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Friendly game. No slide tackling, rough play, or coaching. Bring a white and dark colored shirt. No gray shirts. Field is turf so please wear turf shoes.
In case of disagreement during the game, the host acts as a referee so the game stays smooth and enjoyable to everyone.
If you are willing to join us reserve your spot in advance. Please do not show up unless you're confirmed and your name shows in the going list. The RSVP limit is set up to prevent injuries from having too many players on the field and have more pleasant game experience.
- It's very important that you honor your RSVP and show up when you do so, this makes it easier for the Event hosts to keep track of people in attendance and hosting the event. If your plans change or you can not make it please change your RSVP ASAP so that others can take your spot.
- No-shows will be taken very seriously. You will lose your privilege to RSVP and possible ban from the club.
-We expect that people are respectful of other players and exhibit great sportsmanship, we absolutely do not tolerate negative behavior and rough play.
-In case that we play with big goals, every player should sub for a goalie of about 10 mins.
Please use a clear profile picture so it is easier for us to know each other. if you don't have a clear picture, the host might cancel your rsvp.
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/).