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Web Developer wanted!

  • greg
  • 2017-01-30

We are seeking a Web Developer to carry out Sokker Manager web page modifications on selected user ideas or requests.
It is planned as an extra job for the programmer, 1-2 hours daily, 5 days a week. Also possible is an extra bonus eg. 10% of Sokker income rise after implementation of selected ideas.

An ideal candidate would meet these requirements:
- experience with developing web pages, proven with portfolio
- good knowledge of php programming
- experience with MySQL databases
- experience with at least one php framework
- active Sokker club manager and activity on forums

If interested, please send your CV with portfolio of web pages (links) and your expected wage per hour to sokker@sokker.org .

Notice that Sokker Manager website code is quite ancient, it was developed In 2003 and is not even object-oriented In most part. Ok, you have been warned :)

We are looking also for someone with Adobe Flash Animate CC knowledge to convert all Sokker Flash animations on the site to HTML5. Separate, one-time job only (also expected wage, CV and portfolio).

Christmas and Election Time have arrived

  • MatzeG
  • 2016-12-25

Season’s greetings!

Christmas has arrived on Sokker and Santa has brought a gift for every user; all users will receive a full day of Plus. This will be active on the 25th of December only.

In other news: It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections start on the 26th of December and end on the 8th of January, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

It is election time again

  • Charles Hill
  • 2016-09-06

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections started on the 18th of September, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2016-05-16

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections started on the 16th of May and end on the 29th of May, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2016-01-25

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 25th of January and end on the 7th of February, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2015-10-05

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 5th of October and end on the 18th of October, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2015-06-14

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 15th of June and end on the 28th of June, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2015-02-23

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 23rd of February and end on the 8th of March at 21:28, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Inter Football Manager

  • MatzeG
  • 2014-11-24

We are happy to announce the release of our new game Inter Football Manager for mobile devices. The game is currently available for Android only, but we plan to develop a version for iOS.

You can download Inter Football Manager from Google Playstore
Inter Football Manager - Android

There is a free version of the game with limited playing time. Your team will be reset after the trial-period.
Inter Football Manager Lite - Android

You can also play the game on your desktop computer.
Inter Football Manager - Online


You are probably asking, why we didn't develop just a version of Sokker for mobile devices, but a new game. The answer is simple: The mobile game should be more dynamic and simple than Sokker. A game that you can play when you have the time for it. Here are some of the major modifications compared to Sokker:
★ Matches are played everyday. You can wait for the scheduled time or even decide to play instantly.
★ One day in Inter Football Manager equals one week in Sokker. Every day your players receive training, you get money from sponsors and new juniors join the junior school.
★ You can train more than one skill per training session and training depends less on the matches played.
★ Players have an additional skill, fitness, which drops if the players trains too much. Players with low fitness will train and play worse.
★ The skills of the players are numbers from 0 to 100.
★ Players have contracts.
★ Players do not have values. Instead, for each position (GK, DEF, MID, ATT) a number between 0 and 100 will indicate how well the players suits to that position.
★ Leagues in Inter Football Manager have 14 teams. At the end of the season the top 6 teams will promote and the worst 6 will relegate.
★ A season lasts 4 weeks. New leagues are created every season with teams of active players. Bot teams are removed at the end of the season. Also teams of inactive users are cleared. They will start with a new team in the bottom division once they log in again.
★ The skills of your players, fan mood and account balance will be visible for your opponents. This will allow you to follow the management strategy of other managers.
★ You can choose your club logo and background image from a set of default pictures.
★ You can buy Tokens and use them for special features, eg. on the transfermarket. Tokens can also be earned by logging in every day.
★ There's a default starting price for players on the transferlist. Bidding on players requires Tokens.

As you can see the modifications we've made are huge. A compromise wouldn't have worked well for both Sokker and a mobile football manager. There are many users who are playing Sokker for many years and who wouldn't accept if we had made these changes to Sokker. On the other hand a mobile version of Sokker would be unplayable without these modifications. You should be able to play when you start your mobile app and not wait all week for just one league game on sunday.

Also, two games are better than just one ;)

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2014-11-03

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 3rd of November and end on the 16th of November at 21:34, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

League cleaning

  • MatzeG
  • 2014-10-28

We will perform a big league cleaning between 3rd and 8th november after the relegation playoffs. We plan to remove the bottom division in countries that have much less active users than teams. By deleting bot-teams we want to make the game more interesting for new managers. Currently many of them have to play one or two seasons in bottom leagues against bots only, before they promote and play against human-controlled teams.

The 10 countries with the highest percentage of bot teams are the following (country users/teams):

Israel 50 / 680
Sverige 70 / 680
Malaysia 33 / 296
USA 80 / 680
Danmark 87 / 680
Türkiye 1121 / 6824
Norge 71 / 424
England 115 / 680
Portugal 303 / 1704
Deutschland 303 / 1704

Of course we will delete the bottom division not only in these countries, but in every country where it is possible. Teams of active managers from the bottom division who didn't promote will be moved to second-last division. We also consider removing the third division in countries with less than 20 users.

Furthermore we introduce another modification regarding bot teams. Once per season old players with low values of these teams will be replaced by younger ones. This should reduce games against bot teams where players are kicking the ball outside of the field all the time.

It is Election time!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2014-07-14

The election period is upon us once again. It is your chance to have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The elections will begin on 14th of July and will end on the 27th of July at 22:26. So start asking candidates tough questions, and voting for who you want to be as your next National Team coach!

Brasil Simulation - 2014 World Cup

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2014-06-11

The 2014 Brasil World Cup is upon us, and we have decided to join in by bringing the 2014 World Cup to Sokker with an exclusive 2014 World Cup Sokker Simulation. This simulation will feature all matches from the World Cup, and will be simulated a day in advance before the real matches take place.

The simulation results can be used for Sokker promotion where you can potentially earn yourself plus. You can paste the simulation links on various sports sites, and social media sites, and you can also use your buddy link, with the correct match ID and User login, to receive free plus from any users you invite using that link.

Buddy Link (link will activate after match is simulated):
www.sokker.org/comment/matchID/NUMBER/buddy/LOGIN
(Replace NUMBER with the physical matchID, and LOGIN with your own login name)

Example using Brasil vs Croatia simulation:
http://online.sokker.org/comment/matchID/25959778/buddy/tester

All the matches will be simulated in a special friendly league created for this simulation;
Brasil Simulation: http://online.sokker.org/league/leagueID/52487

We have also created a special forum for the Brasil 2014 World Cup simulation, which includes group topics with polls where predictions can be made for each group.

Simulation Forum: http://online.sokker.org/forum/ID_forum/56984

In the same forum, each team participating in the 2014 World Cup, where you can discuss the performances, results, but also the skills of the players. Each player in each team had to be generated, based on the value of the Transfermarkt.de website. This value is then converted into player attributes which can be adjusted accordingly.

Join in on the fun and support your team!

New Layout Tests

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2014-03-28

We are pleased to invite you to test a new layout for Sokker.

Link: http://new.sokker.org

It is based on Bootstrap, a popular HTML framework. This has enabled us to create a more modern and attractive appearance for Sokker, and will allow for a more comfortable and natural page on different devices; smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs.

Currently tests are open to holders of Plus and Sokker Staff.

The new website will also allow for some personalisation, check here: http://new.sokker.org/theme

You will be able to choose between various themes and choose the background of your choice.

We are still in the process of refining and improving the page, and at this time there is still some untranslated text. Also at this time, it is not possible to watch matches through the new domain.

Warning! The new.sokker.org database is the same as that on online.sokker.org. Any activity that occurs on your account when using the new layout will happen in real time and for real.

We hope you enjoy the new vision for Sokker and invite you to post any feedback you have in the thread below;
http://online.sokker.org/forum_topic/ID_forum/1259/ID_topic/3054744/pg/1

Regards,
Your Sokker Development Team

Election Time Has Arrived!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2014-03-24

The election period has arrived! It is your chance to have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The elections will begin on 23rd of March and will end on the 6th of April at 22:23. So start asking candidates tough questions, and voting for who you want to be as your next National Team coach!

Santa has arrived!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-12-25

Season’s greetings!

Christmas has arrived on Sokker and Santa has brought a gift for every user; all users will receive a full day of Plus. This will be active on the 25th December only.

Use this day to view the additional features that plus provides, such as the new 3D match viewer for games, team statistics, or you could even design your match kit and much, much more.

We wish you a happy Christmas, and wish you good luck for the New Year.

Election Time is Here!

  • Charles Hill
  • 2013-12-02

It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The elections will end on the 15th of December. So start asking candidates tough questions, and voting for who you want to be as your next National Team coach!

Pay PLUS and COINS with PAYPAL

  • FREDDY_PAITO
  • 2013-11-25

Hello sokker managers,

I want to share with you about my experience buying PLUS and COINS. This news not an official news from developers team. It is from me. I saw some user have problem when paying with Dotpay. They have to wait for days after their PLUS transaction to get their PLUS activated. Sometime Dotpay reject their transaction and sokker did not know the reason.

So, from my own experience, i want share with you, if you want to buy PLUS and/or COINS, it is better to use paypal payment method. Your PLUS or COINS will be activated automatically in a few seconds after your transaction complete.

