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View Poll Results: Do you want to play for an English speaking football team in the Swiss League?
hell yeah sign me up! 13 37.14%
yes I can play and would give some time/energy to help out with general runnings. 15 42.86%
no, im happy playing for my current team! 7 20.00%
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Old 02.07.2007, 09:18
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Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Dear Friends,

I wanted to start this pole to see how many people would be interested to join a new team based around English speaking players.

We had a good game on Saturday between the footylist and English forum guys. Joined together we could create a strong team and finally have an English speaking team in the Swiss leagues.

So the question is do you want to play? Can you commit? Can you help in some way by giving time or energy to something for example getting sponsorship or publicity?

There also questions like, do we put any regulations on who can play? Must they be from an English speaking country?

Let starts the pole and see where we go from here.

Let me know your thoughts!
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Old 02.07.2007, 09:51
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Founding a new team is difficult and costly as mentioned. For example, you must bring a referee to the league, who must pass assessments. Also, finding a sportsground and training facilities and so on, is not easy. Most teams when they start up reverse into an existing club as a 2nd or 3rd team...
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I've already commited myself to a team for next season that plays on saturday mornings, so saturdays would be out for me.
That said, any day of the week I don't have another match on, I'm happy to play for any team that needs a keeper, especially an english forum team.
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Thanks for the details Paul. We could also do it that way. Perhaps even at FC Hard or another place that is willing to do it.

Depends of Boyd could swing it?

If we get enough players, Boyd could arrange that the first team is the English team and the second team a mixture?

Just an idea.
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Much as I would like to play, I guess you only need to bring a referee to either home or away games, not both. Is this right?

I am happy to offer my services in that respect, as long as i get a run out the other weeks! I am sure my SFA qualification will suffice as adequate to pass the Swiss assessments, despite Lee and Colin's doubts ;-)

One problem down!
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I can swing it.

We just need to be smart about it - low key in the beginning, maybe 5-6 of us in the starting 11, good about it - make sure these 5-6 turn the tide and start winning games and then clinical about it - mention that we have plenty more players ready and that if they want a successful club then we are the answer.

Or (this I hadn't thought of but the post below sparked it) we go in full on and set up a "second team" under their flag, this team would be ours (players, coach, etc) but using their name and facilities.

Could be better, I mean we'll have to start in the lowest league anyway, part of the fun will be taking the team up through the divisions over the years.....

To get the ball rolling I suggest I organize a friendly between a select XI from Footylist/EFC/Daryl's Saturday crew and FC Hard's first team?

Would allow us to guage how good we are in comparison and possibly have them begging us to take over if we thrash 'em...




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Thanks for the details Paul. We could also do it that way. Perhaps even at FC Hard or another place that is willing to do it.

Depends of Boyd could swing it?

If we get enough players, Boyd could arrange that the first team is the English team and the second team a mixture?

Just an idea.
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Old 02.07.2007, 10:19
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I think the idea of a second team is the best that we could control etc. but would they go for it if they have one team which is struggling to get players and win games?

When is your next training with the team?
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

There would be circa 6-8 from the saturday lot who are good enough and would play every week (many more on an on-off basis), add that to your crew and colins from Tus/Thurs (some overlap with 6-8 above) and getting a team really isnt the issue.

How to set a team up or to add a 2nd team is the challenge. I am sure its not so hard if we find a man that knows how ? i'll have a word with the guy who runs sunrise, you try the FC hard guy. I guess we have until end July to see whats needed and to register.

The idea of friendly games over the next weeks is a good one to see how we go as teams are on off-season now so you can get them to play quite easily. We have our full size pitch "recovered" by the zoo from 17th July which is available for games 5-7pm every saturday...ideal for friendlies....would maybe qualify for league but not sure about the timing.
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I think the idea of a second team is the best that we could control etc. but would they go for it if they have one team which is struggling to get players and win games?

When is your next training with the team?
I'll check it out.

I think they restart soon, will also check this tomorrow night, assuming our Footylist game is on, numbers are dwindling this year so good if some of you sign up and come down!

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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I could come tomorrow, but what if its pissing down?
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There would be circa 6-8 from the saturday lot who are good enough and would play every week (many more on an on-off basis), add that to your crew and colins from Tus/Thurs (some overlap with 6-8 above) and getting a team really isnt the issue.

How to set a team up or to add a 2nd team is the challenge. I am sure its not so hard if we find a man that knows how ? i'll have a word with the guy who runs sunrise, you try the FC hard guy. I guess we have until end July to see whats needed and to register.

The idea of friendly games over the next weeks is a good one to see how we go as teams are on off-season now so you can get them to play quite easily. We have our full size pitch "recovered" by the zoo from 17th July which is available for games 5-7pm every saturday...ideal for friendlies....would maybe qualify for league but not sure about the timing.
All good, there is some overlap on the Saturday/Footylist pool but all in all (having played on Saturday, organized the Citigroup game and also played with the EFC guys a few Sundays ago I've seen pretty much everyone play) we could easily put 2 very good teams out.

