Competitions are the axis on which the activity of any sports organization is developed. There are different formats, ways and proposals to turn a sports competition into an exciting event for our athletes. In this lesson, we are going to focus on head-to-head competitions, i.e. those that are developed on the basis of 1-on-1 matches between teams or players, whose final result adds points to a ranking or causes a team to advance in a playoff. For example, soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby or tennis.
Access and creation of match competitions
To start managing the match competitions, you must go to “Manage”>"Competitions". In this tab, is where you will create and consult the match competitions registered in the federation.
To create a new competition, click on "Create Competition".
You must assign it a name, set the city where it will be held (if so), and select the discipline, the category, the season and the registration forms (participant).
In general, when you access one competition, the platform will automatically redirect you to the “Teams” tab which is where you can consult the teams registered in the competition as well as register new teams. But to follow a logical order, first of all, it would be convenient to access the Competition Configuration tab.
Setting up a match competition
Once inside of one competition, the first thing we find in the Configuration tab is the status of the competition, which can be Setting up, In progress, Finished and Cancelled.
● Setting up: Only the admin will have access to the competition and can edit it and add teams or calendars.
● Finished: Anyone can have access both via the internal network and publicly, but only the admin can make changes.
● Cancelled: Only the admin will have access to the competition. Also, it will not be deleted to avoid losing any previous work that can be used in the future.
● In progress: The competition is ongoing and anyone can visit it publicly. The clubs can also register teams and players and the referees can carry out their tasks.
Next, in competition settings, we can edit everything except the discipline, which is important to understand because when selecting a discipline we can configure all the statistics, types of penalties, rules, etc. So if we make a mistake with the discipline, we have to delete the whole competition and start again.
You will be able to change the name, venue, season, category, gender, and delegation. It’s also here that we can set up the matches, which means setting the scoring criteria and the match rules which have been set up before.
You can also set up the elements that will be shown publicly in the competition information such as game days, descriptions, notices, prizes or bonuses as well as add files such as the competition rules.
In the "Options" tab you will find different types of settings.
Allow comments: You can choose between three options: Unmoderated, you will allow everyone to leave comments under your competition on the website; Moderated, you will only leave visible comments of your interest; and disabled, you will not allow comments to be posted.
Allow team administrators to set dates for home matches: You can choose between no, once per game or as many times as they want
Enable parental control: Photos and data of minors will be hidden on your organizer's website.
Allow uploading of results: team administrators will be able to upload results
Block team managers: You can block team administrators from making changes to the competition.
Allow team administrators to call the match: this option is only available from the referee APP.
Show sanctions section in public view: All sanctions of this competition will appear on your website
Selection competition: Check, if your competition is a selection competition.
Separate groups into tabs in the public view: The groups of your competition will appear as a drop-down on your web page.
In addition, you will see the "Create new season" button, which is used to duplicate the competition, either because you are going to create two very similar competitions or because you are going to duplicate a competition for the next season.
In the "Administrators" tab you can assign the administrators of the competition, they will only be able to configure and edit the information of the competition to which you have given them access. You only have to enter a name and an email and the person will receive the email with the password.
Finally, this is the button to delete the competition, which as you can see is not a simple thing to do because if we delete it there is no way to get it back. To do this, the person must click on the red “Delete competition” button in the “Delete competition section”, introduce a randomly generated code and accept.
After setting up the competition, we move onto the registration setup. For this, we first need to select the participant forms that will be allowed in the competition.
Next, if we want the clubs to be the ones to register their players and teams in the competition, we mark the checkbox and if we only want it to be enabled for specific dates, we can set these dates.
Furthermore, if we wish to create a competition in which anyone, in or out of the team, can register themselves and their team, we can activate the public registration form, which can even be set up so that these outside teams are put in a separate group just for them.
It’s also in this tab where we set the team registration price and the maximum and a minimum number of players that can be in a team.
Finally, in the match competitions, we will find the penalties section, where we can manually or automatically set both financial and match penalties that the player cannot dispute.
To set up automatic penalties, we need to click on “Configuration”>”Create automatic penalty”. We need to give it a name, a description of what is going to be penalised (if necessary) when the penalised incident occurred (for example red card). Next we need to establish the quantity of this incident, for example, if 5 yellow cards make for an automatic penalty in the competition we need to set it up like this:
Finally, we must select the article of the team’s rules in which this penalty is based, the status of the penalty (Provisional or Confirmed) and establish the financial and match value of the penalty.