I already prove it. I use paypal to buy PLUS and COINS for my friends in my country. And the result, their PLUS and COINS activated only few seconds.

if you do not have credit card, you can buy virtual credit card (VCC) then verified your paypal account. after that, you can buy paypal balance to the paypal balance seller at your country.

Thank you for your time read my post.
I hope there will be no problem anymore for you to get your PLUS and/or COINS activated.

regards,

Election Time is Here!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-08-12

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 12th of August and end on the 25th of August at 22:23, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Sokker Coins

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-08-08

It is now possible for managers to purchase Coins. Coins can be used to give you access to several Plus options should you not want to use all the Plus options in the Plus subscription.

You can purchase Coins in the Sokker Store which can be found on the 'Plus' Page.

Coins will provide various plus options, including the possibility to skip advertisements prior to games, and the option to allow you to play arcade games.

More information about Coins will be added shortly.

PayPal and Dotpay

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-07-14

Payments made through PayPal or Dotpay will now be processed instantly. If you purchase Plus through these options, you should receive your Plus within a few minutes of the payment being made.

Arcade Matches!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-06-26

This week we are introducing two interesting changes.

Plus users will now be able to play a friendly match every day in "Arcade mode".

The basic principles of this type of game are as followed:
* Arcade games are only possible between two teams with Plus active.
* A team can only play one game per day, however arcade matches will not be possible on Wednesdays.
* Arcade games are for fun and have no effect on reality; injuries and cards are not saved after the game, and the match has no impact on training. You can play all players in arcade games, even if they have injuries or red cards which prevent them from playing normal games.
* Teams are able to set the start time of the match from 09:00 to 2:59 CET.
* You can play the match on the same day as it is organised, but remember to give teams time to adjust their lineup.

Our second change is an 'ad break' before watching games as a non-Plus user. You can easily remove this and at the same time support the development of Sokker by purchasing Plus.

Sincerely,

Your Sokker Development Team

Election Time is Here!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-04-24

It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The elections began this Monday, 22nd April, and will end on the 5th of May at 22:23. So start asking candidates tough questions, and voting for who you want to be as your next National Team coach!

Upcoming Changes

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-04-04

We are approaching the time to introduce important modifications on the Sokker website. These changes are mainly of a technical nature, relating primarily to how pages are displayed. These modifications do not bring anything new to the game, or visible changes; however there could be complications for users using custom skins. These modifications were made for several important reasons.

The first reason for these modifications is for the desire to adapt Sokker for smartphones and tablets. This will be the beginning to create an official application for iOS and Android users. It is one of the most important upcoming projects, with many users eagerly awaiting these applications.

The second reason why we have introduced these changes is due to several problems with the positioning of pages in the current format. In addition, the url addresses of subpages were hidden for users, which made it difficult for users to share their latest matches, news publications etc. since you could not copy the url address easily. The modifications will make the url addresses more visible to users and more easily obtained.

The third reason for the changes is due to graphical modifications which we are planning upon the website. We have already prepared a new design and these modifications will make it easier to implement the design. The graphical changes are aimed at new users visiting the page, as the current design is quite outdated.

Another important reason for the changes is to improve our method of placing advertisements on the website. Advertisements are not the users’ favourite part of the website, but thanks to advertising, the game can be free in its basic version. The easiest and recommended method by us to get rid of ads is to buy plus, which removes ads when you view the website.

The need to adapt skins for new conditions is a result of these changes. The official skins have already been adapted, but skins from other sources will need to be modified by their respective authors. We do not recommend the user of the old skins in the new layout, because the page is likely to not display correctly. In the coming months, we anticipate further changes to the website coding, therefore keep that in mind if you are a creator of skins.

The home page has been modified, in order to be friendlier for new and existing users. The URLs of the pages are now in a more readable form, both for users and in web searches too. The graphic design at the moment is unchanged, but as mentioned, in the future it will change. Work is ongoing on a new look of the home page and website to make it more attractive for new users.

We also noticed a possibility of making a link to Sokker available in many different ways from your club page. You will be able to invite people to Sokker in a more convenient method and you will receive 10 days of Plus for every 10 new members who register from your invitation.

Making these changes requires further refining by changing URL formats, as at the moment not all components are working as intended. Therefore so far, we invite you to test the new version at:

http://new.sokker.org

Please report any bugs or problems you experience in the thread below;

http://online.sokker.org/forum_topic.php?ID_forum=1261&ID_topic=2937385

Currently, we focus on creating an official Sokker application and mobile version of the website. In the future we would like to make changes in training, in accordance with the expectations expressed in surveys. Ultimately, the training has to be more realistic and more interesting, but less dependent on matches played. But we aim to maintain continuity and any changes in training will be introduced gradually, to assist with people who have training programs for their players. We will inform you about the details in advance.

Sincerely,

Your Sokker Development Team

POLL - Ideas and Suggestions for Sokker

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2013-02-09

Hello Sokker Community,

For some time, users have requested for us to hear your voices, and this has been heard by the developers. We would like to know what you would like implemented or changed within the game. In the poll above, are some ideas we heard the community would like.

- Make Sokker into Android and ios client
- Change website graphics design, especially home page
- Change faces to be more realistic and visible in 3D viewer
- Change Training to be more realistic, add team training camps
- More payment options
- Improved interactive ingame tutorial
- Introduce Team/Individual Playing Styles (e.g. long/short pass styles etc.)
- More statistics for players and teams
- Market Assistant / Autobid system
- Reduce bottom divisions into one big league similar to the junior leagues

These are only some of the ideas being discussed and accepted as possible by the developers. However they would like to hear your opinions, what would you like to see implemented or changed? Please vote on the poll as we would like to have your feedback!

You can access the poll in the links below;

Sokker Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SokkerManager
Direct Link: http://www.facebook.com/questions/551078224911335/

Link to the discussion thread: http://online.sokker.org/forum_topic.php?ID_forum=1259&ID_topic=2915942&pg=0#new

Sincerely,

Your Sokker Development Team

Election Time is Here!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-12-31

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 31st of December and end on the 13th of January at 22:23, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

3D Viewer Update

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-09-30

We have made several modifications to the 3D viewer, these modifications and improvements are listed below;

- Automatic antialiasing change if the frame rate is too low (below 10 fps)
- Normal camera modified to fit better so now there is less zoom and more distance
- Fullscreen button added
- Additional information added on keys to go fullscreen and change camera mode
- Performance increased when watching in window (fullscreen is the same)
- Background on start menu has been fixed

In other news;

Recently we have encountered issues with our servers, after our proxy server hang over and restarted; the graphics server went slow and had to be restarted too. Unfortunately, the graphics server wouldn't restart which is the reason why the graphics of logos, photos and the view graphics went slow. The transfers were moved forward and the graphic server issues were resolved shortly after.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2012-09-10

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 10th of September and end on the 23rd of September at 22:23, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Plus Payment Methods Changes

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-07-23

Currently the card payments are handled by Dotpay (with no extra charge). Dotpay offers many payment options, however most of these options are only available in Poland.

There is now however a new feature that is available to all users, which is the ability to pay Plus using Ukash vouchers (via Dotpay), which are available in many countries. For more information visit http://www.ukash.com.

Payments are still available through PayPal for both registered users of PayPal as well as for simple card payments.

Payments by PayU (Platnosci.pl) are currently unavailable.

National Teams Stadium Selection and Engine Improvement

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-06-21

Since today the national coaches can select any club stadium where the national team will play their home matches. The choice of stadium for the match after selected cannot be cancelled. We are also planning for the World Cup to be played in stadiums of one country, so it would be like one country organised the World Cup, such as in real life. There also might be a small reward for the team on which the stadium match was played. Currently, there are many national stadiums which have weak condition already, so we have decided to swap the scripts. National teams will now get stadiums which have a capacity of 60 000 and with Angel Grass, so the pitch conditions should be close to 100% most of the time.

With this script modification you can also now access and select different shirt types, both plus users for their own clubs and national coaches for national teams.

There has also been further engine tuning;
- Players are now, comparing to first tuned engine version, quicker
- Two bugs have been fixed related with launch and run existing in engine since it was implemented; the players thought they run on full speed even when they were standing, so they launched the ball too far and in situations they would be slower than opponent. It still may happen that they launch too far, but good players should launch more correctly
- Engine selects the stadium that the home National match was chosen to be played in by National Coach
- The supporters mood and expectations were adjusted to expect average goals that teams score with the current match engine

Match Engine Tuning

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-06-13

The introduction of the 3D viewer exposed how unrealistic the match engine could be; such as the players run was too fast, and the shots were too powerful. The reason of this is due to the height of players in the 2D viewer, while the run of bigger players looks natural in the 2D viewer, it doesn't look natural in the 3D viewer in comparison to field lines proportions.

Therefore, we have decided to fine tune the match engine further, especially for 3D viewer purposes. In normal circumstances we would not modify the match engine during the season, however we do not want to allow 4 months of unrealistic, atomic header goals out of penalty area and player speeds that exceeded reality.

Today, on Wednesday matches, you can expect modifications to the acceleration and speed of players, but also less powerful passes and shots, especially headers. In the next few days, you can also expect passing modifications to make the passing look more natural and less nervous. We will continue to tune the match engine over the coming weeks until we reach a more natural look in 3D proportions and realistic speed of ball and players.

