What we're about

We play casually competitive basketball and football (soccer) games at various locations in Amsterdam.

Our Rules

- Please always pay on the day of the game via bank transfer, Tikkie, PayPal or bitcoin. DO NOT WAIT DAYS OR WEEKS, AND DO NOT FORGET TO PAY.

- When you sign up for a game you are expected to show up or to cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Demand is almost always greater than supply so if you are on the list and can't make it but you don't cancel in time, somebody on the waiting list who could have gone in your place didn't get to go.

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Injuries

Please be aware that there is always a risk of injuring yourself. Especially if you haven't played in a while and/or if you're not 21 anymore, you may be underestimating the risk of injuring yourself when you start playing again. And you may also be underestimating what the consequences of an injury could be.

An Achilles' tendon rupture is a good example of both points: the main demographic for this injury is men in their 30s who start playing recreational sports after a period of relative inactivity; recovery can take anywhere from 6 months to a year, and it may not even be a full recovery. That's a high price to pay.

While it is impossible to eliminate the risk of an injury, there are several things you can do decrease it:

- arrive 10 minutes early so that you can warm up before the game (simply jogging / running a few laps is an excellent way to do this; the benefits of stretching before a game are, however, more questionable (http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/08/why-stretching-may-not-help-before-exercise/))

- start slowly: if you haven't played basketball or football for a while, don't immediately go all out, running for every ball, doing tricks etc. Take a couple of weeks to make sure your body gets used to this type of activity again.

- when you feel tired during a game, you may want to rest for a bit, as your chances of injuring yourself increase when you're tired

- don't overdo it: keep in mind that it's just a game, an enjoyable activity that you would like to continue to engage in. There is no point in pushing past your limits and risk damage to your body.

- eat enough protein, take gelatin and, most importantly, get enough rest and sleep so that your body recovers properly. A very useful book in this regard is Jeff Bercovici's Play On (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/well/move/play-on-jeff-bercovici-sports-aging-fitness-athletes.html).

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More Games

Want to play more often?

- Weekday games in Bijlmer sportcentrum https://www.meetup.com/Amsterdam-Pick-up-Basketball-Meetup/

- More weekday games via https://www.meetup.com/Het-Marnix-Weekday-Basketball/

- Pickup games on Mondays and Wednesdays at the University of Amsterdam's gym https://usc.uva.nl/en/sports/basketball/

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Organize your own games

Because demand for indoor basketball and soccer games is greater than supply there is a good chance that if you want to organize your own games there will be enough others who would want to join you.

Organizing a game is pretty easy. Go to https://asp3.lvp.nl/amisweb/amsterdam/amis/amis.php?action=index (in Dutch), check when and where courts are available and book them online (you will need a Dutch bank account). You can also try to find and book courts outside of that reservation system.

Once you've booked a court, send me a message (http://www.meetup.com/Indoor-Football-in-Amsterdam/members/13893561/) with the date, time and location and let me know how many players you are looking for. I'll then announce the game on the site so that people can sign up for it.
If you're organizing games on a regular basis, I can also give you access to our MeetUp system so that you can post them on the site yourself.

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If you have any questions or suggestions, contact (http://www.meetup.com/Indoor-Football-in-Amsterdam/members/13893561/) organizer Koen Swinkels.

Upcoming events (5)

CANCELED Sunday Outdoor Football (Weekly)

Footy park

EVERY SUNDAY, 1 hour and a half weekly outdoor football, 7 vs 7. Name of reservation: “BRUNO - Old LUCA's reservation” == IMPORTANT - IF YOU SAY "YES" PLEASE DO SHOW UP, IT' ONLY UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE IN THE WAITING LIST ==; Level: intermediate. No beginners please. The surface is artificial grass. Cost will be around 6/7 euro per person - payment by card or exact cash amount, directly to Footy Park staff. The mentioned time is kick-off time! So try to be there at least 10/15 minutes earlier to allow for sufficient time to say hello, change and warm up. Also, making teams always takes a few minutes. RSVP & waiting list rules: - If you want to change your RSVP, do so before Saturday noon. This also applies if there are people on the waiting list. - Waiting list is automatic. So if you are on the waiting list: keep a close eye on your email, people drop on Saturday evening, sometimes. - If you are on the waiting list we assume that you are interested in playing. If you made different plans in the meantime change your RSVP to "not going". Cheers, Luca

Sunday Outdoor Football (Weekly)

Footy park

EVERY SUNDAY, 1 hour and a half weekly outdoor football, 7 vs 7. Name of reservation: “BRUNO - Old LUCA's reservation” == IMPORTANT - IF YOU SAY "YES" PLEASE DO SHOW UP, IT' ONLY UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE IN THE WAITING LIST ==; Level: intermediate. No beginners please. The surface is artificial grass. Cost will be around 6/7 euro per person - payment by card or exact cash amount, directly to Footy Park staff. The mentioned time is kick-off time! So try to be there at least 10/15 minutes earlier to allow for sufficient time to say hello, change and warm up. Also, making teams always takes a few minutes. RSVP & waiting list rules: - If you want to change your RSVP, do so before Saturday noon. This also applies if there are people on the waiting list. - Waiting list is automatic. So if you are on the waiting list: keep a close eye on your email, people drop on Saturday evening, sometimes. - If you are on the waiting list we assume that you are interested in playing. If you made different plans in the meantime change your RSVP to "not going". Cheers, Luca

Sunday Outdoor Football (Weekly)

Footy park

EVERY SUNDAY, 1 hour and a half weekly outdoor football, 7 vs 7. Name of reservation: “BRUNO - Old LUCA's reservation” == IMPORTANT - IF YOU SAY "YES" PLEASE DO SHOW UP, IT' ONLY UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE IN THE WAITING LIST ==; Level: intermediate. No beginners please. The surface is artificial grass. Cost will be around 6/7 euro per person - payment by card or exact cash amount, directly to Footy Park staff. The mentioned time is kick-off time! So try to be there at least 10/15 minutes earlier to allow for sufficient time to say hello, change and warm up. Also, making teams always takes a few minutes. RSVP & waiting list rules: - If you want to change your RSVP, do so before Saturday noon. This also applies if there are people on the waiting list. - Waiting list is automatic. So if you are on the waiting list: keep a close eye on your email, people drop on Saturday evening, sometimes. - If you are on the waiting list we assume that you are interested in playing. If you made different plans in the meantime change your RSVP to "not going". Cheers, Luca

Sunday Outdoor Football (Weekly)

Footy park

EVERY SUNDAY, 1 hour and a half weekly outdoor football, 7 vs 7. Name of reservation: “BRUNO - Old LUCA's reservation” == IMPORTANT - IF YOU SAY "YES" PLEASE DO SHOW UP, IT' ONLY UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE IN THE WAITING LIST ==; Level: intermediate. No beginners please. The surface is artificial grass. Cost will be around 6/7 euro per person - payment by card or exact cash amount, directly to Footy Park staff. The mentioned time is kick-off time! So try to be there at least 10/15 minutes earlier to allow for sufficient time to say hello, change and warm up. Also, making teams always takes a few minutes. RSVP & waiting list rules: - If you want to change your RSVP, do so before Saturday noon. This also applies if there are people on the waiting list. - Waiting list is automatic. So if you are on the waiting list: keep a close eye on your email, people drop on Saturday evening, sometimes. - If you are on the waiting list we assume that you are interested in playing. If you made different plans in the meantime change your RSVP to "not going". Cheers, Luca

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CANCELED | Sunday Outdoor Football (Weekly)

Footy park

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