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More Comings Than Goings

Boris returned from Jordan at the beginning of last week, before leaving for Dubai at the end of the week.  He pulled out of the session on Monday claiming to be in pain after playing at the weekend (the knock-on effect of which was he didn’t make Tuesday’s session either), but he did make Wednesday’s session.

Despite having left for Dubai, Boris still managed to comment on the 11-a-side game last night.

Wherever in the world you may be transferred to or settle, you can still comment on the blog.  No matter where you go, if you’re still commenting on the blog, you haven’t left FIOFAFI.  The same applies to anyone who stops playing.

As an online “clubhouse”, FIOFAFI is global, as are its “newsletters”, the weekly “Update” and the occasional “Extra”.

In order to keep at least three or four sessions going each week, with more irregular participation, our pool of participants needs to be constantly growing.

As I’ve said before, a simple way to introduce friends, colleagues and acquaintances to FIOFAFI is to forward an “Update” or an “Extra” to them by e-mail.

However, I expect that, increasingly, new participants will find us through the blog.  The first person to find us through the blog was Tristan.  However, as he played with us before the current system of adding names to the Participant List was introduced, and he was in any event under 21, he was not added to the Participant List.

Since then, Jujing, Dennis W and Hairuddin have found us through the blog.

It is easy to keep count of participants joining us.  It is much harder to keep count of participants leaving.   Other than a handful of participants who have informed me that they are leaving the country, or have to stop playing indefinitely due to injury or incapacity, everyone else who stops playing without commenting on the blog merely drop off the Participant List after a lapse of time of 6 months to a year, as provided in the system for updating the Participant List at the end of every quarter.

Like I said before

If anyone intends to stop playing indefinitely, it would be good if they could let me know, preferably on the blog, but by e-mail or SMS if need be. It would be useful for me to know why as well. However, I guess if someone is not interested enough to continue playing, they’re unlikely to be interested enough to let me know, let alone give a reason.

The Participant List is now up to 125.  A significant number have not played for a while.  Taking a long break is fine, but I’m not sure how many of those who haven’t played for a while will come back or have left for good.

FIOFAFI can’t be insular and static.  Growth is achieved by having more people joining us than leaving.

Categories: Participation
  1. Azmi
    Mon 27 April 2009 at 5:19 am

    Hi, Came across this website from a forum. I’m looking for new “kakis” to join for weekly soccer. My group of friends are getting less active. Preferably futsal or court soccer but field also can do.

    • rajiv
      Mon 27 April 2009 at 8:11 am

      Welcome Azmi.

      I’ll e-mail you on how it works.

      • rajseran
        Mon 27 April 2009 at 10:48 am


        wht dont you get your kakis to play tonight . We are short of 4 players .

    • Mark L
      Mon 27 April 2009 at 4:59 pm

      Dear Azmi

      Kindly send your cash cheque for 100$ being admission fee to FIFOFAI. You can send cash as well to my home address… 😛

      • rajseran
        Mon 27 April 2009 at 5:07 pm

        Or in return you can get my Two undersize Fiofafi Tshirts which is valued on Ebay at $200 – i can give both at $100 and a life time membership to FIOFAFI till you reach 60 🙂

  2. Azmi
    Tue 28 April 2009 at 2:31 am

    Hmm there’s a membership here? I thought just football gathering for working adults. Currently working shift so I’m mostly available on wednesdays or Thursdays to Saturdays. Anyway, I’ll wait for your email Rajiv, Thanks.

    • rajiv
      Tue 28 April 2009 at 8:17 am

      Hi Azmi

      Did you get my e-mail sent yesterday afternoon? There’s no membership fee, it was just a couple of regulars trying to be funny.

      The only payment is each player’s share of the cost of the pitch.

      Other details are set out in my e-mail, or under “Current Schedule”.

  3. Boris
    Sun 3 May 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Jokers hehe…

  4. rajiv
    Sun 23 August 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I expect that, increasingly, new participants will find us through the blog.

    With the addition of Jason D and John L, the number of participants finding us through the blog has reached 11, overtaking my 10 in the “Introducer Rankings”.

    The 11 are – Ace, Azmi, Bernard, Dennis W, Elvin, Hairuddin, Jason D, John L, Jujing, Mani, Sivaraj

    Based on the criteria introduced on 1 April 2009, there are 24 “Originals”.

    Nick is level with “The Blog” in the “Introducer Rankings”, with 11.

    The number of participants on the list has reached 180. It won’t be long before we reach 200.

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