Sokker Simulation of Euro 2012

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-06-07

The 2012 European Championship, hosted by Poland and Ukraine, begins on the 8th June. Therefore, we have decided to bring Euro 2012 to Sokker, through creating a special friendly league, Euro 2012 Simulation with teams for each country, to simulate every match, on the mornings just before the real match is played.

A forum, European Championship 2012, has been created where there will be threads for all the matches, created with polls, where you can predict who will win the whole championship. However, it will also be used to discuss the matches and the championship in general, it will not just be for squad discussion (see below).

On the same forum, there will be threads created for each team participating in the Euro Championship with squads and discussions on the skills, advantages and disadvantages of every player. We have implemented a system to convert real players to the Sokker database, every skill has a value between -3 and +3, then the player transfer values, taken from transfermarkt or similar sites, is acquired and converted to a Sokker transfer value, basing that value on the skill advantages and disadvantages of that player.

The National Teams for the European Championship 2012, will be controlled by Sokker. Sokker will set official squads and tactics as similar as possible as that of the real teams, to get a possible realistic result simulation and prediction for every match.

New 3D Match Viewer!

  • Morsey [del]
  • 2012-05-24

We are proud to announce that Sokker has implemented a new 3D match viewer. It has been developed in Adobe Flash and uses new 3D functionality implemented in Adobe Flash Player 11.

In the 3D match viewer, the match now has a new overall look but also, the new 3D match engine has enabled us to create possibilities for the match viewer, such as;

- New camera angles and heights
- Different shirt types (available for plus users in the 'kit' menu)
- Viewing player faces and hairstyles (future possibility)
- Addition of a stadium and showing the supporters that come to the match
- Different grass types and grass mows (style of grass cut)
- Ability to modify pitch size (available for all users in the arena menu)
and many more for the future that will be easier to implement.

The 3D aspect has appeared in Flash quite recently and therefore it may not work depending on hardware type, for example the 3D engine that we used to create the match viewer is still in its beta release. Also, the 3D engine may not work correctly on all browsers, for example Opera, however this is quite common that certain things do not work on Opera. If something does not look correct or it looks weird, please do not assume that is how it was planned and has to be, however should you encounter errors, please report the bug on the forum Bugs / Ideas (en) with your browser type, graphics card and a possible print screen of the problem.

The 2D version of the match viewer will still remain, and it may work better on slower computers or smartphones. However we have modified the 2D viewer to display the pitch lines dynamically, to support the different pitch sizes. In the 2D viewer, the stadium views, the supporters, the pitch types, or shirt types are not supported, and therefore shall not feature.

Arena and pitch

In the arena menu, there are now additional features that will allow you to customise your field but also a feature that will add a new aspect to how the field is used and maintained. These new features include;

- Grass Type - This new feature allows you to choose what type of grass you would like to have in your stadium. There are different qualities of grass, each will have a different optimum condition depending on the quality of the grass. (see below).
- Grass Mow - You can now customise what you would like your field to look like. There are many options for you to choose from, for example you could choose to have a field with no specific mow, or you might want the grass to be mowed diagonally to produce diagonal lines of different colour gradient. Plus users will also be able to place their team logos with selected position and size.
- Grass Condition - The condition of the grass will gradually get weaker each match and will need time to recover. The recovery rate of the grass will depend on the weather; it will grow best when it is not too hot and not too wet. There is though, a new feature that allows for a quicker recovery, through spending money on pitch maintenance. This will be available in the arena section. The other solution of pitch recovery is to lay new grass of the selected type. Also, different types of grass will have a different maximum condition. For example, garden grass will not reach much more than 50% of condition, so it will not be as good. On the pitch, in an area of weak condition, the ball may bounce in an unpredictable direction due to the unevenness of the grass, and also may jump in a direction a player didn't want when dribbling. The probability of injury will be higher on a pitch with poor condition and lower on a pitch with better condition (higher than 50% condition).
- Pitch Size - You will now have the ability to change the size of your pitch, to how big (or small), you desire. This new feature may benefit how you use your tactics. The pitch modification will cost depending on the type of grass you have, and which grass mow you have.

Match engine

The match engine has been modified to support 3D viewer features, such as shirt types, standings and supporter numbers, pitch sizes and grass types, logos, etc.

Other modifications in match engine include:

- Added keeper animations; standing and running with hands wide
- Ball bounces unpredictably on weak condition pitch, and while dribbling, depending on the condition of the pitch
- Players speed is decreased by 5%; in 3D this makes it look more natural
- Probability of injury is higher on pitches with weak condition and lower on good or better conditioned pitches (better than 50%)
- More short passes (this will probably need further adjustments)
- On free kicks and corner kicks the players will pass more adequately
- Modification of defending so now it is easier to dribble over a player from the front
- Players will change direction more during dribbling to minimize possibility of an opponent stealing the ball
- Fixed bug of players launching the ball forward to themselves, but an offside striker taking the ball instead. A scoring and assist bug related with launching has also been fixed.
- Height influences acceleration and fatigue
- Player weight added (see below)
- Tactics modification in match engine; The players will be able to spread over the pitch better. For example, defenders will be able to get closer to the goal-line, similarly, strikers will be able to go higher up the field. This is a modification in the match engine, there will be no changes to the tactics editor.
- Modification in algorithm of supporters attendance depending on stand type and ticket price, supporters will more often choose cheaper stands of same or better type
- Added possibility of injury while dribbling, but, in exchange, lowered probability of other injuries
- Fixed bug that changed to second tactic when it wasn't set
- Fixed bug of setting players on the same position on conditional orders
- Covering players introduced (DEF will be able to modify its position a little when see there is an attacker close to him uncovered), how defenders cover will be later explained in news and rules

Player weight

We have added player weight, which will be visible in the 3d match viewer along with height, with taller players appearing taller and heavier players being bigger than lighter ones.

If a player is too light, they will speed up slower, as they have a lower muscle mass. In addition a player with a high weight will speed up slower, as they are too heavy. Heavy players will tire more quickly, compared to lighter players. The weight of a player will change depending on training, matches played and injury, although this has not been implemented yet.

Weight is calculated using Body Mass Index (BMI), which takes weight and height into consideration, where;
BMI = weight / (height*height)

The ideal BMI for a Sokker player is set to 23.75.

New features announced in the news article that aren't available yet, will be activated soon.

Election Time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2012-05-21

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 21st of May and end on the 3rd of June at 22:23, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Sokker Improvements

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2012-02-05

On cold and snowy days, at least in Europe, we've been introducing scripts with modifications and fixes completed in the past months.

Modifications on this version:

- The ability to set a second tactic on the lineup page and the possibility to change it using any condition in the match orders.
- Sticky topics on forum.
- A new "events" section on the league page which summarizes the events of teams in that division (e.g. transfers). There will also appear on every club page which show the events in that club.
- The amount of conditional orders have been increased.
- The charge for setting a minimum starting bid on listing a player to the Transfer List is now reduced from 4% to 2.5%, but the tax upon selling the player has been increased from 4% to 5%. We hope more users will use that option to set higher, and safer, minimum starting bids.
- Internal scripts have been rebuilt, little bugs fixed and tweaks (like in associations; possibility to moderate by editors, but also currency problems with minimum starting bid prices etc)
- Plus payments page rebuilt.
- Player and trainer transfer reminders. (currently on email and as notification)
- Possibility of translations added on various pages where there was previously the English language with a dot by it. (translation in progress)


With this new version, admins can now withdraw transfers. This option will be used only in reasonable situations, like during server breakdowns, where few transfers were executed without a bid war (but not during slow server work when most transfers were executed normally), so don't expect that your transfer will be canceled, just because you think the price is too low :)

To be sure of getting the right price, set your player with a reasonable minimum starting bid.

Election Time is here!

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2012-01-30

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 30th of January and end on the 12th of February at 22:24, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Server Problems Fixed! (Explanation)

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-11-14

We encountered a problem with our database server on Sunday morning, which appeared right after the morning update, just after some matches had started, and was caused by a database system drive failure. We spent all day on reinstalling the database server and copying data. Due to only a few matches having been already played, and most of them when server was unavailable for users, we have decided to move the match day to Monday and have managed to restore Sunday's data. Matches that did start will be played again on Monday. All transfers ending after the morning update on Sunday have also been moved moved by 24h. Today is the server equivalent of yesterday, hopefully without yesterday's problems.

New payment methods!

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-09-28

We have introduced a new method of plus payments, via platnosci.pl, better known worldwide as payU. It operates with credit and debit card payments from Visa and Mastercard (worldwide) and online bank transfers (polish bank accounts only).


It is listed as the first choice for payments as it is now our preferred method of plus payments, in regard to transaction fees and payment transfer time, so, if possible, please use that operator. Also, the occurence where the payment with your card was rejected is greatly reduced, unlike what Sokker users have experienced with DotPay.


Additionally, we have activated a uKash payment channel on DotPay. It is an alternative payment method when you have no credit or debit cards, but only works in countries where it is available.


Election Time is here!

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-06-20

News
It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] RedJim or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 20th of June and end on the 3rd of July at at 22:20, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Plus Price Changes

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-05-25

In 2008 we saw an update in plus prices, and since then, despite inflation, prices have remained at the low price for nearly 3 years. However, since that time, Sokker has improved further and the value of money has inflated.

