Regular indoor football, sport and other activity for working adults in Singapore

About FIOFAFI: An Update

Posted by rajiv on 21 February 2009

The blog was first set up in the name “FIOFAFI” on WordPress 13 months ago, in January 2008.    I had first set a blog up on Blogsome towards the end of November 2007, in the name “Weekly Football”.

I went back to check, and I found I had e-mailed Dennis on 28 November 2007 to say:

I’ve put your write ups online at I believe that’s most of them. If you have any that are not up, e-mail it to me. ….


I’ll ask you, Ian and Tom to do little write ups on the history of “FAFI” and consolidate them into a single post.

I copied all the earlier posts to this blog when I set this up.  I will be deleting the blog on Blogsome shortly. Dennis’s e-mail write-ups are still available on this blog under “FAFI (Pre-December 2007)”.

I first announced the creation of the blog to the then mailing list about a year ago, on 22 February 2008.

I continued to copy e-mails relating to scheduling of games and reports on games to this blog until April 2008. From May 2008 onwards, the blog became the primary vehicle for scheduling, and reporting on the regular weekly sessions.

The blog comprises of pages and posts.

Pages appear horizontally just above this post and provide information about FIOFAFI, our participants and our activities.  Pages remain largely the same over time.

Posts are date specific and provide an account of our activities,  updates on the system by which activities are organised and about the blog, other related matters, and more general news, information and talk, as and when they occur or are relevant.  There is a list of current posts at the top of the left-hand column.  Older posts move down the list as new ones are added.

When the “About FIOFAFI” page was revised in February 2008, it comprised of the following:

From the old RJC at Mount Sinai to Bukit Timah campus (or anywhere else a court or pitch is available!) – regular Sunday morning football from the late 1980s, through the 1990s and into the 21st century, to regular weekday night football on Mondays (or any other day or time of the week as long as we have enough players).

“FIOFAFI” is an acronym for “Football Into Our Forties And Fifties, Indefatigably”. If we keep ourselves fit and taking reasonable steps to avoid injury, there is no reason why we cannot continue to play into our forties and fifties. I was inspired to learn that there were members of the Law Society’s veterans team who were in their 60s.

The term “FAFI” was frequently used to describe our games when Dennis was organizing them. To the best of my recollection, the term “FAFI” was first coined soon after we moved to Bukit Timah campus, as a play on “FIFA”. In an e-mail to me on 18 February 2008, Tom explained that

“The FAFI moniker was coined by our dear Kin, who, increasingly frustrated at my and / or Dennis’s antics and dubious calls re. corners, goals etc, imagined an organisation contrary to fair play and transparency.”

(In which case, perhaps it should have been called FIFA!)

We used to play on Sunday mornings, first at the old RJC at Mount Sinai, and then at Bukit Timah campus (variously known as NIE, SPE, and now NUS Law & Social Sciences campus).

There were also the occasional 7-a-side games at St. Wilfred’s organized by Dennis and George, or the odd 11-a-side game.

It was only in 2007 that we moved to Monday nights at Bukit Timah campus. As family commitments began to take up more of our time at the weekend, numbers for Sunday mornings began to dwindle, so Raj suggested moving the session to Monday nights.

Before Dennis, the sessions were organized by Ian (from about 1989 to 2001) and Yu Teik (from about 2001 to 2004). With Dennis due to be posted to Hong Kong with effect from February 2008, I started taking over organizing the sessions in November 2007.

Before I first set up the blog in December 2007, all scheduling of games was by e-mail or SMS. Dennis would usually include a colourful report on the last game in his e-mails.

When I first set up this blog, I copied e-mails from October and November 2007 onto the blog.  FIOFAFI is open to anyone who wishes to participate in or discuss football.

The above also lay behind the “Sunday Mornings” post on 10 August 2008.

I set up the blog as a better way of recording match reports, and as platform for organising games in the future.  With changes to the blog over time, most recently on 1 February 2009, the above content now appears amended and variously on the “What Is FIOFAFI?” and “History Of FIOFAFI” sub-pages to “About FIOFAFI”, and “From The Archive” sub-page to “History Of FIOFAFI”.

