Tools for Captains

 

SOPFC team posing as league champions on the pitch

 

Jump to a section:

 

1. Paying Your Team Dues

 

2. Managing Your Team

 

3. Finding Players for Your Team

 

4. Captain's FAQ

 

5. Questions and Help

 

Whether you're considering forming a new team (we're currently accepting new league teams), getting ready to captain your first season, or going on your 5th championship, we know firsthand that as a Captain, it takes initiative and patience to manage your team. And we want you to know we're here to help make it as easy as possible, allowing you to focus on a fun and winning season!

 

Below we've outlined how to pay your team dues, manage your team, and find soccer players in Atlanta.

 


 

Paying Your Team Dues

 

To register your team each season, browse our upcoming Atlanta soccer leagues and click "Team" to sign up as a Captain.

 

You can register your team and start inviting teammates with NO MONEY DOWN + NO RISK.

 

  • NO MONEY DOWN - Captains can register a team without paying a deposit, then invite and invoice teammates for their share of team dues with a single invitation link that includes a payment request for an adjustable per-player amount.

  • NO RISK - Our 100% Team Money Back Guarantee means if you change your mind anytime up to the Signup Deadline, let us know and we'll refund everyone who paid already. There's no risk in registering and trying to get a team together, even if you collect payments from multiple players and then decide to cancel.

 

TeamPayer tool for Captains

 

Team Payment Process

 

1. The Captain's credit/debit card info is required to register a team for the league, but won't be charged right away.

 

2. A minimum of $200 must be paid toward a team's dues by the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the scheduled start date, whichever comes first) to confirm a team's spot. This amount can be paid online by teammates, the Captain, or a combination. After registering, we encourage Captains to immediately begin inviting players to join their team and issuing them invoices for their share of team dues. After the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the scheduled start date, whichever comes first), any unpaid amount of the $200 minimum will be automatically charged to the Captain's credit/debit card.

 

3. The full team balance must be paid by the Payment Deadline (typically the day before the second game). Again, this amount can be paid online by teammates, the Captain, or a combination. After the Payment Deadline, any unpaid amount of the full team balance will be automatically charged to the Captain's credit/debit card.

 

Payment Responsibility

 

Captains are 100% responsible for making sure their team's dues are paid in full and on time, including the $200 minimum payment to confirm a team's spot. Captains can use our TeamPayer tool at any time up to the Payment Deadline to invite teammates and assign them their share of dues, paid directly toward the team balance. Note that the system will only process payments up to the amount of the team balance. So if 15 invoices for $60 are sent out on a $590 balance, the system will only process the first 9 people to pay at the full $60 price ($540 total), and the 10th person will only be charged $50 out of $60 ($590 total).

 

Teams with delinquent dues unable to be charged for any reason may incur forfeit results and/or cancelled games. Teams dropping out of, or disqualified from a league will forfeit their minimum payment and dues.

 

Refunds

 

All registration dues are non-refundable after the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the Start Date, whichever comes first). A team's minimum payment and/or dues will be refunded only if SOPFC cancels a league entirely, or if a team is not offered a position in a league/division determined to be appropriate for the team.

 


 

Managing Your Team

 

Below are some common questions and methods for managing your team each season.

 

How do I add players to my team roster online?

  1. Log in and click "Manage Team".
  2. Click "Invite Player" to add or invite past teammates quickly, and/or click "Send Link" to send an invitation link for players to join your team. You can include a default payment request as part of this "FunLink."
  3. Click "Recruit Free Agents" to invite players who are looking to join a team in your league.

 

Please note: Only Captains can invite and manage players, including the ability to remove players or revoke invites they may have already sent.

 

Example of a Captain's "Manage Team" page:

 

Captain's Manage Team roster page

 

What are the best ways to keep track of my players?

 

  1. Log in > Manage Team > You will see your entire roster
  2. Message players directly from your Dashboard, or use your private Team Forum to communicate with teammates.
  3. Manage invites and invoices you may have issued to teammates using TeamPayer.

 

What are the best practices for collecting money from team players?

 

We recommend using the TeamPayer tool to invoice each of your teammates their share of team dues, paid directly to the league and lowering your team balance accordingly. Alternately, you can have your players pay you via Venmo, PayPal, etc prior to the season start, or bring cash to the first game they play. The sooner you can secure a financial commitment from each player, the more invested they will be in showing up and contributing to the team in a positive way.

 

When and how should I remind players of upcoming games?

 

Players who have accepted an email invitation to join your team roster online can go to the "Profile" tab of their Player page to opt-in to receive automatic game reminders via email the day of (or Friday before) each game including the date, time, location, and links to RSVP for that game. This is another reason it's important to add all players to your roster every season.

 

Additional player reminder methods:

 

  1. Use GroupMe events in a soccer team group
  2. Send group emails to all teammates from your personal email
  3. Text message players on game days
  4. Use the "Messages" tab on your Player page (this sends an email to teammates)
  5. Use the private "Team Forum" section of your team page

 


 

Finding Players for Your Team

 

1. Recruit Free Agents from your team dashboard

 

After registering your team, click the "Manage Team" button, then "Recruit Free Agents" button (below the roster). This is where you'll see a list of all soccer players who have registered as "Free Agents" for that specific league. Click the "Invite" text link next to any players you'd like. They'll receive an email asking if they want to join your team - that email will also include your name and personal email address in case they have questions before accepting the invite. If they accept the invite, they will be added to your roster, where you can then invoice them for their share of team dues, or make your own payment arrangements.

