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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

   
  What are your hours? Where are you located?  How can we contact you?   

   

I’m new to the area.  How do I find a team?

 

What leagues/seasons do you have? How do I register a team (men’s, women’s, coed)?  Where and when are games played?

 

I have a league/indoor center and I want to join (Affiliate).  How much does it cost and what do I do?

 

I was hurt while playing in a game – how do I apply for insurance coverage?

 

I need directions to a field – where can I find them?

 

What tournaments do you know about?

 

I want to appeal a red card – who do I talk to?  

Depending on which league you were playing in when you received the card the answer is different. You might check the league page. If you have exercised your appeal within the league, you have the right to appeal to the OASA Discipline and Appeals Committee.

How do I make a complaint regarding a referee?

The Oregon Referee Committee Professionalism Sub-committee hears all complaints about the conduct of referees (on and off the field). The complaint must be in writing and mailed, faxed, or emailed to OASA. The Professionalism Sub-committee will review the complaint and may hold a hearing, place a letter in the referee’s file, fine, suspend, require additional training, or any combination of the aforementioned. OASA will also forward a copy of your letter to the appropriate league.

I’m interested in playing indoor soccer, can you help?

I played as a professional player and now I want to return to amateur status. What do I do?

What are the playing rules? OASA Games are played using FIFA LOTG as modified by Policies regarding the play of games

How can I become a Referee?

How is the OASA organized?

We are a volunteer-based non-profit organization incorporated in Oregon to promote soccer. We are affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA. Our taxes, bylaws, and articles of incorporation are available for review. You can also review the bios of our staff and our board of directors.

Can you tell me about theHistory of Soccer in Oregon and beyond?

 How do I volunteer?

Please email the OASA office at office@oregonadultsoccer.com.

 

How much does a player card cost? What do I need to bring with me?

 

Both new and renewal cards cost $40.00. A replacement (if card is lost and hasn’t yet expired) is $10.00. NEW registrations (if you have not had a card through us before) must be accompanied by a photo id (such as a driver’s license) and a color picture.  You can fax, email, or mail a registration form into our office.

If you are under 18 years of age you must also have a singed parental consent form which you can download here:Parental Waiver (PARENT’S LIABILITY RELEASE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF CONCUSSION GUIDELINES AND MATERIALS).

During busy times such as in the weeks prior to the start of a season the wait can be quite long.  Don’t wait until the last minute: register early!

 Can I pick up a card for a friend?  

 

YES.  You may pick up a card for a friend so long as their registration form is filled out completely and signed.  Don’t forget a color photo if your friend is a “NEW” player. A person may also fax, email or mail in a form beforehand and have another person pick it up.

 

Please note, WE DON’T PROCESS RENEWALS OVER THE PHONE; we need the registration form completed and signed (every year!).

Why do I need a player’s card…where does the money go?

OASA is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).  In order to be in good standing with these national and world soccer governing bodies, OASA is required to register and issue a player card to each player. The card is then given to the referee prior to each game.  If you do not have your card present at each game you are not permitted to play.  Fines, forfeiture, suspension, and other penalties may be assessed against you, your team manager, and/or your team for violation of this or for playing or attempting to play using another player’s card and/or while under suspension. If you are ejected (red carded) from a game, the referee will keep your card and turn it over to the OASA. The card is the property of OASA and must be surrendered upon request.

Of the $40.00 OASA collects for each player card, $15 of it is sent on to the National organizations $13 goes to USASA, approximately $10 of which is used to pay for various insurance (for more information:Insurance) USASA retains $3 which goes to run their office, support programs (Tournaments) and administrative overhead. USSF gets $2 per player and provides National teams, referee and coaching programs. They mainly spend your money on administration, coaching program, referee program, National teams and player development.

