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Trying to get a pickup football game scheduled, but having a hard time getting enough people interested? Use the apps below to create a weekly pickup game that keeps everyone coming back.
Whether you are trying to start a football league for adults, or just trying to have a weekly pick up game, getting enough people to show up might be a bit of a challenge. To get enough people to participate in a pickup game with everyone's crazy life, it's important to schedule the game reasonably far in advance. Once you get the game on a calendar, then you have to make sure people know about the event. An easy way to let people know about the upcoming game is to make use of available technology. Using technology wisely will be the difference between a sports league that flops on its first game and one that thrives for years to come. Currently, there are plenty of apps that can help you advertise your pickup game for free. From apps that let you post your "club" so that other people nearby can sign up to the tried and true method of word of mouth. Using an app like GroupMe makes it easy to communicate information with friends, and it allows your friends to invite their friends so you can be sure of having enough people for a full game and have hours of fun.
While football is a great sport to play with your friends, it does require a significant amount of equipment when compared to other activities and sports. While for two-hand touch, all that is needed is a football, and maybe some cleats it doesn't quite have the same feel as even flag football. To make sure you have the right equipment for your pickup game, check out apps that let you buy equipment second hand. The amount of sports equipment that has only been used once will blow your mind, and by purchasing equipment, you'll be able to find quality items for half or even less the original price. You can also send a few links to different types of equipment in the pickup group chat you made with GroupMe so you can make sure everyone who shows up has the right gear to play.
Once you've gotten the right equipment and people have started to show up, now you have to try and keep everyone interested. Nothing pulls on the human spirit like competition with others, especially in a pickup football game. To keep the competition high create a ranking by neighborhood, street, or even city. By adding a ranking, where people can see their team's positions, it'll add a little extra motivation to bring a few more friends on a Sunday night and keep your pickup games running strong.
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