Software tool for managing a soccer team?
October 23, 2010 9:51 AM   Subscribe

I'm captain of an adult soccer team, and would like to find a pretty simple way to: 1. get each person to RSVP online for every game 2. enable discussion (e.g. 'who's bringing food on Friday?') I'm familiar with Meetup, which matches these requirements. But it's really built around the idea of 'open' groups looking to attract new members, which we're not. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by subpixel to Technology (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We use Yahoo groups, which, while not perfect, gets the job done.
posted by Lucinda at 9:54 AM on October 23, 2010

Facebook Fanpage. Does all that.
posted by Webbster at 10:18 AM on October 23, 2010

I like - and it was created by a soccer coach.
posted by thatone at 10:19 AM on October 23, 2010

Doesn't Meetup have closed groups as well?
posted by elsietheeel at 10:23 AM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

My whole league uses Teampages, which is built completely for this purpose.
posted by cmoj at 10:46 AM on October 23, 2010

All my teams use Team Cowboy.
posted by bjrubble at 11:46 AM on October 23, 2010

Doesn't Meetup have closed groups as well?

Yeah, I think they call them "private" groups. Like here. OTOH, Meetup is rather expensive for a private group, $144 per year.
posted by smackfu at 11:52 AM on October 23, 2010

Shutterfly Share Sites will do exactly what you want, and for free.
posted by Flannery Culp at 12:51 PM on October 23, 2010

Seconding Team Cowboy - theres also Roster Manager (both free)
posted by vito90 at 12:59 PM on October 23, 2010

posted by Madamina at 3:26 PM on October 23, 2010

Gameplan is a web app for organizing team sports. I haven't tried it and don't know much about it, and it looks like it might be subscription based, but it is designed for exactly this sort of situation.
posted by cmyr at 8:09 PM on October 23, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks for all the feedback. I've decided to go with Meetup, and will fold the $12/mo fees into what I charge my teammates each session (league fees, ref fees, etc.).

For reference:

* Facebook events look good, but some of the team isn't on FB, and most FB users have email alerts for events turned off, so it's not a trusted channel for announcing games.

* My test is: "If someone else told me I had to create an account on this service to play on their team, would I do it?". The niche products out there (Team this, Game that) all fail that test.

* While needing to create a Meetup account might strike some as an inconvenience, it's a pretty awesome resource. The couple of minutes it takes to sign up is well worth it, in my opinion.
posted by subpixel at 9:13 AM on October 24, 2010

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