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Gahanna Soccer Association

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child to play?

Right here! Simply click on the Register link in the upper right of the GSA website, or go to the Spring 2020 Registration page.  Optionally, you may come to the open registration day on Saturday, January 25 or February 8, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Headley Park, 1031 Challis Springs Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230.

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When is opening day?

Opening Week is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, March 30, 2020 for U-5 - HS divisions. U-4 games will begin on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  The Adult league will begin Sunday, April 5, 2020.

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How long does the season last?

The season begins April 4 - May 30 for the U-4 program and as early as March 30 - May 31 for the U-5 - HS divisions. Most divisions play a total of 8 games. Games are typically played on Saturday for the U5 - U10.  The U-4 program is Saturday's only beginning April 4 as early as 9:00 AM. Due to weather cancellations games may end the first week in June.  The adult league plays 10 games beginning April 5 - June 28.

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What time do games begin?

Rec Minor division and Rec. Major divisions play games on Saturdays with several weeknight games. Saturday games can begin as early as 9:00 am. Weeknight games will begin as early as 6:00 pm.

U-4 program is Saturday's only beginning at 9:00 AM for returning U-4 players and 10:00 AM or 11:00 AM for new players at Headley Park.

Middle School Coed games are played on Thursday evenings and Saturdays.  Middle School Girl games are played on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. A game schedule will be given to your coach with exact games times and locations.

Middle School Girls games are played on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. A game schedule will be given to your coach with exact game times and locations.

High School games are played on Sunday afternoon. A game schedule will be given to your coach with exact game times and locations.

Our Adult division will play games on Sunday afternoon at either 1:00 pm or 2:45 pm.

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When and where is practice?

The practice schedule is set by the team coach. Teams can begin practice as early as Monday, March 9, 2020. Teams generally practice one to three times per week until games begin and one to two time per week once games begin. U-4 does not practice. U-4 "plays" on Saturday only. Teams will practice at various approved parks around Gahanna. Practice locations are provided to coaches at the coaches meeting.

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Where are games played?

U-4, Rec. Minor (U5 - U8) and most Rec. Major (U10 - HS) games are played at Headley Park, 1031 Challis Springs Dr, Gahanna, OH 43230. A schedule will be given to your coach with your game location and time. U-12, Middle School and High School divisions will play at Headley Park or travel for an away game.

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How much are the registration fees?

U-4 basic registration fee is $30. All other divisions basic registration fee is $50. All participants, regardless of residency status, pay a $15 participation fee that GSA collects on behalf of the City of Gahanna. Registration fee does not include uniform fees. A $20 (per family) non-volunteer fee is applied to all registrations up front and refunded once you commit your volunteer requirement. Additional fees might be applied if applicable.

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What is a non-resident fee?

The City of Gahanna imposes and collects a $20 per player fee for Non-Residents of Gahanna. The fee is NOT based on your ZIP CODE. It is based on the actual location of your residence. If you live in a neighborhood that is in Columbus or some other community, you must pay the fee EVEN THOUGH your zip code says Gahanna. On the contrary, some neighborhoods that are actually IN Gahanna are not assessed the fee even though they have a New Albany zip code. The rule of thumb: If you pay Gahanna Income Taxes and/or a Gahanna Water Bill, you are more than likely considered a Gahanna resident.

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Who do I make my check payable to?

Gahanna Soccer Association or GSA. Checks can be mailed to GSA P.O. Box 307121 Gahanna, OH 43230

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Do I need to purchase a uniform?

All divisions are required to purchase a uniform with the exception of U-4. A youth uniform package consists of: a reversible jersey, 1 pair of shorts and 2 pair of tube socks for $50. An adult uniform package is $60 and consists of a reversible jersey, 1 pair of shorts and 2 pair of pro socks. ALL players are required to purchase shin guards and all players with the exception of U-4 are required to purchase cleats. GSA sells the uniform, however, we do not sell shin guards or cleats. The uniform is good from season to season as long as it fits and is in good condition. You do not need to purchase a new uniform every season. Single items can be purchased as well.


$30 youth jersey
$35 adult jersey
$15 youth shorts
$17 adult shorts
$5 youth tube socks
$7 adult pro socks

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Can my child remain on the same team as last season?

For the Spring 2020 season, players returning from Fall 2019 will automatically be placed back on their teams provided their registration form is received prior to the late registration period beginning and they do not request placement on a different team.

