Gahanna Soccer Association

Guidelines for GSA Middle School & High School Travel

  1. Play shall be conducted as 11 vs 11 including a keeper and using a size #5 ball. Substitutions may be made at the mid-line ONLY by either team during ANY stoppage due to the ball going out of play.
  2. A match shall consist of 2/30 minutes periods with a half time period of no less than 5 minutes and no longer than 8 minutes.
  3. The execution of a slide tackle is permitted in the Middle School league but are not permitted in the High School league.  They are STRONGLY discouraged.  Slide tackles will be viewed critically and improperly executed slide tackles will be penalized.
  4. Score is kept by the referee and the winning coach is responsible for reporting the score to the commissioner by the end of the day.
  5. Coaches, parents and supporters ARE NOT permitted on the pitch during play.
  6. Teams are to bench between the fields.  Parents and supporters are REQUIRED to remain on the opposite side of the pitch.
  7. There is tournament for the Middle School Travel age group for the fall and spring seasons.
  8. Both age groups are traveling teams which compete in the Columbus metro area and vicinity.
  9. Both age groups  are required to purchase uniforms which are distinct to GSA.

Offside

An offside position is gained when a player, while in the opponents half of the pitch, is ahead of the ball and closer to the opponents goal than two defenders, one of which may be the keeper. The call of “OFFSIDE” will only be made if the player is in the area of active play or is involved in the play.


Advantage

Advantage is called when the team that was fouled remains in control of the ball and on the attack, thus allowing any offensive opportunity gained to continue rather than penalize said team for the action of the opponent.


Dangerous Play

A call of dangerous play is made when any player is put into a situation where the act of conducting play is consider by the referee to place any player in a position to cause injury to themselves or any other players.


Ball In & Ball Out of Play

The ball is not considered out of play until it has gone completely over the marked boundary of the pitch. A player may be outside the marked pitch and play the ball as long as the ball remains within the marked boundary of the pitch.


Handling

The call of “HANDLING” occurs when, in the opinion of the referee, they view any play, including the keeper in certain instances, to have deliberately handled, carried, struck, or propelled the ball with their hand or arm. The referee may also look to see if, in their opinion, the hand went to the ball or the ball went to the hand, or if an advantage was gained, before making the call.

Expectations and Developmental Goals

  1. All players must play at least 50% of the match in all games (league or tournament play) regardless of ability.
  2. Teams should have at least 2 but no more than a total of 3 meetings per week for practice or games.
  3. Players should understand offensive and defensive positioning (Ball side/Goal side).
  4. Players should be able to execute “give and go” passes and overlapping runs.
  5. Players should be able to receive and control a ball played to them on the ground and in the air.  They should be able to receive the ball with their feet, legs, chest, and head and have it close to them to pass or dribble.
  6. Players should be able to execute a pass under pressure with both the inside and outside of both feet.
  7. Players should be able to shield the ball while calling for support.
  8. Players are expected to execute a throw-in and should know how to create space to receive the ball.
  9. Players should know the difference between a direct and indirect kick and basic strategies for taking either one.
  10. All players should know the basic techniques for striking the ball with power for goal kicks, corner kicks, and direct/indirect kicks.  Players should know the techniques for “bending” a ball.
  11. Players should be able to execute multiple fakes, moves, and turns to beat players one on one.
  12. Coaches should have completed the USYSA Youth Module I and II or NSCAA Levels 1-3 courses available through OSYSA and are strongly encouraged to complete the USYSA E License or NSCAA Levels 4 and 5 diplomas.  Information on these courses can be found on the OSYSA License Course Information page.
  13. Coaches are encouraged to improve their knowledge of the game by playing in the adult league.
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