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Formed in 1995 and almost called Saigon Smokers (a reference to some, um, potential sponsors at the time) Saigon Saints quickly became one of HCMC's most respected amateur football clubs.

We are a completely amateur expat Football club run by a team of (mostly) willing volunteers. We compete in the annual Saigon International League every year and train on a weekly basis. We also hold regular social events to keep our footballers entertained and during the year there are international tours and weekend trips to glamorous locations in Vietnam.

The Saints are proud to be one of the most diverse football teams in the SIFL -- our current squad contains players from Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Sweden, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam and in recent times we have had players from Denmark, Ecuador, Singapore, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, and many other countries around the world.

It goes without saying that absolutely everyone is welcome. Some of our club members work weekends and so only practice during the week and some are purely social.

If you'd like to join, contact us or check out the training page to see details for our next training session where you can meet some of the guys.

Membership

To begin most new players pay-as-they-play (training is VND100,000 -- less than $5 per session). Regular players are encouraged to become members. Membership fees are paid twice a year, in October and March.

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Sponsorship.

If your company is interested in sponsoring Saigon Saints please contact the Chairman.


Not so Frequently asked questions.

I've not done much exercise for the last year or so, I'm keen to get back in shape but I'm worried about my appearance. Am I going to make a fool of myself?

This is often the case, you aren't the first person to turn up and wheeze through a training session and you won't be the last, in-fact quite a few of our regular players still do! Seriously, don't worry about it, its all about enjoying yourself and encouraging each other. You've got to start sometime, so get yourself down to training, fatty. (We feel obliged to point out that if your worried about your beer belly, joining The Saints can make it worse) 

I'm approaching the twighlight years of my career, am I going to be out of my depth around lots of younger players? 
Our squad contains players of all ages, the majority are in their 20's and 30's and there are a couple outside that range. Our youngest ever player was 12 our oldest in his 50s! 

Playing football in this heat, isn't that a bit crazy?
 
Sometimes, yes. But we take steps make it bare-able. These include:
· Pre-hydration taking on fluids the morning of a game.

· Rolling substitutions, enabling players to take short rests and cool down. 
· Playing games as late as possible in the afternoon, usually about 4pm
 
· Re-hydration, sports drinks are available in most supermarkets in District 1. 

I've just arrived in the city where can I buy some boots and kit?

Official Nike distribution shops:

· Near corner of Le Loi/ Ngyuen Hue, District 1. 
· Opposite Zen Plaza, Nguyen Trai St. District 1. 
· 2nd floor Saigon Tax center. Corner of Le Loi/ Ngyuen Hue, District 1. 
· 3rd floor of Parkson Department store, near corner of Le Tan Ton/ Dong Khoi street, District 1. 
· 2nd floor of Diamond plaza Department store, 34 Le Duan street, District 1 
· Hai Ba trung street near corner with Dien Bien Phu, District 3. 

Official Adidas distribution shops: 
· Le Loi street near Opera House, District 1. 
· 2nd floor Saigon Tax center. Corner of Le Loi/ Ngyuen Hue, District 1. 
· 3rd floor of Parkson Department store, near corner of Le Tan Ton/ 
Dong Khoi street, District 1. 
· 2nd floor of Diamond plaza Department store, 34 Le Duan street, District 1 
· Hai Ba trung street near corner with Dien Bien Phu, District 3.

Official Puma distribution shop: 
· 2nd floor of Diamond plaza Department store, Le Duan street, District 1 

Unofficial outlets. 
Selling copied boots, factory samples and rejects. This stuff is usually cheap & copies can be low quality.Outlets like this can be hit and miss, availability varies and if they sense that your are new in town you could pay more than you should.
· Russian Market -Saigon Square. Hai Ba Trung/ Nguyen Du 
· A whole street of copied/ real and factory samples boots - Huyen Tran Cong Chua St, (off Ngyuen Thai Minh Khai St) District 1.


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Infrequently Asked Questions:

I'd like to get in touch with someone I used to play with for the Saints. Can you help?
Yes, we have a database of contact information of players that have played for the Saints over the years.


Honor Roll

2008/2009
Players Player of the year: Naoki Tanabe
Managers Player of the year: Mark Symmons
Golden boot: Steve Baker

2007/2008
Players Player of the year: Scott Lambert
Managers Player of the year: Warren Haines
Golden boot: Lucas Chama/Scott Lambert

2006/2007
Players Player of the year: Phil Brazil
Managers Player of the year: Jono Smith
Golden boot: Rob Russell
Sportsman of the year: Edwin
Clubman of the year:Chris Honour

2005/2006
Players Player of the year: Matt Masson
Managers Player of the year: Dean Metcalf
Golden boot: Fede Namino
Sportsman of the year: Mike Clifford
Clubman of the year: Tim Storer

2004/2005
Players Player of the year: Mark Corbet
Managers Player of the year: Max Phelps
Golden boot: Rob Russell

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Honours

Bangkok GAS Tournament Bowl Winners 2010/2011

Saigon International Cup. Champions 2010/2011

Saigon International Cup. Champions 2009/2010 

Bangkok GAS tournament. 3rd 2009/2010

Cambodia Bayon Tournament. Runners Up 2009/ 2010

Saigon International Cup. Champions 2008/2009 
Bangkok GAS tournament. Runners Up 2008/2009
Saigon International League. Runners Up 2008/2009
Saigon International League. Runners Up 2007/2008
Saigon International Cup. Runners Up 2006/ 2007
Saigon International League. Runners Up 2006/2007 
Saigon International Cup. Runners Up 2005/2006 
Saigon International League. Champions 2005/2006
Bayon Challenge, Cambodia. Finalists 1997 

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