The new prices will be:

99 PLN for 1 year (old price 89 PLN)
55 PLN for 6 months (old price 49 PLN)
35 PLN for 3 months (old price 29 PLN)
27 PLN for 2 months (old price 22 PLN)

As a consolation, we are introducing a new feature. We are introducing player and transfer reminders, both as Sokker reminders for plus users and via e-mail, so it will be possible to configure on phones that can receive e-mails. It is planned to introduce SMS reminders too.

Also, a new plus subscription option will be available. For users who have never bought plus before, 1 month plus period will cost 10 PLN (15 PLN for users that have bought plus before). Finally, the fee that was added when using PayPal (2 PLN), has been abolished.

The price increase will come into effect on Friday, 1st July.
Before this date you can still buy Plus at the current price.

Server Problems Fixed!

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-05-15

News
Yesterday, we suffered a server breakdown, as the database server stopped responding and had to be restarted. After the restart it appeared that some tables were broken and had to be repaired (eg. the match stats table). Also, all the transfer deadlines were set wrong, so we had to remove all players from the transfer list.

In the meantime, it was 2 minutes until we noticed the wrong deadlines, and some users had bought players at an extremely unfair price. As that is not fair behavior and is against Sokker rules, some of the players bought in that period - if the price was significantly under market price, may be sent back to their previous team. Funds spent on the unfair transfer won't be returned to users that took advantage of this server problem. Admins are currently debating on how to deal with these cases.

Now the server is working again, transfer setting fees have been returned to all that had put their players on the transfer list. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Plus Credit Card Payments

  • Lostprophets [del]
  • 2011-05-13

You may have recently experienced some problems buying plus as credit card payments, where the payments were processed by DotPay, failed from the 30th of April onwards. Your credit card will have not been debited, and also your plus will not have been accepted as the transaction failed.

DotPay - who processed card payments for plus and t-shirts - have officially confirmed that they are resigning from directly processing credit cards. However, DotPay still processes credit card payments via channels like Moneybookers or other types of payments, like polish bank transfers.

Currently you can buy plus with credit cards using these options:
- PayPal, that also processes credit cards payments without registration or with PayPal account, currently with no additional fees.
- DotPay, using MoneyBookers credit cards payments channel (last option on the list), enabling you to buy plus using 26 types of cards.

We have started working on more direct credit card payments and we are searching for other purchasing solutions. We will inform you when these will be implemented.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this unforeseen event has caused to anyone.

Facebook Integration, player faces and more

  • don [del]
  • 2011-03-19

We have implemented Facebook connection login with Sokker. Now, users registered on facebook, will be able to easily register to Sokker by a Facebook account. The reason for this is that some data will be retrieved from facebook, so there will be no need to fill up all fields - just type team name, and play. On your user page, you are now able to link your Sokker account with Facebook and thus automatically logging into Sokker if you are logged on Facebook, or use `I like it` features (currently on player, matches and club only). We hope that it would make Sokker more popular among Facebook users. Also, in the near future, Sokker will be added to facebook applications (we have prepared special skin for facebook applications window).

Players and trainers faces

You are able to see pictures of your players now, it is available for plus users and for newly registered users who will see it for a few days after registration. It is feature for fun, but they are not synchronised with the match engine. We first got questions about why the faces were so cartoon-like and not realistic pictures. The reason for this is that we tried realistic images but it looked dull and rather ugly on small pictures. So, we decided on cartoon images as we were able to create more creative images that vary more. The first elements for making the faces was done using a graphics editor but the final version which includes many more additional elements were drawn by our own Sokker admin, SİLENT CONTROL and his girlfriend who are graphical students. We hope many users like this new update but for those that do not like it, there is an added option in your user settings to configure faces or to turn it off.

Transfers list filtering

Plus users are now able to use Assistant percent or weighted values for GK, DEF, MID, ATT formations to filter transferlist search result. It will help users that check skill sums or has own skill weights when searching for bargains on the transfer market.

Miscellaneous

As usual with the updates, there has been various bug fixing (eg. related with friendlies ads viewing) and other minor fixes as well. Another update includes an important tool for admins to supervise national trainer polls when there are banned users.

New teams division selection

  • don [del]
  • 2011-03-09

Although we've had more new users staying than before with the policy of accepting new users in the league above the bottom league. This has been problematic for older countries with a small number of users. Therefore the method has been improved. Now users will only be accepted in the league above the bottom one if the total number of users in the Country is lower than the amount of teams in all leagues except the bottom league. For example, for a country with three divisions this means that if the total number of users exceeds 40, new users will be accepted in the bottom league. For a country with four divisions, this number would be 168.

Please note the new user acceptance method will be implemented for all countries.

Slides and launch and run

  • Yogurtu-Nge
  • 2011-03-04



As of 4th March we are testing a new match engine. The major modifications are players sliding for a ball and launching the ball ahead to oneself.

Launch and run

When a player sees there is space to run into he may launch a ball ahead of him, to run more quickly compared to dribbling with the ball at his feet. How precisely he launches the ball depends on technique and experience.

Slides

Player may now slide for a ball moving out of his reach. His reach with sliding depends on his defending skill, and the actual effect of the slide is dependent on his defending and experience.

Junior Age

Along with match engine changes, we have decided to allow every junior that is 19 or younger to play in junior matches even if they are ready to promote, but any older players can only play if they are still trainable (i.e - weeks left in school is greater than 0.) This is because many 20 year old players exit the junior school early in the season, so managers could still use them for at least a season before they aren't allowed to play anymore, thus increasing the number of unbalanced junior matches.

Other modifications

There was a lot of parameter tuning, related with passing, running, receiving the ball and other actions.

This is still a test version of the engine, once the season starts there may be some features changed. We also plan to fix a few reported bugs (penalties, substitutions, etc.) but this will be coded in the middle of the season as it is not a modification that may influence many matches.

Election time is here!

  • don [del]
  • 2011-02-28


It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] forestman or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 28h of February and end on the 13th of March at at 22:13, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Database Server Breakdown

  • rtg [del]
  • 2011-01-21



Yesterday there was a server breakdown. The main database server had turned off and caused the corruption of system and database files. We had executed files fixing and managed to get Sokker online, but after a few minutes the database tables started to lock withan unkown reason. Moving the database to other disk drives and a few other methods of repairing tables didn't work resulting in every time we tried to put Sokker online it locked and overloaded with the same result. Finally, after yet another repair, and some sleep for us :), the system seems to be working correctly. If you notice any breakdown related bugs please inform us on Bugs / Ideas (en) forum.

Transfers are moved till 14:00. Plus accounts will be extended by 2 days.

Santa Come To Sokker

  • rtg [del]
  • 2010-12-24

Santa comes to Sokker with some news to all users. He brings new features and a special gift for those who are not plus yet. This 25th December ALL users will enjoy a trial plus. Santa will says `ho ho ho!!` on that day ;) and that will happen every year.

Trial plus

We are introducing trial plus for newly registered users who shall receive 10 days of trial plus which shall have limited options on that period.
Trial plus users will not be able
- to create associations or friendly leagues.
- to add articles or guestbook entries.

Trial plus will also be active for all users on 25th December every year.


Competition team statistics

On each team page there is now additional menu Statistics. There are now team specific statistics such as:
- value, average age of players etc.
- common matches with your team
- common transfers with your team
- all native players of that team. (You will be able to track where you junior school stars currently play.)
- highest win, defeat, supporters attendance and more.

Match tips statistics

On the country and world page you will now see Tipsters menu item. There you can view current and previous weeks most predicted matches, which users done the most predictions and also comments. You will also see stats of which users predicted the most accurately on previous matches.

Friendly ads searchable by each country

On friendly ads list you are now able to select country and view ads from there. That little feature will especially help users from little countries where there are not many friendly invitations. This will also help all you wanted who chase country flags.

Other modifications

Various bugs fixed; pop-up for user pictures to view in full size; some mods and admin tools extensions; etc.

Election Time

  • rtg [del]
  • 2010-11-08

Election time is here!

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] greg or [U21] damian. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spam activities will result in forum banning and/or a financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 8th of November and end on the 21st of November at at 22:16, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Pictures server breakdown

  • dewb
  • 2010-11-07



Server breakdown

On Thursday 04-11-2010, there was a fire in electrical installation of the hosting provider we have server for pictures. It caused sudden shut down of many servers and some file system or hardware damages. Unfortunately, drive on Sokker server appeared to be corrupted. We have restored from back up skin and other various Sokker files, but user pictures and logos are lost, it wasn't backed up as data on external server. You have to upload it again from your computer.

How to recover pictures

If you don't have that file already, don't panic, your Internet browser probably stored in file cache. Just search drive (go 'C' drive usually and press CTRL+F on Windows, if you are Linux system user you know for sure:) for files like:

userID_photo_big
userID_emblem_big

where ID is, this is your user ID on your user configuration page. For example for user ID 100, the files names are:

user100_photo_big
user100_emblem_big

If you don't have it on computer, ask anyone that may visited your page - eg. league opponents.

Larger pictures

We have extended picture size now so you can upload bigger photos and it will be displayed as popup in full size after clicked.

IP change may cause some DNS problems.

As there is a new server, IP has changed and not everyone can see pictures and skins and are able to upload again. It may take up to few days for all your DNS servers (servers that translate domain name to IP) will get updated.

