We play collective, highly-skilled soccer in the District.
Our goal is to create that incredible feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself—a true collective of skilled players that moves the ball quickly to probe attacking possibilities and gets joy out of slick passing moves that above all, retain possession (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YorsHwScQ6E). We love the “generosity of passing” - Arsene Wenger.
Our meetups are consistent and well-organized.
The meetups are organized by Bishop, a former semi-pro player, club founder, and coach. We provide clean scrimmage vests, goals, cones, match balls, and field permits (coming Spring 2019). Games are capped at 16 (sometimes 18). Teams are choosen by skill and position. There are no goalkeepers.
We play additional games or add restrictions to the typical scrimmage during a 1.5–2 hour session to freshen up play and sharpen your skills as needed.
RSVPs cost $3. And you must donate online to reserve a limited spot.
All money is invested back into the meetup for better equipment, permits, etc. Happy to discuss the rationale for paying to RSVP—the overwhelming evidence suggests it creates a better playing environment. If you don’t like paying for a quality soccer experience, that’s perfectly fine. There are other free meetups that have a wide range of skill and attitudes out there and will give you a few seconds of joga bonito for a few hours of your time. We seek to enjoy all our time on the pitch since we all have busy lives.
District Collective Player Requirements:
You must be a former college player or equivalent skill level. We accept nearly all players on a trial basis to see if their skill and collective mindset contribute to the group. Sometimes players aren’t great fits for the group—it’s nothing personal and this protects the integrity of the game. Players can apply for another trial if they feel they’ve improved their skill/mindset. The most important criteria we use to see if a player belongs is to ask: Do they make their teammates better?
This is a co-ed group (although there tend to be much more male players). We find female players to be much more tactically aware than male players and welcome you to play!
We encourage a safe and supportive community, where we push each other to be better. Overly aggressive and dangerous play is not tolerated. Offenders will be cautioned and, if necessary, banned.
Selfish players are not welcome. If you hear: “pass the ball!” Or “move the ball!” From your teammates, consider this a warning that you may be asked to leave the group.