NOTE: Forms received after 2/8/2020, new players, players that request to change teams and players that did not play in the fall, will be placed in the draft (NO EXCEPTIONS). The league reserves the right to place players on teams in order to maintain a competitive balance across all teams in a division.

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How do I know what team my child is on?

The U4 parent meeting will be Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM. The coaches meetings will be held on Saturday, March 7 Rec-Minor (U5 - U6) from 10 - 11 AM, (U7 - U8) from 11 AM - 12 PM and Rec-Major (U10 - HS) at 12 - 1:00 PM. GSA asks coaches to call their players by March 11.  If you have not heard from a coach by March 11, you should e-mail your child's name to [email protected] and GSA will provide the information to you. At that point, you may contact the coach directly.  All meetings will be held in the GSA office at Headley Park 1031 Challis Springs Dr, Gahanna 43230.

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What is the non-volunteer fee?

The $20(per family) non-volunteer fee is applied to all registrations upfront.  For those families with multiple children, the fee will appear on each registration, but it will be discounted beginning with the second child.  Once you have completed your volunteer commitment, you will be refunded your $20. GSA relies on our volunteers throughout the season and can not operate without them.

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How can I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are listed on the volunteer registration page on the GSA website and on the back of the current registration form. There are several volunteer positions that need filled each season. If you chose to volunteer you will be emailed volunteer opportunities through SignUpGenius throughout the season.

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Can my child play on a team with his/her friend?

  1. In order to honor a teammate request, both players must request each other. Both players will be placed on a new team together.
  2. Teammate requests can only involve two (2) players. No teammate requests involving three (3) or more players will be honored. No requests for specific coaches will be honored. Coaches cannot request specific players or assistant coaches.
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What happens if games are cancelled?

If games are cancelled due to weather, there are multiple actions that GSA will take to ensure that the message gets out to our members:

  • Website
    The GSA website will be updated to indicate that the fields are closed. There will be a large yellow or red banner indicating if it is a partial closure (yellow) or full (red).

  • Recorded Message
    If you call the GSA office at 614-855-0506 the information about which divisions are cancelled will be stated on the recorded message.

  • SLI Notify
    GSA will activate it's automated calling system, SLI Notify, which will call all of our members at all phone numbers we have on record to report cancellations and field closures.

If neither the website nor recorded message states games are cancelled, and no automated call is received, then games are not cancelled. The website, phone message, and automated call will not change or be activated to indicate games are on; only if games are cancelled. GSA will attempt to notify members of cancellations no less than one hour before games are scheduled to begin.


Please be aware that GSA's policy on closures does not override the referee's ability to cancel a game if he or she feels that the field conditions are too poor to play safely. GSA attempts to evaluate the condition of the fields anywhere from 2-4 hours before games begin. If games are not cancelled and field conditions deteriorate more quickly than expected, then it is left to the referee's discretion to determine if each individual game will be played.

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What division will my child play in?

Division placement is based on date of birth. Based on the player’s age as of August 1, 2019. Players can play-up 1 birth year except in U7. However no players shall be allowed to play up from rec. minor (U4 - U8) to rec. major (U10 - HS).  A parent’s written request to GSA PO Box 307121, Gahanna, OH 43230 or email to [email protected] is required with all requests to play-up.  NO EXCEPTIONS OR CHANGES will be made. Please see the Age Placement page for a full listing.

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Can my child play in GSA while playing for a club/school team?

That depends. Players participating on school-sponsored soccer team are not allowed to participate in GSA under Ohio High School Athletic Association rules. A player on a club team may participate in GSA if they have also registered with GSA and been rostered to a team.

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What equipment does my child need to play soccer?

All players are required to have shin guards and a uniform* to play in games. Additionally, every player should have soccer cleats and a ball that is appropriate for his or her age group. U-4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 use a size 3 ball; U-10 and 12 use a size 4 ball; and Middle School, High School, and Adult teams use a size 5 ball. Players should have comfortable, weather appropriate clothing for wearing to practices as well.

*U-4 players are not required to wear a uniform though many prefer to do so.

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What is GSA's refund policy?

Please see the Refund Policy in our Terms of Use Addendum.

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Contact Us

Gahanna Soccer Association

P.O. Box 307121 
Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Phone: 614-855-0506
Email: [email protected]

Gahanna Soccer Association

P.O. Box 307121 
Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Phone: 614-855-0506
Email: [email protected]
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