Tomorrow there is a company football team going to partake in the first part of an industry football competition. I only started this job recently so I put my name forward to be on the team just for the social aspect (not really big fan of football and have incredibly average football ability). The dates for these matches where confirmed a few weeks ago but I only realized today the match clashes with an industry talk. There is a new executive who is joining our company and all staff are invited. The event sounds like a lot of fun and I think there is free beer and food at it as well.
My question is how can I politely cancel my involvement with the company football match in order to attend the event without disappointing my company or team for pulling out?
I think The team barely has enough people going, think maybe only 1 substitute if that (judging on a team email).
The Team has never trained together or done any preparation.
If the team are successful tomorrow there will be other matches on other dates, the next date I am away as i am out of the country.
I think it could reflect bad on me as the new guy who lets down the team just so I can network with some free beer and food.
Would have never put my name forward if I knew this event was going to take place
free beer & food