The 2018-2019 soccer year will see a new and different PAGS. We surveyed the membership at the end of the 2017 Fall Season, and the changes we will discuss have been made based upon the responses to this survey.
PAGS will operate three separate leagues for the 2018 fall season, each with their own set of rules. The three leagues are the PAGS Developmental Geographic League, PAGS Premier League,and the PAGS Cup Qualification League.
The PAGS Developmental Geographic League (PDGL) is for those teams seeking to limit the required amount of travel, while also playing at the appropriate competitive level. The focus of the PGDL is player development. The PDGL is for the U9 to U14 age groups. The PL will have county based divisions: Blue Route, Bucks County (BUCKS), Chester County (CHESCO), Delaware County (DELCO); Montgomery County (MONTCO), Philadelphia County (PHILA), Lehigh County (LEHiGH), and Delaware/Maryland (DELMAR). To achieve the stated purpose of player development, the PDGL will offer roster flexibility, to include secondary players on rosters, club pass players, and guest players on game days. PAGS will also offer flexibility in scheduling of games. Teams will play a 9-game schedule, with divisional winners in the U11 to U14 age groups being determined by standings at the end of the 9 games. Standings will not be kept and scores will not be recorded online for the U9 and U10 age groups in keeping with USSF guidelines. PAGS will work with teams to eliminate as many coaching conflicts as possible once teams have had a chance to see the schedules from all the leagues their teams are playing in.
The PAGS Premier League (PPL) will serve those teams who are looking for the highest level of competition. This league is for teams looking for a high level of completion appropriate to their level of play. The PPL is for the U9 to U19 age groups. Typically, teams playing in the PPL (U11-U19) will play in state association Cup competitions, and as such will be required to abide by roster limitations. PAGS will continue allow secondary players on rosters and the use of club pass players on game days. There will be playoffs at the U13 to U15 age groups in the PPL in the fall season only. Age groups with playoffs will play an 8-game schedule followed by the playoffs. The U9 to U12 and U16 to U19 age groups will play a 9-game schedule with divisional winners being determined by standings at the end of the 9 games. Teams playing in the PPL will earn GotSoccer ranking points. PAGS will work with teams to eliminate as many coaching conflicts as possible once teams have had a chance to see the schedules from all the leagues their teams are playing in.
The PAGS Cup Qualification League (PCQL), formerly known as the PAGS Short Season, gives teams in the U15 to U19 age groups the ability to qualify for the various Cups offered by State associations. The PCQL offers a regularly scheduled league with all team playing a three game schedule. Participants in the PCQL will have options of how to schedule their 3 games, choosing if they wish to play all divisional games at a common site on a specified weekend or if they would prefer to schedule the games over the fall season.
In order to facilitate player development at the younger age groups PAGS will offer regularly scheduled coaching education for coaches of U9 and U10 teams beginning in September 2018. In addition, PAGS plans to offer two festivals for the U9 to U11 age groups beginning with the 2018 Fall Season. More details to come on both of these efforts will be released over the next several weeks.
PAGS APPLICATION PROCESS
Also in response to our membership survey, PAGS has moved the closing date back on applications for the 2018 Fall Season. In the past all applications were due no later than the 31st of May. Beginning with the 2018 Fall Season applications for the PPL and PDGL will be due no later than the 30th of June and applications for the PCQL will be due the 15th of Aiugust each year.