Anarchist Soccer Austinpublic - created 05/14/05
So, what's this Anarchist Soccer all about? no rules, black clothing, molotovs, chaos..?
nah. forget the media cliches, there are rules, just no rulers. we're reclaiming sport and playing it our way. we're still competitive, but in a way that's more about fun and respect for all involved, rather than boosting individual egos. we don't take things too seriously. we don't keep score except for the last goal, there are no goal posts or boundaries, we don't play positions, we swap players, sometimes we're really lazy, sometimes we run hard, sometimes we stop mid-game to talk with opposing players, but no one gets really angry - we're all friends. when we foul, we concede it. we play until we decide its time to stop, not nature, though the summer heat kicks our ass and reduces our numbers.
This game of anarchist soccer is about gathering, running, talking, falling, laughing, kicking, shanking and scoring - usually messily, other times beautifully - and rebuilding community... this is what seems important now.
DISCLAIMER: be aware that this isn't pickup soccer as you may know it. this is community soccer, dominating play, only passing to the best players and showing off your amazing skills and ego is not what we are about. there are plenty of highly competitive pickup games on campus or in zilker park if you want that.
Where do we play in austin?
All welcome - come out and introduce yourself. The sunday game is currently from (approx.) 1-4pm at Rosewood Park in east austin at 12th and Chestnut.
Mid-week games are 7.00pm, tue & thurs at a secret, central location. The field is small so numbers are limited. Come out regularly on sundays and find out more.
You'll see anywhere from 20 to 50 people out on sundays depending on how hot it is. It's always a mis-mash of genders, colors, age and skill levels (there is a big disparity here, so anyone willing to offer free soccer clinics would be vastly rewarded). We play/hang out for at least 2 hours in summer, closer to 4 other times and there is a pool nearby to finish up in. No matter how beat we are, we try to follow sunday games with an evening potluck and/or social event.
How To Start Your Own Game:
* Visit your local anarchist bookstore, collective, indymedia group or infoshop to see if a game already exists
* Talk to your friends about starting one. get a dozen people to commit to playing regularly
* Locate a soccer field or flat spot
* Decide on a date and time for the game that doesn't conflict with existing games
* Put up flyers
* Send out e-mails to local activist or anarchist lists
* Show up and have fun
* Important: follow games with a party, potluck or similar celebration