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By FYSA 04/03/2020, 10:00am EDT

 

FYSA is proud to share the below helpful information with our clubs & members during this difficult time. Please continue to take all advisement and instructions from local/national healthy agencies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to share all available material via our website and social media accounts.

FYSA & COVID-19 →

 
 

 

All Activities Suspended
Until May 1, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the FYSA Board of Directors made the decision to continue the mandated suspension for all soccer activities until May 3, 2020. Updates from our association can be found via our website .

SBA - Disaster
Loan Program

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Click here for more details.

 

 

Meeting with -
FYSA Executive Director

Please join our Executive Director, Joel Dragan, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 6:00 PM EDT to discuss the ongoing climate of COVID-19 and how it is impacting the game for our association. This event is for club & league administrators only. Please only have representative from each club/league attend as space will be limited. Login information will be sent early next week.

State Tournaments
Will Continue!

FYSA is committed to finishing the rest of our state tournament series for 2020! While we evaluate logistics for all tournaments (Commissioners Cup, Presidents Cup, & State Cup) we will provide more information forthcoming soon, but sit tight as we are planning a big celebration of soccer once we can return to the field! Stay tuned!

 

 

FYSA Partners with TopTekkers App

TopTekkers is the ultimate learning platform for young, aspiring soccer players This is for players aged 5 - 14 who want to master the beautiful game, and it's for coaches and parents who want to help their young players to become the next footballing superstar. Learn about the program !

US Youth Soccer &
Cinebody

This user-generated video content series is designed to keep kids engaged, busy and having fun while they share their ideas and creativity - all while focused on their love of soccer and the accessible technology of their phones. Partnership info .

 

 

Free Resources from USYS

US Youth Soccer and their partners have compiled a list of free resources that parents, players, & coaches can use at home. Find out what is available now.

#BendtheCurve

To support and emphasize what medical experts advise is the most important way to combat the spread of COVID-19, U.S. Soccer is launching the " BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME " campaign.

 

 

FYSA Finance Update

FYSA will be processing club player registration for March per our usual schedule. If any club is facing financial hardships, please speak directly with Joel Dragan, FYSA Executive Director, via his email account .

Apps to Use at Home!

Our partners at United Soccer Coaches have create two helpful apps designed to help train & challenge your soccer players while off the field! Soccer At Home and Best of 10 Soccer Challenge can be used online or by downloading the app.

 

 

If We All Do These It Will Help!

By FYSA 03/29/2020, 12:30pm EDT

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FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by world-renowned footballers, who are calling on all people around the world to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.

The 'Pass the message to kick out coronavirus' campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.

“FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino have been actively involved in passing the message against this pandemic since the very beginning,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the virtual launch of the campaign at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. “Be it through campaigns or funding, FIFA has stood up to the coronavirus, and I am delighted that world football is supporting WHO to kick out the coronavirus. I have no doubt with this type of support that together we will win.”

“We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19.”

Twenty-eight players are involved in the video campaign, which is being published in 13 languages.
 

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Associating a New Club with GCF

Got Soccer requires each team to apply for association with GCF. This is a simple process and only needs to be done once. After your club's initial acceptance, your association with GCF will carry over from season to season. Once your initial club association is finalized, you will then be able to place your teams into the appropriate division.

Instructions for associating your club with GCF:

1) Log into your GOT Soccer Organization account and select the "Home" tab.

2) In the navy blue menu bar, select "Events".

3) In the gray menu bar, select "Search".

4) In the Find Event search tool, type "GCF" for the Event Name and click "GO".

5) In the search results, click on upcoming "GCFYSL Fall/Spring 20__ Season".

6) In the box, League Application Form, locate the Club Application and click on "Apply Now". (Please do NOT use the Team Application at this time.)

7) Click on "Apply to GCFYSL Fall/Spring 20__ Season".

8) Click on "Join League".

9) A pop-up window may appear notifying you that you may add teams at a later date, click OK.

10) Your club association with GCF is now complete!

League Divisions

GCF is a competitive league and teams are to be coded competitive  (BS ACY YYYY MC1).  There are four main divisions, which are ranked from higher competition (Division I) to to lower competition (Division IV). 

Division I corresponds to the old GCF designation of State Cup.
Division II corresponds to the old GCF designation of Region Cup.
Division III corresponds to the old GCF designation of Competitive Recreational (fka Division B).
Division IV corresponds to the old GCF designation of Recreational (fka Division C).

Division IV is intended for beginning or entry level teams and players. Focus in this division is on basic skill development, learning how to play the game, and a level of play that emphasizes participation and enjoyment of the game. No experienced teams or players are permitted at this level.

