Our August GCF League Meeting will be this Monday night at 7:00 pm. It will be a virtual meeting on GoToMeeting.com. All are welcome.
Suzy Reno Scholarship Winner - Emma Leathers
Ed Mallardi Scholarship Winner - Noah Gregory
GCF Scholarship Winners
Brooke Andrews Hannah Archibald
Jenna Butcofski Mia Gluckman
Micah Duvall Harper Madison Hill
Cody Huff Michael Leo
Joseph McCormick Samuel McCormick
James McCoy Ethan McTarsney
Francisco Mikedis Sebastian Miller
Luke Norton John D. Sanford
Matthew Sterling Zachary Wood
The U.S. Soccer PLAY ON initiative is being launched with this Phase I Grassroots Soccer Recommendation guide, a comprehensive model to allow soccer to operate under key safety plans and considerations, with additional guides to follow. These guides include a detailed approach to social distancing, screening, training, and interactions to ensure consistent and best practices are followed to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans.
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!
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.
Below is a link for information on the Brevard Hurricane Classic. It will be held on August 22-23 in Merritt Island.
We have a "For Parents" page above under "Players" that has information and articles that all parents need to know. Check it out!
You can also access our website on your phone, or other devices, by going to GCFSoccer.com.
We would like to congratulate Kai as he was elected Sunday as our new FYSA President. He was previously with FYSA so knows the ins and outs of youth soccer in Florida. We will try to get him to some of our meetings in the future as he is not too far away. The future is bright as Kai takes the helm and we look forward to working with him.
We congratulate Mike Goodman as our new Region B Vice President. Mike is the President of the North Florida League in Jacksonville and also started the Region B Premier League a few years back. Mike has also worked with us at GCF over the past few years and so we have established a good working relationship.
Also, we congratulate Mike Sroka as being our new Region B North Commissioner. Mike, of course, is our GCF 1st Vice President and does our scheduling. He also worked with Mike Goodman, Justin Lauer, and Mike Hyatt in running the Region B Premier League. Mike is also the President of the Stetson Futbol Association in Deland and has been in that position for quite a few years.
With the two Mike's to work alongside of us, and a new president who knows the issues that we face going forward, the future is definitely bright for the continued growth and competition in our Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League.
As we begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 seasonal year, please be advised of the below new/updated FYSA Risk Management requirements:
All adult members may begin submitting 2020-2021 backgrounds checks as of June 1, 2020. It is imperative that clubs set a GotSoccer completive level of 'archive' for accounts of individuals that you do NOT want to submit a background check. Any account that does not have a GotSoccer competitive level of 'Archive" will be able to submit a background check and your club will be invoiced. Example: If a coach moves to a different club, but submits a background check from an account in your club (not archived) then your club will be billed for their background check.
FYSA will begin billing July 1, 2020 and on the 1 st of each month thereafter for background checks. There are no refunds of background check fees.
Sanctioned Tournament Background Check Compliance
Effective immediately, FYSA sanctioned events (predominately applies to tournaments) shall not accept Florida club coach passcards from US Club Soccer. Out-of-state US Club Soccer coach passcards are permitted. US Club Soccer's background check does not meet the standards outlined in Florida Statute 943.0438. Please note this only applies to coach passcards (background checks). Unrestricted tournaments may allow players from any soccer sanctioning body.
Any soccer sanctioning body that fails to meet coach background screening in accordance with Florida Statute 943.0438 and is not screening annually, shall not participate in any FYSA sanctioned activities, including, without limitation, unrestricted tournaments.
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training (SafeSport):
All adult members of FYSA are required to complete SafeSport online training, or the recertification via GotSoccer. Ensure coaches, staff and volunteers understand they must use the same email address they used for the initial training (to avoid having to retake the first training). Coaches and managers cannot be assigned to teams until they complete the SafeSport training.
At FYSA, our number one priority is ensuring our soccer players have a safe, positive, and enriching experience in our game. FYSA has partnered with Praesidium, the national leader in child abuse prevention, to provide a confidential helpline for all players, coaches, and parents. Praesidium has worked with over 4,000 youth-serving organizations across the nation for over 25 years to help prevent abuse of any kind directed at youth and to prevent false allegations of abuse.
If you ever have a concern related to any child's safety, please feel free to call Praesidium's helpline at (866) 607-7233 24 hours a day. This number and information will be communicated to FYSA players periodically throughout the season.
New Risk Management Policy:
FYSA has adopted a new Risk Management Policy. It is linked here and on the FYSA website. This policy is quite lengthy and encompasses all things risk management. This policy formalizes FYSA stance and obligations under the SafeSport Act of 2017, Florida Statute 943.0438 (concussions and background checks), USYS Risk Management Policies, US Soccer recommendations, best practices etc.
It is the duty of each affiliate to ensure board, staff, coaches, volunteers, parents and players are aware of this policy. We encourage you to include this policy in your registrations, as well as, distribute this policy to your entire club. It is important that we all understand the inherent risk to our youth players and act accordingly.
It is required that all FYSA adult members complete the online CDC Heads Up Concussion Training module. The certification is valid for two years . Additionally, FYSA adheres to the requirements for concussion management and protocol as stated in Florida Statute 943.0438. Compliance includes:
FYSA has created documentation for affiliates to ensure compliance with Florida Statute 943.0438 (posted to the FYSA website). FYSA affiliates are responsible for the collection and keeping of these documents for ALL registered players. Affiliates may recreate these forms digitally or create their own as long as they meet the required criteria above.
Primary Field Declarations:
Primary Field Declarations will be completed for all affiliates based on declarations from 2019-2020 Re-Affiliation Forms. Affiliates only need to submit CHANGES using the Primary Field Declaration Form in GotSoccer . Per FYSA bylaws, all changes to Primary Field must be approved by the FYSA BOD.
Secondary Field Declarations:
Each Affiliate will also need to submit all secondary field requests through GotSoccer.
FYSA will be requiring submission of a lease or agreement that your affiliate is authorized to use the fields you have declared for both primary and secondary.