SF City Supporters! It’s that time of year again! The time when you, the members of the club, decide what our scarf for the coming season will look like.
Members submit their designs, and members will be the ones who choose which is to be adopted by the club. The creator of the winning design will win a $100 SF City Gift Card! The rules of the contest are simple:
Only 2019 or Lifetime members may submit a design.
Only 2019 or Lifetime members may vote in the contest.
We have several different membership options to suit your needs, from $25 Ambassador memberships for supporters living far away, all the way up to $500 Lifetime memberships.
All membership plans include: unique 2019 fan-designed member scarf, additional 2019 member gifts, members-only offers and events, ability to run for the Member Board and, of course, voting privileges.
Thanks again to all the members who attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting last week, and to all who cast absentee ballots. Your participation helped make 2018 another great year for the Supporter-Owned football movement.
The club is happy to announce that our 2019 board of directors are Joachim Steinberg, Pete Bogdis, Brendan Browne, Mark DeVito, Barbara Elliott, Wendy Guzman, Casey Proud, Eric Schaefer, and Kirk White! The new board will take office on January 1st 2019. We’re pleased to welcome back Casey Proud, one of the founders of the club and a great voice for the supporters, and newcomer Barbara Elliott, who has inspired so many with her dedication and willingness to work to work for the advancement of SF City!
Be sure to mark December 14th on your calendars, as we will be holding our Holiday Party then!
SF City Supporters! We encourage you all to attend our Annual General Meeting on October 13th, and to take part in the Question and Answer session at the meeting. If you don’t feel comfortable standing up and asking your question there, fill out the form below and ask us, and we’ll do our best to answer during the meeting.
San Francisco City FC’s third season in the Premier Development League had its ups and downs, but, looking back, the Iron and Gold have a great deal to be proud of on and off the field in 2018.
Following a successful preseason that included three victories over nearby colleges and a narrow loss to three-peating national champion Stanford, City faced a daunting half-dozen away matches to begin the PDL campaign. The road was not kind to the squad, as a scoreless draw at the Orange County U23s provided the only point of the stretch. On the difficult opening, head coach Paddy Coyne remarked, “Although we lost on the road, I didn’t think we played badly. Orange County, Southern California, and San Diego should have all been wins, in my opinion, but that’s sports.”
The start of the season did have one major bright spot, however. On May 9, SF City, along with our diehard supporters, the Northsiders, journeyed to Oakland to face CD Aguiluchos in the first round of the US Open Cup. At the end of the ninety minutes, City had roared to a 4-0 victory to the delight of the traveling fans. It was the club’s first Open Cup win in our history, and it earned us a date one week later with the USL’s Sacramento Republic in our state’s capital. In front of spirited support for both sides, City fought valiantly and gave the strongly favored Republic a scare, taking a 1-1 draw into halftime before falling 3-1. Despite the setback, the Cup run certainly represented a big step forward, one the club will look to build on in the coming years.
Back in PDL play, SF City at last returned to Kezar on May 27. Said Coyne, “Returning to Kezar allowed to reset our focus and goals; playing in front of fans in our hometown gave the group a hunger to go the extra mile and it helped a lot.” The grueling road schedule seemed to carry a bit of a hangover, however, as the Iron and Gold dropped a 2-0 decision to the San Diego Zest. The team had to put it behind them, though, as the next match was a massive away day despite being in San Francisco. It was the inaugural San Francisco Derby at Boxer Stadium, home to the SF Glens. With the vast majority of the crowd noise coming from the Northsiders, City took bragging rights with a 2-1 victory. What a way to earn the first league win of the year!
The lads carried the momentum to their next match, downing the Ventura County Fusion 2-0 at Kezar. Frustration, though, again came to visit for the next two weeks, as City came up short at home against the U23 teams of Orange County and Fresno. The season had certainly not gone according to plan thus far; how would the team react in the final four matches?
They reacted very well, as it turned out. The arrival of July delivered much better results, as SF City exploded for a total of seven goals in home triumphs over Santa Cruz and the Southern California Seahorses. The squad thus carried some confidence into the Kezar edition of the SF Derby, but, unfortunately, the fates were against the home team that night, as a controversial penalty allowed the Glens to leave with the 1-0 win. However, City rebounded admirably just three days later, earning a convincing 2-0 victory in Santa Cruz to finish the PDL season.
SF City thus finished the campaign with sixteen points in fourteen matches, good for sixth place among the nine teams in the Southwest Division. Said Coyne, “The season was dramatic to say the least. It was the toughest opening I’ve had as a coach, and the league had the deepest pool of talent I’ve seen in a while, pretty balanced outside of [runaway division winners] Golden State.” The final result was perhaps not what the team had envisioned at the start of the season, but they certainly finished on an upswing. Plus, City finished above our crosstown rivals by winning the tiebreaker with a higher number of wins. San Francisco is Iron and Gold!
This club, though, is about so much more than results on the field. Our supporter-owned structure continues to be a robust and rewarding model amid the often chaotic landscape of soccer in the US. It allows fans truly to be members, involved in the organization and its decisions. The club, in turn, prides itself on being involved with its city and working to make San Francisco a better place.
