We are a non-for profit pick up soccer group who have come together, built on the belief that soccer/futbol/football brings people together and that it is the greatest sport in the world!
This group is for any adult (18+ years old or unless pre-approved by organizers) with skills ranging from beginner to experienced as long as they have the interest, accountability, dedication, and most importantly passion to play the game. If you apply to join, please be sure to set your privacy settings to be able to receive messages from other members of this meetup and be aware that organizers will send you messages that you must pay attention to and reply or else you will be considered a bot/fake profile, and then promptly removed from the group. So come on by, to check out weekly meetup events in person and kick a ball around, we play all year round, with about 120+ games annually, predominantly in Springfield and Elizabeth, but also Summit, and Cranford.
We do charge members a fee (annual and/or trial) so the group can get permitted fields, provide pinnies, balls, goalie gloves, group insurance, and other equipment. PLEASE READ THIS NEXT SEGMENT CAREFULLY ABOUT THE FEES: The group hosts two types of events "Permitted" (The meetup event will tell you in its header if it is permitted having "Permitted" in its title) and non-permitted (Non-permitted events will not have the word "permitted" in the header). If you pay the annual fee, it will allow you to play both (permitted and non-permitted) types of events, the trial fee only allows you to play at non-permitted events. The annual fee lasts from when it is paid till the end of the current calendar year while the trial will only be for three non-permitted games: first time trying out the meetup is free, then the trial fee will be $5 (2nd game), and then $10 (3rd game). After your third trial fee game, you must pay the annual fee to continue playing in the group. You can also just pay the annual fee first and not have to worry about the trial fee. Additionally trial fees do not transfer over or apply to the annual fee, they are separate. Guests, (+1s or not members of the group) can only attend non-permitted games and never permitted. When bringing a guest, the member must message the full name of the guest to the group's admin (Drew). People who bring guests will be held responsible for the fees associated with their guest if the guest does not pay. Returning members from previous years cannot partake in the trial fee payments as they have already tried the group out. To be considered an "active" member, you must attend 2 games annually or have paid the annual fee during the year. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be removed from the group.
The annual fee: 50 dollars via venmo and 55 in cash. For Venmo: UnionCtyCoEdSoccer
Please message with your full legal name when you pay. Also understand the annual fee only covers the calendar year you pay and not the 12 months after you pay.Failure to pay the annual fee or the per trial fee will result in you not being allowed to play that day and possibly kicked from the group. All players must sign waivers of liability and understand by joining this group, you waive any claim of injury, illness, financial losses stemming from participating in this group and this applies to any of the towns whose fields we use.
For match day attendance:
We take attendance very seriously in this meetup, if you don't show after RSVP-ing "yes" or drop after the RSVP closes and you were on the "yes" list , you will given a "strike" and after 3 times (this also will affect you if you have a +1 and that guest does not show up but you do), you will be set as a "No" for a base of one week initially for your first time ever and after will increase in time. With this penalty, you will be unable to hold a RSVP spot but will be allowed to be a "walk on" should there be an open slot.Members of the group cannot use +1's as a way to rsvp for someone else who is a member and should only be used for guests. Should you need to drop after RSVP closes and you were on the RSVP list, you are obligated to message the coordinators/organizers as to why. If you do not, an automatic strike will be given until the issue is resolved. You are then obligated to post the your open spot on the match day chat, where it will be a "first come first serve basis" for someone else to claim your spot in the chat. Strikes can go away over the course of 6 months after it is received or can be "paid" away at 10 dollars per strike. Strikes will also reset once a new calendar year starts. You are also expected to be at the field at the designated "Team Selection" time, if you show up after team selection has finished or after the set time, you will automatically be placed into goal for 15 minutes, along with be given a 1/2 strike. Please understand, many players show up on time, it is expected you do so as well, as being late delays and penalizes those who show up on time. .
For game-play: We follow most standard FIFA rules however there is NO SLIDING what so ever allowed or ground play from field players, you will be given a yellow automatically for doing so. Keepers are the ONLY people on the field allowed to slide with the understanding they do so with extreme care, nobody wants to get injured. For the rules of offenses, organizers/coordinators will hand out yellow and red cards as needed to curb individuals from continued unsportsmanlike conduct and for violation of the FIFA/house rules. Yellow means warning, red means you're kicked off for the remainder of the game and for one week after receiving the card. You can accumulate yellows in back to back games, and 2 yellows in a game or in back to back games = a red card, in which you are banned for a game. However, if you get one yellow, and are able to avoid getting anymore for 2 weeks,the yellow card will go away on your record. More than 1 red card in a year will lead to harsher punishments, such as being banned for an indiscriminate amount of time. Should you need to step off the field (break, phone, bathroom) you must stay off till the ball is out of play, this is to avoid unfair player advantages during play.
Offside are called by the designated last man (by the captains) and the keeper. Fouls can only be called by the person affected by it and it will automatically stop play. Hand balls no matter the situation also stop play as well. Individuals who abuse calling offsides and fouls when no situation has occurred will be warned and then promptly lose the ability to make such judgement by the coordinators. However, should we have a referee, the calls will be made by referee
Chaser rule: those who kick the ball are to get the ball and bring it back. Those who kick a ball and lose the ball, will be held financially responsible for a replacement ball.
More complicated scenarios do occur, however, this will be handled by coordinators as their rule is the final ruling in all matters.
For Teams: Most meetup days will consist of 24 players on the field 12 v 12 with 2, 45 minute halves or if temperature warrants it 3, 30 minute thirds. Each team will start with two captains picked by organizers, and the captains will decide formation, who they pick for their teams, and other matters that organizers need their opinion on. Everyone is expected to play every position and to stay at their position. Captains reserve the right to pick goal keepers (for up to 15 minutes unless agreed upon for a different arrangement), and to choose where the player goes on the field afterwards. Changing of keepers will occur only when the team who wants to switch out keepers have possession of the ball and call for a keeper change. Goalies must some sort of finger protection, there is no negotiation, safety is our primary concern!
For player equipment: we play mostly on turf fields and you must bring proper footwear(primarily turf shoes but also bring hard grounds if conditions warrant it), no metal cleats! Failure to bring adhere to this will result in you being unable to play. Additionally, you are welcome to bring shin guards.
Inclement weather does occur...Coordinators are responsible to call games on or off. We will always try to notify people within a 12 hour notice to at least 3-4 hours before. You, as RSVPs are responsible to check if games have been cancelled.
Fighting will not be tolerated nor toxic behavior, Fighting is an automatica dismal from the group, For toxic behavior (overly coaching, verbal harassment, language, racism) you will be warned and then asked to leave by coordinators should it continue. You are also expected to stay from start to finish, we also must pride ourselves to have a sportsmen-like attitude win or lose, those who do not/can not, are not welcome to play.
Organizers and coordinators reserve the right to also remove players from the group for any reason.
Any other questions, please feel free to ask the leadership team or any other coordinator about anything that may concern you