Playing 11’s football with FCFC

IFFC League Season

We have two teams competing in Beijing’s IFFC League. Team Forbidden City plays in the Premier League and Team Summer Palace plays in the First Division. As you can see from current and previous results, both team are playing fairly decent football and usually are among the title contenders in their respective divisions.

The 11-a-side league generally kicks off the first week of September with some friendly or Cup matches in the weeks beforehand and runs until the end of May, with a Christmas / Winter break in December through March. You can see our fixtures / results pages to see how we are faring and to see our upcoming games, in both the league and cup matches.

Match Venues

Most of our games are played at Lido Park, and some games are played at Chaoyang Stadium or Wangjing 80 School, but can occasionally be changed. Side Gongyuan, close to Lido Area and Xiaoyun Qiao – see a map Chaoyang Stadium, east of Gongrentiyuchang, between 4th 5th ring roads, head for Yaojiayuan Lu and then keep an eye out for stadium on the left – see a map Wangjing No.80 Middle School, Lizezhong Avenue, Wangjing, Beijing – see a map


The International Friendship Football Club is the expat football league in Beijing running since 1994 and follows loosely the IFFL format. First established by Foreign Students in Haidian District of Beijing it still has a lot of favour towards mixing Chinese, Asian and Western students together, but the upper divisions tend to have more ex-pat and working foreigners playing than in the early days.

New players must complete an IFFC registration before playing in the league, and we will help you with the registration process. In order to register for 11’s football, players need to provide the following:

  • passport main page scan
  • passport photo
  • 100 RMB for IFFC registration.

More information about registration for the IFFC can be found on their website.

In addition to the above, you will, obviously, also need a team kit. Our kit are provided to players at cost and come to about RMB230 for top, shorts and socks – looking good at a bargain cost price.

Since the IFFC charges each team RMB950 for each game, you will need to pay around RMB 90 for the match fee (half price if you play less than half a game and for students/non-workers). Prices vary depending on pitch and number of players.

Sport Insurance

We strongly encourage everyone who plays football with FCFC to have at least basic insurance that will cover sporting injury. Medical bills in Beijing can be extraordinarily high, especially, but not only, if you get treated at an international clinic in the city. Therefore, please make sure that you are properly insured. Please understand that Forbidden City FC cannot accept responsibility for any injury that occurs while playing football with us.


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