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Durham Pickup Soccer Pages

This group was formed to offer soccer players of all ages in the Durham Region the opportunity to play recreational 7-a-side pickup soccer in a safe fun environment. Currently most games are adult co-ed but as the numbers expressing an interest increase, we will add time slots and increase the variety of game offered by gender and age. So if you are interested in playing sign up. Suggestions for types of game and any way of improving the format are welcome

Now, that the Pickup Soccer has been running for a few months, I’ve had a chance to get some feedback and found a need to change a few things and implement a few basic rules. Hopefully, this will result in a better game for all involved. The use of the tool is to achieve an ideal number of players for each game. In my mind this target number is 20 which equates to 7 players on the field and 3 subs on each team. On a regular basis, people have to cancel at the last minute and so I permit up to 23 players people to sign up to each game which includes the organizer. Very occasionally, everybody who signed up shows up and as a result there are more substitutes than ideal. If this starts becoming a regular occurrence, I will reduce the number of players permitted to try to achieve the target of 20.

Meetup Durham Pickup Soccer Rules

All players must bring both a red and white shirt, shinguards and may wear moulded or flat soled shoes. Players should arrive at DISC no less than 15 minutes before the advertised start time.

Late Arriving Players

A major cause of problems is late arriving players. Ideally, players should arrive 15 minutes before the start time so that payment can be collected, teams sorted and the game get going right on schedule to maximize playing time. In future, players registered for a game who arrive after the designated start time will only be permitted to play if fewer than 20 players are playing. This 20 includes any unregistered individuals who did not sign up but were accepted to play due to there being fewer than 20 players.

Unregistered Players

Players who are not registered online for a game but turn up hoping to play will only be permitted to play if fewer than 20 players (including the organizer) are present at the designated start time.


Too many players are not substituting regularly and in a fair manner. To overcome this problem a simple rotational system will be introduced using a magnetic board on each bench. Substitutes entering the field will enter as goalkeeper unless the keeper wishes to remain in goal. Instructions for using this method are on the boards.

No Shows

If a player registers for a game but does not show, they receive a snotty e-mail from me. If this happens twice, they are removed from the members list and banned. This ban is temporary and can be lifted by paying a $30 deposit against future games. Once the member has demonstrated regular, reliable attendance, the deposit will be returned. If the player misses a game s/he has registered for the playing fee will forgo the deposit and the player will be banned again.

Playing Rules

A full set of playing rules is available at http://www.durhamindo...


The feedback I’m getting is that when it is right, the pickup is great fun. The above rules are designed to ensure that it is right as often as possible. If you have any suggestions or proposals for improving the games, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at

John Lay
Durham Indoor Soccer Centre

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