• Spring 2021 Interest Survey

    Dear ABASA community, 

    Please accept a warm happy holidays from the ABASA board of directors. We have missed playing soccer with you for the eternity that was 2020 and look forward to seeing you on the field again beginning in February, as long as state and local regulations still allow for it. 

    In anticipation of the spring league that we intend to begin on Feb. 19, 2021, we hope that you’ll take a moment to complete the interest survey linked here. We will make adjustments–including requiring masks–to conform to state and local regulations and to protect the wellbeing of our players. We would appreciate your input as we collect data and make decisions. Share this survey link with your teammates and friends to help us get an accurate view of what our season will look like. Please also contact your captain as soon as possible to let them know that you are interested in playing this spring.

    Happy new year from ABASA. From our families to yours, we ask that you be well and have a safe and happy holiday. Check out the holiday video greeting from the board here

    Felice Lopez Bell
    Asheville Buncombe Adult Soccer Association

    Spring 2021 Season Announcement

    Dear ABASA soccer community,

    Thank you to those of you who chose to donate your spring 2020 fees to the local nonprofits My Daddy Taught Me That and My Sistah Taught Me That–for whom we raised over $1,100 dollars. Thank you, also, to those of you who chose to leave your fees with ABASA for field development, scholarships, and future programming.

    I am excited to announce that we have a tentative start date for the spring season: we hope to be able to begin play March 5, 2021. We are excited to be able to offer a league that will provide quality Asheville soccer and also abide by state and local health guidelines. We are extremely disappointed not to be able to offer you soccer this fall, but a significant portion of the board felt that we would not be able to offer a satisfactory soccer experience. By the time that we had the approval of state and local authorities, holding a fall season would have been cost-prohibitive and possibly dangerous considering the current COVID data and a lack of resources to dedicate to oversight and enforcement. Therefore, we’ll be focusing our efforts on offering the best possible spring season. Please expect registration information at the end of January, and we’ll send out a survey at least two weeks before that to gauge interest and preferences.  

    ABASA players do have an opportunity to play in the State Cup tournament over the weekend of Dec. 5-6 in Winston Salem. Please contact us for additional information and administrative support.

    Thank you for your patience with us as we navigate this whole new craziness and do our best to keep our players and their families safe. I’m so very sorry that we’re not playing soccer right now. I personally miss it very much and have no doubt you feel the same way. Email me back with your feedback and questions.

    Please pass this along to your teammates. Thanks.

    Felice Lopez Bell

  • Spring 2020 Cancellation and Refund Options

    Dear ABASA community,

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try our best to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. 
    After the governor’s most recent announcement and NC’s extension of phase 2 until at least mid-July, it is with intense disappointment that I announce that we are cancelling the spring/summer 2020 season. NCASA reminds us that we are not able to access our insurance unless we comply with state regulations, which currently forbid contact sports, including soccer. As always, our top priority is the safety of our community members, and this decision will do the most to ensure it. 
    We have discussed many options for refunds and have arrived at the following: 
    1. You may fill out THIS FORM to request a check for a partial/prorated refund in the amount detailed below. You must complete the form by Aug. 2 to receive a refund. You will receive a confirmation message when your request is received. 
    2. You may request that ABASA make a donation in your name to the local Asheville non-profits My Daddy Taught Me That (MDTMT), whose mission is to foster the development of boys to become healthy, honorable men and My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT), a young girls’ developmental program designed to encourage, educate, and empower. You may choose this option by completing THIS FORM by Aug. 2
    3. You may choose not to request a refund, in which case we will place the remainder of your spring season fees into a fund supporting field development, league prizes, sportsmanship free-play passes, and good-will scholarships within ABASA. You may remember that we were still in the process of recovering from the JBL flooding only a short time ago. If you are in a position to comfortably leave your money with us, we will ensure you that it will go towards the preservation of our soccer association and the improvement of your soccer experience when we are able to play again. If we do not hear from you by Aug. 2, 2020, this will be the default option. 

    Please share this email within the league so that anyone who would like a refund can receive one. Captains, do not assume that your players have seen this message. A Spanish translation is available below.


    Refund amounts: (After the removal of the $30 state fee which goes directly to NCASA)

    Open division ($100 and 3 games played): $50.30 refund*

    Coed division ($80 and 3 games played): $36.30 refund*
    Women’s division ($60 and 3 games played): $22.30 refund*
    Over-40 division ($80 and 4 games played): $30.40 refund*
    $80 additional team fee: $40.30
    $60 additional team fee:$27.30

    *How refund amounts were calculated: 
    • Subtracted the $18 registration and field processing fee (paid to an outside vendor)
    • Subtracted the $3 credit card processing fee (only once)
    • Subtracted a $5 administration fee to keep a positive bank balance for future ABASA programming and interim costs in case of 100% refund requests
    • Divided the remaining amount by 10 (promised number of games) giving us a value for each game
    • For open, coed, and women’s–multiplied the per-game amount by 7 (missed games) giving us a refund amount
    • For over-40–multiplied the per-game amount by 6 (missed games) giving us a refund amount
    If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at bell.felice@gmail.comOtherwise, fill out THIS FORM to make arrangements for your partial/prorated refund
    I’m so sorry that we were not able to finish out our season together. I’m sorry to those who have suffered these past few months. I’m sorry for the distance you feel from your teammates, opponents, captains, coaches, and players. I’m sorry that we’re not able to offer you the refuge of soccer right now. We are all looking forward to getting back out on the field with you as soon as is safely possible. 
    Felice Lopez Bell

