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GCAA Rec Soccer

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GCAA Recreation Soccer

GCAA Recreation Soccer offers programs for kids aged 3-18. The 4U thru 8U age divisions are co-ed teams, have group practices once a week for approximately one hour, and has games on Saturdays that are refereed by coaches. Please note the the 4U age division does not have Saturday games.

The 10U, 12U, 14U, and 18U ages divisions are typically boy or girl teams, but can be co-ed if we do not have enough players to make separate teams. They practice once a week, and have games on Saturdays that are refereed by certified referees. The 10U thru 18U age divisions can require some local travel.

For more information, contact: soccer@gcaasports.com

Date Event
Sunday, Jan 1st Spring Rec Soccer Registration Opens
Saturday, Feb 4th Spring Rec Soccer Registration Ends
Tuesday, Feb 7th Rec Soccer Committee Meeting
Monday, Feb 13th at 6:00 PM Mandatory Academy Coaches Meeting via Zoom
Monday, Feb 13th at 6:45 PM Mandatory 10U+ Coaches Meeting via Zoom
Wednesday, Feb 15th Teams will be announced
Saturday, Feb 25th First Practice (4U division does not practice on Saturdays)
Tuesday, March 7th Rec Soccer Committee Meeting
Saturday, March 11th First Game
Saturday, March 18th 5U+ picture day (tentative)
Monday, March 20th 4U picture day (tentative)
Tuesday, April 4th Rec Soccer Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 6th Season End (Pending No Rain Make-ups)
   
   
   
   
   
Division Players on field Registration Fee Max Age Ball Size Birth Year
4U Co-ed Academy Soccer 4 vs 4 $110 4 3 2019
5U Co-ed Academy Soccer 4 vs 4 $115 5 3 2018
6U Co-ed Academy Soccer 4 vs 4 $115 6 3 2017
7U Co-ed Academy Soccer 4 vs 4 $115 7 3 2016
8U Co-ed Academy Soccer 4 vs 4 $115 8 3 2015
10U Boys Rec Soccer 7 vs 7 $120 10 4 2013 & 2014
10U Girls Rec Soccer 7 vs 7 $120 10 4 2013 & 2014
12U Boys Rec Soccer 9 vs 9 $120 12 4 2011 & 2012
12U Girls Rec Soccer 9 vs 9 $120 12 4 2011 & 2012
14U Boys Rec Soccer 11 vs 11 or 9 v 9 $120 14 5 2009 & 2010
14U Girls Rec Soccer 9 vs 9 $120 14 5 2009 & 2010
18U Boys Rec Soccer 7 vs 7 $120 17 5 2005 - 2008
18U Girls Rec Soccer 7 vs 7 $120 17 5 2005 - 2008

Join the Rec Soccer Committee and provide input on how to improve our soccer program! The Rec Soccer Committee meets virtually on the first Tuesday of the month. Learn More!

4U-8U Division

This division is the building blocks for soccer moving forward. Upon completing this program children have an option to tryout for the Academy Soccer Program at 10U, the  Travel Soccer Program at 12U and up, or to remain in the Recreation Soccer Program. With the exception of 4U which has no games, all levels in the 6U and 8U will have one practice and one Saturday game a week. Practices have an experienced coach that plans the practices and helps new coaches acclimate to coaching. The games are four 10 minute quarters with two minutes between quarters and 5 minute halftime. The a coach from each team will be on the field and will referee the games. The focus at this level is mainly having fun, learning rules, and the very basics of soccer.

U4 Academy

 

The primary focus of this 4U division is simply to get the kids excited about soccer and to get them to understand that it is primarily a sport where you use your feet to move a ball in a particular direction. By the end of the 4U season, players should be comfortable moving about with a ball at their feet.

The 4U division practices on Monday nights at 6 PM. There are no games in this division but we do have 2 Showcase Saturdays!

