How We Play
The Left Wing style of fútbol is different from what you will find in most pick-up games or organized soccer leagues. Here we are intentional about playing fútbol in the way we envision the world — cooperative, compassionate, just, fair, and equal — and we strive to reflect these values on the field. Our style of play is best exemplified by the score of every game, 2–2. We care about and prioritize play that is about the process, which means passing and sharing the ball, working together, building our skills, building camaraderie, and having fun.
The Left Wing space is inclusive and welcoming of all of those who want to play. Those of all skill levels, identities, orientations, cultures, races, genders, ages, and abilities are invited to play with us.
To maintain the Left Wing style of fútbol, we have agreements that generations of Left Wing Futbolistas have endorsed:
No slide tackling. We don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Take a step back on 50/50 balls. If two players are converging on a ball and both have an equal chance of winning it, someone needs to step back and yield to the other.
Play to each other’s skill level. If you are more advanced than your opponent, give them the opportunity to handle the ball without charging at them to take the ball from them. Likewise, give players who may not be as advanced as you a chance to develop by challenging them appropriate to their skill level (i.e., don’t patronize them).
No trash talk. Unless it’s funny or you know the person. In other words, nothing is so important that we need to communicate with each other in anger or spite.
Anyone can stop play if we aren’t living up to our agreements. If egos arise or if any of our agreements or values are breeched, individuals in the collective are encouraged to stop the game, talk, and recalibrate so that everyone feels comfortable and supported on the field.
Many Futbolistas apply the 2–2 spirit to competitive league play, not only in fútbol, but also softball. Openings on each team’s roster opens up from time to time.
- Futbolistas (Mondays; women, trans, GNC 7v7)
- Futbolistas (Tuesdays, coed 7v7)
- Left Wing Futbolistas (Friday, coed 7v7)
Left Wing FC began in Oakland in 2003 and has spread across the continent. Learn more about our compañerx Left Wing Fútbol Collectives.