Copa Comunidad IX
Los Angeles, CA
May 22–25, 2015
“For the Pueblo”
Copa Comunidad is a celebration of fútbol and community among the Left Wing family of teams. We welcome people of all genders, all skill levels, and all abilities — especially folks who are traditionally not represented on the soccer pitch.
Ours is a passing game, one where we strive to make sure everyone gets a touch on the ball, where we seek to help build each other’s skills, and where the score is always 2–2.
All comers are welcome at Copa Comunidad, regardless of their ability to pay or register or whether they have ever played a Left Wing game.
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. The Left Wing 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 in the Left Wing space.
To maintain the Left Wing style of fútbol, we have agreements that generations of futbolistas have endorsed:
- No slide tackling.
- 50/50 rule: 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.
- 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.
Here’s a summary of the full schedule.
Friday, May 22
- 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Food Prep at Jocelyn’s Casita in Boyle Heights
- 7 p.m.–12 midnight Welcome Dinner at Jocelyn’s Casita in Boyle Heights
Saturday, May 23
- 10 a.m.–3 p.m. FÚTBOL! at Wilson High School in El Sereno (lunch served at the field)
- 7 p.m.–??? Left Wing Off the Pitch and Party at Jocelyn’s Casita in Boyle Heights (the neighborhood tamalera and LA Futbolista Aurelio will be selling their wares!)
Sunday, May 24
- 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Pláticas/Discussion at Eastside Café in El Sereno (lunch served)
- 6 p.m.–10 p.m. FÚTBOL! including women’s/gender-non-conforming game at Griffith Park Recreational Complez
- 10 p.m.–12 midnight After Party at Golden Road Brewing near Griffith Park
Monday, May 25
- 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch at Casa Schwangkar (Mike and Monika’s) in Highland Park
See the Schedule page for details.
The fee for Copa Comunidad IX is on a sliding scale of $40–$60. T-shirts are an extra $15 each.
Please send your fee via PayPal as “Friends or Family” to copacomunidadLA@gmail.com. Send your payment from a bank account, rather than debit or credit, and no one incurs a fee!
You may also pay cash to a local liaison: Kate Horsting or Juan Berumen (LWFC), Emmanuel Ortiz (LWTC), Atley Chock (LWDC), or Andrea Gutierrez (Futbolistas).
For a full break-down of fees for the weekend, please see the Payment page.
Lend a Hand
Copa Comunidad would not be possible without the tireless work of volunteers. Please consider lending a hand when you arrive in Los Angeles:
- FOODbolistas (food prep and cooking)
- Set-up and Clean-up
- Welcome team (L.A. folks)
- Facilitation and drills (on the field)
- First aid and CPR
- Child care
- Pet care
Let us know how you would like to help via the registration form. Someone will get in contact with you as we get closer to Copa.
Got a burning question? Want to send us virtual love? Drop a comment here or contact us at copacomunidadLA@gmail.com.
Copa Comunidad V (Los Angeles, 2013)