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How Free Agents Can Find a Team

Looking for a team to play for? Captains are looking for you too!

 

 

Free Agents are individual players who do not yet have a team, but are actively looking to join one. Our goal is to connect Free Agents and Captains, so everyone benefits. Below are ways for Free Agents to connect with Captains and join a team in SOPFC. 

 

1. Register as a Free Agent

 

Click the "Free Agent" button for each league you're willing and available to play in - it's free to register! Captains looking for players will invite you if they think you're a good fit for their team, so be on the lookout for an invitation email. This email will also include the Captain's personal email address at the bottom if you'd like to follow-up with them before accepting. If you accept the invite, the Captain will likely issue you an invoice to pay your share of team dues. 

 

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2. Join our "SOPFC Free Agents & Captains" Facebook group

 

Post your desired league(s), skill level, days available, preferred position(s), and/or experience. Captains in the group will comment or message you if they think you're a good fit for their team. Include as much info about yourself as possible, and whether you have friends who want to play too!

 

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3. Join an SOPFC pickup session

 

Captains and current team players often play in our pickup games, and are looking to recruit new players for their teams. Come out to a session and meet other players, let the site manager know you're looking for a team, and add your info to our Free Agent Whiteboard if there's one at the field!

 

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FAQ

 

What is a Free Agent signup?

 

Free Agents are players who don't have a team yet but are looking to play on one. Every season we connect players who sign up as Free Agents with Captains who are looking for additional players for their team - it's a win-win! When you click the "Free Agent" button on a league, you will be asked to describe yourself and what type of team you're looking for. Captains from that league will then be able to view this info and invite you to join their team. It does not cost anything to sign up for the Free Agent pool; you will only be asked to pay your share of team dues if you agree to join a team.

 

When could I expect to be invited to join a team?

 

It all depends how many Captains are looking for players during that particular season, in the specific league you signed up for as a Free Agent. Typically, as the league Signup Deadline approaches, Captains more actively recruit Free Agents to join their team. But the sooner you sign up, the better your chances of being invited to join a team, since some Captains begin building their roster early on. If you are available on multiple days/leagues, be sure to sign up as a Free Agent for EACH LEAGUE SEPARATELY.

 

My friend and I both want to play and sign up together, but only if we’re on the same team. How can we do that?

 

When you sign up as a Free Agent, be sure to include info or details about friends you may want to play with. Captains are often looking for several new players, so this could help your chances of being invited to join a team.

 

What type of footwear is recommended?

 

In general, we recommend regular molded grass cleats, for both our artificial grass turf fields and our grass fields. However, players are free to wear any boot they'd like, as long as they don't have metal studs. Some players wear turf cleats, a few even wear flats. Our artificial grass fields are fairly thick (like real grass) and have a rubber pellet base.

 

Are shin guards required?

 

Yes, all leagues require shin guards to be worn at all times during games. You must also wear long socks to cover them complelely.

 

What color shirt should I wear?

 

After you have been invited to join a team, your Captain will advise you what color shirt to wear to games.

 

I’m not sure if I should play, I’m not that good…

 

While at least a tiny bit of experience playing soccer is recommended even for our Social or Coed leagues (even if it was way back in 6th grade), by no means do you have to be "good"! Our Social and Coed leagues are very accommodating to players without much experience, or who haven't played in a while. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly in general.

 

I want to play, but I may have to miss a game because of work/wedding/etc.

 

If you have to miss a game or two, that’s not a problem. Captains typically carry extra people on their rosters since everyone can’t make every week. However, if you need to miss more than half the season, it’s probably best to pick another league.

 

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