GAASA is hosting a US Youth Grass Roots Coaching Clinic (7v7/9v9/11v11) on March 24th (Sat) from 8am to noon at Pinnacle Soccer.  This new coaching course follows the recently established coaching curriculum established by US Soccer.  Coaches may select from the format (7v7/9v9/11v11) suitable for their current team.  There is an online component which must be completed prior to the in-person session.  Follow this link to register and for additional information go to the Ohio North web site



The Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association (GAASA) in conjunction with Ohio North Futsal Director, Otto Orf, are excited to announce a new league Futsal program for children ages 4-8.  This program is open to all children regardless of where they live.  The purpose is to introduce new players to the wonderful sport of soccer in an age and developmentally appropriate method without the pressures sometimes associated with youth sports.

Here are the details of the program we will launch this March and I hope you will share it with all your members:

Please use this link for player registration (right click on link and click “Open Link In New Tab”)(check the player box when the page opens)



GAASA will once again offer HS age divisions.  Clubs are welcome to enter teams for both boys & girl’s divisions. 

Individual players can register directly with the league using the following link or download and mail the form found under the “Registration” tab to the left.  Players who have previously played in the HS division are already in the registration system and should use the account already set up. GAASA HS Registration



·         February 14th- Team Declarations Close

·         March 6th- Team Registration @ 7pm/Pinnacle Soccer

·         March 6th- League Meeting @ 8pm/Pinnacle Soccer

·         March 26th- Player Registration Deadline

·         April 14th- Spring Season Starts

·         May 2nd- League Meeting @ 8pm/Pinnacle Soccer

·         June 3rd- Spring Season Ends

·         June 9th/10th- Spring Playoffs


Ohio North Youth Soccer Association has a new Executive Director, Jen Fickett.  Jen can be contacted at or 440-526-9020.  The league looks forward to working with her as both the GAASA and Ohio North look for ways to continually enhance the services currently offered by both organizations.


The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has recently completed a complete overhaul of the Laws Of The Game.  The only law of the 17 which was not modified in some fashion is the one dealing with the ball.  It is vitally important for all coaches to become familiar with these changes and they can be found by clicking on this link:!/laws.  You will then be able to review each law individually or download the document Latest Changes found at the bottom of the front page.


A phone app for Android smartphone access to several schedule and score features for the GAASA website is now available. View dynamic Team Schedules, Division Standings, and latest Scores. Coaches can enter the Score at game’s end.

In the Android Play Store use search term: skitsoftware. Install the Skit app to your Android phone. Cost is $1.99.


Return to Play Law 143

Ohio Law 143 or the Return-To-Play Law will go into effect on April 26, 2013.  Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed the state’s new youth concussion rules into law after passage by legislators.  The law requires youth coaches, officials and referees to complete free, basic online training about concussions.  All coaches (including assistants) and referees are required to take the online concussion course before April 26, 2013.  At the present time only the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) certificate will be accepted by GAASA until faults in the Center for Disease Control system are fixed.  NFHS online training course requires the applicant to view the entire training video before obtaining a certificate. NFHS course ( will give the GAASA and OYSAN the ability to verify the certificate when necessary. The NFHS online training video is free and requires very little time to complete.

All clubs are required to have their “Concussion Compliance” form on file with the league no later than April 26th.

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