 

2. Post in our "Free Agents & Captains" Facebook group

 

Post requests for players in our "Captains & Free Agents" Facebook group, a place for players and Captains to connect. Post more about your team and league, as well as the type of player(s) you're looking for. You can also post requests for subs for specific games.

 

3. Join our pickup games

 

SOPFC offers daily pickup games through our OpenSports group, and many of these players are looking to play in our league too. Although some players may register on their own as Free Agents, there are many players who would prefer to meet a Captain at the field and be invited directly to join a team. Playing pickup with potential players also helps you find out which players would be a good fit for your team.

 

4. Ask friends and co-workers

 

Ask friends and co-workers to play, or if they know any interested soccer players! Word of mouth is still one of the most reliable ways to recruit new players. Have your players mention to their co-workers that they're looking for another team player, or post on their Facebook to see if any of their friends might want to join. Most teams find at least 2-3 new players every season this way.

 

5. Post on Nextdoor

 

Recruit players on Nextdoor, a free private social network that connects you with people in neighboring Atlanta communities based on your home address. It's quick to sign up for, and each post here will reach anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 people in your nearby neighborhoods. We know Captains who've used Nextdoor to recruit enough players over the course of a week to form a whole team, from just one post!

 

Here's how to find players:

  1. Sign up at Nextdoor.com
  2. Create a new post asking for interested soccer players to join your team
  3. Use a team photo or photo from your league's details page to help attract attention
  4. Make sure to link to your specific league (e.g. Summer Saturday Coed 7v7), so people can find out more info first

 

Here's an example of an actual post used to help build a team:

 

 


 

Captain's FAQ

 

How much do I have to pay to register my team?

 

NOTHING! You can register your team with no money down, and then invite and invoice your teammates for their share of team dues using our TeamPayer tool. As a Captain, you are responsible for making sure a minimum of $200 is paid toward your team's dues by your league's Signup Deadline, and that your team dues are paid in full by the Payment Deadline, typically midnight the day before your second game. However, if for instance, you invoice your teammates for their share of team dues, and at least $200 is paid by the Signup Deadline, and then your team's full dues are covered by additional teammates' payments by the Payment Deadline, you will not be charged any money :)

 

When do my team dues have to be paid in full?

 

Team dues must be paid in full by the Payment Deadline, typically midnight the day before your second game. All leagues also require a minimum of $200 paid toward a team's dues by the Signup Deadline to confirm a team's spot.

 

How do I split my team balance with teammates?

 

Use our TeamPayer tool to invite all of your teammates and invoice them for their share of team dues.

 

What is TeamPayer?

 

TeamPayer is a way to help your teammates pay for their team fee without you having to worry about collecting cash, Venmo, PayPal, etc. Click here for more info on TeamPayer.

 

Is it possible I could lose my $200 minimum team payment?

 

Yes, your team's minimum payment of $200 toward full team dues is non-refundable after the Signup Deadline, secures your spot in a league, and serves as a commitment to play the season (many of our leagues have limited spots available). A team's minimum payment and/or dues will be refunded only if SOPFC cancels a league entirely, or if a team is not offered a position in a league/division determined to be appropriate for the team. Remember, if you register a team and then decide not to play for ANY reason, just let us know anytime before the Signup Deadline and we'll refund any dues paid up to that point as part of our 100% Team Money Back Guarantee. There's no risk in registering and trying to get a team together.

 

What's the best way to get sponsorship for my team?

 

Here is an email template for Captains to use to help pitch businesses on the benefits of sponsoring their teams. Many teams in our soccer leagues in Atlanta are able to have all or part of each season's dues paid by local bars, restaurants, or businesses by securing sponsorship, in exchange for things like agreeing to have post-game social gatherings at that establishment, naming their team after the establishment, and wearing jerseys with the business's logo/name. We encourage our Captains to approach and make friends with local bars and restaurants in order to simultaneously defray the costs of team dues and support local community businesses.

 

So can I get an invoice to get my company to pay for some or all of my team?

 

Yes. Printable invoices are available from your Player Page via the "View Invoice" text link above the "Manage Team" button.

 

My team is really good, can we start in D1?

 

No, teams joining a league for the first time, or returning after taking a season(s) off, will be placed in the lowest division (if there is only one division, this is already D1). We use promotion and relegation between divisions to facilitate the natural balance of competition. Teams switching from other leagues within SOPFC, or from other Atlanta soccer leagues, may email info@sonsofpitchesfc.com anytime prior to the Signup Deadline with supporting evidence of their current skill level (i.e. end of season standings and season records) in order to be considered for specific division placement. However, assuming most teams return season to season, we typically are unable to add new teams directly to higher divisions.

 


 

Questions and Help

 

Have any questions about forming or managing your team? Read our FAQ for more information, or drop us a line anytime at info@sonsofpitchesfc.com and we'll be happy to help get you going. You can also call us at 404-507-6363, or include your phone number in your email and we'll be happy to give you a call.