Ideas: 1) A series of challenge matches/tournament with one venue regulars vs another venue regulars, 2 groups, leading to knock out stage, with winners getting medals
2) A tournament where the teams are made up from when players signed up in those 10 years. So Class of 2008 to 2010, class of 2010 to 2012, class of 2012 to 2014 and so on until we cover all the years.
3) A BBQ & Drinks session. This could follow the above football tournament or be a stand alone event of their is no testimonial type tournament.
Lets have a social event - the one at Horse City is big enough to cater all of us with good food , beers and nice looking chicks ( happens after you have your 4th beer , they all look like Babs with long hair )
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2018 12:58:09 GMT 8 by Raj Singh
Hurt me with the Truth but Never Comfort me with a Lie
I have been monitoring the number of GIFFA Players (registered players who have played in the preceding 6 months) at the start of each month since January 2011.
After reaching and remaining at 199 at the starts of June and July 2014, and despite a major push last year to reverse the trend, the number has steadily declined to 152 at the start of September 2019.
There has been a concomitant decline in the number of games per month, from an average of 23.83 to 22.00:
Regulars start off as guests. Past growth in numbers has largely been by way of word of mouth, attracting stray players looking for a particular type of game. New players have always been limited, in order to maintain the dynamics of our games, and the social dimension of our community.
It may well be that there is a general decline in the number of people playing football in Singapore. Natural playing fields are limited, and astroturf pitches may be too expensive for many young people. School fields are often fenced off and locked when not scheduled for physical education classes, so many younger people don't grow up playing football, the way an earlier generation did. Stranger Soccer may well be picking up most or all the stray players looking for a game, which was where a lot of the early growth in numbers came from. There are also a lot of alternative activities to football now more readily available in Singapore.
Nevertheless, if we do not get to 200 GIFFA Players by the end of September 2020, I may well stop organising our routine football games and focus on other types of activity instead.
Since the start of the month, I have allowed any regular to convert any slot, even one for a fast-filling game, into a challenge match. The request needs to be made at least 6 days before the slot (because otherwise, I will schedule the usual game 5 days before the slot), and the thread for the challenge match has to be put up on the "Challenge Matches" board in the OPSAGE category at least 5 days before the game. Two Saturday slots have been converted to challenge matches at the request of Aschkan, that is:
Selectors can be appointed or elected first, and then they put together their own teams from a wider range of players (including guests). Players can even be given incentives to play for a particular team, such as waiving of payment (full or partial).
A high quality team can be put together to play against an existing team from elsewhere.
For challenge matches, my role can be limited to holding the regular booking (on the venue's terms) or can extend to collecting payment from players. The organiser can decide on a higher payment per player to allow for incentives to be given to certain key players. If payment is on my standard terms, I waive the organiser's payment, for taking on the responsibility of organising.
Last year, I started developing a new platform (website and app) to perform all the routine tasks I have relating to this forum. To make it more widely usable, I have in mind that it would be available to anyone organising small-scale events, especially regular events, like our games, where people actually turn up in person and participate. I have put the development on hold until next year to give myself time to reverse the decline in our numbers, and to update details of the system through this forum.
The yellow and red cards are for use by captains on their own players, either to zip it (yellow as a warning) or to expel them from the game (red for expulsion). Players can of course use the cards in their daily lives, to end (or inflame!) any argument.
To avoid copyright issues, I may have a small competition to design our own cards along the above lines. Players can get their children to participate!
There have been a number of milestones in the 12 years since FIOFAFI started, and in the 10 years since GIFFA started. We can mark any or all of them. It will be clearer by next year what milestones we will be marking.