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For this game, all players will need to bring a driver's license to the field before playing and have an rsvp here. A photo will be taken of the driver's license unless you've played before. The reason for this if you are curious is due to some players' fears related to the combination of HIPPA privacy and contact tracing, whereby one might be forced to quarantine for a long time (1/2 a month) without really being able to independently verify the true legitimacy of it. Soccer Zero is a variant of soccer using an ultra-light ball (~1/7th as heavy as a normal 5). The reason for the change is a fear of CTE, a brain disease plaguing some retired NFL football players (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzc0Lrxw3KY). It is generally thought that soccer players don't need to worry about CTE. However, not everyone agrees (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy_TTbv14RQ), and studies (https://www.facebook.com/notes/safer-soccer/does-soccer-cause-brain-damage-ie-cte/997031797105707/) will probably be coming out on both sides of the debate for decades to come. This game is for the more cautious "belt and suspenders" athletes wishing to take "zero" chances. Play seems to favor agile players and penalize overweight players (like those can't run fast, but who are great at passing a regulation ball very long distances). Games are in Silver Spring, MD. They are reffed. Clean red and blue pinnies are supplied. We use an injury-based foul system. You can use your hands to protect yourself from the ball; hand balls are only called if you did it to gain an advantage. Yellow cards are 1/2 point to the other team. Strong kicks of balls to anyone's head ("face kicks") are yellow-card fouls even though the ball is so light it probably doesn't matter, which is mostly good because it penalizes inconsiderate play, something we really do care about. Reckless players or anyone getting a red card is banned. (Before heading, you need to have an idea of where other nearby players are.) A weekly invitation including a recap of the prior week's game is sent out to any players who want to read it. See here (https://www.meetup.com/safersoccer/boards/thread/23643732/0/).
Small game. Masks required during play. Temperatures taken prior to taking the field. It is a large field so social distance is natural. It is a nice grass field. I have cones and a ball. Bring Pugs and a ball if you have them. Please do not come if you feel sick. Need at least 8 to play. Intended to be a relaxed competitive game. I have been playing tennis and running since it is easier to social distance. I miss soccer so much and thought there might be others who would resonate with this idea. Please bring a dark and light shirt.
Friendly game. No slide tackling, rough play, or coaching. Bring a white and dark colored shirt. No gray shirts. We'll start at 8 so be there early to warmup and stretch. Lights will be on. Field is turf. Small parking lot next to field with street parking nearby.