OASA retains $25 of your money to do what we do, and you have a right to know what it is that we do with it. The vast majority of the work is done by volunteers, and we invite you to get involved, be active by joining a league committee or board, helping out at competitions, joining an OASA committee or the board (most board members are appointed by an affiliated league). We do pay our office staff, we have an office that we pay rent on, once you add in phone lines, insurance, computers, website, postage, professional services (accounting, IT, legal, etc.) there is not a lot of money left over for other stuff – we try to break even when we hold things like player clinics or coaching clinics. We have a small program for recognizing referees who have done great service to adult games in Oregon, a small program to provide grants to leagues to help improve fields, we spend some money on officers of the corporation traveling to regional and National meetings, we spend some on OASA Board of Directors meetings (we have directors from around the state), we try to provide the infrastructure to help leagues do their job, and to facilitate people playing soccer.

To recap: You pay $40, of that: $25 stays with OASA – most of that pays for office/administrative stuff

$2 goes to USSF – which pays for office/administrative stuff and also referee/coach education and National teams.

$13 goes to USASA which pays for its office/administrative stuff out of the approximately $3 per player that it retains, it also spends money on programs and administrator travel. They pass about $10 per player along to the insurance companies.

Generally speaking, the most controversial item on the list is the $10 spent for insurance, in particular, the accident insurance (~$8). This is often a topic of conversation both at the OASA level and nationally, and given the current circumstances, taking all the information into account, we feel this is the best available option. Again, if you think other options might be better for the greater good – please volunteer on some level. If you think we have not been thoughtful about this, and feel compelled to complain, please put it in writing and get it to the OASA office.

Please do not take it out on the office staff, they do not make policy, they implement it.

 How long is my card good for?

 In the old days we had cards that expired at the end of every August, which meant that everybody needed to re-register in September. It also meant lines stretching the length of several soccer fields all month long and we had only one-fifth the amount of players that we now have.

 Then we switched to a system where renewal is at the end of a player’s birth month and that charges everybody $40.00 for their initial player card which is good for not less than three months and not more than fifteen months depending on your month of birth and when you first get your card. This system is working well for everybody (although every once in a while someone complains when their card is only good for three or four months).  We apologize for this inconvenience but feel we have established the system that best serves everyone’s needs. After your first card, you should receive a renewal notice in the mail (unless your address has changed) a month or two prior to your birthday advising you that it’s time to renew your card. If you renew at this time, your card will be good for one full year. Hint: You can renew your card for the next year a full three months before your birthday to get the maximum use on your card (15 months).

   How long does it take to get a card?

 If you come into the office we will process your card for you while you wait. Via mail, email, or fax please allow several days. We make every effort to process registration forms within one business day (and send your card out the following business day). Remember, if you register or re-register right before a season starts, you can expect to wait in line or have your registration by mail delayed by a few days. Please register early!

 I lost my player’s card – how do I get a new one?

 If you have a currently valid OASA player card (but your card is lost, for example) we can issue a replacement card with a completedregistration form and a $10 fee. You can mail, email, or fax the form with credit card payment or bring it into the office.  If your card is expired or within three months of expiration you can pay $40.00 for a renewal card.

  My card expired – how can I renew?  Do I need my old card to renew?

You should get a renewal notice in the mail a month or two prior to when your card will expire. You can also download the form here.  Complete the form and send it to the OASA office via mail, email, or fax along with $40.00. There is a space on this form for credit card information.  You do not need to have your old card in order to renew it.

 Can I register over the phone?

 No.  We need to have the registration form completed and SIGNED. 

  Do you issue temporary cards?

  No.  We do not issue temporary or limited play cards of any kind. Sorry!

  I received a red card – how do I get my card back?

Assuming that this was a league game (as opposed to a tournament, cup game, or other type) and your offense was routine (not referee abuse or assault, which are very serious and by USSF regulations adjudicated by OASA), OASA receives the referee report and forwards it to the league.  Each league has their own judicial procedure and determines the length of the suspension - generally one to four weeks -unless the offense is considered very severe and/or you have a significant judicial history. Once we hear back from the league we will send you a letter (some leagues will also send you a letter) explaining your suspension and when you are eligible to get your card back.OASA charges a $20.00 administrative fee for the return of your card. Once you have paid this fee and served your suspension we will mail your card back to you or hold it for you to pick up at our office. Please keep in mind that the league may also fine you depending on your actions.  All administrate fees and fines must be collected before your card can be returned.