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Spring 2020 Soccer season has been cancelled.
Below is compensation package & explanation for those who were rostered for Spring 2020.



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The Soccer Season That Never Was...

Green Soccer spent the winter months planning for the 2020 Spring Soccer Season. When registration closed on February 1st, 700 children in Green were registered to play spring soccer. By mid-March, rosters were finalized for 26 PreK Grasshopper teams, 32 Rec teams, 18 travel teams, and GSA’s adaptive league GOAL. Practice & game schedules were finished, uniforms were ordered, the photographer was scheduled, and coaches were wrapping up their certification process. Fifty head coaches who were new to the program had just completed background checks, concussion training, SafeSport & Lindsay Law Training and were preparing for on-field & classroom training. The fields were lined and new goals were ready to be assembled. 


And then on Friday the 13th of March, the season came to a screeching halt. The governing bodies began putting safety restrictions into place to protect the community from COVID-19. Schools closed, a shelter in place order went into effect, gatherings of 10 or more people were prohibited, and the city’s parks shut down. Even so, Green soccer remained optimistic that the spring start date could be delayed and the season could be extended into the summer. Maybe instead of starting in April, soccer could start in May or even June? GSA drafted a tentative new schedule with a delayed start and end date.  But then on April 19, GSA’s  insurance company, Ohio Youth Soccer Association (OYSAN), delayed on field soccer activities through June 1. Then on April 21, Ohio Travel Soccer League (OHTSL), cancelled GSA’s spring travel league.  Governor Dewine followed by ordering all youth sports to remain closed during the first phases of re-opening.


For children who play and rely on community soccer, the Coronavirus shutdown has also meant a loss of a stabilizing force, a coping mechanism, and a social outlet. One of GSA’s u12 players said he misses soccer “because soccer is fun and I get to play with my friends!” Green Soccer is a family;  the teams have bonded to each other and their coaches. And let’s face it, everyone misses the soccer pictures of the muddy little spring Grasshopper players. Green Soccer’s devoted coaches are mourning the loss, too. The high school soccer coaches have been emailing the youth players and have been posting messages and challenges for the players on GSA’s Facebook page.  Even the high school players are posting juggling videos to motivate the youth. 


The twenty-five member volunteer soccer board has now started the process of figuring out the best way to compensate all 700 players for their full registration and uniform amount. For Grasshopper, Rec, and GOAL players, Green Soccer will be issuing coupon codes for a future season.  For affected travel players, they can register for a future season with the online registration cost set at $0. The graduating 8th graders received a refund. 


Green Soccer is committed to offering soccer again as soon as it is safe to play. If it’s safe to play later in the summer, GSA’s coaches are eager to offer training & scrimmages at a pop-in fee. Fall soccer may look different than what is typically offered if there are new safety guidelines or not enough time to schedule a complete season.  Either way, GSA will try to adapt and provide community soccer for the kids when it’s safe to do so, whether that be in the summer, fall, winter, or spring. 


Green Soccer’s Website: www.GreenSoccer.org

Green Soccer’s Facebook Page: Green Soccer Association

Email: [email protected]