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Spring Update

Hey Gotham Fam!

We just wanted to remind you that matches will be postponed for the next month. The health and safety of our players is our top priority and we’ll be back on the pitch once it’s safe to do so.

Stay tuned for updates and we’ve got some cool ideas to keep you all engaged during this quarantine!

Gotham Team

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GSL Spring Virus Precautions

Dear Gotham Soccer Family,

We have been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and it's something we are taking seriously. We will be proceeding with our leagues and matches nationwide per usual, but we do want to provide a few extra precautions to make sure you, as well as your fellow teammates and opponents continue to be in a safe environment when stepping onto the pitch. We are closely monitoring updates form the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as any information coming out of state agencies and leadership and will keep you informed if recommendations impacting play change.

At this time, we please ask that you follow these guidelines before:

- Please contact your doctor if you have flu-like symptoms

- If you feel ill, have a fever or flu-like symptoms; please stay home

- Continue to practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly as well as using alcohol-based sanitizer

- Please cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing

- Do not share drinks or food with anyone who may have been recently sick

Thank you,

Gotham Team

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Soccer Is (Almost) Here!

Spring is right around the corner! Most of our divisions will start by the 2nd or 3rd week of March. We have more locations and even more divisions for you to play this session. Click here for all the details and to register!

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The Highlight Of Your Monday

In case you missed it, we posted 4 highlight videos this week! Be sure you are following us on Instagram ( @gothamsoccerdayton ) and Facebook so you don't miss any media. 

Click Here to check out our Youtube page:

Please share with your teammates, and enjoy!

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Indoor Soccer- Thoughts?

Alright, so we want to hear from you. What is it that you are lookin for during the winter months? Do you enjoy playing soccer during the winter? If so, where do you play and why? Email and tell us more about how you like to play the beautiful game during the winter! 

There are a few different types of indoor soccer and down below we will walk through the various styles of soccer played inside. 

1. Arena Style (with walls) 

What most midwesterners know and think of as indoor soccer is Arena Style or also known as Hockey Style. Small fields walled in on every side with a net extending from the walls up to the rafters. Traditional indoor. 

Now there are a few pros and cons to this. What is nice about Arena style soccer is that it's the most readily available option that exists. But beyond that a huge pro is that the ball never leaves the field and rarely goes "out of bounds" (only possible when the ball touches the net.) This allows for an ever flowing game that is action packed from the second the match starts. And no wasted energy chasing balls. 

A con to this style is that it can be a very compact game that is not very intuitive transition from traditional outdoor soccer. Typically features some odd rules such as the two line rule, and blue cards. The walls can be dangerous as well. Although at the end of the day this just comes down to preference. 

2. Futsal

The next style of soccer played during the winter months is referred to as Futsal. Although spelled in many different ways depending on where you are deriving the concept from. Futsal is typically played on a basketball or rubber court. Not turf. It's a 5v5 match featuring one goal keeper and 4 field players. 

Pros to Futsal are that this is very fast paced game similar to basketball. A lot of touches, a lot of shots, and a lot of excitement. 

One major con is that it does take a long while to adjust to the very different style of soccer. However, this adaptation is great for improving your ball skills both on the court and out on the turf. There is major misconception that you need to be very skillful to play Futsal, but that is simply false. You do not need any tricks or flicks to win a match of futsal. It's more of a game of chess than a skill check. So don't hesitate to give Futsal a shot, it's for all levels. 

3. Traditional Soccer

The last style of soccer is quite simple. It's soccer played on a normal field, inside a building. These facilities don't exist often, but when they do it's a real treat to play the game the way it's meant to be played protected from all the elements. 

Email and tell us more about how you like to play the beautiful game during the winter and see what Gotham is offering.

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