Soccer FAQ

Q: What is the deadline for signups?

A: The deadline is July 31st.  

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

A: The player may be placed on the waitlist, with no guarantee of being placed on a team unless there are spots available. 

Q: What are the age divisions?

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


Division Age
U8 6, 7 
U10 8, 9
U12 10, 11
U14 12, 13
U17 14, 15, 16






Limits: No one younger than 6 years of age as of September 30th and or older than 16 years of age of the current year.

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

Q: When does practice start?
A: Practices starts in August.  This may be later depending on the coaches availability.

Q: What should the player bring to practice or games? 

A: Players must show up to practices and games with required equipment: soccer ball, shin guards and, cleats or appropriate footwear.

Q: What size soccer ball does my child need:

 U8: Size 3

 U10 - U12: Size 4

 U14: Size 5

Q: When will I hear from the coach?
A: After the teams are formed in August. The coach will contact the parents of players with their practice schedule.

Q: Where is practice?
A: Practice location depends on the coach and field availability.  Coaches pick their preferred field if available.

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 start mid way through September.  Each schedule typically has 8-10 games over 8 weeks.  If games are postponed due to weather, these will be made up if there is field availability. 

Q: How many games are there per week?
A: Usually there are 1-2 games per week. 

Q: How do I get a game schedule?
A: The coach is responsible for furnishing schedules to players and parents. 

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

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.