Celebrate the Cascadia Derby: Pick-up 5-a-side – Sunday, April 26th @ 3:30pm

Help grow Fog City FC and have fun doing it. Come join us in SoMa on Sunday, before Seattle Sounders FC take on the Porland Timbers for the first Cascadia derby match of the season.

This time around, we are playing at Victoria Manalo Draves Park. Meet at the park entrance at Folsom & Russ.

Shorts, shin guards, and cleats/turf shoes are suggested apparel, though this game will not be competitive. We’re just looking to have a good time, and try to establish a regular get together, that could hopefully help us establish a pub league or other league team later in the year.

Bring friends, make friends, and burn some calories before drinking them back on at the pub!

RSVP via Facebook

First Outing A success

11081475_10205086409652485_517013435634022092_nYesterday, Fog City Faithful, ECS members, and others met to play soccer in the park, and to build community. The seeds of success have been planted. Now we just need to cultivate.

During the next week, we will search for a new location – close to transit – for our 5-a-side pick up matches, and we’ll look to grow our club.

Stay tuned, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming matches.

Familiarize Yourself with 5-a-Side Rules Before the Inaugural Match

In anticipation of our upcoming pre-Sounders matchday match, you might want to familiarize yourself with the rules of 5-a-Side football. Below is an overview, from Wikipedia.

5asideWhat is the different between traditional soccer and 5-a-Side?

Five-a-side football is a variation of association football in which each team fields five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper). Other differences from football include a smaller pitch, smaller goals, and a reduced game duration. Matches are played indoors, or outdoors on AstroTurf or artificial grass pitches that may be enclosed within a barrier or “cage” to prevent the ball from leaving the playing area and keep the game flowing.

Are there different rules?

Yes, some rules are different.

  • The penalty area is significantly different from football: it is semi-circular in shape, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball within it, and he or she may or may not be allowed out. (for now, this semi-circle will be theoretical for FCFC)
  • Goalkeepers are only allowed to give the ball out to another player through hands. The goalkeeper may only kick the ball if it is in the course of making a save.
  • There are no offside rules.
  • Headers are not allowed (unless they look badass)
  • Yellow cards may result in the offending player being sent to the “sin bin” for a pre-determined length of time. Red cards work in the same way as the 11-a-side game. (we’re not going to card for our matches. Just don’t be a dick, and if you trip someone, apologize.)
  • Charging/sliding tackles are awarded a yellow card. (just don’t slide tackle yet dudes. None of us are Alonso.)
  • FC FC will play much like other small leagues in SF, where throw-ins will be substituted with short passes in, to accommodate the small field dimensions.

*Five-a-side is commonly played informally, and the rules are therefore flexible and are sometimes decided immediately before play begins; this is in contrast to futsal, for which official laws are published by FIFA.*

Inaugural 5-a-Side Match | Saturday, March 28th @ 3:30 before Seattle vs. Dallas

Get a workout, have some fun, and strengthen those ties to your Cascadia brethren! Come out for a 1-hour (25 minute halves with 5-minute break in between) 5-a-side before we all go drink and sing for our Seattle Sounders FC.

There is a large patch of open grass at the entrance to the panhandle (at Baker, b/t Oak & Fell) where we can all meet. I’ll bring a match ball, but if anyone can bring backups, that would be helpful.

Shorts, shin guards, and cleats/turf shoes are suggested apparel, though this game will not be competitive. We’re just looking to have a good time, and try to establish a regular get together, that could hopefully help us establish a pub league or other league team later in the year. Invite friends! Bring friends! Have fun! Up the Sounders! Up the ECS! Up the FCF! Up Fog City FC! RSVP via Facebook

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Starting Things Up: Fog City FC 5-a-side Saturdays or Sundays

Just a quick note. MLS regular season starts on March 8th, and in March I (Devin) plan on organizing Sunday 5v5 matches at parks in SF, central to the Mission, Haight, SoMa, Duboce, etc areas.

These sessions will be informal pick-up style matches, but will give us the opportunity to play together and to possibly build up the team. Bringing friends, family, significant others, etc is encouraged. These matches will not be competitive, with the focus mainly on fun and getting out to kick the ball with some friends.

Input on times is appreciated. I was thinking of having something a couple hours before matches, this way we can head straight to Danny Coyle’s afterward.

Events will be scheduled in the next week or so.