Team setup - Ask away, we also have a contact in the Sportamt so he is worth asking, the pitch will be the problem, yes we can find one easily enough for one-off games (astro at Brunau, Zoo, Guggach) but for a club we need a base.

Friendly games - This is where I need help, there are enough of us here that there must be people you know or teams you play for or departments you work in who would be willing to play against us. Ask, get dates and we'll always be able to make it, be it Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday nights, whatever.

This is also a good barometer for how serious we are, I'd say if we can't have at least one competitive game a week between now and end of August then we are dead from the get-go.

This is great by the way lads, lots of interest and ideas, we need to make sure something comes of it, so......

When is our next game and against who?
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Sign up via Footylist. Check in at 17:00. If there are not 10 signed up it's off, if there is no notice that we've cancelled due to rain it's on.

Generally we'll play in the rain (astroturf so why not?), normally people pull out though since they don't want to get wet so go by the number of people signed up.

Me? I love the rain!



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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

would be interested in saturday footie alright. let me know next time there is a game on and when
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

We play every saturday at the moment from 4-6pm (5-7pm after 17th). You can sign up on footylist for saturdays. I send an email round each week as a reminder so if you want to be on this distribution send your email to daryl.thomas@syngenta.com and you are in.
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I can't really make the midweek footylist stuff so I'm out for tomorrow, but I'd definitely be interested in an English speaking league team - in that circumstance, I'd switch around my gym training schedule to fit in footy training as well.

I also like the idea of being a 2nd team and working up the divisions, plus we'd then get to pass on our legacy to future generations of ex-pats

I signed up as "happy to help where I can" but in practical terms I don't know what use I could actually be, if anyone thinks of anything then let me know, hahaha!
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

BoyD, Do you know the protocol for club transfers. I can't ask my own team just yet. I'd rather wait and see what happens here first. Is there a deadline? Any other requirements?

Also, don't want to overstep my bounds so soon, since I only met you all this Saturday, but I would be interested in helping you out in an assistant trainer type role (...if the team is really commited).

I agree organising friendlies will give us a good idea of where we stand. Ideally, we should organise the games for Sunday morning at 10am kickoff, just like in-season. That's when you will see who's really commited!

Boyd, how many players have FC Hard got at this time?
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

I am on for it but wont be able to play in the swiss league as I already play both the Senior and Vetran Swiss league with basel. Will come for friendlies and can help organising matches in swiss or abroad as I am involved with a lot of amateur tournaments.

Some body talk to Colin as he is already getting up a team in the Footylist to play the league.
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

As much as ive been told. If you want to change teams, you simply need to tell your club.

The best time to do this is during the breaks, for example now. If you ask during the season they might ask you to play till the next break meaning winter or summer break.

I am seriously thinking of leaving my club as I have moved and want to play for a team in Zurich so its pretty much perfect. I think I will just make a bold move in the hope of bringing things forward.

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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Well, having been through the thread, I decided a swift email to the Swiss FA was in order to see what our chances of creating a new team in a Zurich league was, and this was the response I got:

"Sehr geehrter Herr Stirling

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Bitte beachten Sie die genauen Informationen/Vorschriften auf unserer Homepage www.fvrz.ch. In der rechten Spalte finden Sie einen Button "Support Vereinsführung" - in diesem Modul müssen Sie das Kapitel "Organisation" (Untermenu: "Vorgehen" und "Die Gründung eines Vereins") konsultieren (Direktlink: http://vereinsfuehrung.fvrz.ch/de/3/einleitung.asp). Weiter sind unter den "Muster/Weisungen" die exakten Weisungen für eine Vereinsaufnahme publiziert. Nehmen Sie bitte zur Kenntnis, dass für eine Neuaufnahme per Saison 2008/09 ausnahmslos alle Unterlagen per spätestens am 31.10.2007 bei uns vorliegen müssen. Eine Aufnahme per nächste Saison 2007/08 ist ausgeschlossen.

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Basically, no chance of getting in this coming season, and to ensure a place for next season, all documetation must be in by 31st October this year...this does give us plenty of time to get a squad list etc etc done and everything submitted. In the mean time, there would be nothing stopping us doing what Colin/a few of the others had suggested and forming a second string team (with hopefully a few promotions into the 1st team squad!) at a different club. By that stage we should all know each other's games well enough to compete as a fully fledged club next season...what do you think?
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Re: Would you want to join an English speaking football team in the Swiss league?

Top man Brett. It's like we kinda thought.

Ok, next.

Meeting on this - Suggest Lee (representing EF), Lob (EF/Saturday/Footylist), Daryl (Saturday), Brett (referee!) and myself (Footylist) at a minimum sit down sometime soon.

Anyone else more than welcome! I'm just using these names since it covers all the groups.

I'll then get a meeting with FC Hard to thrash out the details.

Likely scenario (from the chats I've already had) is that they'll take as many of us on as players as can commit to the Sunday games and we'll take it from there.

pmacaodh - FC Hard questions - Check here - http://fchard.com/

Aashish - Colin right here mate!
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