Plus compensation

As compensation for inconvenience, 3 days of plus will be added to all plus user subscriptions. We will add it next Thursday so if you have just planned to buy plus you get extra 3 days also.

New team acceptance changes

  • don [del]
  • 2010-10-11

We have changed the way the application for new teams are examined. Previously if a new user registered to Sokker they had to wait until an admin accepted their applications until they got a team and could log on. Depending on when applications were accepted previously, it might take even up to a few days. As there were delays only 40% of users logged in to their teams after they got their team approved (probably they even forgot that they registered on some game and the team mail was treated as spam :).

With modified teams acceptance they will be able to log on just after they confirm their registration by clicking on link in the mail (of course if there are free teams in the country). They will have their team created, so will be able to set up the squad, set training, watch matches and so familiarize with Sokker. New users, until admin fully accept their application, will have limited rights, the following will not be allowed:

- write in forum or vote in forum polls
- write email
- buy plus
- sell/buy or advertise player
- bid on trainer
- vote in elections or candidate for NT
- bet on match in TV Studio or write comment
- join as friends of other users

We hope that with this change we can increase the amount of users who log in to sokker after team acceptance.

Combination play and ticket prices

  • don [del]
  • 2010-07-20

Starting with Wednesdays friendlies we are testing a new version of the match engine. In the new engine we have added a little more combination play with short passes to make matches more nice to watch and to further decrease the strength of defensive tactics (tactics like 532). We are also allowing managers to set their own ticket prices.

Combination play

It might look like this is a little change.... but that's not true. In fact the modification is much bigger than the ticket prices added. As with that change there is a related testing process that took a number of weeks. How do we test? We generate hundred of matches and run them repeatedly. It takes up to half and hour. Than we analyse the statistics we get from the matches like average score, shots on the goal, number of passes, long and short, average pass distance, and dozens of similar stats. We check in the statistics to see if the engine performed close to what we wanted to achieve (usually its not:), view some matches and than make some parameter tuning and engine corrections and then repeat testing.... over and over for weeks. Despite this laborious testing, we are still not sure how the engine will perform in every single match. We have already tested combination play a few seasons ago, but that time it failed and we removed it from the match engine. Hopefully this time it will be a success as it is now a much better balance. Please report bugs on Bugs / Ideas (en) forum with match ID and minute, report bug only if weird situation is repeated at least twice in single match and if it is passing bug - especially if player passed instead of shooting or passed to the wrong player. We are mainly interested in NT matches bugs or with top club teams playing their first team squads. Reported bugs in other situation will make it hard to determine if the player was just low skilled, or the engine generated the mistaken action :]

Ticket prices

We are now allowing you to set your match ticket prices for each stand. Prices are able to be set on your stadium page. How expensive or cheap compared to the default price in the rules you set is up to you. We recommend you set prices depending on the size of the supporters clubs of both teams. The better the teams playing the higher you can expect to put the ticket price and still expect the same number of supporters attending your match. So you would get a higher income. Good club teams may expect even 50% or more ticket income on matches than before (so 150% of previous income). Notice that if you set the prices much too high less supporters will come, and you can expect lower income. Same if the price is much too low, more supporters will come, but not so much to compensate for such a low price. You will get the highest income if you set the right price for class of teams playing in the match. Of course, if your stadium is little and you expect many supporters to attend the match, more than the total number of places in the stadium, you can set a higher price to get a higher income. However you don't get so high an income compared to extending the stadium.

Reason for the change, apart from making the game more varied and interesting, was saturation of the market with good players at high skills and high wages. Top teams, in many situations, were forced to trade many players to balance their income with expense on wages.

Supporters Expectations

  • don [del]
  • 2010-07-16

You can now see a new feature in the TV Studio for your matches. It is the supporters expectations about the match score. Of course if the match score is better than the fans expected this will improve their mood. If the score is worse this will make their mood drop. The amount of change in mood depends on how good or bad the score was. Levels of that expectations are listed in the rules. Like every levels in Sokker there is a hidden sublevel. For example if the expectation level is 5.1 this will be shown as 5.

Also with this news we want to reveal one of the supporters mood secrets - the class indicator used for mood calculations after a match. It was already said it depends on previous matches of a team, class of rivals competing and the scores achieved in these matches. This is all true.... because the class indicator is the Fanclub members of the team. Why it is fair? Let's say you draw with team with much less supporters, it means that score shows teams are fairly equal, or at least they were in the match just played, but supporters club is different. It simply means that some of your fans will think your team is not as big as they thought they were and their mood will drop. If the mood has dropped too low then some will then leave. The opposite effect happens to the opponent team. Their supporters mood will rise and if it becomes high enough new fans will join their club.
Similar situation on size of wins, if you win much less than expected against clubs with a lot less class (supporters numbers) than you the supporters mood will drop, the opponent supporters mood will improve. These calculation are based on thousands of match statistics. Please don't blame the system if you got a worse score than teams usually achieve, this will affect your supporters mood.

Notice that there is no modification to the supporters mood system - please don't report problems on supporters mood calculations. All complaints about supporters mood calculation have been analysed before, and if there was a problem it was taken into consideration already.

Articles, Tutors and other modifications

  • rtg [del]
  • 2010-06-01

With 2010-06-01 scripts update and new features are introduced:




Tutors

Newbies can now send question to Tutors in your country (if they exist), questions on subjects related with sokker eg. if you are not sure about something in the rules. Messages are sent from Your country -> Staff page, just like messages to Admins or Mods (select Tutors in the dropdown box). Your question will be answered by the first tutor who reads it.

Articles

You can now rate other people's team articles and association articles, the best articles are displayed on the news page, and also on the new menu on news page.

Picture upload

Finally, you no longer need to use external servers to upload your team logo or your photo. Picture upload is available under Office -> Media menu.

Extended notifications

You will get notifications on events like:
- somebody has written in your guestbook
- your player has been appointed to national team
- you have sold a player
- somebody proposed you a manager pact
- somebody proposed a friendly match with your club
- your friendly match invitation has been accepted
- your plus will expire soon
- A player who originated from your junior school is on the transfer list (will be implemented soon)

And...

...other minor improvements and bugs fixes (especially related with previous improvements implementation:).

Some worth mentioning are:
- association owner may now pass association to another user, if they leave sokker, the control is set to highest level user in the association
- on junior matches played stats you will now see formation junior played and mark
- federations you can join limit has been extended to 10
- skill numbers are now visible on match lineup page (if set in options)
- articles and associations internal scirpts re-organisation (you shall not see major changes, but if there are bugs, please report this and other bugs found on Bugs / Ideas (en) forum

Training Graph improvements

  • don [del]
  • 2010-03-24

Starting with next Thursday graphs data won't be removed for plus users. It means that you will be able to scroll graphs of your juniors, players skills, team data (like money balance or supporter mood) backward since it is stored. For non-plus users previously graphs data was being stored 10 weeks backward only.

Also, with Thursday training, the graph will be marked if the player trained. If skill was not trained it will be marked gray on the graph. On passing or playmaking training for DEF formation (when DEF and MID get half training each), both DEF and MID will be marked as trained.

New Sokker T-shirt - now available

  • don [del]
  • 2010-03-17

In the shop we have a new Sokker T-shirt avaialble. The new T-shirt is presented by Match Generator, who reveals himself to the public for the first time. He has performed with the T-shirt on some fashion shows and immediately became a sensation in many magazines. Generator proved to be an excellent model, so we hope he will share his new passion with existing Sokker duties.

The new skyblue edition of the Sokker T-shirt is exactly same fashion as the green one. Raw pictures from photo sessions can be acquired here:

upload.sokker.org/t-shirt/

User Setting - feature improvement

  • don [del]
  • 2010-02-26

We have decided to let users choose what skill name appearance they want. It is possible to set on your user page settings. The first option is to leave the skills as it is. You can choose for numbers to appear as a hint on mouse over. The final option is to have the numbers appear alongside the skill levels permanently.

Numbers in languages that were in skill names before will be now removed.

Junior notes and other improvements

  • Arnau
  • 2010-02-08

Our developers have some news to share:

Juniors:

Plus users now have more, readily available, information about their junior players in the juniors page. Graphics have been improved, they can see the list of matches played by the junior player and, as the main addition, they may make notes on each player. This will allow better monitoring of their youth players.

Mail:

Most bugs related to the recent change in the mail system have been fixed.

Junior leagues:

We introduced the search of teams by both id and name. The various appearances of the team searched in the standings, played matches and upcoming matches will be highlighted in a different color. This new feature is in beta and will be upgraded soon.

As usual, this update of the site has been used to make small improvements and fix several minor bugs, the notes in friendlies being one of them.

End of group stage World Cup

  • don [del]
  • 2010-01-29

The biggest event for the National Teams is well underway, now that the group stages have been completed. From now on, its the knock-out stages. The following countries made it through and will play each other on Saturday. Be sure not to miss any of it!

All countries mentioned second are the winners of their groups.

Česká Republika - Polska

Playing against arguably the best country in Sokker, Česká Republika have a tough match ahead. Still, there are no easy matches on this level and the Polish will have to take their opponent seriously.

Brasil - USA

In an epic match which involved a comeback from 0-3 to a 4-3 Brasil managed to grab the second place in the Group of Death. Now they will have to play the USA, lead by one of the best tacticians the English have to offer.

