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East bay soccer for an out-of-shape mommy?
I'm a 38 year-old mom looking for a fun, not-too-competitive soccer league or
regular pickup game to join in Oakland/Berkeley. I played soccer quite seriously
from age 6 to age 30, then quit because of back problems, then had two babies
(the last one only 4 months ago, via c-section). I want to start playing again,
but I am seriously out of shape (and feel weirdly off-balance since the
c-section), so I'd like to find a very low-key rec league or ongoing pickup game
to join. Either women only or co-ed -- doesn't matter which. The only thing that
matters is that the atmosphere be welcoming and fun rather than competitive. Any
suggestions? Missing my game!
Check out the Women's Soccer Pickup group on meetup.com. We play every Monday at
Cedar/Rose Park at 7:00 PM. All levels are welcome, non-competitive, friendly
women many of whom play on Golden Gate teams so they are very good. I'm not that
good and older, but everyone is very encouraging. Occassionally there are other
pickups posted on the group site. Soccer granny
I've been kicking a soccer ball around with my kids lately and am
finding it very satisfying. I never played soccer when I was young so
I have no idea what I'm doing, but it seems like fun. Are there
classes or teams for grown-ups who've never played before? I'd love to
give it a try.
Ready to play
You don't mention whether you are male or female, but if you are female
then check out the Golden Gate Womens' Soccer League website at ggwsl.org.
They have every level of team available and if you contact them, they will
help you. There are teams based in the east bay (but mostly SF) and the
games are played all over the bay area. The site occasionally has postings
for beginner's clinics, etc.
Also, Toby Rappoult (I think that's how his last name is spelled) of Sunset
Soccer (a soccer store in the city and Marin) often runs beginner's clinics
and seems to have his finger on the pulse of soccer in the bay area. They
have a website as well.
If you are male, Sunset Soccer is still probably a good lead. Otherwise, I
don't know much about men's soccer.
Good luck! It's never too late to start. It's a great sport!
Mia Hamm wannabe
The Golden Gate Women's Soccer League (GGWSL) has teams all around the Bay.
There is an open league and an over 35 year old league. Some of the teams
accept beginner players and it is a good way to get started. The league
only runs in the Fall and Winter. The games are usually either in
Berkeley or SF. Let me know if you are interested and I can get you in
contact with the right person.
I started to play soccer in a free sunday clinic on San Pablo Park
in November, with a wonderful and excellent coach. I am 40 and
never play in my life before, Linda, my coach is a great person and
has been helping me to learn soccer. She is such a giving person,
she does this clinics for free. Now I joined a soccer team in
Marin, thanks to her. She welcome anybody, at any time. Please look
for us, Sundays mornings at 9 to 10:30, in San Pablo Park in
If you are a man over 30 or a woman over 21, check out EBOTS(East Bay Over
I'm looking for a womens or mixed sport team, preferebly soccer or
futsal, but anything i can join one night a week to give me some
fitness and time away from the kids. I'd like something in Berkeley
or nearby. I want something for over the summer. Any suggestions?
There are a few regular weeknight pick-up soccer games around Berkeley in
various city parks. Adults of all ages. Predominantly guys, but a few women
show up regularly. I normally show up on Wednesday nights at 6:30 at Ohlone
Park, Hearst and MLK (depending on field conditions or number of players
this group will sometimes expand to or move to a field further west along
Hearst) or Saturday afternoons at 1:30.
Other soccer games occur at San Pablo Park on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, I
think. Also at Hearst Field on the UCB campus on Saturday mornings at 11
(that crowd has a fairly even proportion of women to men).
Level of play in the mixed groups tends to be brisk but cordial. Email me
for more details. Btw, my coed recreational Albany-Berkeley league soccer
team is always looking for women players. Let me know if you, or any women
you know, are interested in league games that play in the fall and spring
on Sunday afternoons.
I am wondering about pick-up or organized co-ed adult soccer games.
I am interested in fun and somewhat casual, (not super competitive)
play, hopefully in Berkeley area.
I play in a co-ed adult soccer league called East Bay Over Thirty
The play is organized and full field
with goalies but there are no referees and the focus is on fun not
competition. We play Saturdays, usually in the 10-2:30 time frame.
There is also a pickup game at Mosswood Park in Oakland (Macarthur
and Broadway) on Thursdays starting around 6:30 but this is a bit
I just received a message from Albany-Berkeley Soccer Club about
adult pick-up games for coaches and parents, which I have already
discarded. Check out their website to see if you can find a contact
Soccer mom, not player
Check out http://www.ebotsoccer.com/schedule/ for more organized
Finding good pick-up games is a trick - generally you have to know
someone who is playing to find out about them. ABSC Soccer has a
''coaches'' game which is now being opened up to the parents of
ABSC Players - http://www.ebotsoccer.com/schedule/.
I am a SAHM and work outside the home.. AND I am also a soccer
player. I am needing to work on some of my fitness (Speed--bit of
muscle) and my ball skills--which I just need consistency and
practice with. I am open to anything but would love some
assistance... Our team has moved up a division and I need to be a
bit faster and more on the ball!
Suggestions? Help?! I really want to be successful at this!!!
Try Roberto Rivera at 510 384-2842. He's a great coach, patient
Hello. My boyfriend is a soccer player - He would love to play/practice on a regular basis. He was playing in San Francisco before we moved - it's just too far for his schedule now. He's a good player - great attitude - his SF team still calls him for tournaments, etc. I would love to surprise him with some research. Does anyone know of a league or a casual game here in Berkeley or Oakland? Thanks!
I used to live on Lake Merrit and I noticed that at the end of
the park by the Little Embarcadero Library and playground
(across from the gym) there seemed to be a daily pick-up
game at about 11:30 am. They all looked like they knew
what they were doing, but were pretty casual about it. It was
fun to watch them play too.
Try this web link put together by a local soccer guy. It gives a
lot of options for playing soccer.
Or go on a Sunday morning to King field on Hopkins st in Berkeley
or Catalfo/Fielding fields at Harrison and 5th St Berkeley and
ask the people who are playing there how to get involved.
Also the Bladium is an indoor soccer facility in Oakland which
has leagues year round www.bladium.com
My husband is involved with an over-30 CO-ED soccer group and
Practice is Thurs. nights at 630p at Piedmond HS.
Games on Sundays --time of games tbd for this season--
I am looking for an adult coed soccer league in Berkeley or
surrounding areas to join. Are there any out there?
There is an adult co-ed soccer league in Pinole on Sundays at
Pinole Valley Park on Pinole Valley Road. I don't have a contact
number but I sometimes see ads for players especially females in
the What's happening column in the sports section of the West
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