Soccer FAQ

Q: What is the deadline for signups?

A: The deadline is July 1st.  Online registration must be completed or mail in registrations postmarked by this date.

Q: What happens if I sign up after the deadline?

A: The player may be placed on a wait list, with no guarantee of being placed on a team.  There is a $10 late fee after 7/1

Q: May I pay online, or through the mail?

A: Registration can be completed along with the payment on our website.  You may also download the registration form and mail it in.

Q: What are the age divisions?

A: The age divisions are as follows:
Age on Dec 31 of current year:

  • NEW Age Division: U6- age: 5  – must be 5 on or before August 1 of the current year (coed)
  • U8- ages: 6 and 7 (coed)
  • U10- ages: 8,9
  • U12- ages: 10,11
  • U14-ages: 12,13
  • U17-ages: 14,15,16
  • U19-ages: 17,18

Limits: No one younger than 5 years of age and or older than 18 years of age as of August 1st of the current year.

All players must participate in the appropriate group, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Q: When does practice start?

A: Practice starts usually around the last week of July.  This may be later depending on the coaches availability.

Q: When will I hear from the coach?

A: After the teams are formed in the middle of July, you should hear from your coach by the end of July.  For established teams, it is quicker  than new teams being formed.  If you do not hear anything by the end of July please contact GSA.

Q: Where is practice?

A: Practice location depends on the coach and field availability.  Coaches pick their preferred field if available every season.  Possible field locations are Fishburn, Madison, Highland Park, Shrine (PH).

Q: How many practices are there and what time?

A: Generally practice is only 1 or 2 times per week, which day and the time is determined by the coach.  For younger players, practice is around 45 minutes, for older players up to 1.5 hours.

Q: When do the games start, how many and how long does the season last?

A: Games usually start the 3rd week of August for U14 and older players.  For U7 – U12, games begin the second week of September.  Each schedule typically has 8-10 games over 8 weeks.  If games are postponed due to weather, the season can last longer, of course.

Q: How many games are there per week?

A: Usually there are 1-2 games per week.  There may be up to 7 days without a game also in your schedule.

Q: How do I get a game schedule?

A: The coach or team parent is responsible for furnishing schedules to players and parents.

Q: What if it is raining?
A: PRACTICES:  Your coach is responsible for canceling practice due to inclement weather, and contacting players.

GAMES: The weather hotline for game cancellations depends on WHAT FIELD you are playing at, not for the recreational dept. schedule you play under.  Since GSA plays under 3 different rec. dept schedules, please call the number that oversees the FIELD that you are playing at.

Roanoke City –  Rivers Edge Sports Complex and Reserve Ave. Fields, Breckenridge, Preston Park, Maher Field
853-1196 – updated by 7:30am Sat. and 4pm weekdays.

Roanoke County – Vinyard Park, Va. Med Center, Green Hill Park, Cave Spring, Mt. Pleasant, Glenvar, Hollins, Merriman, Salem, etc.
387-6455 ext.6 – Updated by 7:30am Sat., 11am Sun., 4:30pm weekdays.

Botetourt County – Cloverdale, Greenfield, Read Mountain, Troutville, Covington, Blue Ridge, Botetourt Sports Complex
992-0012 – Updated by 7am weekends and 4pm weekdays.