Checkout the Club pages!

Each club has its own separate webpage. Full of pictures, news, and information about each club. So please check it out! Just click on the "Clubs" icon above and go to your favorite club's page.

Upcoming Events

GCF College Scholarship Deadline - May 4, 2020

Quick Links

Individual Training With John Cone

 
by Mike Woitalla
 
As competitive players face this period of isolation, we checked in with John Cone, a previous Youth Soccer Insider contributor on health, fitness and sports science, who has served as fitness coach for MLS, NWSL, college, youth and U.S. national teams. Cone, also an instructor for U.S. Soccer's highest level licenses, is the co-founder of Fit For 90, a player-monitoring platform for performance, development and injury prevention.


SOCCER AMERICA: What's your coaching like during this novel coronavirus shutdown?

JOHN CONE: Certainly we are being met by fairly unimaginable circumstances. But working with a large number of teams, ranging from youth teams through professional teams, the core question and discussion is largely the same -- how can we keep the athletes in safe environments, and at the same time, maintain some semblance of performance?

 

 

 

SA: Guiding players through individual training is something that's necessary even in normal circumstances ...

JOHN CONE: Working with teams across so many different environments, there are a large number of instances in which individual training is needed. For instance, frequently at the youth level, there are players who for a variety of reasons cannot make training and need to maintain their trajectory of fitness relative to the team. Or, in the college or pro environment when players are injured, or away from team training and need to improve or maintain fitness levels, and injury resistance.

Generally speaking, methods for individual training exists on a continuum. The ideal in any sport is always training as complete a picture as possible, where the opposite end of this picture is the individual training on their own. Individual training is absolutely essential in a variety of moments -- we are now in the most extreme case.

SA: In our first interview, you stressed the importance of coaches "considering the individual" while designing training even for team practices.

JOHN CONE: Right, at the most fundamental level, the objective of individual training of any variety is to meet individual needs. From the physical perspective alone, this starts with the fact that each player, each day is working from a finite pool of energy that must be managed effectively to at once avoid over-training and under-training. Essentially doing just the right amount of work.

This requires coaches getting detailed information on each player's recent playing and training history, other sport or physical activities, and injury history. Also crucial is considering a players' age, maturation and growth. For example, the kinds of aches and pains a player may be experiencing during a growth spurt is an important consideration. The data and information needed to create an optimal fitness training plan is similar whether for a team environment, or in a case such as the one we find ourselves in now, which requires players training on their own.

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IMPORTANT: The shelter-in-place order during the coronavirus pandemic means staying at home. It may be permitted in some areas to leave the home to walk, run or bike if it can be done without violating social/physical distancing regulations. Do not leave your home to exercise without confirming public health orders and public health recommendations. These could change daily.

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SA: Can you give us some examples of important considerations?

JOHN CONE: It can be broken down as:

1. Daily readiness.
2. Prior day(s)' training loads.
3. Future days' training and match schedule (inapplicable in the current situation).
4: Type of work needed in terms of both metabolic and movement demands.

For parents and youth players, we provide general training plans incorporating a general training prescription for each player position.

These include exercises designed to increase fitness that can be performed in relatively small spaces and provide workout variations to accommodate players' "readiness" -- the level of energy a player has on a given day. Because the goal is for an athlete to maintain the quality of each acceleration performed during each bout -- and steadily increase the amount of work they can do of each type of fitness. Variation is also important because too much of one thing gets boring.

SA: Any general advice on how often players should workout?

JOHN CONE: That depends on a player's readiness. But generally speaking, two to three maximal (exhausting) workouts per week will help keep a player fit. I also recommend cycling equally through workouts over time so a different style of fitness is performed every two-three days.

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• The individual PDF Fit For 90 training sessions can be downloaded free of charge HERE.

• Fit For 90 is offering a webinar "Topic managing individual fitness development" -- geared toward college coaches and youth coaches working with players ages 13 and above in both club and high school environments on Monday, March 30 at 12 noon ET. Registration LINK.

(John Cone has a Ph.D. in kinesiology and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, his coaching licenses include the USSF A, and he is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). Cone has served as Portland Timbers Director of Sports Science, assistant coach of the Carolina Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. He is a U.S. Soccer coach instructor, and has coached youth and college ball. He is the co-founder and CEO of Fit For 90.)

Parents Page

We have a "For Parents" page above under "Players" that has information and articles that all parents need to know. Check it out!

Mobile Website

You can also access our website on your phone, or other devices, by going to GCFSoccer.com.