We just got back from the world cup in Brazil, which has been an absolutely fantastic experience! Football culture is alive and well and one of the best in the world and we're glad to be a part of it.
A frequently asked question while I was there (both on this blog and outside) was what our plans are going into next season. So rather than continually giving the same reply over and over I thought I would just post it here.
As long time followers will know, last season was when we started development and launched. It took until a few months Into the season until we were ready to go but I'm happy to say that everything is in order now, and if we do go ahead, we can all jump in from the very beginning! As of right now, however, we are not 100% sure we will be going into next season. Here's a quick rundown of the main factors that we are looking at:
So, going forward, we are not 100% sure we will go ahead next season. We'll see how the negotiations with the stats provider goes. In the meantime we will research some of the sites that have popped up and see if any of the sites are up to scratch!
We'll keep you updated!
Assuming you find it too expensive to go ahead with the league this season - would you be interested in selling the website?
It would be sad to see a great idea like this go to waste and I would very much be interested in trying to continue on your good work and may be able to fund it through some crowd funding on my end.
Please let me know ASAP if you'd be intersted as the season is fast approaching.
UniqueFC is officially not going live for next season.
In hindsight I wish I had crowdfunded the entire site (the marketting boost and uptake boost from it would have been significant in itself!). I was going to crowdfund it next season (and see if we can get mobile apps going for it, which I think would increase uptake as well), but if you are keen on taking the project forward then I'm all ears to any offers - it would be extremely cool to have this become a footballing household name!
Let me know!
Hemal, firstly, very jealous that you were able to go to the WC! I had to settle for watching the games on a combination of various tv's and my phone at work.
As for the costs of running a site, I feel your pain having done some in the past, especially when the sites don't always have an easy revenue stream to identify.
Your passion for the game and for the fantasy game comes through. If you decide not to pursue your site (or even if you do!) then join us on draftsoccer and make some leagues.
Yup that was a lifelong dream and Brazil was absolutely the dream location for it! I knew I was going the moment it was announced, with or without tickets, with or without money. I lucked out and managed to get tickets to a few games as well, so an all round great experience!
Yes, fingers crossed that the costing works out with this...
If you have a space in a league on draftsoccer then count me in! You're absolutely right I am keen on fantasy football and the more leagues the merrier!!
I haven't yet been to one, but will see about 1 of the next 2 - depending on where they end up being played at this rate!
The new www.draftsoccer.com season started this week. My friends and I launched our league and it did fill up so sorry I couldn't invite you to ours. However, there are a bunch of public leagues out there, and quite a lot of Private leagues already going. Maybe you can start your own UniqueFC Private or Public league!
This post is in response to all the queries we have been having about when the site is going to go live. As some of you may know, we were going to do an in-house full-site review yesterday. Well, we did and after about 5 hours or so we have a mixed bag of news:
The bad:We won't be going live this weekend as the wild optimist in me had hoped
The good:The core features needed to get a working version of the site up and running live are mostly in good shape. I am fairly confident that we should have a beta version up and running towards the end of next week.
Overall:This has been a monumental task so far, and we are well aware that this is just the start of the journey. Looking back and seeing how far we have come and the challenges faced, I am quite happy, all things considered:
The ominous late-summer air along with the crunch of the tell-tale leaves littering the ground signaled it was coming. My chest heaved a heavy sigh knowing that I would not be able to escape its grips. What did I have to offer that could compare with 300 pound men in shoulder pads broadcast in hi-definition? Yes, it is that time of year again, the season of the football widows.
Before marriage, I was familiar with "Monday Night Football." That was a manageable concession I was willing to make. One night a week. Easy. But I've since learned that there are NFL games all day Sunday and on Thursday nights as well. Throw college ball into the mix on Saturdays and the week is completely lost to the testosterone laden frenzy of the gridiron.
Perhaps if I had a favorite team, I would also succumb to the madness and hibernate with my husband in the man-cave until the spring thaw. I married into a Patriots family, so they are my adopted team and I actually do root for them. But its more of an after the fact curiosity cheer - 'hey, did our team win?' I can usually tell the answer by his demeanor. Hugs and kisses means a victory. Grunts and sighs signal a loss.
Over the years I have learned to live through this annual cycle of widowhood. I feel fortunate to catch glimpses of my husband during random minutes when a game was not being played, or being reviewed, or being commented upon with predictions for the next game. But in recent years a new type of football has crept into our lives and stolen away even those rare precious minutes when I saw my husband during the fall and winter months: Fantasy Football. (shudder).