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PO Box 1495
Dover, NH 03820

DSA News and Announcements

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DSA Changes Name to Garrison City FC!

January 8, 2018 - Dover Soccer Association (DSA) is pleased to announce it is changing its name to Garrison City F.C. (GCFC). The new brand and logo honors Dover’s history and the future of soccer for Dover and its surrounding communities.

“Our organization is built on the efforts of countless volunteers who have created a solid foundation for Dover soccer,” said Scott Farmer, President, Garrison City F.C. “As we enter our 35th anniversary year, I am excited to take this next step with the Board, our current volunteers and others.”

Garrison City F.C. is dedicated to developing players and coaches. Its grassroots programs (Little Kickers and Academy) and travel program will continue to emphasize the qualities of sportsmanship, player growth and development, competition, and teamwork.

Efforts by the all-volunteer Board members to implement the new brand are underway and will take effect in conjunction with the spring season. This will include, for example, new uniforms and gear featuring the new logo as well as migration to a new, mobile-friendly website (www.garrisoncityfc.org) and updated Facebook page. Information on progress will be shared through Facebook, email, and other communications. For now, Garrison City Football Club’s Facebook page remains Dover Soccer Association and the website at doversoccer.org.

“We are all excited for the future of Garrison City F.C. and for the spring season when we will officially play under this new name,” said Farmer.

DSA Announces New Spring 16U-19U Competitive Regional Play!

DSA is pleased to offer continued player development and competition for those high school-age players who play on a fall team. Our aim is to make this cost effective and flexible for those playing multiple sports. This is accomplished through competitive regional game play, without the pressure of committing to practice days. We are forming teams for players between 16-19 years of age (birth years 1999-2002). The cost is $90.00/player and DSA is providing jerseys for those without one. No evaluation is required for the high school age level. The deadline to sign-up is January 21st in time for league registration. To register, visit our travel soccer page. We look forward to launching this in the spring!

Seeking New Board Members!

Dover Soccer Association has the following Board positions open:

- At Large Members (multiple)

If you are interested in a position on the board, or have questions on them, please email us info@doversoccer.org

June 21, 2017
NNESL - DSA is a Founding Member of New Soccer League

The Northern New England Soccer League Steering Committee is pleased to announce the formation of the Northern New England Soccer League (NNESL) for soccer clubs from New Hampshire, northeast Massachusetts and southern Maine. NNESL will begin league play in September 2017 for age groups U15 and under, with teams from U19 and below for Spring 2018. The Steering Committee, with representatives from the founding clubs of ROSO Soccer Club, Dover Youth Soccer Association, Hampton Attack Soccer Club, Portsmouth City Soccer Club, and Exeter Youth Soccer Association has planned and funded formation of NNESL to be a league run and controlled by the member clubs.

NNESL operates under US Club Soccer as the Steering Committee believes US Club Soccer offers NNESL the greatest amount of freedom and flexibility to achieve its goals from the start. Prior to its first season, NNESL expects to adopt rules that allow cross-border play between New Hampshire, northeast Massachusetts, and southern Maine, provide options for Saturday-only play, neutral fields, club input in scheduling and placement of all teams, and to have regular board meetings open to all member clubs.

Northern New England Soccer League (NNESL)

October 26, 2016
DSA Program Changes for 9U+ Players


From: Dover Soccer Association
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:17 AM
Subject: Dover Soccer - Important message regarding Rec Soccer Program

Dear DSA Families,

Thank you for supporting and participating in Dover Soccer over the years. As an association, we continually look to improve our programs. We also strive to develop soccer players eventually entering our high school program and beyond.

In an effort to continue the development of our players and programs, we have made the decision to remove the recreational portion from our stages of play. Effective Spring 2017, we will transition all 9U and older players to the travel format. DSA strongly believes increasing our travel format will help further develop our players as well as enhance their soccer experience. Offering (2) weekday practices as well as weekend game(s), our travel program grants all players the opportunity for more field time, coach contact and overall ball touches. As a volunteer organization, we will look to add coaches and teams to the existing travel program in an effort to absorb all the players from the Rec program that are interested.

What You Need To Know About The DSA Travel Program:

The DSA Travel program currently serves the City of Dover and surrounding communities. DSA Travel Soccer is designed for appropriately motivated players, ages 9U and older in the fall and spring seasons. DSA Travel Soccer provides an outlet for players to play with and against those of similar motivation and ability in a fun and competitive environment.

All 9U and up players wishing to compete in the DSA travel league must complete a placement evaluation process to determine players' current skill level, motivation and abilities.

Travel soccer commitments include two practices a week, and eight NHSL league games. These games are played on Saturday and Sundays (played either home or away). Spring season starts mid-April and finishes mid-June. Fall season starts mid-August and may run through early November. If your child is 11U+ and their team progresses in to the NHSL end of season playoffs, the season could be extended 1-2 weeks.

