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Sat 29 November 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

We all enjoy winning. Being on the winning side undoubtedly adds to the satisfaction we get from a FIOFAFI session.

However, only 5 of the 10 players at each session can be on a winning side. Not being on the winning side is no reason to be disheartened or demoralized.

The real question is whether we are making progress, in terms of personal fitness and performance, and our ability to contribute to the team.

Further, in any given session, we may or may not perform to our full potential. As stated recently, many are looking for an enjoyable way to keep fit on top of family, work and other commitments, and it doesn’t always fall in place like clockwork.

The crux of the matter is whether appreciable progress is being made in the medium and longer term.

If anyone is looking to burn themselves out in a blaze of glory (taking a few other players with him), then FIOFAFI is not for him.

The rankings is meant to be fun, but is also used as the basis for determining line ups. Each week, I highlight the top 10. The team selectors, co-ordinators or captains come from the higher ranks, and carries not only the expectation to perform, but the responsibility to co-ordinate the team in order to get the best out of their team mates.

More important than the result, team captains should also take into consideration the well-being of their team-mates and the opposing team, for example, not driving their team-mates beyond their limits or into wild or reckless challenges. We have no interest in any participant picking up injuries that keep him out of action for any length of time, let alone weeks on end. However, ultimately, each participant is responsible for his own well-being, as well as those of the other participants.

Further, a good captain is able to keep the morale of his team up, even when things are not going well on the pitch.

Sustainable participation remains the primary focus of FIOFAFI. As I’ve pointed out before, their are no prizes for winning a FIOFAFI session or topping the weekly rankings. We are not professional footballers with significant financial reward at stake, or even amateurs playing for glory in organized competitions.

For those of us who thrive on competition, seek the thrill of victory in league competition, and who are prepared to make the necessary commitment, there is the option of putting together a FIOFAFI team to play in a futsal league, like the one organized by ESPZen.

For the vast majority of us, success is measured in terms of improving fitness and performance levels in the medium and longer term.

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  1. Franco
    Sat 29 November 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I would join this tournament but I can guarantee the pace is even higher and the physical resistance too..;-)…I have played a game on thursday just before we had our session and the final score was 5:4!!! I m afraid this would not suit to everybody especially if we might lose most of the games until we get use to the way, teams playing in this tournament and most of the players have half of our age too!!!

  2. rajiv
    Sat 29 November 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Like I said, the possibility of taking part in a league competition is for those who may be looking for greater competition.

    Everything on FIOFAFI is entirely voluntary. If under-subscribed, I’d put it off until later. If oversubscribed, selection could be based on the rankings.

  3. Philipp
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 9:37 am

    What about organizing a small tournament within FIOFAFI then?
    We should be able to form 4-6 teams, no?
    And afterwards we ask the Cage if we can have a BBQ and beer at their place 🙂

  4. rajiv
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Well Philipp, to get at least 4 teams (at least 20 players), it would likely have to be at the weekend or on a public holiday, in the morning or afternoon.

    The Cage does have tournaments from time to time at the weekend. It might be easier to get a couple of teams together to take part.

    The Cage has never complained about the beer you and Dirk have been bringing – I’m not so sure about a BBQ though :).

  5. Edardy
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I just bought an awesome grill! Pretty sweet with enough room for about 8 slabs of beef at one go. I am more than happy to bring it and be in charge of the fire. BBQ is kinda my thing. I’m pretty sure with permission, we can get a fire going.

  6. Edardy
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’m thinking.. 6 teams. two round-robin groups. 20 minute games (10min per half). Top two teams move on to Semi Finals. so an hour can accommodate 3 games which is equivalent to one round-robin. Including semifiinals, final and third placing, in total we need 3 hours and 20 minutes to complete the whole tournament. A weekend is sufficient. So we make it 4 hours in total. Including a referee, I think per person will have to contribute, 15 dollars. If each fork out 30 dollars, we’ll have extra cash. We can provide meat and beer or water or trophies. That would be a good fun day of football, beer and meat (whether or not we win or lose). At Fiofafi, everyone wins! haha

  7. Mon 1 December 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I’m not a BBQ freak but saw this little gadget in a magazine and made me want to make people happy … Weber One-Touch Gold.

  8. rajiv
    Mon 1 December 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Edardy, apart from the logistics, I’m not sure we’d get 30 of us together over 4 hours. We don’t get many more than 10 even for our drinks.

    If our numbers increase over the course of next year, we can do one later in the year.

    Of course, nothing to stop anyone from organizing a BBQ anytime, and inviting everyone from FIOFAFI 🙂 .

  9. Edardy
    Wed 3 December 2008 at 9:17 am

    Hey Tom.
    Thats the one i Got! but a size smaller without the cool gadget to capture the charcoal at the bottom. Its a difference of 200 bucks! WAH! Mine’s the Weber7401. If i get the Weber One touch Gold, I may need to get a bigger house to accommodate a grill that can feed india. But it is a thing of beauty.


    Perhaps you are right. Maybe we should get the recruitment ad going eh?

  10. Boris
    Thu 11 December 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t mind being on the losing team if the match was a really competitive and enjoyable one. But of course nothing beats winning. =)

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