USASA Region IV Workshops Jan 5th-7th 2024 Portland, Or

Calling all soccer enthusiasts, team leaders, and game-changers!

You’re in for an unforgettable experience at the USASA Region IV Workshop in Portland, Oregon. But here’s the deal: we want you to bring the whole crew! That means your state board and administrators, your league boards and volunteers, and yes, even those team managers who make the magic happen.

Why? Because this workshop isn’t just about learning; it’s about building a winning team. Imagine the brainstorming sessions, the game-changing ideas, and the powerful connections waiting for you and your colleagues.

So, consider this your official invite mission: Gather your soccer squad and join us in Portland. Let’s kick off a soccer conference like never before! The more, the merrier – together, we’ll make this event legendary. Come prepared with the title of your favorite song and get ready to tackle the weirdest bingo card you’ve ever seen. Who knows what surprises await you? Who knows what other surprises await you?

Event Details:

  • Date: January 5th – January 7th, 2024
  • Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport, 7900 NE 82nd Portland, Oregon, 97220

Workshop and Weekend Highlights:

  • Engaging Workshops: We have an exciting lineup of workshops and presentations designed to enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Awards Dinner: Join us for a memorable awards dinner where we’ll celebrate achievements and contributions in our field. A sign up form will be sent soon.
  • Networking: Connect with fellow attendees, share experiences, and build valuable professional relationships.
  • Hospitality Room: Our hospitality room will be open for relaxation and socializing after the day’s events.
  • Walking Soccer:  Weather dependent, the plan is to play walking soccer, possibly at Providence Park, the stadium where the Portland Timbers and Thorns play their home matches. We are waiting for confirmation on whether they will tear out their turf this winter. That won’t be decided until the new MLS schedule is announced and they know whether or not the grass is in their Messi-arrival future. If it’s a go, we’ll get chartered to the stadium. If we don’t play there, we have a ton of nearby options to choose from, so don’t worry, Tom. You will get your game on. For those who don’t want to play, you will have SpotKick to check and play.
  • Nike Employee Store Access: We have been able to arrange special guest access for the Region IV Workshop attendees from January 1 through the 14th to the Nike Employee Store.  While there isn’t enough time for us to include this as part of our weekend’s sponsored activities, we hope you are able to find time to make it to the store outside of the event, should that be on your wish list.  Store details are in this Nike Employee Store sign up link.

2024 Workshop Topics

  • Adult Soccer Top to Bottom – Who We Are
  • SportLomo (online registration platform)
  • Starting a Walking Soccer League
  • Social Media -From Beginning to End –  How to Start, What to Use ,Tips and Tricks to Manage, Getting Content and Followers, and Using Ai
  • Free Stuff for Non-Profits and Using Ai
  • Lunch Half-Time Play-by-Play will be commentated by Fox Sports Broadcaster, John Strong

And we can’t forget about the referees

  • SRA workshops: Topics TBA

Congrats to International San Francisco SC

Congrats to SFSFL’s Inter SF SC as they advance to the Final Round of the 2024 US Open Cup.

Come out and show your support at their next game!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19   FC Folsom vs. International San Francisco

5 p.m. PT  Livermore Community Park; Folsom, CA

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup | News | Stories |Schedule


While Seattle’s colorful Sharktopus FC caught the imagination – and grabbed the headlines – in these Qualifying Rounds, it was International San Francisco who faced down the 800 miles of air travel and an early morning kick-off to win 4-2 (one of 13 away teams to win out in the Round). The final goal came from 2014 Open Cup Semifinalist Matt Fondy (then of MLS’ Chicago Fire).

CSAN offers Spanish language referee registration assistance

As some of you know, California North Referee Administration (CNRA) has, under pressure from the Referee Department of US Soccer, now switched to using the US Soccer “Digital Learning Center” for the purposes of referee registration in northern California.  This online training and registration system is:
  • New to all re-registering and first time registering referees;
  • Of medium difficulty from the perspective of online software;
  • Particularly difficult for native speakers of a language other than English who also do not have a lot of experience using the Internet.
   To help overcome these issues, CNRA has provided our office in San Francisco with several laptops that can be used in the office by referees and potential referees to work their way through the US Soccer Digital Learning Center to renew or get their referee license.  Rocio is herself a licensed referee and not familiar with the Digital Learning Center and its Internet interface.  She is willing to assist Spanish speaking referees with this process.
    If you know of any Spanish speaking Bay area referee or potential referee who wishes to renew or obtain a referee license, feel free to have them call and negotiate an appointment to see Rocio at the office.  (Rocio has volunteered to assist, but will want to fit it into her work and volunteer activities schedule.)

CSAN ofrece asistencia para el registro de árbitros en español

Como algunos de ustedes saben, la Administración de Árbitros del Norte de California (CNRA), bajo la presión del Departamento de Árbitros de US Soccer, ahora cambió a usar el “Centro de aprendizaje digital” de US Soccer para fines de registro de árbitros en el norte de California. Este sistema de capacitación y registro en línea es:

  •     Nuevos para todos los árbitros que se reinscriben y los que se registran por primera vez;
  •     De dificultad media desde la perspectiva del software en línea;
  •     Particularmente difícil para hablantes nativos de un idioma que no sea inglés que tampoco tienen mucha experiencia en el uso de Internet.

Para ayudar a superar estos problemas, la CNRA ha proporcionado a nuestra oficina en San Francisco varias computadoras portátiles que los árbitros y los árbitros potenciales pueden usar en la oficina para trabajar en el Centro de aprendizaje digital de US Soccer para renovar u obtener su licencia de árbitro. Rocio es ella misma una árbitro con licencia y no está familiarizada con el Centro de aprendizaje digital y su interfaz de Internet. Ella está dispuesta a ayudar a los árbitros de habla hispana con este proceso.

Si sabe de algún árbitro del área de la bahía que hable español o árbitro potencial que desee renovar u obtener una licencia de árbitro, no dude en pedirle que llame y negocie una cita para ver a Rocío en la oficina. (Rocio se ha ofrecido como voluntaria para ayudar, pero querrá incluirlo en su horario de trabajo y actividades de voluntariado).

Teleconferencing and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) Available at CSAN

Dear CSAN Member League Leaders,

   Due to the COVID-19 virus, you probably must talk with your team managers, team captains and/or board members and officers about the future of your respective seasons.  However, to avoid possibly spreading the virus, you should not meet in person.
   So if you are interested, the CSAN office can provide you with a free teleconference or VTC service.  If you wish to take advantage of this, you must call Norma or Rocio to schedule the date and time for your teleconference or VTC.  Only one such meeting can be held at a time.  Please let us know if you are interested in taking advantage of this capability.
The CSAN staff will be available through email and the office Cellphone.
email –
Cell (415) 513-8225
   Debido al virus COVID-19, probablemente deba hablar con los gerentes de sus equipos, los capitanes de los equipos y / o los miembros y oficiales de la junta sobre el futuro de sus respectivas temporadas.  Sin embargo, para evitar la posible propagación del virus, no debe reunirse en persona.
   Entonces, si está interesado, la oficina de CSAN puede proporcionarle una teleconferencia gratuita o un servicio VTC.  Si desea aprovechar esto, debe llamar a Norma o Rocio para programar la fecha y hora de su teleconferencia o VTC.  Solo se puede celebrar una de esas reuniones a la vez.  Háganos saber si está interesado en aprovechar esta capacidad.
Thomas P. Moore, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army Retired
President and CEO
California Soccer Association North, Inc.
(831) 384-3234
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