U5-U6 Academy

 

One weekly practice and one Saturday game.  The 6U division is for children under 6 years of age. The focus of this Academy is mainly on ball control and ball movement. There is typically very little passing in this league and not something that is focused on in practices.  Each practice session is limited to five teams (40 players if every players attends practice) and will meet either on Monday 7pm or Tuesday 6pm each week for 10 weeks.  At this age, players will be assigned to a team and coached by two parent volunteers. There will be maximum of 8 Saturday games, but there could be less because of bye weeks or inclement weather.

​U7-U8 Academy

 

1 weekly practice and 1 Saturday game.  The 8U divisiion is for children under 8 years of age. The focus of this division is mainly learning about the team aspect of the game. If the players have learned a good foundation of ball handling skills, then the next step is to teach passing and positioning.  The goal in this division is for all of the kids to start to become true soccer players. They should start to learn to look for passing opportunities when they have the ball and when they don't have the ball to learn to move into positions to receive a pass. Also the players should become more aggressive on the field and really start attacking the ball to gain possession.  Each practice session is limited to 24-40 players and will meet either on Tuesday 7pm or Thursday 6pm & 7pm each week for 10 weeks.  At this age, players will be assigned to a team and coached by two parent volunteers. There will be 7-8 Saturday games.

10U - 18U Divisions

These divisions have one practice game a week and one game on Saturdays. GCAA makes their best attempt to accommodate practice day requests but ultimately are bound to the days the volunteer coaches are available. At these age groups you can expect to have some away games in Johnston County and South Wake County especially in the girls divisions. This division also introduces non-partial paid referees, but scores and standings are not kept.

10U Division

 

At 10U recreation players are generally beginning to understand soccer and are becoming more skilled in dribbling, passing, and shooting. Our focus is still on player development, sportsmanship, and teamwork. While we do start to introduce the concept of competition, scores and official standings are not kept. 

10U Quick Facts:

  • Typically girls and boys are placed on separate teams
  • May require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake county
  • Games are played 7 v 7 (6 field players and 1 goalie) and will consist of two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time. One paid referee will be provided.
  • Players will use a size 4 soccer ball
  • Each game will have a non-partial paid referee
  • All kids are required to wear shin guards
  • No metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats)  

12U Division

 

At 12U recreation players generally understand soccer and are becoming very skilled in dribbling, passing, and shooting and game tactics.  Our focus is still on player development, sportsmanship, and teamwork. However, we continue with our introduction of healthy competition, but scores and official standings are not kept.

12U Quick Facts:

  • Typically girls and boys are placed on separate teams
  • May require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake county
  • Games are played 9 v 9 (8 field players and 1 goalie) and will consist of two 30 minute halves with a 10 minute half time. One paid head referee and two sideline referees will be provided.
  • Players will use a size 4 soccer ball
  • All kids are required to wear shin guards
  • No metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats)

14U Division

 

The 14U division continues to help improve the conditioning, positioning and skill of the players. This age group are for the high school age player that wants to continue in recreational soccer for the social and fitness benefits. However, we continue with our introduction of healthy competition, but scores and official standings are not kept.

14U Quick Facts:

  • Typically girls and boys are placed on separate teams
  • May require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake county
  • Games are played 9 v 9 (8 field players and 1 goalie) and will consist of two 35 minute halves with a 10 minute half time. One paid head referee and two sideline referees will be provided.
  • Players will use a size 5 soccer ball
  • All kids are required to wear shin guards
  • No metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats)

18U Division

 

The 18U division has been in existence for a few seasons and is still going through growing pains. The format changes based on the number of registrants at GCAA and also surrounding local soccer association we work with to create this division.

18U Quick Facts:

  • Each season varies and we have fielded girls, boys and co-ed teams in recent seasons
  • Will require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake county
  • Team sizes vary from season to season based on registrations
  • Players will use a size 5 soccer ball
  • Each game will have a non-partial paid referee
  • All kids are required to wear shin guards
  • No metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats)

Did you know that if you volunteer to Head Coach, you get one free registration per team coached? (2 MAX) Learn More!

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