Hrvatska - Deutschland

It's said football is a game of ninety minutes with Germany winning. It's up to Hrvatska to prove the saying wrong!

Columbia - Argentina

Argentina managed to win the Group of Death, which involved beating Brasil, New Zealand and Holland. Columbia however managed to beat the country which managed to win the Top Team Tournament, Spain. Spain did beat Poland at that time.

Lietuva - England

Lietuva is a strong country with an impressive track record. England managed to win in another Group of Death, beating Italy and Mexico. An impressive feat for Ermejo, who never lead an NT before. Italy didn't even manage to get ouf this group, which is one of the bigger upsets this WC!

Eesti - België

Eesti is often described as the Second Best country. This time they had some trouble getting through. They now get to play België, who have in Deroo one of the best strikers in the world. België is led by an old fox: Borkos. Without doubt the most exciting match!

México - España

España, the winners of the Top Team Tournament, face now México which managed to grab second place after England against most expectations. The very experienced Chinese will have to figure out something to beat the powerful Spanish. Both sides expressed their dismay at facing such a powerful opponent.

Österreich - Slovensko

Slovensko, lead by Mapec, is easily underestimated. France is probably still regretting the choice to play a 4-x-x against Slovensko in the opening match of the group stage, which ended in a 2-2. Österreich is said to be a team with a very solid defence. Coming from USA's NT coach, known for his staunch defending, that is saying something. Both teams are considered outsiders, but don't let that fool you: they may just surprise you yet!

Champions Cup Final

  • rtg [del]
  • 2010-01-17

Champions Cup Final: The time has come
Yes, we are here. There is no way back now. On Thursday 21st January we will know who the best of the best is; we will know the first Sokker World Champion.

After two pulsating semi-finals we have the two finalists, they have already defeated six powerful rivals, in a lot of peoples eyes both of them are already champions, but like in Highlander the movie: There can be only one.
Just one immortal who will be remembered forever as the first team to win the most important club's cup of the game.
Who will it be?

We don't know yet, but we would like to analyze both finalist to help you to understand both teams a bit better and after reading we invite you to show us your preferences.

If If Between
The three times French Cup Champion made a great comeback to win his semi-final against the terrific Team Niløse. It was a very close game that ended 2:1. The Danish team began better and took the lead in 27 minutes thanks to a great header from Tymianek who finished a killer high ball from Horejš . That goal spurred the players on of manager Benwa and ten minutes later a counterattack initiated by a long pass from defender Garnero ended on the feet of the Romanian skilful striker Gabrian who dribbled round the keeper and slid the ball into the net nonchalantly to tie the game. From that moment the If If boys took control of the game and finally on the 63rd minute a beautiful combination between Garnero and Croatian Midfielder Bajčeta who then made an impressive through pass to left allowed Gabrian through one on one with the keeper who couldn't stop the second and final goal. The French team then defended their lead effectively until the referee blew the final whistle to conclude this tense and very tactical semi-final.

At a press conference held just before the semi-final, manager Benwa was questioned about his possibilities to reach the final. His answer to the Colombian Press Agency was: "I hope :) But, I'm one of the weaker team’s ratings wise since the last 16. So I need to rely heavily on my tactical senses to win the semi final and make be the final."

Now that we know that his tactical nous made him win and reach the final in a fantastic way, we have the key question: will his sense be enough to defeat the cup's surprise package Arsenal?

Arsenal
The Spanish cup holders never tire of surprising all of us. His semi-final against FC Red Card was very impressive indeed. Arsenal dominated from the beginning with a pushed up 5 defensive line and clearly won the match by a 6:2 score. Despite the fact that Arsenal were missing some of their best players, you wouldn’t have noticed it. They just passed away against the three times Finland Cup Champion. The powerful Swedish striker Wallen piling in with 4 goals and the Brazilian young star Nelo with 2 goals, supported by solid and creative polish midfielders Masajada and Stanisz both with a couple of assists to their name put this tie to bed easily.
15 minutes after the beginning of the second half the Finland guys seem to start a spirited comeback when they scored their first goal through the sensational striker Podliński, but Arsenal stepped up another gear and scored three more goals. Comfortable victory in the end for the Spanish team.
After this victory we could say that the Spanish Cup Champions have been sensational, the Arsenal manager Cesc knows it and during a Spanish Press Conference stated: "I agree, we have played very well although there were a couple of things to improve on if we want to win the final. I'm happy, it's obvious, but to reach the final will be worthless if we don't win it – no one ever remembers the runners up. So we will have to make it perfect to win this trophy."

There is no doubt that this will be a great final, maybe the best we could have asked for at the beginning of the tournament. Two teams who did not start as the favourites. Two outsiders that have reached this final with great tactics, proving that in this game the team with the better players and most money doesn’t mean they will win the match.

We will have to wait until Thursday to know who will make the better tactic, who will pick the best team, who can inspire their players the best to give more than 100%, which of them will exploit the rival's weaknesses, to step forward and for the first time be crowned Sokker World Club Champion.


In the meanwhile we invite you to enjoy the summary of both semi-finals made by Brazilian Press Agency: Sokker News

Champions Cup - Semi Finals

  • rtg [del]
  • 2010-01-12

Champions Cup: Pulsating Semi-finals

The most prestigious club cup in Sokker reaches its final stages.

This first edition of the Champions Cup has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Throughout the first 5 rounds there have been disputed games where we have seen interesting tactics, unexpected twists, amazing moves and many goals.

Those 5 rounds have made us tingle with excitement and now 124 teams have been knocked out, leaving only 4 semi-finalists. It will be the mother of all battles, both semi-finals promise an intense fight, a great tactical deployment with the representatives from Finland, France, Denmark and Spain, giving their best to achieve the long-awaited and much longed Sokker Champions Cup.

Of these 4 teams will be the champion of champions: the first club to be World Champion of Sokker. So we want to present a little history of these teams that have struggled to get here:

If If Between

This powerful team led by its manager Benwa has won the first division three times and is one of the strongest teams in France. He reached the semi-finals by knocking out various rivals teams, for example: the racing Bafoussam (League and Cup champions Cameroon), the Venezuelan league championship (Barsa FC) and overcame the last days before the mighty champions Germany (Die Halbstark), Romania (Corinthians) and Lithuania (SPORBAT AIR). Next Thursday they face the formidable Danish champions Team Niløse.

Team Niløse

After doing the double last season this extraordinary team led by its manager Crameren can make history in this first edition of the Cup. Why? Of the 4 semi-finalists he is the only one with potential to achieve an unprecedented hat-trick if he wins the Cup. His path to the semi-finals has been flawless, knocking out the likes as: JIocu (league and cup champion from Belarus), Vietnamese champions (RedRiverHanoi), double cup and league champions Indian (unsinkable) and the mighty Ducks (Cup winners in the Czech Republic) in the second round and Chnos FC (Winners of the doublet in the Mexican league) in the quarterfinals. On Thursday he faces his hardest challenge yet in If If Between. Can he get one stage closer to that historic feat of getting the triple crown?

FC Red Card
This Finnish team has twice won the top division of their country and the cup three times, one of which was last season, which gave him the passport to be one of the two Finnish representatives in the Champions Cup. During these five rounds he has progressed without any hitches to reach the semi-finals, defeating powerful rivals like Baráti Kör FC (Hungarian cup winner), Zitzer (Norwegian league and cup winner) or Drahkov Juventus (winner of the first division of the Czech Republic). In addition to FC Red Card and his manager reca he will be remembered in Belgium for a long time, eliminating Belgian champions (All Stars United) in the second round Cup and the champion of that country SSLazio Roma in the quarter - end. In semi-finals he will have a tough battle against Spanish Arsenal.

Arsenal

The Spanish Cup winner is the biggest surprise of the tournament. He reached the Champions Cup as one of the "newbies" as it was the first time he won the Cup in his country and was still playing within the second league. This season will undoubtedly be historic for Arsenal and their manager Cesc, apart from the achievement of winning the Cup in Spain, he also promoted for the first time the top division. In the quarterfinals, they surprisingly defeated one of the favourites of the competition; Kakaowi Żołnierze the winner of the Polish league and cup. Moreover, his path has been very difficult and turbulent in a derby duel in the second round against another Spanish team in the competition for Real Oviedo (winner of the Spanish first division) and in the early rounds Hergiswil II defeated FC (champions Switzerland), the Australian champions (The Black Flash) and the winner of cup and league Latvia (Digital Slayers). Despite having beaten big teams to get to the semi-finals, injuries and form may cost this team a place in the final.

On Thursday we will know which of these 4 teams will be in the final and finally discover who is the best team in the Sokker world!

Election Time

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-12-06


It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] forestman or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start on the 7th and end on 20th December @ 22:15 so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Junior Teams

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-30


Next season we are introducing a junior team’s competition for clubs. Every team that has at least 11 juniors may join junior leagues.

