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Amsterdam Football and Basketball Pages

What we do
We play casual indoor football (soccer) and basketball games at various locations in Amsterdam (via the 'sporthallen' system set up by the city).

The cost per person for an 1,5 hour indoor football game is typically between 5 and 7 Euro while 2 hour basketball games are usually between 3 and 5 Euro.

Our Rules
Read more about the Rules of this MeetUp here.

Play in a league
If you are interested in playing in a league instead of or in addition to our pickup games, you might want to check out Footy Amsterdam and Powerleague.

Organize your own games
Currently there is more demand for indoor football games than there is supply. That means that if you were to organize your own indoor football games there is a good chance that there are enough others who would want to join you.

Organizing a game is pretty easy. Go to the city's reservation system (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 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.

Injuries
Please be aware that even though our games are casual and friendly, 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 do a warming 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)
- 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 your limits and risk damage to your body.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Organize Your Own Indoor Games February 23, 2015 9:10 PM Koen S.
Want to play in a league? January 21, 2015 8:28 PM Koen S.
The Rules February 23, 2015 9:14 PM Koen S.
About Amsterdam Football and Basketball April 23, 2016 2:18 PM Koen S.

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