Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens when there is inclement weather?
A: We play rain or shine! The only conditions that will cancel a game for us are pitch flooding, lightning, or snow. Any league decision to cancel a game will be made at least two hours prior to kickoff; after that, it is the referees decision at the pitch whether the match is suitable to continue. If you don't hear from us, be prepared to play your match! At Gotham, player safety is most important for us. We do our best to take forecasts from a wide range of providers and make an informed decision, so we thank you for your patience.
Q: What kind of footwear should a wear to the game?
A: All the fields on which we play are field turf, so cleats or turf shoes are recommended. Soccer flats work as well, but they might be slippery, especially when the fields are wet. Metal cleats are not permitted in any of our divisions.
Q: Are shin guards required?
Q: What should we bring to our game? What should we know before heading to the fields?
A: Dress for the weather--it's probably windy and colder than you think. Make sure your team has their shirts, or at least wears the same color (see this link to see other teams' colors). Bring something to drink (not all fields have water fountains). And you might want to go the bathroom before you leave for your game. Not all fields in NYC have public restrooms.
Q: Should we bring a ball to the game?
A: Our referees will bring balls to our 9v9 and 7v7 leagues, but it's still recommended that your team brings at least one ball (just in case, and for warming up). In our 11v11 leagues, each team captain is required to provide one game ball each week.
Q: Does the league have a mailing list?
A: The best way for us to stay in touch with you is filling out this form.
Q: What's the level of play like?
Q: Where can I learn more about the league?
Q: When will my team be filmed for the Game of the Week and/or photographed?
A: We try to film and photograph every team at least one time each season. We do our best to let teams know a few days prior to a media night!
Q: Can we have the video of our entire game after you film us? We don't need it edited or anything.
A: If you want the video of your entire game, please let us know BEFORE the game. The filming is done for the purpose of making a highlight video, so the full video is not great when viewed without editing. Contact us about this before the game and we can discuss pricing for full-game videos. The highlight reels we do every week are obviously a free service we do for every team.
Q: Can you send me the high quality versions of the photographs the league took of our team?
A: We upload the high quality photos to our Facebook page. If you want any of the photos for your own use, view it on Facebook, then click "Options" below the photo and select "Download". But please tag and/or credit the league if you use the photo on social media.
Q: Can you supply us with a goalkeeper?
A: With adequate notice, we can often get you a substitute keeper for your game. If you want a permanent keeper, we can sometimes help. Once in a while, we catch a keeper in the wild and let a team adopt him or her. Feel free to email [email protected] and ask.
Q: My team is short on players this week. What do I do?
A: Email [email protected] by 3pm the day BEFORE the game and he'll do his best to help you find subs. Please do NOT wait until the day of the game to ask for help.
Q: If I sign up to play as an individual, am I going to be put on a team with all beginners?
A: No. Our league tends to attract experienced players, and our teams made up of free agents are almost always competitive in the league. We do our best to form balanced teams and leagues in all our divisions.
Q: I'd love to get my kid into your league. What should I do?
A: If your kid is under 18, I'm afraid we can't help you at this time. Gotham Soccer League is currently an adult league. But if your son or daughter is 18 or older, email [email protected] and he'll do his best to find them some soccer.
Q: My team can't play a game on a particular date. What should we do?
A: If you know before the season that a certain day won't work for your team, let us know as soon as you sign up and we'll do our best to avoid that day. But if you wait until the schedule is made and the season has started, this is a much more difficult task. So do your best to let us know ahead of time.
Q: I think my team needs to forfeit tonight. What should I do?
A: "Forfeit" is not in our vocabulary. Field time in NYC is extremely valuable, and forfeits rob your opponent of a game they are paying to play. So forfeits are not an option. Let us know how many players you need to field a team and we will help you out. And if you're in our 11v11 divisions, keep in mind that a forfeit results in the surrender of your forfeit bond (see our Rules section).
Q: My band has a song that would be great for your Game of the Week videos. What do I do?
A: Email [email protected] with an MP3 or a link and introduce yourself. We love helping out bands with a few hundred new listeners.
Q: The season has already started. Can you get me onto a team?
A: Teams are sometimes looking to add players, and they frequently need subs. Email [email protected] if you are interested in playing and he will do his best to help you. Also be sure to fill out this form to make sure we know a little about your background and preferences.
Q: I have a question that isn't answered here.
A: Email [email protected] and he'll get back to you within 24 hours.
- Nov 20th 2020
- Check back here as we prepare for the new season with guidelines to keep everyone healthy.
Guide to play levels
- Just starting out
- Have played in casual leagues
- Played in high school, still in shape
- Very Competitive
- Played collegiate or higher