Sports in Saigon
There’s no shortage of sports for foreigners in Saigon. For expats or long-term travellers, joining a sports team is a great way to meet new people & get out about on the town after the match! Here are some of the well-established local teams to contact if you want to get involved. There are links to their websites, giving more information on training & match times.
There are also professional teams to go & watch in Saigon. So if your in need of a dosage of sport on your travels or you want to get out in the afternoon/evening, check out some of Saigon’s local pros!
There is a well-organized league 11 a-side league called the Saigon International Football League (SIFL), involving a few teams of all nationalities. The standard is similar to a decent Sunday league in the UK & all of the teams below are always looking for fresh talent. So get yourself down to a training session & take it from there. Here are a few of the teams:…
Saigon Saints – I may be biased as this is my team!… but a great bunch of mainly British lads with good training sessions & a good standard of play. They’re always up for a night out after the game too!
Olympique Saigon – Predominantly a French team, Olympique are always challenging at the top of the SIFL & are a strong team
Saigon Raiders – A very international team in the league, they’re always up for some banter & drinks in their beloved Bar 5
Saigon Hotshots – Originally a French-based team, Hotshots have recently changed their name & added a more international base of players to their squad. A team on the up in the league with some good players
RUGBY & AUSSIE RULES
Saigon Rugby Club – There’s a friendly, co-ed touch rugby game every Saturday at RMIT from 4-6pm. The club also get involved in several tournaments & friendly matches each year. There’s a ladies touch team, men’s touch team, & men’s full contact team
Vietnam Swans – The Swans are a national Aussie rules team that play in numerous tournaments & friendlies across the region. In Saigon, training’s at RMIT on Saturday afternoon
Saigon Gaels – On St. Patrick’s Day, the Swans face off with some Irish lads, the Gaels, in a combination game of Aussie rules & Gaelic rules. The Gaels also compete in a few tournaments each year too
SISL – The softball league runs from October to April. In the summer there are pick-up games that are open to everyone. During the season teams play in competitive league, so you need to try & get on a team before the season. If you just want to watch, throw some balls, hit some pitches, everyone is welcome to watch… & drink beer!
There are several cricket clubs in Saigon, competing against each other throughout the year in Vietnam Cricket Association T20 League.
ECCS – English Cricket Club
SACC – Australian Cricket Club
UCC – United Cricket Club, of international players
There are Indian, Sri Lankan & Pakistani clubs too!
I haven’t heard of any other big, organized clubs for sport, but if anyone else has, then please let us know!
Saigon Heat compete in the ABL against teams across South East Asia. Their home games are at Tan Binh Stadium & tickets cost 60,000VND – 150,000VND
There are two Saigon teams in the Vietnam Super-League: Saigon FC & Navibank Saigon. Both play at Thong Nhat Stadium, on the border of District 5 & 10. You can get tickets at the stadium (don’t worry, it won’t sell out!) for 30,000VND – 100,000VND
I will warn you… the standard of these ‘professional’ games is poor… But, with cheap beer & good company, its a good time!
So, get involved yourself, or go soak up some culture in the stadiums!!