New under-17 boys’ league
CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Soccer Association, in partnership with the P.E.I. Subway Youth Soccer League, has announced a pilot project for the 2014 summer season.
The under-16 boys’ First Division will be adjusted to an under-17 boys’ First Division. This new division will be for players born in 1999, 1998 and 1997.
The aim of the project is to see if it can impact player retention of males born in 1997. Past years have shown that large numbers of boys graduating from the under-16 age group have not re-registered the following year for the under-18 age group. The new division will resemble the age bracket for the upcoming high school fall soccer program, and therefore provide for good player development heading into the fall school season.
The new league structure will play games only on Thursday evenings. Most teams at this level practise one other day of the week, and that session is scheduled based on the availability of players.
There will still be under-16 (1999/1998) and under-18 (1997/1996) Premier boys’ teams, as those are the age groups that compete at the national club championships.
If a male player born in 1997 wishes to play at a higher level than the under-17 First Division, they are able to try out for an under-18 Premier boys’ team, or join a senior men’s team. If so, the parent/player should contact their respective club to see if the club is able to offer a program at the under-18 Premier or senior men’s levels.
If the club is unable to offer these programs, they can assist you to find a program at another club.
During this pilot project, as the under-18 First Division is not available, male players born in 1996 and older are encouraged to register with a club to join a senior men’s team, or form their own teams. The senior men’s league offers three levels of competition, and therefore has the proper level for any player wishing to play.
For further information, please contact your club, or the P.E.I. Soccer Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.