More importantly, FIOFAFI is no longer limited to just football – it covers futsal, football, sport and other activity for working adults.

Accordingly, the first “F” in FIOFAFI doesn’t necessarily have to mean “Football” – it can be any relevant word “beginning with “F”.  Reza was the first to raise this, and suggested “Fitness”.  Increasingly, I prefer “Fun”.

I will be re-writing the “About FIOFAFI” sub-pages to make them leaner and more forward looking.

19 Responses to “About FIOFAFI: An Update”

  1. […] About FIOFAFI: An Update […]

  2. […] About FIOFAFI: An Update […]

  3. rajiv said

    When I first took over organising the sessions at the start of December 2007, apart from me, there were only 26 recipients to the regular e-mails: Norman, Sam, Collin, Ber Luen, Boon Yick, Channou, Chi Kin, Clement, Clive, David C, George, Glenn, Heath, Swee Hoe, Mark C, Nathan, Nam, Raj (Santi), Tar-Rom, Tim N, Tom, Nicolas, Dennis, Yu Teik, Andrew TP, Kenneth.

    Sam and Nicolas are now out with long term injuries, I understand Collin is currently abroad, Ber Luen and Dennis are in Hong Kong, Clement, George, Glenn, Swee Hoe, Mark C and Raj will play in the Bukit Timah area, and Yu Teik will play at Bukit Timah campus. Kenneth hasn’t played for a long time. Only Boon Yick, Clive and Tom are still fairly regular. The remaining 10 either never got round to playing, or were dropped because they hadn’t played for a long time.

    The other 87 names currently on the Participant List have all joined later.

  4. […] pool of participants is larger than it’s ever been.  With more playing just once a week, or even once every two or three weeks, rather than two or […]

  5. rajiv said

    As everyone then on the mailing list was informed of the blog on 22 February 2008, I’ll treat everyone currently on the Participant List who was on the mailing list as at 1 March 2008, and had participated before then, as “original” participants who first participated under the FIOFAFI system in February 2008.

    The Introducer Ranking will be updated at the end of the current quarter.

  6. […] I get the feeling that most of all, people come back because FIOFAFI is fun. […]

  7. […] Clogging up of e-mail accounts was first raised as issue on the blog on 4 April 2008, soon after the blog was first set up. […]

  8. […] on Sat 11 April 2009 The two hard courts at Bukit Timah campus (BTC) were our regular venue for a long time.  At S$10.50 per hour, it was […]

  9. […] we switched to 8 to 10 pm on Monday nights in 2007, with the late finish, not wasting time became a bigger […]

  10. […] by rajiv on Thu 16 April 2009 The name “FIOFAFI” may have started out as a play on “FAFI”, but the “Into Our Forties And Fifties” part of “FIOFAFI” has […]

  11. […] by rajiv on Sat 25 April 2009 When trying to find an acronym that fit “FAFI”, “Forties and Fifties” was easy for “FAF”.  “Into Our Forties And […]

  12. […] could also be a shortening of Operation SAGE.   (PS.  “FIFA” without the first “F” is […]

  13. […] We can call it Project FAFI (in honour of Tom, who continues to call the Monday night game “FAFI”).   You shouldn’t just leave it to Tom (or […]

  14. […] of regular participants who run the game themselves.   The reference to “FAFI” is a throwback to the regular games on Monday nights before the blog was set up, when it used to be a group of us […]

  15. […] Other than a few who slipped through the cracks, almost everyone who has played since January 2008 but last played more than 12 months ago is listed.  There are currently 31 names on the list.  At […]

  16. […] More than 300 people have played in a FIOFAFI or GIFFA game since the blog was set up in early 2008. […]

  17. […] on Sat 1 May 2010. Filed under: Blog,OPSAGE,System | FIOFAFI as a play on “FAFI” and the target age of constituency has run its […]

  18. […] Sun 9 May 2010 rajiv Leave a comment Go to comments Although the blog started off as a platform for organising regular indoor football, the regular indoor football is now entirely on the GIFFA Message Board, from scheduling, to […]

  19. […] was the case with “FAFI” (the prelude to “FIOFAFI”), we are back to a play on […]

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