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OPSAGE: Second Quarter 2010

Posted by rajiv on 6 April 2010

The OPSAGE post will appear quarterly from now on.

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Comings, Goings & Absences: March 2010

Posted by rajiv on 1 March 2010

The latest Participant List was circulated by e-mail last Friday with the following e-mail:

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Rest, Sleep & Food: 20 September 2009

Posted by rajiv on 20 September 2009

As we now have a session every day of the week other than Friday, the opportunities to play are great. The current record of sessions/games played by any one person is 5 in 4 days.

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Injuries: 4 September 2009

Posted by rajiv on 4 September 2009

The stated aim of FIOFAFI is to provide opportunities to participate regularly in sport and other physical activities, in particular, indoor footballRead the rest of this entry »

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Line Ups: 26 August 2009

Posted by rajiv on 26 August 2009

The primary aim of FIOFAFI and the blog is to provide opportunities to participate in sport in general and indoor football in particular through a “pooling” effect.

Fixing line ups beforehand is entirely ancillary to the above objective.
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Tables & Line-Ups: 19 July 2009

Posted by rajiv on 19 July 2009

The end-of-week rankings has been re-named end-of-week table, and will no longer be used to determine the following week’s line ups.  From now on, it is entirely for fun.

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Equipment & Safety: Balls, Shoes, Etc

Posted by rajiv on 13 July 2009

We used to bring our own footballs for each session.  Over the past few months, we have been using the balls provided by our regular venues – The Cage, Sports Planet and the Premier Pitch.   These can be very worn due to frequent use.

They are also of various types and sizes:

  • Standard size-5 footballs.
  • Standard size-4 footballs
  • Standard futsals (size-4 and harder).

For a while, there was a preference for standard size-4 balls, and I tried to make sure there was one available at each session., but it proved too administratively difficult.

FIFA-administered futsal is played on a hard court with a size-4 ball “with a low bounce (30% reduced)”.    That is why it “tends to stick”.  It is suitable for hard courts, but not entirely suitable for the artificial turf we play on.  (In fact, what we play isn’t futsal at all – it’s generic “indoor football”.)

I’d rather stick with standard size-4 footballs.   As they’re smaller and lighter, they make the game faster while at the same time, improving skill by requiring better technique to control the ball, dribble and pass.  As they’re lighter, the impact on ankles, knees, hips and wrists from shooting and saving, and the consequential risk of injury, are also marginally reduced.

The next question is how to make sure that a standard size-4 ball is available at every session.  For now, I suggest that anyone who can buys one, and collects $1 extra from each person in subsequent sessions that person plays until the cost is covered.  A standard size-4 ball should cost between $20 and $30, so if you’re collecting $9 from each session, you’ll cover the cost after 3 sessions.    Anyone who buys a ball also needs to remember to bring it for each session, and to take it back with them.

Moving on to shoes, I suggest that if you’re getting a new pair, you get one with multiple rubber “pimples” on the soles.  Although shoes with blades are seen as being suitable for both grass pitches and artificial pitches, they do increase the risk of injury to opponents.

Shin pads, knee, ankle and wrist guards or support, gloves and goggles are all optional.

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own safety, with due regard for the safety of others.

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Eye-Catcher: 30 May 2009

Posted by rajiv on 30 May 2009

This is the first of the weekly “Eye-Catcher” posts on Saturdays.  If you come across anything interesting, amusing, entertaining or informative on the internet about football, sport, games or other activity, add a link or a summary as a comment below.

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The First "F" Is For "Fun"

Posted by rajiv on 30 May 2009

Earlier, I covered what the middle “IOFAF” and the last “I” stand for.  As for  the first “F”, it stands for “Fun”.

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Routine Session Rules: 24 May 2009

Posted by rajiv on 24 May 2009

Having summarized the routine session system in one post, I figured I’d also summarize the rules we play to in one post.

The rules are geared towards keeping the game free flowing and to accommodate different styles of play.  It is also geared towards reducing the risk of injury.

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