The San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club will be hosting the 3rd Annual Folsom Weekend Indoor Soccer Tournament September 25-27. For more info see http://spikesfolsomtourney.strikingly.com Spikes allows our entire community the opportunity to compete in local leagues, represent San Francisco in tournaments worldwide, and play recreational soccer. Their president Trey Allen says “we’re excited to welcome LGBT soccer players from teams such as the Albany Empire, Chicago MSA, Long Beach Waverunners, WeHo, NY Ramblers, Philadelphia, Portland and Vancouver and their allies from all over the US who will be competing in this year’s tournament taking place in Bladium Sports Arena 800 W. Tower Ave., Alameda.”
At this traditional tournament you may register as an individual and they will help find you a team. Spectators are welcome and volunteers are still needed to help out as water boys and time keepers. The weekend festivities begin with a panel discussion hosted by Commonwealth Club San Francisco and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) “A New Era of LGBT Openness in Int’l Soccer” including Jaiyah Saelua from American Samoa, the 1st transgender player to compete in a FIFA qualifier. The panel discussion is hosted by the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.
The San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club was founded as a team in 1982 to represent SF in the 1st Gay Games. All are welcome to join including any skill and income levels. ”We offer fun competitive, intermediate and recreational soccer programming. We offer indoor and outdoor programming, too.” Becoming a Spike is easy. Register online or show up at one of their indoor intramural nights (Mondays during the late Fall to early Spring) or their Thursday night outdoor practices (Spring- Fall). Click the calendar link on their website www.sfspikes.com for upcoming practice dates. Email email@example.com for more info.
Trey Allen (he’s Spider Man in photo), a native of Bakersfield is working on his Master in Public Administration at SF State and has served as president of the SF Spike’s since 2014. He and I met up at none other than Spike’s Coffee and Tea on 19th St (one of their community partners). He has increased membership overall as well as at their indoor league. Under his leadership fundraising has increased and registration at this year’s tournament has nearly doubled. Over a dozen community partners have been recruited.
This year’s 3rd Annual Folsom Weekend Indoor Soccer Tournament from September 25-27 promises to be even better than last year! Join in the fun with the numerous local and out-of-town athletes. Ask to see if they’re wearing a harness along with their shin guards or the other way around.
Paul Margolis, www.OurTownSF.org