 8 minute quarters with a break at half time and typically last one hour. Placement on teams will be by player evaluations and drafts – No team/coach/friend requests honored. Practices are held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday nights at Murrysville Community Park and last approximately 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Make-up games for cancellations are typically held the following Tuesday during practice.

Under 8 Boys - The U8 boys play their games on Saturday mornings starting at 9:00 AM at Murrysville Community Park. The U8's play 4v4 and should have no more than 8 on a team. The games consist of 4 - 8 minute quarters with a break at half time and typically last one hour. Placement on teams will be by player evaluations and drafts – No team/coach/friend requests honored. Practices are held at 6:00 PM on Monday nights at Murrysville Community Park and last approximately 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Make-up games for cancellations are typically held the following Monday during practice.

Under 10 Girls - The U10 girls play in the Eagles program. These teams compete against participating community teams as well as other MASA in-house teams. The participating communities are Plum, Monroeville, and Woodland Hills. Games are played on Saturdays and consist of two 25 minute halves. Each team plays with FIVE (new in Fall 2012) field players and a goal keeper. Game times vary by community but are usually between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Some games may be in the late afternoon but that is the exception. Each team will play 4 home games at Murrysville Community Park and 4 away games. Placement on teams will be by player evaluations – No team/coach/friend requests honored. Practice are held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Murrysville Community Park and last approximately 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Make-up games for cancellations will be scheduled when both teams are available.

Under 10 Boys - The U10 boys play in the Eagles program. These teams compete against participating community teams as well as other MASA in-house teams. The participating communities are Plum, Monroeville, and Woodland Hills. Games are played on Saturdays and consist of two 25 minute halves. Each team plays with FIVE (new in Fall 2012) field players and a goal keeper. Game times vary by community but are usually between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Some games may be in the late afternoon but that is the exception. Each team will play 4 home games at Murrysville Community Park and 4 away games. Placement on teams will be by player evaluations – No team/coach/friend requests honored. Practices are held at 6:00 PM on Monday and Wednesday nights at Murrysville Community Park and last approximately 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Make-up games for cancellations will be scheduled when both teams are available.