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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 Please see the attached FAQ document for a new and revised set of frequently asked questions.  Updated 3/14

What teams will ORSA play against?

ORSA plays in the PAWEST District 7 (Lake District). ORSA teams may play against any of the following teams depending upon the number of declared teams.  Link to the PAWest website.

Where can I find out more general information about youth soccer?

The US Youth Soccer has a very informative web site and a page on frequently asked questions. Use the following link

What is ORSA?


The Oil Region Soccer Association provides soccer teams for a variety of ages for boys and girls, and young men and women in Venango County and surrounding areas. As nonprofit organization, its teams participate primarily in PA West Youth Soccer competition in the United States Soccer Federation. Relying on volunteers and parents, ORSA functions year-round to provide the opportunity for players to improve their skills and take part in this fun and exciting game. Under sanctioned and regulated play, team members gain strength, agility, and soccer skills.


How much is the registration cost and where does that money go?


Registration fees are $80 per player with subsequent players from the same family costing $60 in addition to a $30 uniform fee. These fees are from Spring 2018 and are subject to change. 

Registration fees are used for many purposes.  This cost is broken down into several categories.  Each player uniform comes in a kit and includes a jersey, shorts and socks and costs approximately $32.  The fee paid by ORSA to PA West is $18.95 for each player.  The referees for a U10 game, paid by the home team, cost $30 for a center referee and $18/per line referee x 2.  The referee costs for the older age groups increase.  The remaining monies go towards equipment (soccer balls, goals, field lining paint, pinnies, goalie shirts and gloves, etc)


When is the season?


The fall season runs from August – November and the spring season runs from March – June.  Typically, there are more teams fielded in the spring season.


Where and when are the games and practices?


Games are held on Sundays usually anywhere from 1-5 PM depending on the availability of referees.  Currently, U12 and U10 games and practices are held at Cranberry HS and the other age groups are held at Oil City HS, Valley Grove or Franklin.  Practice times and locations are determined by individual coaches. 


How long are the games?


Under 19 Two 45 min halves

Under 16 Two 40 min halves

Under 14 Two 35 min halves

Under 12 Two 30 min halves

Under 10 Two 25 min halves


How many players are on a team and how many will play?


U10 teams can roster 12 players.  U12 teams roster 14 players.  U13-19 can roster 18 players.

U10 teams play 6 field players and 1 goalie at any time.  U12 teams play 9 total players and U13-19 play 11 players per side.


What equipment or items are mandatory?


Each child is required to bring a soccer ball, water or drink and shin guards to practice and games.  Soccer cleats are a must.  If your child doesn’t have soccer cleats or shin guards, they will not be allowed to participate in that practice or game.  This rule is in place for the safety of your child as well as the others participating.  Cleats and shin guards will be checked by the referee before the start of every game.  U10 teams play with a size 4 soccer ball.


            What are soccer cleats and what’s the difference?

Soccer cleats do not have a toe cleat that is commonly found on baseball, American football, softball and lacrosse cleats. 


The team uniform will be discussed and again, if your child is not in uniform for the game, they will not be allowed to play.  According to PA West youth rules:

1.0  All players on the field must be attired in matching color uniforms consisting of shorts, jersey (with non conflicting number) socks, shin guards, and legal soccer shoes. In case of a color clash, the home team will change.

2.0  All or any member (s) of any team are permitted to wear extra protective clothing

including gloves or garment protruding beyond the uniform without dangerous, protruding or hard objects, provided that:

2.1 The proper team uniform is worn outermost;

2.2 Referee discretion may be used to determine if any item of protective clothing is considered to go beyond the purpose of providing protection.



Does the weather affect whether we practice or play a game?


Practices are scheduled by the coaches and therefore, are cancelled by the coaches as well.  If the weather looks inclement, please check all methods of communication before leaving for practice. The coaches are encouraged to cancel practice with as much warning as possible, but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate with their plans.  The only thing that will affect a game is thunder and lightning.  Otherwise, it will be played.  If there is thunder and lightning, PA West rules state that the field must be cleared and play will not resume until 30 minutes after the last visible lightning or thunderclap.


Is there anything that I can do?


ORSA is a volunteer run organization.  There are plenty of things that can be done.  If you have a soccer or coaching background your assistance would be valuable as a coach or as a trained and certified referee.  If you are interested in having a voice in how the organization is run, there are positions available that allow for your input.  Board participation is always welcomed as there are projects that could be put into place to allow for growth and expansion of the organization.  Several committees would benefit from your knowledge and assistance such as fundraising, field maintenance, equipment, etc.


Is fundraising mandatory?


Fundraising is not mandatory, but in order to keep our fees low, it would be greatly appreciated.  If each family in ORSA were to participate in fundraising at a basic level, it would greatly expand the opportunities available to our children.  If you do not have the time or inclination to participate in fundraising, but would like to simply donate money to the organization, that would be gladly accepted as well.


What are the fundraising monies spent on?


Funds that are raised by the organization are currently earmarked for training and retention of referees.  Future ideas for fundraising money, depending on the amount, include but are not limited to:  Field acquisition, tournament participation, and additional training opportunities.


What type of behavior is expected of me at practices and games?


It is expected that parents lead the charge in exhibiting good sportsmanship to our children and players.  All problems within the game, whether it be the officials, opposing team or another player, will be handled exclusively by the coaching staff.  If sportsmanship is not exhibited by the spectators, the team can be penalized for the behavior.  Here are some simple guidelines to follow to assure that we are all exhibiting behavior that we can be proud of:



1.         The "Golden Rule" -- Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.  Show respect for the other players and opposition, if you expect it yourself.

 2.        Have an understanding and an appreciation of the rules. The spirit of good sportsmanship depends on conforming to the intent of the rule and not look for a loop hole.

3.         Enjoy yourself and encourage enjoyment for others.

4.         Take responsibility for your actions. Don't blame others for your mistakes or find excuses for poor behavior.

5.         Recognize and appreciate good performances, especially by the opponent. Applause for an opponent's good play demonstrates generosity and courtesy. It shows a true awareness of the game and athletic ability.

 6.        Exhibit respect for the officials. Referees are impartial arbitrators who perform to the best of their ability to make sure the game is played fair and within the rules. Mistakes made by all those involved are part of the game and must be accepted.

7.         Expect proper behavior from your children. If you allow a child/player to cheat, to play dangerously, to argue and scream at officials, you are condoning that behavior.

Smartphone App

If you have an iPhone, you may want to check out this App for the game schedules.  It is the information from the PA West Soccer Website, but in a nice layout.

It is called Affinity Sports App - We are District 7.  I don’t believe that it is available on the android market as of yet.

What determines the age group?

The age group is determined by the following table.
Age Group Table

2017-2018 2018-2019 2020-2021 2021-2022
U19 1999
2001 2002
U18 2000
2001 2002 2003
U17 2001 2002 2003 2004
U16 2002 2003 2004 2005
U15 2003 2004 2005 2006
U14 2004 2005 2006 2007
U13 2005 2006 2007 2008
U12 2006 2007 2008 2009
U11 2007 2008 2009 2010
U10 2008 2009 2010 2011
U9 2009 2010 2011 2012
U8 2010 2011 2012 2013
U7 2011 2012 2013 2014
U6 2012 2013 2014 2015
U5 2013 2014 2015 2016