Westfield Soccer Association

The Future of the Rec Program in the WSA

WSA – Recreational Soccer Program – 2017/18

Many of our WSA Members are already aware that youth soccer will undergo some major changes in the coming months. US Soccer has outlined initiatives which also have an impact on the current age group definitions used to determine where players place in our recreational program.

Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. Moving forward and starting the Fall of 2016, age groups will be determined by the calendar year in which a player was born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

How will these changes impact the recreational program?

At the start of the 2016-2017 Fall soccer our rec program will have to realign with the new age group definitions. Our WSA members can continue to participate in the rec program, but placement is based on their year of birth. To make this transition a little easier for all our members, all our ball mastery programs (winter and spring) are already ran given the new age group definitions.

As an interested player you just have to go through the grid to determine what age group you qualify for, for the 2017-2018 season.

Below a grid which shows clearly where players place come the Fall of 2017.

Year of birth

Age group










U7 Rec – Memorial



U8 Rec – Memorial



U9 Rec – Jefferson


Fun of Soccer

Anyone born in either 2012 or 2013 can sign up for the Fun of Soccer program which is a 6-week program that takes place in the Fall. Registration usually opens up in the summer for the upcoming Fall season. This program takes place at the field adjacent to the Jefferson school in Westfield.

U7 and U8 REC

Players born in 2011 are considered to be U7 players and anyone born in 2010 will be considered to be an U8 player. Our U7 and U8 Rec program runs in the fall. Training and games will take place in the weekend using the field right next to Memorial pool. The registration for this program will also open up in the summer.

U9 Rec

All of our current members born in 2009 will be considered to be U9 players for the 2017-2018 season. Anyone interested in rec soccer starting the fall of 2016 can sign up for our U9 rec program. Similar to the other rec programs, registration opens up during the summer for the season coming up.


What if my son or daughter is born in 2008 (or earlier)?

Anyone born in 2008 can either participate in the intercounty program or become part of a travel team for the 2017-2018 season. 

For more information on the intercounty program:

WSA - Intercounty program

For more information on the travel program and how your son or daughter can try out for a travel team:

Yours in soccer,

Ruben Vloedgraven – Director of Coaching WSA

Chris and Drew – VPs of Rec Soccer