League System

A new junior team always joins the lowest division in the country, irrespective of the division the senior club is playing in. Junior league levels is exactly the same number as the number of senior leagues. The junior divisions are not divided into 8 team leagues - all teams from each junior division level compete in same league (so same league table). Every week the rounds are generated randomly. The league table is divided in half, top half teams play each other, lower half league teams also play each other. In the lower league there is a potential where there is an odd number of teams, so the same team may not get a match in the next round. This is counted and therefore if you find your team with a free week you will definitely have a game the following week. Junior league matches do not affect your team ranking, however, it does affect supporters mood, but several times less than a friendly senior match. You can also expect a lot less supporters turning up to the games in comparison to your senior matches.

Promotion And Relegation

Each junior season has 14 rounds, just like the senior teams season. After all the rounds are played the top junior teams automatically qualify to higher league. The maximum size of each junior division is the equivalent of the senior division. The number of teams promoted from and relegated to a lower division is always 50% of the maximum size of the division. However if the division is not filled, the number of teams relegated would be as small as possible
For example, if there are 32 teams in IInd league, 16 team are relegated and 16 can be promoted from lower division. But if in the IInd league there are only 20 teams, so 4 teams are relegated and 16 teams are promoted from IIIrd (4 teams in place of relegated teams and 12 teams on free places).

Your junior players

You can only play with players from your junior school in the junior match. Within the junior school you can now see the preferred position of a player (outfield or goalkeeper), age and total skill of each junior, but you don't see individual skills as they remain hidden. The distribution of individual skills is set for each junior when he comes to your junior team; each individual skill grows with the overall skill when your junior trains each week.
If you want to know the skills distribution before the junior is promoted, you will have to play him in junior matches, and verify his aptitude on various positions.

Other influences

A modification from the previous system is that your junior coach’s general skill now decides on exactly how the total skills of each junior are determined. The higher the coach level, the more exact the junior level determined. Also, the more matches your junior plays, the more adequately the coach knows his total skill and shows it to you. If a junior does not play in a match it does not affect his training - he will still get full training.
Notice, there was no change on the actual speed that juniors are trained, the only modification is how your coach shows the overall level and.... that you now can play matches with your junior teams :)

Champions Club Cup

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-29


Starting with this season, the top teams of each country in sokker will take part in the sokker club Champions Cup. The total number of participants in the Champions Cup is 128 teams. This total is made up of the following teams:
- 95 League Champions from each country that already have a national team.
- 33 National Cup winners from the countries that have the highest national ranking.

If it occurs, that one team wins both National Championship and National Cup, then the Champions Cup place moves down to a National Cup winner from the next country in the national ranking.

This competition is by means of knockout and shall provide the same amount of training for your players as an official game does currently.

Champions Cup games will be played on Thursdays. The draw shall be seeded based on your teams current ranking.

Match Engine Changes

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-29

From the first friendlies after the play-off games a new match engine shall be installed.
In this new engine the major changes are all related with your new junior teams to enable junior matches to be played.
Juniors play based on their current hidden skills, which level the play at is related with how well their total skill is visible on your junior’s page. Juniors will play as if they were in superdivine form. The juniors pace, for game purposes, shall be increased by 5%. This is to make the viewing of the junior games less dull. Juniors cannot be injured after the match i.e. if they are injured during the game they will make a speedy recovery directly after the game is finished. Yellow/Red cards and goals are not recorded either.

Other modifications are:

- Players height, the taller the player is, decides on how well they perform on a heading duel with opponents, on the other hand the shorter they are will allow the player to speed up quicker (but maxim speed is still same for short and tall players and depends on their pace skill).
Height has been balanced to not favour short or tall players, but it does matter what style of play you prefer - e.g. if you use the wing more, passes on head or rather through passes.
- Players may now block an opponent slightly while running to the ball, how good they block depends on their experience. For example an experienced defender will be able to either block or at least slow the attacker somewhat. Players will not block while heading. That change was tested three seasons ago and is now introduced.
- Tactical Discipline skill will now have an increased influence on the player’s position accuracy according to tactics during match.
- A defender will now watch if their team mate is behind them and basing on it decide to dribble or to pass in a hurry if opponent is close, this will decrease number of stupid loses of ball by defenders and also let you use defenders in offensive actions.
- NT players will get 50% of training instead of 33% while playing in a national match
- The offside numbers are now counted and displayed

Notifications

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-28


We are introducing a new feature that will be short messages, displayed as a pop-up box, informing user about some events. You can also review the notifications within your mailbox.

Initially only notifications listed below are ready:
- You have new mail
- Someone has overbid your offer

We plan to be adding the following notifications in the future as shown below:
- A user has read your mail
- Your player has been selected or removed from NT or U21
- You have sold a player
- A manager has asked you to form a pact
- You have been challenged to a friendly match
- Your invitation to a friendly match has been accepted
- Someone has signed your guestbook (Plus)
- A friend or observed user has written a new press announcement(Plus)
- Someone has replied to your post in the forums
- Your Plus has expired or is soon to expire (Plus)
- A player in your briefcase is on the transfer list (Plus)
- A friend or observed user is online (Plus)

Modification will take effect 7-8 december, after play-off games

Tipping On Matches

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-28


From the 8th-9th of December you shall be able to either tip the score in any game you wish or comment on the outcome of the game. This feature will be available within the TV studio which shall be opened a week before the match takes place and shall remain open for comments after the match has finished.
This new tool will enable you to see how others think you may do in the game and it can also be used for some cheeky mind games against your opponent.

Minor Modifications

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-28


We have introduced some minor modifications to the game:
- Popup menus on right and left menu bar which allow new users to catch up quicker on the menu organisation.
- Security of all pages have been reviewed and changed. Although this was a large change you should hopefully see no changes. If you do please post in the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum.
- Mailbox changes with the addition of notifiers (explained in upcoming news topic).
- League table colours to represent promotion, relegation, playoff etc.
- Sorting players squad by age, value, skills and also for plus users by values for each formation defined in assistant
- A short note has been added when publishing friendly ads
- Many minor bug scripts fixes

Modification will take effect 7-8 december, after play-off games

Database Table Cleaning

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-26


We have implemented an update for deleting unused data in Sokker tables. The purpose of this update is to enable a quicker data backup and morning update.

This update will clean tables of old matches that contain players that are not still active in Sokker(i.e. have been fired or deleted). The optimization will affect only matches that are older than 2 seasons.

For old matches with no active players remaining, the following will take place:
- delete players list (numbers) and players statistics data
- delete stored tactics view settings
- if there are no players on the list in both teams the match comment will also be removed

The optimisation will be executed from Wednesday and carried out during the testing phase everyday with limited number of matches affected.

After the successful testing phase we plan to add further data cleaning eg;
- transfer forums old topics
- match orders (currently all orders are stored)

Changes in transfer forums

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-11-16


From now on the following changes apply regarding Transfer Forums:

* Players can only be advertised in their home country or the home country of the user selling them. This means that all National Transfer Forums in effect become closed forums.

* Transfer (en), Transfer Star (en) and Transfer Junior (en) (formerly known as Transfer II, Transfers III and Junior Transfers) become the official worldwide Transfer Forums where all players can be advertised according to their own specific rules. You can add those forums to your forum list by clicking in ->Show other forums

These changes are designed to reduce complexity that currently exists in transfer forums. We also expect that National Forums become more usable as they will be more focused in the national players and local market.

Before posting in any Transfer Forum please read the rules thread of that forum as special rules may apply.

Walkover from Bot Team

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-08-24

As some leagues have many bot teams that produce walkovers in them, it makes for quite an uneventful week when human teams face them.

Starting this season bot teams will have their line-up and match orders set by using current order supplemented with new players if needed.
The default order is as follows:
- if there are players in the bot team, but previously not set in the match orders, they shall be moved into the orders.
- if a team doesnt have enough players to actually field a team then new players shall be generated for this team, to supplement squad, under the same rules as new teams being generated.

Additionally older players in bot teams will retire. How often will depend on age and value. In general if the player is 33 or older then it is possible they will be retired. A new player shall replace the retired player in each bot team as long as this player was actively playing in the team.

Both updates will be executed every Tuesday - until the season starts it will be executed every day for testing.

Its Election Time Again

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-08-17

It is election time again! You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

This season we would like to welcome the following new countries to both the NT and U21 competitions.

as-Saʻūdiyya (Saudi Arabia)
U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates)
Kazakhstán
al-Jazā’ir (Algeria)
Sakartvelo (Georgia)


If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] forestman or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start August 17th and end 30th August at 22:08, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

The Sokker T-Shirt is here!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2009-07-24



We are proud to introduce the official Sokker T-Shirt. It is available from our shop which is accessible from Plus -> Shop. It is also possible to buy Plus for your friends with a single payment.

This T-Shirt could be worn while your team is playing, or maybe for sokker gatherings. Perhaps it will even provide luck during transfers or for pulling great juniors! ;)

The T-Shirt has a laced sokker logo with coloured threads over your heart. You can personalize the back with a number and a name. Maybe you'll put the name of your team, your nickname, your real life last name, or ... leave it empty to be undercover!

The Sokker T-Shirt is manufactured by Kariban, and is made from high quality cotton with a rib-bound neckline and with cotton and spandex (elastane) cuffs.

The rule for teams facing bankruptcy has changed.

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-06-17




Teams that go beyond the limit stated for Bankruptcy (that is -£300 000) will have 72 hours from their last log in to take the necessary measures to get their team out of this situation. The change is to allow you to follow the whole process of selling a player, from the start to the end of the auction. If you go beyond the limit and you have to sell some players do not waste time and transfer list them as soon as you can. After 72 hours you will not have access to your team until your financial balance becomes below the stated limit.

