FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What are OFA's fees per season?
>$50 U5/U6 (ages 4-5)
>$75 U7/U8 (ages 6-7)
>$100 U9/U10 (ages 8-9)
>$125 U11/U12 (ages 10-11)
>$150 U13/U14/U15 (ages 12-14)
>$150 High School
2. What if our family is unable to pay the fee to participate?
We want to encourage all players to register. If money is a challenge, financial aid is available through a scholarship. Please visit our scholarship page to learn more about this opportunity. Direct any questions you may have to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. What does a player get when they register with OFA?
All players in OFA will be placed on an appropriate team with a volunteer coach. Players will participate in scheduled practices and games throughout the season. Kinder players receive a jersey to wear at all of their games. Registration fees also pay for player cards through Oregon Youth Soccer Association (our parent organization), league fees (such as SOCL), referees, insurance, equipment, and field use.
4. What uniforms will I need to play for OFA?
Every player in U7 and up will need to purchase a uniform kit. Kits will include a home jersey, away jersey, shorts, and socks. After registration, every family will receive an email with instructions for purchasing uniforms. The same uniform will be used at all divisions. All OFA players must provide their own shin guards and cleats. Kinder players receive their uniform jersey with registration but must provide their own shorts and socks.
5. Where will OFA be playing?
Junior Development teams (Kinder-U10) will play all of their games at Dutch Bros Soccer Complex at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.
Senior Development teams (U11+) will play at least half of their games at Dutch Bros Soccer Complex in Grants Pass. Travel to Medford, Ashland, Roseburg, and/or Klamath for away games is likely.
6. Are there any discounts available for registration?
A $30 discount will automatically be applied to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. player from each family. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarship web page. No other discounts are available at this time.
7. Where will OFA teams train/practice?
OFA practice locations will include Dutch Bros Soccer Complex, Reinhart All Sports Park, and OFA's futsal facility located at 144 SW G Street.
8. In which leagues will OFA teams participate?
OFA teams will participate in OFA's own developmental league, the SOCL (Southern Oregon Classic League), and the PTTL (Portland Timbers & Thorns League)! OFA places each team in the league that will best support its growth and development.
9. Who will be coaching OFA teams?
Community members who are passionate about and committed to youth soccer. Parents of players make up the biggest percentage of our volunteer coaching staff, but we welcome all interested community members in seeking more information about coaching opportunities!
10. Are there tryouts?
In place of a traditional try-out, OFA will host assessments prior to the fall season for U13+ players and prior to the winter season for high school players. Our goal is to create an assessment experience that feels stress-free and supportive for our players that prepares them for future soccer experiences. It is an opportunity to kick-start the soccer season together and find the best fit for each player.
11. How and when will players know what team they are on?
Kinder-U12 teams will be assembled in the fall and spring based on birth year and school. Coaches will contact the players on their rosters following the coaches' meeting prior to the start of each season.
U13/U14/U15 teams will be created each fall season following assessments (which are typically scheduled in May each year). Teams will be posted on the OFA website in June.
High School teams will be created each winter season following assessments (which are typically scheduled in Dec each year). Teams will be posted on the OFA website in Dec.
12. How do I become a soccer coach?
Apply by registering to coach online at the same time you register your player. Every coach will need to complete a background check and Safe Sport training course.
After you have registered online, you will be contacted by OFA staff.
13. Do coaches receive coaching/training gear?
All coaches (head coaches & assistant coaches) will receive an OFA shirt to wear to games and will have access to all necessary equipment for practice at Dutch Bros Soccer Complex.
14. Do coaches receive training?
Yes, one of the primary missions of OFA is to pursue the best quality soccer possible and offer our players the best instruction possible. OFA is currently in the process of developing a coaching education program to support the growth and development of all coaches, from kinder through premier. OFA staff is prepared to offer individual support and guidance in designing your practices and setting you up for success to lead your team. Just ask! We will also provide all coaches with a practice plan book for each division.
15. What will practice/training sessions look like?
Most practice sessions will follow the play-practice-play model developed by U.S. Soccer where players learn in game-like settings.
Kinder teams will practice and play games on Saturday mornings.
U7/8 will have one 1-hour practice per week and one game each Saturday at DBSC.
U9/10 will have two 1-hour practices per week and one game each Saturday at DBSC. U11+ will have two 1.5-hour practices per week at DBSC and a game each Saturday and/or Sunday.