joining SoccerHague means accepting & respecting these aspects of the T&C; the club-culture
1) 🎟️ RSVP
if you want to play, set RSVP to Going-Yes, on the event page. In case you change your mind set the RSVP to NO, so the next eager person in line can join.
Play as little or often as you want; no obligations to play every week. We usually play 2 times a week (Midweek-eve & Sat-morn).
2) 💰 Payment
payment is always in advance; get tickets online. Please check the instructions on the event. Organizing is a job. We like footy, not extra administration work. It’s up to the participant to take care of payment.
3) 👥 Target Group
the target persona for our events is : EXPATS of 25 years & older. Sometimes locals or juniors play along, but it’s not ment for groups of already-friends who dont mingle. Everyone is an individual who blends in the diverse Meetup group. That’s what participants value in SoccerHague events : getting to know other international-minded people who live like they’re traveling.
Participants also need to have a certain base-line of skill level of the game, and a certain stamina. If it’s not possible to blend into the game we advice to look for club that has a focus on beginners or maybe seniors.
4) 👕🎽 Random Teams
TEAMS are made by RANDOM handouts of shirts. Not by groups of friends sticking in 1 team, against other enemy teams.
Everyone mingles & everyone is your friend. Your opponent in today’s game is your team-mate in tomorrow’s game. By luck you could get in a very good or bad team. Try to make the best of it. Winning with a ‘bad’ team usually feels even better (more achievement) than winning if you’re in a good team anyway.
5) 🧘 Positivity
SoccerHague is a place to meet new people, have fun & stay fit. Play to enjoy : having a good time & feeling fit is what matters most.
Bring positivity; spread GOOD VIBES & respect, not anger or conflict. It doesnt cost that much to do so; the investment is low & returns very high.
Don’t be too serious and swearing at your team-mates or opponent. You won’t get into the history books if you win, nor will you get sacked of you loose. It’s just for fun. Some people are 25 years old, some are 55. Older are more experienced, young are faster. Try to look for eachothers strong sides.
6) 🧑⚖️ Referee
we dont work with designated referees. Just take it easy, relax & be generous; then all problems will clear automagically.
If you feel someone made a foul on you say 'foul !', and you'll get a free kick. It has never happened someone misused that rule fraudulently. People just dont want to be 'that person' who is constantly claiming. At the same time after a foul people feel they should be more careful, so it levels itself out to chillmode.
Magic but true. It's because our members arent that hyper-focused on winning only. They come to enjoy and have fun.. and sure they still want to win.
7) 🤕 Injuries
at SoccerHague it should always feel like we’re playing in safe-mode, because its just for fun & fitness. Playing rough isnt allowed. We don’t do slidings, hard tackles or bodychecks here.
Be super careful not to injure someone. No sliding a day, keeps the doctor away 🍏. For (semi)professional football players there’s so much at stake ; injuries are much more a calculated risk of their business. Our players come for fun only.
There's Dutch laws on sports injuries and accountability. Play carefully and you'll always be safe. For the rest we have our own rules, and do not care per se what is permitted or not by soccer institutions like KNVB, UEFA or FIFA. Dont worry, its still football..
8) 🖼️ Profile Picture
members on SoccerHague are required to upload a recognizable PROFILE PIC. The photo doesnt have to be a closeup, as long as it’s recognizable for members & admins (can be from some meters away). Building a community works better when people can recognize eachother.
Over the years the few conflicts that ever occured at events have mostly been with ‘faceless’ people (such as no photo, or a pic of an animal or a building for instance). PS : on Meetup you can have a unique profile pic for every group you’re in. So if you prefer it’s possible to upload a faceless profile pic for all other groups you’re member of. You can do that only via a desktop (not mobile app).