WELCOME TO GCKA RECREATIONAL SOCCER
Recreational soccer is designed to give every child an opportunity to participate in the game, regardless of ability. It’s a great place to start a child that has never played soccer before, for a child that wants to play soccer for the fun of it without the competitive side to it, or for one who wishes to develop their skills before moving onto a more competitive league.
GCKA Recreational Soccer holds registration twice each year, typically in January and July.
Recreational players range in age from 4 to 14 years of age and will play in the U6 through U14 leagues. Players in grades 9 through 12 will play in the High School Soccer Associations and players in grades 6 through 8 will have the option to play in our U14 in house league or in the Middle School Soccer Associations (see below for more information.)
The U6 through U14 fall and spring seasons each consist of 7-8 games. Practices begin two to three weeks prior to the first game of the season. Practices will be held twice a week for 45 to 60 minutes. Once the season begins, U6 teams have one practice and one game per week. Games are typically played on Sunday afternoons between other GCKA recreational teams, though there may be some games on other days when necessary. Practice locations may vary per team. All games are played at Murfin Fields.
Players in middle school (grades 6, 7 & 8) may choose to play in the Middle School Soccer Association (MSSA). Players in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) play in the High School Soccer Association (HSSA). MSSA and HSSA are competitive recreational leagues. Teams will have limited travel to surrounding central Ohio communities for away games. Home games are played at Murfin Fields. MSSA teams typically play two games per week, one on a weeknight and one on the weekend. HSSA typically play one game a week on Sundays. Practices are typically held throughout the week.
Balancing talent levels is the primary goal when assembling teams in each division. We do not take requests to be on a certain team or to be with a certain coach or player. The only exception is for siblings and children living in the same household where age and gender would place them in the same division, such requests must be made during registration. Other requests may be made during registration; however we make no guarantee that they will be honored and are at the discretion of the League Chair and/or Commissioner.
Volunteer coaches are the key to our league’s success, without them we would not be able to provide the programs that we do. We are always looking for volunteers to coach as well as for many other things. If you’d like to volunteer you must register online. All coaches must agree to undergo a background check and take a free online Concussion in Sports course.