Please note all 9U and up players wanting to play Spring 2017 soccer must attend evaluations in January. More details to follow, but typically evaluations take place indoors in York Maine on January 21 st . Please be sure to Like our page on Facebook to be kept up to date on all that is going on with DSA.

-Best Regards,
Dover Soccer Association

May 2016
Major Changes in US Youth Soccer, adopted by NHSA/NHSL

Dear parents & players, beginning with Fall 2016 Dover Soccer Association (DSA) must adhere to new US Youth Soccer mandated changes including birth-year age ranges, team size changes, header limitations, offside rules.

Please read through these carefully, as they change much of what you may be used to.
Birth-Year Age Groups
US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for US Youth Soccer programs and competitions.
Using the school calendar for age groups was practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members have used the calendar year.
Previously, age groups in the US and Canada were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players may be allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group at the discretion of the club.
NHSL and DSA will support the formations of U15 teams as long as player availability and interest exist for that level.
See Stages of Play

Team Size Changes (see details in USYS standards chart listed below)
Small-Sided Games will be mandated with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.
The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game.
  U6-U8, 4v4 no off-sides rule
  U9-U10, 7v7
  U11-U12, 9v9
  U13+, 11v11

Header Limitations
In accord with the recommendations in US Soccer's Player Safety Campaign the New Hampshire Soccer Association and the New Hampshire Soccer League has banned heading for players age 10 and younger for all New Hampshire Soccer Association activities including but not limited to New Hampshire Soccer Association Member League play, practices and tournaments. When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) shall be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
  • Header Guidelines:
    • Competition level, U11 and younger (10 years old and under) No heading in practices or games
    • Competition level, U12 and U13 Heading training limited to maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week
  • Header Extended Rule:
    • For those players designated as not being permitted to head the ball in games as identified in the above section the following modified law 12 will apply.
      • An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee, deliberately heads or attempts to head the ball.
      • If, in the opinion of the referee, a deliberate header or attempt to head occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
      • If, in the opinion of the referee, a player does not deliberately head or attempt to head the ball, then play shall continue.

Offside Rule
The offside rule will apply to age groups U9 and above.  Previously offside rule applied to U11 and above.

USYS Game Standards Chart

May 2014
Structural changes within Dover Soccer Association

Dear parents & players, over the past number of months, Dover Soccer Association (DSA) has listened to the feedback received from this past Fall soccer season, and has implemented changes to align our programming to US Youth Soccer models and make our Grassroots Fall & Spring programs seamless.

Grassroots Soccer
All players aged 3 years old to 8 years old will participate in programs that will fall under the ‘LittleKickers’ or ‘DSA Academy’ soccer programs. In keeping with N.H. Soccer Association & U.S. Youth Soccer recommendations & guidelines, we want to get children of this age as many touches of the ball as possible, in a suitable format with good coaching support for both the parent coaches and the players. To help us meet this goal, all DSA Academy programs will be supported by professional coaches, hired by DSA.

LittleKickers - 3 & 4 year old soccer players
LittleKickers was new to DSA this spring. Having received great interest, we have decided to expand this program from a 5 week program to an 8 week program (starting in the fall season). Each session will be guided by professional coaches. Children will learn how to move and kick through exploration of rolling, bouncing, spinning etc. at the same time building players confidence. Hopefully this program will peak their interest in soccer! We do require parent participation at the 3 & 4 year old group, to ensure each child has good support during their session. Sessions will be once per week. Play at this age group will be CO-ED.

U6 DSA Academy – 5 year old soccer players
Our U6 Academy is tailored to enhancing the foot skills of the player. Dynamic, fast paced sessions, guided once again by professional coaching. Academy players will be focused on having fun, movement education, learning basic skills and building confidence with the soccer ball. Sessions will be twice per week. One session will be skills based, with players working with alternate coaches at each station. The second session will be focused on small sided games that will maximize player’s touches on the ball. Sneakers are allowed, shin pads & soccer socks are optional. Play at this age group will be CO-ED.

U8 DSA Academy – 6 & 7 year old soccer players
Our U8 Academy will have an emphasis on enjoyment and gaining comfort with soccer ball-skill development. It is important to remember that soccer is not a team sport at this age group. Focusing on individual skill development through games that teach soccer technique, U8 DSA Academy players will participate in groups that will vary in size week to week. Players will receive an Academy uniform and a size 3 soccer ball that is theirs to keep. One session will be skills based, with players working with alternate coaches at each station. The second session will be focused on small sided games, maximizing player’s touches on the ball. Soccer cleats are expected, shin pads & soccer socks are required. Players at this age group will be split by gender.

If you have any further questions about these changes, please let us know: info@doversoccer.org