Last year there were a few teams that played in the Early Season and were barred from participating in Regional Cup in Division 2 even though they were not competitive. Due to FYSA’s new cup competition formats, any team playing in Division 1 will have to go the Division 1 route in State or Regional Cup. To avoid problems in the future, the league voted to only designate Premier as division 1 and Group A as non-divisional. We still expect the majority of teams in the non-Premier Groups to be division 1, but this affords those teams an opportunity to play Division 2 if they are weaker than they thought.
SFUYSA will offer individual age group divisions for both boys and girls in U13 to U19/20 ages in both Premier and Non-Premier designations. Premier teams are those that are truly the top teams in the age group and are expected to play at the State Cup level. Non-Premier designations will be grouped accordingly and most likely will choose later on which season-ending competition best suits their ability. Due to the change in registration from seasonal year to birth year, US Youth is combining the 1997 and 1998 (U19 and U20) age groups into a combined division. There will not be a separate U20 division. Depending upon the number and distribution of teams declared; additional ages may be combined into the U19/20 group. (i.e. U18 if there are insufficient teams for a stand-alone division)