Natick, MA, January 2nd, 2020; This time last year TapIn Mobile Solutions was just a dream for co-founders Steve Schechter and Pedro Herivaux. Fast forward twelve months and the Boston based start-up has created a state-of-the-art league management app, signed partnerships with two National football federations and now has almost 5000 (and growing) players registered to compete in TapIn leagues.
2020 promises to see TapIn continue the rapid progress. Here are five major items to look out for as we enter the new decade.
Haiti and Uganda Leagues Begin
Spring 2020 will see the first fixtures take place of the Ligue Nationale De Football Des Jeunes D’Haiti and the TapIn Uganda Youth Football League. Over the past several months, Tapin employees in the US and on the ground in Haiti and Uganda have been working to raise awareness and register coaches and teams in the app.
Endorsed and sanctioned by the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) and the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) accordingly, both leagues will enable players, coaches and teams to compete in local eight team bracket divisions for u6 to u18 competition in each country’s first ever nationwide youth league.
Registration for both leagues is expected to conclude by 3/1/20 with matches slated to begin in May.
League Specific Websites Launched
Each TapIn League will have its own specific website which will serve as a central hub for participants and fans of the league. Using integration with the TapIn App, schedules, statistics, and standings will all be updated live online. Full team and player profiles will also be available for fans of the league to view.
Additionally, the website will feature news and video content on each league developed by the TapIn media team in each country supported by TapIn HQ.
App Features Added
2020 will see the addition of a number of new features within the TapIn App as part of the aim to build the most complete mobile league management platform. Next up Referee and Field Manager personas will go live. The former will allow refs to view matches and assign themselves to officiate matches with each ref having to complete an in-app course to be eligible to referee in the league. The Field Manager option will provide a marketplace for teams to identify available venues for their games and training sessions which will be listed by field owners within the app.
Tanzania is expected to be announced as the next location for TapIn early in the new year. Additionally, agreements with football administrations in Kenya and South Africa are also in the pipeline. Outside of Africa, TapIn expects to enter the Latin American market and expand partnerships in the Caribbean in 2020.
North American Launch
January will see TapIn travel to Baltimore for the prestigious United Soccer Coaches Convention, the largest gathering of soccer coaches and administrators in the World. TapIn will have a booth at the event (#243) and be meeting with administrators, clubs and coaches to present the platform.
Many of the TapIn staff are currently or formerly coaches at the high school, club and collegiate levels and have a unique perspective on the administrative challenges involved in football in the USA. The agile TapIn development team allows bespoke white-labeled solutions for organizations which can feature some, many or all of the elements of the TapIn app.