About Our Club
Building a strong community through youth soccer for more than 30 years
Garrison City F.C. was formed in 1984 by a group of passionate parents and fans who wanted to bring the game of soccer to the youth of Dover and our surrounding communities. Originally called Dover Soccer Association (DSA), the club changed its name to Garrison City F.C. in 2019 to both honor Dover’s history as the ‘Garrison City’ and to reflect the changing face of the sport regionally, nationally, and across the globe.
As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, we provide various opportunities for competitive and recreational soccer training and play that emphasize player development, teamwork, and sportsman ship above all else
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What's in a Name?
So, what’s the story behind the Garrison City F.C. name and logo?
Well, Dover is known as the Garrison City, dating back to the 1630’s when settlers built fortified log houses called garrisons. Incorporating this rich history was important to us.
“F.C.” is a nod to the international game of “futbol” or, in the US, soccer. Teams around the world use the abbreviation “FC” or “futbol club” (ie, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, etc) as part of their identity and association with the sport.
The logo is a shield typical of soccer clubs with green and white stripes to link our travel soccer uniform design, but turned vertical to indicate fortification - a further play off of the garrison theme. The cannon is a nod to locations around Dover that host these symbols of our past, including but not limited to our own Woodman Museum!
Our Stages of Play
We offer various stages of play for your child. Our goal as an organization is to produce competent soccer players that can eventually compete at the high school level and beyond. Programs are available for all ages, including LittleKickers (3-4yr), Academy (6U-8U), and competitive Travel Teams (9U–15U).
Little Kickers is run and managed by our Seacoast United Community Partners, while our Academy program is run by a team of passionate volunteers with training curriculum and oversight provided by Seacoast United. This partnership provides optimal development at the grassroots stages of play from professionals with deep, international soccer experience.
All our Travel program coaches are licensed. We work with local middle and high school programs, Seacoast United, and the University of New Hampshire on player development training and skills-based camps and clinics to prepare players for the next levels of competition.