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5/7* a side football - Monday 7th January - Goals Soccer Centre - Reading

Hi all,

Next game is on the outdoor pitch at Goals Soccer Centre, Woodley at 8pm on Monday.

*This will be either a 5 a side or 7 a side game. RSVP's will be limited to 14, however, if on the sunday we have less than 14 on the attending list, the game will become 5 a side and the 11th person onwards shall be refunded.

The facilities at Goals Soccer Centre are very good and include changing rooms, showers.......and a bar ;-)

RSVP now and come along to play - it doesn't matter if you've not played for ages or don't think you're much good - it's just for fun, and we always have a good run around.

Cost is £6 each. If you RSVP 'yes', please make sure you turn up because we depend on you for the right number of players!

If you need a lift to the game, please add a comment to the event and am sure we can organise a ride.


Please use link below to see the exact location:,173266&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=682&ax=475342&ay=173266&lm=0

Goals Soccer Centre is located behind Addington School of Woodlands Avenue, turn in at the small round about.

Conditions: We play in all weather conditions. By participating, all members agree to the Football - Berkshire Conditions which can be found under Files.


Santi Prieto


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  • Saty

    Did anyone pick up my goalkeeping gloves on Monday ?

    January 9, 2013

  • Ahmad T.

    I'm looking forward to next Monday and implement this new way of organising the game.

    January 9, 2013

  • Will E.

    Precisely Ahmad, if teams are deemed to be unfair, people need to speak up. No-one is going to dismiss someones opinion out of hand as I feel we are all a relatively switched on and approachable bunch.

    As mentioned previously (somewhere) it is naturally tricky for one person to pick the teams as some unconscious bias will always creep in - I know for a fact this would be true if I was picking the teams myself. The second person (even if not a captain as such) would just offer a counter balance. These tow people could also monitor the game - with input from their team - and raise suggestions for balance if necessary.

    I also agree that once the teams were changed, it was a better game. Or would have been if I could actually hit the target...

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Ahmad T.

    I definately feel that once the teams changed around half way through, it actually became a quite good game. All i ask is that next time, we analyse the first ten minutes of the game, take a one or two minutes pause and ask everyone if they are happy with the teams and carry on. If people are not happy then we'll change it around.

    January 8, 2013

    • Gareth L.

      I'm not sure there needs to be a pause to check if everyone is happy every game, I think it's clear when there is a disparity and as Will said, people should speak up when the difference between the teams is making the game too easy.

      Having captains will be a good change because that way when it feels like the game is unbalanced at least you know the teams were chosen in a fair way.

      1 · January 8, 2013

  • Ahmad T.

    Hi guys, as you know i organised the teams yesterday and i firstly thought it was fair but obviously i need everyones' opinion during the game and advise the teams need changing. Once we changed the teams around, it became a good game. However the issue of someone insulting a number of players cannot be tolerated. It was very unexpected. I agree with the idea of two captains so next monday i will choose two captains who are the usual regulars and we will pick the teams that way. For Wednesdays and Saturdays/Sundays; its up to Santi whether he wants to pick captains or not. But for Mondays, i definately agree that this is a game of fun and competition at the same time.

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, nothing to add on the incident. I believe it won't happen again. Captain thing - well why not to try it tomorrow straight away?

    January 8, 2013

  • Gareth L.

    It was disappointing yesterday that some people were insulted, it's not really right to accuse anyone of being less able to play the game, I do think however that it's a positive thing that the uneven teams have been recognised.

    I've never played anywhere that didn't select the team with captains, however subtle the influence is, if you are picking the teams alone you will try and select the people you enjoy playing with to be on your own side, and this is likely to result in those people you don't know or don't link up well with being grouped together against a stronger team.

    Almost every game I have played with this group has had uneven teams, not just in terms of the level of ability but in the balance to the team, several times I've been on a team with strong defenders but no natural finisher, playing against a team who were quicker and passed the ball more confidently, it's tiring.

    With two captains, both try to get a team that can compete, which will be better.

    2 · January 8, 2013

    • Tommy L.

      Spot on. Needs to be selected in a fair manner like will proposed earlier by everyone there. Its equally unfun being battered or winning 20-0 when we could balence it out easily! Captains is the way to go.

      January 8, 2013

  • Hongliang L.

    Couldn't agree more with Adrian. As a veteran in this meetup. I have never seen things like that. I didn't feel worth to say a word yesterday. This is no primary school game, I guess there was no need to mention that you need to respect others. People have different background and reason to be here, but they all deserve enjoy it on the pitch. It has already happened and it's over, just wish not happen again and see everyone enjoy

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Will E.

    Thanks Adrian, I can understand where you are coming from and yes the conversation after the game was productive which was positive.

    One of the points discussed last night was having two captains - people who were regulars (i.e. that know most of the players, how they like to play etc). I think this is a good idea - rather than have people line up and be picked I think these two people should just talk it out, pick their teams then dish out bibs.

    This will help the game get kicked off quickly (a pet peeve for me is when games take ages to get going when the vast majority of people turn up on time) and will also avoid people having to line-up and be picked one by one... Once all this is done, teams can obviously be readjusted if necessary.

    The main thing this will need is a bit of decisive action and a little urgency so we can crack with what we turned up for ... football! Just a thought though...

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Adrian C.

    I couldn't stay last night, I was so disappointed. I've been playing in this meetup since its very beginning, when David started organizing it, then I left UK for 15 months. I've played also last Monday when, even if the team I was in lost, we shared some good fun and laughters about mistakes we've made. As you said, despite the fact that we want to win, it was always a nice gathering, where everyone showed respect towards the others. This is the reason I have decided to post here, my opinion is that we need to raise this as soon as we can so it won't escalate.

    I'm glad that you guys had a discussion last night, hope everything will be back to normal. See you all on the pitch.

    January 8, 2013

  • Will E.

    A few of us (including those directly involved in the 'on-pitch discussions' shall we say) actually had quite a lengthy chat after the game last night where we basically covered the points below. Personally I think it's a little bit harsh to post this on here but, fundamentally, I agree with your points.

    It is meant to be fun and there are a variety of players with differing talents. From my own experience, nine times out of ten, it is a good game - win or lose - but there are examples of unbalanced games and it is a comment I have heard from several other people. I think that, in the future, people need to speak up a little more. I say this with regards to the people on the team that is steamrolling the other team. It has to be fun for everyone! My favourite thing about this meetup group is that it remains a competitive game whilst also being fun ... most of the time.

    2 · January 8, 2013

  • Adrian C.

    It is true that the teams were not evenly balanced, but that's no excuse for one guy's behavior. I couldn't enjoy the game after half an hour.

    January 7, 2013

  • Adrian C.

    We REALLY have to remember this is a game of FUN, it's actually saying in the meeting description: "it's just for fun". There are better players or not so better players, but the magic word is "players". If you think one guy is no good, don't actually say it, keep it to yourself. I would understand if some big mouth players were Messi, but it's a lack of common sense to shout no one can play and you can't score from a clear chance. Bottom line: if someone thinks the others are rubbish, he should go play with other better players and leave us to have our hour of fun after a hard day at work.



    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Santi

    Pitch 12

    January 7, 2013

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