    ABASA response to COVID-19

    Our players’ health is our first priority. We have been advised by NCASA to temporarily halt all adult soccer programming, following suit of many major professional athletic organizations, youth sports organizations, and college athletics around the nation. As of today (Thurs. March 12) we will be suspending all ABASA games.
    Because of the COVID-19, we would like to postpone all games until, at the earliest, April 1. The week of April 1, we will reach out to the league in order to reevaluate the situation and provide more information about how we plan to finish out our season. As of right now, our plan is to extend the spring season, not shorten the season. However, we will have a better idea of how to move forward in the next couple of weeks.
    I am sorry about this inconvenience. I know that at times like this, we especially need our soccer community and the opportunity to play the beautiful game. I hope that we will be able to pick up the season in the very near future.
    If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at bell.felice@gmail.com, or reach out to your division reps.
    Thank you for your time. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

    Felice Lopez Bell (ABASA President)

    P.S. For further medical info defer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  • Interested in becoming a Soccer Referee???

    If you are interested in becoming a soccer referee here is what to do!

    Go to this website: http://ussfnc.arbitersports.com/front/102762/Site

    This is the site for NC-USSF. It is on the ArbiterSports Central Hub.

    Most everything can be done through this site. There is registration and online modules to complete.

    Registration is $100 if you are over 17 and $80 if you are under 17. The minimum age is 14.

    There will be other trainings throughout the season once you are initially certified.

    Most of your questions can be answered by going to NC-USSF ArbiterSports Central Hub at http://ussfnc.arbitersports.com/front/102762/Site

    If you need more information, contact:

    Ed Guzowski at guzowski@charter.net or Andy Love at andy-love@att.net



    Asheville City Soccer Club is proud to announce Hi-Wire Brewing as the official title sponsor for the 2017 season.

    The official launch party for the inaugural season will be held on March 30th at the Hi-Wire Big Top in Biltmore Village.  

    Come out to celebrate the start of an exciting new soccer experience in the heart of Beer City! Meet the ownership group and discuss strategy with players and coaches.  This will also be a great time to meet fellow soccer fans and will help to build a club Asheville can call its own!

    Season ticket holders will be guaranteed entry so be sure to purchase your jersey in time.  This will be the first chance to pick up your jersey. Check out the final design below!

    Purchase your Season Ticket Jersey today!

  • Asheville City Soccer Club NEEDS YOU!

    Asheville City Soccer Club NEEDS YOU!

    Asheville City Soccer Club is the newest member of the NPSL Southeast Conference.  The club will be playing games at Memorial Stadium on the South Slope of downtown Asheville, NC.  We will be looking to compete for a conference championship in our inaugural season and we are on the lookout for talented players.

    Men’s open tryouts will be held on Saturday January 14th, 2017 from 11:00AM until 2:00PM at John B. Lewis Soccer Complex. The tryouts will be administered by ACSC coaching staff, led by Head Coach Gary Hamel. Please arrive by 10:30AM to complete a standard waiver form and if U18 an additional parent/gaurdian form (both will be available at the registration desk).  

    We hope to see you there!

    Follow this link for more information: https://app.soccerstub.com/events/ACSCmens-open-tryout

    Top Ranking Teams for Sportsmanship – Spring 2016

    ABASA Spring 2016 Sportsmanship Winners

    The following teams were ranked in the top 3 of each division according to (1) the season’s card count, (2) weekly sportsmanship scores in the match reports, and (3) end-of-season sportsmanship rankings in the SIP (sportsmanship incentive program). Captains, you will receive an email in the next week with more details about your team’s sportsmanship score. Please congratulate these teams and captains on a great season!

    The first place winner in each division receives a “free play” pass for one play for the fall season.

    Open Premier

    1. Wizards Blue

    2. Wizards FC

    3. PMC United

    Open 1st

    1. Smush White

    2. Wolf Pack

    3. Spoccer Sentinels

    Open 2nd

    1. Bier Garden

    2. Spoccer United

    3. Beardsplitters

    Open 3rd

    1. Watershed Dark City

    2. Asheville United

    3. Roadrunners FC

    Open 4th

    1. New Belgium

    2. Buxton Street Brewers/One World/Wizards Maroon (tie)

    3. Watershed Ale House

    Over-40 1st

    1. Wizards Fusion

    2. Watershed Pisgah Brewing

    3. Spoccer Foot RX

    Over-40 2nd

    1. Blue Ridge United

    2. Spoccer Mutts

    3. Rangers FC


    1. Bier Garden Strikers

    2. Spoccer Sirens

    3. Smush

    Coed 1st

    1. Root Bar

    2. Frienemies

    3. Latinos/Smush Coed (tie)

    Coed 2nd

    1. Bier Garden

    2. One World Brewing

    3. Hellbenders

    Coed 3rd

    1. Hi-Wire Brewing

    2. Nimble FC

    3. Sporting Appalachian Coffee