This week, Football NSW has revealed their 2020 Biological Maturation policy.
The policy will take into consideration ‘late bloomers’ and ‘early developers’ and will try to accommodate them so they can get the most out of their soccer.
The policy will affect NPLNSW Youth boys and girls teams from the under 13’s to the 16’s for the boys and the under 14’s and 15’s for the girls.
The details on the policy can be found below:
The policy permits that one ‘late bloomer’ will be allowed to play in an age bracket one lower than normal, whereas ‘early developers’ will not be given the same benefits.
The following information seeks to clarify the eligibility of players for the 2020 Season in relation to Biological Maturation Approved Players:
Players assessed as Late Developers:
- Any player that is assessed as a “late developer” will be given approval to play down an age grade at their club provided that the club has a position(s) available in the team that the player is seeking to register with.
Players Assessed as “on time developers” or “early developers”
- Any player that is assessed as a “on-time developer” or “early developer” will NOT be permitted to play down an age grade at their club.
Please Note: All players will be required to attend one of the advertised FNSW assessment dates. No Player will retain their 2019 status.
Team Eligibility for 2020
Further to the above, the following is the process for clubs to manage the number of Biological Maturation players per team throughout the registration window for the 2020 Football season:
The age groups below for which the Biological Maturation principle will apply for the 2020 season:
- Boys: NPL NSW Youth, NPL NSW 2 Youth & Association Youth League – U13, U14, U15, U16; and
- Girls: NPL NSW Youth, NPL NSW 2 Youth & Girls Conference League – U14, U15
Current Squad Numbers:
- No club/team will be able to register a Player to play in an age grade below the player’s birth year if that player has been assessed as a “on time developer” or “early developer”;
- Each club will be permitted to register a maximum of one (1) approved “late developer” per team/age grade