Ames Soccer Club

General Information
Posted Jul 8, 2019

What does "8U" or "12U" (etc) mean?  

"8U" is short for "My soccer age is Under 8". Soccer age is determined once per year and follows a player's birth year.

Your soccer age is the same for both Fall and Spring seasons, regardless of whether a birthday passes between them.      


Do I have to play in my age group or can I move up or down?

5U-10U age groups:
In the 5U-10U age groups, players are allowed by ISA rules (and thus our insurance) to play up. If your son or daughter is unusually large or unusually skilled for his or her age, he or she can also "play up". If you want your child to be considered for "play-up", please contact or Techniacal Director, Scott Wilson at

Unlike the other age groups, there is a minimum age for 5U. 5U players must be 4 years old on January 1st before the Fall season.   Playing "down" is also possible for 6U-10U teams in unusual cases, but requires paperwork to be filed by our registrar. Please contact Ralph Ackerman at, if you want your child to play in a younger age group that is normal.  

11U and older age groups: In these age groups, the rules are the same, but there is considerable flexibility in ISL league play. The ISL does not check the ages of players. We (and all the other clubs in Iowa) generally organize teams according to their ages, but players may play up or down in ISL games. All that is required for ISL games is a player card from our club. For ISL Rec Central games, all players must be the correct age (or younger) and appear on the roster. Most tournaments allow a fixed number of guest players, but all players must be the correct age or younger.