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There's No Such Thing as a Free...Game?
There's No Such Thing as a Free...Game?

There may be no such thing as a free game of pickup soccer in Fairfax County after a new permit policy is put in place.  Previously, permits were only required for groups of 20 or more players. The new policy, which was approved earlier this week, requires groups of 20 or more to submit a $5.50 fee for each participant, including spectators.

Local soccer players like Danny Arnez and Greg Pedersen, who play at noon daily at Pentagon City’s Virginia Highlands Park did not know about the change and were not pleased after learning about it.

“They are trying to do what I guess they feel like they have to do, but we wouldn’t appreciate that,” said Pedersen.

The Fairfax County Park Authority will require anyone using one of the 800 county fields to pay for pickup soccer or football. Those who do not obey the new permit policy may face a misdemeanor charge and a $250 fine. Players like Arnez and Pedersen would rather pay the fee than give up their love for the game.

“I come here everyday, so I don’t feel like stopping,” said Arnez.

The county hopes the new policy will help avoid conflicts between participants, and the amendment was approved this week. A public hearing will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 5400 Ox Road in Fairfax Station, VA. What do you think about the change? Sound off in our comment section below.