FCFC Tracksuit


We have a few tracksuits left (Umbro, red top, blue trousers). Size L (i.e. my size), and XL (i.e. that fits someone bigger than me) are available.
Price is 300 rmb.

First-come, first-served, just let me know if you want one (and what size) and I’ll bring it to the training session on Wednesday evening.


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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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FCFC Bang Bus!

Boys, we are going all out this Sunday!

We have hired a bus for the day that will be taking people to the Chaoyang Pitch in the morning for the Palace game and then taking everyone to the Lido Pitch before our final destination of Luga’s for celebrations.

The bus sets off from Gongti at 10:30AM on Sunday morning, before passing by Nongzhanlan Guan at 10:45AM and then onto the pitch.

The bus will ferry us between matches before our final stop of Luga’s at 6:45PM.

If we pass nearby on the way to Chaoyang Pitch let me know and we can make a stop.

Contact me on Sunday to let me know if you need us to pick you up or wait for you.



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G14: FCFC vs Strollers

Citizens,Well done on Sunday, a solid performance and good preparation for the tough games ahead. For those who missed out, Ivan powered one in early on and was followed by Rafa and Lao Cui (x2), to make it 4-0 – 4 games in a row with no goals conceded. Solid. Match details are available on the stats web (link below).

The real stuff is back on Sunday with our first (proper) game of the season vs Strollers, we’ll need all the motivation and determination we can muster to see these lads off! Be sure to stay fit at 5s and training this week!
So are you available on Sunday 4pm KO Lido?

PS: Azzurri game might happen this Wednesday – but i doubt it very much. we are waiting for the league and Azzurri to get back to us.

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Weekly News

Hello Lads,Congrats to everyone This week. On Saturday, Palace goal scorers Matt Costello, Kieran and Jim So made sure the team had an awesome second half come-back, iHowever it was the opposition’s turn to score a last minute goal, making it 4:3 to the Celtic in the end. Better luck next time, keep it up!City had a tough game against old foes Barbarians but still managed to fire a couple of goals past them while maintaining a clean sheet. So it was 2-0 for City with goals from Captain Matty and Pass back genius Ivan. City stay top of the league on goal average.Training this week as usual. Wednesday 8pmComing Games:City vs Russia Sunday 1pm LidoPalace vs French B Sunday 6pm Chaoyang StadiumSee you soonPhilippe

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Training Wednesday 8pm Lido Pitch

Hey Guys,Training is on as usual this Wednesday 8pm (meet 745pm for 8pm start)Where: 11 aside Lido Pitch SiDe GongyuanFYI training and friendlies are scheduled during the holidays (will email schedule soon), so if you are sticking around for the holidays, come to the sessions and stay fit for the upcoming league gamesLet’s keep up the good workCheers,PhilippeFCFC

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FCFC Weekly News

Citizens,A great start to the season with victories over the weekend for Both Summer Palace (3-0) and Forbidden City (5-0). Palace managed to secure all 3 points with goals from new boys Manuel and Gabriel and old school winger Rowan to make it 3-0 against the young side: Lao Hu Internazionale.City squeezed 5 goals passed the Italians of Azzurri and just like Palace, managed to keep a clean sheet. The goals came from Matty, Ally 2, Ivan and Andy (you can check out the updated stats website)In this game too, new boys Ally, Du, Daniel, Gabriel and Sean all made a great impression.Highlights of the week included: Darren’s wedding, Congrats mate from all the lads, Tom “johnny Clegg” Ludlam’s last game, make sure you come back mate! & Benny Wu the Indestructible finally out of hospital and joining up with the team to share a few well earned…..sprites after the game. Needless to say, we all wish you the swiftest of recoveries.Watch out for news on our coming Season Opening PartyHave a great weekFCFCPS: TRAINING THIS WEEK 8pm Lido Pitch——————————————————————————–

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FCFC friendly match vs. Vikings – Sunday, 1.15pm

Citizens,we have arranged a joint City-Palace friendly 11-a-side match vs. the Vikings for this Sunday afternoon.Location: Lido pitch, Side ParkMeeting: 1.15pmPlease let us know whether you are available to play some footy. (if more than 16-18 players, first come first serve).See you on Sunday,Jochenp.s. next training next Wednesday, Lido pitch, 10pm

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Barbs Sunday@ Lido

Dear City,Match this week v The Barbarians, Sunday @ Lido park meet 1.15pmCAN YOU PLAY!?RSVP NOW!James

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FCFC-TV Presents City vs Barbarians

Watch as City ran riot against the Barbarians. The 6-0 victory keeps us top of the league.Match report:Pretty much the same game as last week.MOM: Jochen / Aaron (great game and goals)DOM: Philippe (slips in first half)Goal summary:15 min – Jochen TenhagenA well delivered cross from Ivan Lakatos was converted by Jochen Tenhagen. A great finish with the right foot from 10 yards out.20 min – Aaron Re’emConverted from outside the area with a right footed finish, it was a well-finished individual goal which Aaron Re’em wont forget! The move started with some clever play from Alex Henderson.32 min – Andy WilliamsA brilliant team goal, finished off by Andy Williams with a right footed conversion from long range, following a Ivan Lakatos pass.41 min – Ivan LakatosJochen Tenhagen supplied the through-ball, and Ivan Lakatos found the net from just inside the box with a clinical right footed effort.65 min – Philippe HealeyRafa Peinado supplied the cross from a freekick, and Philippe Healey found the net from six yards out with a clinical headed goal.75 min – Blythe FitzwiliamAaron Re’em supplied the through-ball, and Blythe Fitzwiliam found the net from six yards out with a tremendous left footed effort.

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