This commitment is most evident in our involvement with our community. As Executive Board of Directors member Joachim Steinberg puts it, “This was another great year for community service and engagement by SF City FC. I’m thrilled to see our members continue to volunteer their time, energy, and money to causes around the Bay, and to work with so many great organizations.” This year, club members took part in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, served meals at St. Anthony’s, and helped to clean up the AIDS Memorial Grove. In addition, we fielded a team for Street Soccer USA’s San Francisco Cup and raised the most money for that organization.
We also kept our city in mind during our matchdays. In June, we celebrated Community Spirit Day, inviting our non-profit partners to join us at the match as we called attention to the great work they do for San Francisco. Later in the month, the team celebrated Pride Weekend by wearing special rainbow kits, which were auctioned off after the match to benefit the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.
Amidst all this activity, there was, quite simply, plenty of fun to be had as a devotee of SF City this year. Dedicated Northsiders made the trips to our matches in Palo Alto, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz. At home matches, supporters could always be found in the parking lot just outside Kezar Stadium enjoying grilled meat and veggies, Standard Deviant brews, and laughs. Familiar faces abounded at our community service events. Looking forward to later this year, we still have our Annual General Meeting, in which we’ll discuss the state of the club and vote for next year’s board members. And, in December, we’ll have our holiday party and look back on our achievements in 2018.
Indeed, this year represents one more chapter in the ongoing story of San Francisco City FC. We hope you’ll stay with us in future years to help us continue to write it!
Join us on Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th for the Street Soccer San Francisco Cup, this year being held at Union Square. The annual two day event brings soccer and community together. SF City will be taking in part in Saturday’s Open Cup, as well as Sunday’s celebrity match!
You can be part of this event, too! Members will have the opportunity to join our Open Cup team, playing alongside SF City FC players and staff! Street Soccer USA is also looking for volunteers to help operate the event, so if that is more your speed, you can sign up! You can also donate to our Open Cup team, to help aid Street Soccer’s programs for change. And, of course, all members and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on our team and all the athletes of Street Soccer USA.
San Francisco City FC is currently auctioning our 2018 match-worn Pride jerseys on eBay. The jerseys were worn by SF City players in the annual Pride match on June 24, 2018 at Kezar Stadium against Western Conference rivals Fresno FC U23. The club will be donating all profits from the jersey sales to their community partner AIDS Legal Referral Panel, as they did in 2017. ALRP provides free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The jerseys were designed by local artist Nikko Ryan in collaboration with the Members Organization and feature SF City’s alternate “Sutro” logo on the chest, as well as a rainbow on the front and back and logos of club sponsors MoviePass and Freedom Plus. The shirts are limited edition, with only 16 match-worn jerseys are available for auction to the public.
The auction started on the morning of June 27 and will continue for 10 days. They are available in adult medium and large, and each jersey has a unique number.
SF City FC is happy to offer beer and wine sales at our match vs. Ventura County Fusion this Sunday, June 10 at Kezar Stadium. Thanks to our partners San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Tonic Beverage Catering, and Standard Deviant Brewing, attendees will be able to enjoy beer and wine responsibly while supporting the Iron and Gold!
We have also partnered with Mixiote and food Incubator La Cocina to offer taco bar concessions during the match.
San Francisco City FC is hosting its inaugural Community Spirit match day on June 10th!
The event will be part of SF City FC’s second home game of the season, which is against Ventura County Fusion. Kickoff is at 2 PM at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. As part of the club’s broader mission to give back to our community, we have invited some of our closest non-profit partners to join us at the game. We will be highlighting their efforts to make our City a better place.
Staff and guests of these non-profits will receive free admission to the game, and fans will have the opportunity to find out more about these fantastic organizations at kiosks set up around the stadium. We will also produce a special match-day program containing lots of information about our partners. Fans will learn how these organizations benefit us all and how they can get involved too!
In SF City’s last home match against Ventura County, the Iron and Gold earned a dramatic 3-2 victory after being two goals down, so it promises to be both an exciting time both on and off the pitch!
The first 200 fans through the gates at Kezar will receive a special free commemorative pin as well!
Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides local families with a springboard to secure, stable futures through affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization.
HOMEY is a grassroots organization that empowers youth and young adults in schools, on the street, and in jails. They do this through delivering hope, empowerment, leadership, culture and most importantly with love.
La Cocina cultivates low income food entrepreneurs by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities, focusing primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities.
Renaissance Center increases the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, strengthening our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.
StreetSoccerUSA fights poverty and empowers underserved communities through soccer. They provide an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact across the United States and beyond.
Sunset Youth Services fosters long-term stability and growth for in-risk youth and families through caring relationships and supportive services. This goal is based on the simple belief that youth are inherently worthy of dignity and respect.
More about San Francisco City FC:
SF City FC is one of America’s largest supporter-owned soccer teams. Our founding members agreed to structure the organization differently than traditional American sports team, and envisioned the club as more than a team for fans to watch on match days. We believe that sports teams have a duty to the community in which they play. We see sports teams as tools for social change.
Our overall goal is to help grow the sport in the United States while making San Francisco a better place to live. The Members Organization pledges to give back to the community through charity events, volunteer hours, youth soccer programs and fundraising. In 2017 we contributed over 300 volunteer hours back to our community, and we are continuing to provide member support for major charitable organizations in 2018.
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