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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

[Feature] Bridging the GAP - FOOTBALLOPOD's way

The entrance page of the portal (reproduced with the permission from the owners)

For thousands of social footballers out there, what are the major concerns when you want to arrange a simple kick-about?

  • Like your side are eager to seek newer challenge, after facing same opponents week in week out.

  • Like looking for a last minute replacement team, if your scheduled opponents fail to make it on time on a short notice.

  • Suddenly, the playing field which you team booked is deemed unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances that left both your opponents and your team stranded.

  • Your team decided to come up with a systematic way to archive details, informations of its players, profile, past result, etc.

    However, the daunting tasks to generate the background database and those IT technicalities seems to scare those less inclined away.

And so, which is why thousands of weekend warriors out there learned to appreciate the assistance offered by local online football portal – FOOTBALLOPOD.COM, that has helped them to address those problems mentioned earlier.

This portal is an initiative started by a group of like-minded friends with the aim to help thousands of amateur football players and teams to overcome some of the teething issues that are not uncommon to them.

The portal is information-rich loaded with happenings around the amateur football scene

Integration through 2 channels
FOOTBALLOPOD.COM aims to integrate the football scene in Singapore through 2 main channels.”said Mr Tan Li Yu, one of the founders of FOOTBALLOPOD.COM, as he explains the objectives of the website.

“The first channel is 'content', where we aim to deliver quality Singapore Football content through articles, images and videos.” added Tan.

The team behind FOOTBALLOPOD.COM compile their content through these three main channels:

  1. The Editorial Team -
    This is the team that dedicated to creating original content for FOOTBALLOPOD.COM. They write articles, takes photos and makes videos.

  2. Content contributed via teams' sites hosted on FOOTBALLOPOD.COM -
    These are articles, videos or photos which teams uploads to FOOTBALLOPOD.COM through their team website hosted by the portal (to be further elaborated below).

  3. Content aggregated from other sources online -
    These are articles, videos and photos which we find are interesting and relevant to the viewers of FOOTBALLOPOD.COM. This includes content from external amateur team blogs, websites, etc.
The second channel which Tan touches on is the “features and functionality” his portal hopes to achieve.

Emulate the model of the renowned social media networking portal - "Facebook" is what FOOTBALLOPOD.COM hopes to achieve what Tan envisage.

“This is the area where we hope to bring together the amateur football community with a revolutionary platform that facilitates the interaction of the different entities of the amateur football industry.” he said.

Interaction, by virtue, means utilize the wide range of innovative services the portal has to offer, such as chats rooms, feedback channels, etc., in order to getting in touch with one and other within the amateur football community

One of such initiatives is the “match-making” service where teams can scan through the database of the user-friendly interface that is made available to registered users to look for opponents for a match.

On top of those mentioned services provided, another innovating feature offered by the portal, with the help of a dedicated server, is the site hosting service provided for registered users to create their online presence via a website.

The innovative feature of "Match Maker" allows registered users to arrange match among themselves online.

Bridging up the gap...
However, having established a niche in the amateur social league scene doesn't make the young start-up resting on their laurels.

Highlighted the present situation where there's a lack of interaction between the amateur scene and the professional S.League, the portal hopes the vision they set out will overcome that absence of communication between the two major components of the local football.

“We also hope to bridge the current disjoint between the S-League and the rest of the amateur football scene in Singapore.

“The vision for FOOTBALLOPOD.COM is to create a central portal for Singapore Football where all demand and gaps for information on Singapore Football is bridged.” concluded the former Hwa Chong Junior College player.

For more information on other services offered by the portal, please log on FOOTBALLOPOD.COM at http://www.footballopod.com

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