G1: FCFC vs French Le


Well done on Sunday, it was a much improved game from the City compared to our Cup game! let’s keep aiming high and pushing ourselves!

Our first game of the season will be against the French. Make yourselves available and let me know ASAP.

When: Sunday
Where: Lido
Time: 2pm


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G1: Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers


First of all, well done to the 10 guys who turned up yesterday afternoon for our friendly match vs Barbarians B. It was a tight game, and it ended 1-1 thanks to a great goal from Basti who scored with a beautiful volley following a cross from Ben.

Our first league game is to be played this coming Saturday, 17th of September. Kick off at 2PM,12PM NOON – meet at the pitch at Chaoyang Stadium at 11:30AM.  Look under Maps for the location

Who is available? Please reply ASAP

PS: don’t forget to attend the training session tomorrow evening, 8-10pm at the Lido, as usual

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Friendly: FCFC vs French LE


Friendly against the French this Sunday @ Chaoyang Stadium 2pm please RSVP now to let me know if you can make it.

Its a classic pre-season warm up!



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Match Report: Summer Palace vs Kozo Japan

Match report for Summer Palace vs Kozo Japan. IFFC Cup 2nd Round.

Played on Saturday 3rd September 2011, Side Gongyuan (Lido)

For our second game this season, we had a full squad of 18 players after new recruit Lee Russell passed a late fitness test. This was welcome as we were going to need a strong squad if we were going to beat Kozo Japan, something Summer Palace never managed to achieve in previous seasons.

As expected, Kozo was the most dangerous at the start of the game and they managed to open the scoring after about 20 minutes, when their fast forward went past our defense on the right and scored with a low shot at the far post. Fortunately, we did not lose our focus after this setback and not long before half-time Chris Lupton equalised from a header, at close range, from a Ben Roberts free-kick. The second half started as the first did, with Kozo dominating. Their domination culminating with them being awarded a penalty that Stefan brilliantly saved. This was the turning point of the game as soon after that another good corner-kick from Ben was met by Amir who volleyed the ball in the Kozo goal from close range. 2-1 for Palace with 10 minutes left on the clock. Kozo, who had only 2 subs, did not have enough energy left in them to return the situation and we managed to hold on without too much trouble.

Amir Saleh was voted Man-of-the-Match for his decisive goal as well as for doing a very good job at holding the ball up-front, and Donald Wildiers was voted Donkey for giving away the penalty that Stefan saved.

This is the best run in the cup achieved by Summer Palace in 5 seasons. Now Forbidden City awaits us for an interesting Cup ¼ final to be played later this season.

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Training as always this coming Wednesday. Please arrive on time!

when: Wednesday 7:45pm-10:00pm

See you soon



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Cup: Kozo Japan

Hello Lads,

After our successful win last weekend, beating Chaoyang Park Rangers 3:1 (all headed goals; from Chris x2 and Jim x1 and assists from Ben x3), we are now in Round 2, playing Kozo Japan this Saturday.  See below for the full draw.

Please let me know your availability for a 4PM k.o at Lido Park, this Saturday, 3rd September.

Come to training to tonight.. Ben will send the squad list out on Thursday evening.

Get involved!



Saturday 03.September.2011

12:00-14:00 French LE A vs. Longhetianxia FC

14:00-16:00 Russia Utd. vs. Barbarians A

16:00-18:00 Kozo Japan vs. Summer Palace

Sunday 04.September.2011

12:00-14:00 Afrika Utd. vs. Dong Ren FC

14:00-16:00 Forbidden City FC vs. Lao Hu Internazionale

16:00-18:00 Peking Strollers vs. Shenzhen Development Bank


Sunday 04.September.2011

14:00-16:00 Fortuna 94 vs. Vikings

16:00-18:00 Sexy FC vs. Beijing Celtics 02

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Cup: Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers

Hello Summer Palace and new signings!

Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers Cup Match 4PM Sunday 28/8 Lido Pitch

The IFFC season is fast approaching and the IFFC Cup draw has taken place.  Our first match is against Chaoyang Park Rangers, this Sunday at 4pm at the Lido Pitch.

Manager Patrick is away this week, so please confirm your availability now!  Captain Ben will choose the squad, with a maximum of 18 players listed.

Reply today so the squad can be announced on Friday. Sorry for the late notice, Patrick will normally be more organized than this.

Reply now

Many thanks,

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Squad: 11 aside Match

Hey Citizens,

We have an intra-squad 11 aside friendly scheduled this coming Sunday at 2pm Lido Pitch (Si’De Park map on website/astroturf pitch)
Please confirm  your participation and show up 🙂
Be there for 1:40pm to allow for warm up etc…
The season starts soon lets get a proper game to prepare!!!


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FCFC new season 2011-12: what you need to know

Dear Citizens,

Following our massive celebrations at the end of last season when Forbidden City won the Premier League and Summer Palace won the First Division, it’s time to get prepared to defend our titles in the coming season 2011-12.

Trainings started a few weeks ago, the 5’s kicked off again and we’ve played a few matches and tournaments already. Now the 11-a-side competition is about to kick off. Therefore, we’d like to update returning and new players about some organizational issues regarding playing football for Forbidden City FC in Beijing:

1) Team organization
2) Training
3) IFFC League and Cup
4) IFFC player registration 2010-11
5) Match and training fees
6) Kit
7) Sponsorship

Team organization

An amateur football team like FCFC can only be fun and successful if everyone contributes to making it fun and successful. The entire organization (dealing with the league, coaching, training, party organization, etc.) is based on voluntary contributions by a number of team members stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility. All the cash you pay to play football goes towards paying for the pitch we train on, fees for the league we play in, equipment (footballs, cones, bibs, etc), parties, etc. No one in FCFC receives any financial benefits from organizing football for you. This means that people need to understand that FCFC is not a gym where you pay to be pampered. Instead, you should ask yourself what you can do to support, be it helping to organize parties (starting with Season Opening Party in mid September) or writing match reports for website or else.


We train every Wednesday from 8-10pm (until December) at the football pitch in Side Park close to the Lido. Map is here:

IFFC League and Cup

Competitive football starts again next weekend with the first round of the IFFC Cup. Summer Palace will play the Chaoyang Park Rangers on Sunday (28 Aug, 4pm). More details to follow. Forbidden City has a bye for the first round. The second round of the Cup takes place on 3/4 September 2011.

The League competition kicks off on 17/18 September 2011. City will play in Premier League and Palace will play in First Division.

For more information about the IFFC League, click here:

One more point: If you say you can play, please do show up in order to avoid giving headaches to team management on the day.  It’s also good practice to show up for matches on time in order to warm up together and talk tactics. It’s disappointing to see people arrive 10min before kick-offs, or not even show up at all.

IFFC player registration 2010-11

For returning players

For those who have already played with us in previous seasons and who are registered with FCFC in the IFFC and who have a player pass we will need to collect a 100RMB IFFC registration fee.

For new players

The IFFC League requires the following from every player who participates in the league: completed league registration form, 2 passport photos, copy of passport, and 100RMB fee.

As usual, you can only play in the IFFC competition if you are properly registered.

FYI: the registration fees go to the league not FCFC.

Match and training fees

Training fee is 30RMB for workers and 20RMB for students and non-workers. This money pays for renting the training pitch.

As in previous years, and providing that league fees stay the same this year, match fees are 80RMB for workers and 40RMB for students and non-workers (half price if you play less than 45min). This money is used to pay IFFC league match fees of 850RMB (last year) for every game.


Last season we got a new kit for our club. Both City and Palace wear the colors of the Forbidden City (yellow and red). Kits include short, shorts and socks. Every player who plays in the IFFC League needs to wear this kit. The kit is sold at cost and available for 200RMB each. Contact Jason Dorey for kit.

Open for suggestions

If you notice something that can be improved organization-wise, please let us know. You can talk to Philippe (City Manager), Barrie (City Captain), Patrick (Palace Manager), Ben (Palace Captain), Jason (finance) or myself.


We are still looking for sponsors to support us in the coming season. Playing football in Beijing is not cheap and the cost of running both teams, including training, matches, equipment, registrations and all, adds up. If you know of companies or if your company is interested in supporting an amateur football team in Beijing, please let us know; we have different sponsorship proposals for different purposes.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.
Let’s have a cracking season on and off the pitch.

See you soon!
Forbidden City FC

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Pre Season Training

Morning Campers.

The 11 a-side football season starts in one month and there are cup matches and other stuff even sooner than that.  So your lazy summer break is officially over … pre-season training starts in force this Wednesday 3rd August. It will be the same set-up on Wednesday 10th August as well.

What  : Club training, led by Ally – a good mix of fitness, ball work and match play. It will be fun.
When  : Wednesday, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM, be there at least 20 minutes in advance to maximise time on pitch and loosen up properly.
Where : New 9-a-side pitch at Chaoyang Park.

Why  : To get fit, no excuses.
Wear :  It’s fake grass so decent training shoes, but not wet studs/cleets.
Worth  : As usual it will cost between ¥ 20 to ¥ 30.
Weather  : it’s not going to rain.
What else  : Probably a beer or Sprite afterwards to chat about holiday romances.

Gate 7 is the normal 5-aside gate at Chaoyang Park East.  Go in the main entrance for the car park, walk to the bike shed, then turn right. The 9-aside pitch is 50 metres along on your right hand side.

Please reply yes/no so Ally can get an idea of numbers to properly organise the session.


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