Our advice, of course, is that you should take care of your teams finances and always avoid going over the bankruptcy limit. But, if you find yourself in this situation please take the measures needed to get your team below the limit as soon as possible.

Supporters Mood Update

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-05-10

As of this season your supporters reaction to victories and defeats will change. Your supporters shall be less disappointed if they lose to a stronger team, especially if the score line was close. If you marginally lose against a much stronger team the chances are your supporters mood could rise as they will see this as good progress. As always there is a dark side. If you lose against a weaker team you can expect your supporters to be very upset at this loss and have a severe mood swing. Also when playing against weaker opposition it will be harder for you to please your supporters as they will now expect you to win comfortably.

These changes will affect league games, play-off games, friendlies and cup games.
Please be aware that the influence of supporters mood after a game was always calculated depending on the strength of the opposition and score, now it will be more visible.

New Countries

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-05-02

We are happy to welcome some new countries into sokker. Please welcome....

Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Algeria
Georgia

Any new team joining any of these new countries shall start in division 2.

National Elections

  • rtg [del]
  • 2009-04-27

It is election time again! Starting this season we will have elections for both the the Senior NT and the new U21 National team. You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] forestman or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

We would also like to introduce the following new countries.

Pilipinas
Prathet Thai
Nicaragua


Elections will start April 27th and end 10th May at 22:00, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Country maps and world statistics

  • Julius [del]
  • 2009-03-02

We have updated the Sokker scripts; bringing new features including a world map of Sokker and graphs for each country. The world map displays country size (total users), growth rate (number of new users registering for that nation in the past month) and value of users currently online (% of that nation's users currently logged in). Those statistics can also be viewed by each continent.

Other new improvements:
- browsing sent sk-mails and searching by recipient
- forwarding sk-mails to other users
- searching for forum threads created by a specific user
- option to add videos to forum posts by creating a mark [video] / [video wid= hei=]
- several bug-fixes

National Team Elections

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2009-01-04

NewsIt is election time again! Starting this season we will have elections for both the the Senior NT and the new U21 National team. You will have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach (either Senior or U21) of any nation, and vote a Senior and U21 manager for your own nation.

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open ONE thread in the appropriate country forum after the elections start. Please prefix your thread with [NT] or [U21] , e.g. [NT] forestman or [U21] guacamole. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as an NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Elections will start January 5th and end January 18th, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

New Skin

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2009-01-02

Today we are introducing the previously announced new skin (based on the user designs in the contest some time ago). We have designed it for the most used resolutions, such as: 1024x768 and 1280x800 (which still are used by ~70% of internet users). The page has been rebuilt as well. The most important changes are a reduced top bar and the google ad has been moved to the right side. The google ad has also been removed from the forum page, as it was annoying to many users without plus.

We hope you will like the new skin. Unfortunately, it is impossible to please everyone. We feel that it looks better than the current skin and should work better for various web browsers. In the first week we will randomly use both the current and new skin on the opening page for new users to show us which skin gets more users signing up.

User created skins should work correctly, with the possible exception that the placement may need to be updated. This should be easily fixable by the skin author.


There are also a few small new features.
- If two users use google map settings, the distance between their stadiums will be displayed.
- From now on you will be able to see whether a player is maxed out in a certain skill. Maxed skills will be referred to as "superdivine" on the player page. This is not a new skill level, it is only an indication that the player will no longer benefit from training. It will not be numerically visible in assistant manager programs.

U-21 National Teams

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-12-24


As our holiday present to our users, we're pleased to announce that for the upcoming season Under-21 National Teams will be added to Sokker. This has been one of the most requested improvements and we hope it will be a great success.

The U-21 NT matches will be played on Fridays. In this first season only friendly matches will be played; U-21 World Cup Qualifications are planned for the following season.

Please note:
- Players aged 21 or less may be called up by either the U-21 NT or the Senior NT, but may only be in one team at a time. The coaches can of course exchange players between the two teams.
- Users can be manager of only one NT at a time so the Senior and U-21 teams will have different coaches.

Currently, Friday has no special events in Sokker. Next season will bring a new opportunity to see bright new talent from all around the world as the young stars of Sokker represent their countries!

Festive greetings and best wishes for a happy New Year to all our users!

[Rules] Rules Updates

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-12-08


The following rules have been updated for clarity and to ensure consistency in translations among all Sokker countries:


CHAPTER 1: Registration (slight change to discuss email address importance)
CHAPTER 2: Sokker Rules (clarity in sharing connection rule, addition of sharing teams rule)
CHAPTER 4: The Players (additional information on defending skill)
CHAPTER 7: Sub-Junior School (maximum users joining per week)
CHAPTER 8: Transfers (clarification of transfer listing fee)

More information on the changes being done can be found in this thread.

Match Engine Changes

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-12-06

In NT friendly matches starting Saturday December 6, 2008 we will test the following engine modifications:
- Instead of trying to pass to the strikers right away, players will more often try to use combination passes to move the ball upfield.
- Players will now consider if pass recipient is offsides prior to making a pass (the correctness of this judgment will be based on playmaking).
- Players will less often tackle from behind. Instead, they will try to move in front of the player in possession and look for a more favorable angle.
- Experienced defenders near the goal may be able to clear the ball immediately after a missed reception.
- Players dribbling direction will be somewhat more varied, instead of proceeding directly towards the goal in most cases.
- It will be harder to pass an opponent in the way of an attacker. A good defender will be able to either block or at least slow the attacker somewhat.

Any changes to this new engine will be assessed during NT friendlies and club friendlies, with this version of the engine being official starting next season. Playoff games will still use the current version of the match engine.

Bugs reporting: please report all engine bugs in the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum. Please include one topic for each type of bug, always include match and minute. Notice that we have changed player position evaluation, which has not really been modified since Sokker started, so input is especially needed in this version (e.g. if a player always tries to pass to wrong positioned partner). Any testing done now improves the quality of the engine for next season!

Design Contest Winner

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-11-20

It is time to announce the winner of our design contest. Based on the vote of our users, we are awarding the 10 years plus to ila-a based on his winning design. Congratulations! :) Enjoy it!

We also are grateful to all participants of the contest. Thank you! Your ideas, as well as the discussions in the voting thread, will help us to improve the future design of our site.

The winner’s design, however, cannot not be implemented due to technical reasons associated with Web pages (ie: font not available on the web, etc.). Instead, a new design based on the ideas and the work of another participant is being developed. We will announce the new design when it becomes available.

World Cup to Final Four

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-11-19

NewsThis weekend's World Cup Quarter Finals saw four remarkable matches, with yet more shocks. In the biggest shock of all, the mighty Polish juggernaut has been defeated for the first time in WC history during the knock out stages! The resilient Italian side came from behind twice in the match to finally secure a 3-2 win against a 10 man Polish team. The Italians now progress to a semi final meeting with England who, despite having a squad hit by injuries and suspension, came from behind to defeat Argentina 2-1 in another thrilling encounter that could easily have gone either way - with the Argentines agonisingly hitting a post in the final minute of the game.

The other semi final pits the Spanish against the Dutch, with Spain now vying for supremacy in Sokker following their capture of the European Crown in real life. Yesterday saw the Spanish edge another tight match against the Czech Republic 2-1; yet again the winners of this contest came from a goal behind. The Netherlands went ahead in their game with Slovakia able to tie it in the second half. This was the closest quarter final game with neither team managing a deciding goal in the 90 minutes. In fact a further 30 minutes of extra time would not see a decisive strike, unfortunately the Slovakians forgot their penalty shoot out footwear and Holland went through 4-1 on penalty kicks.

Whatever happens now in next week's Semi Finals, for the first time ever there will be a new World Champion! Due to the nature of their win over Poland - Italy are now favourites for the title, but after yesterday's events it is clear that anything can happen with a favourable hand from lady luck being a major contributor in such tight games.

Well done to all of the successful managers and lets all cheer on the remaining teams in what is proving a very exciting World Cup so far!

Server Upgrade (Downtime Notification)

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-11-11

NewsOn Friday November 14, 2008, we are going to install a new database server. This new server will be configured to use Solid State Drives (SSD) that offer faster access times than common harddrives.
The main goal of this upgrade is to reduce the time of the morning updates which currently takes about 2 hours and causes Sokker to be mostly non-accessible for that time.

We will start with the installation early in the morning, but it will take a few hours to complete due to copying the matches database that is stored on large but slow disks.
All transfers will be moved according to following list:
- Installation time less than 8 hours - deadline moved by duration of the downtime;
- Installation time more than 8 hours - deadline moved by 24 hours;

Add-on and Program Guidelines

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-11-04


The following has been added to the rules for Sokker:


Programs or scripts, both standalone or browser add-ons, that
- Process or rearrange the data provided by Sokker
- Modify the interface or usage of the Sokker site
- Provide new functionality or alter existing functionality of the Sokker site
are normally welcomed by Sokker as they usually enhance the experience of our users.

Nonetheless, if aspects of one of these program or scripts is determined to be detrimental to the game (i.e. by spamming, decreasing game ad revenue, creating heavy traffic or load on Sokker), the Sokker developers and admins could:
- Prohibit any disclosure or discussion of the program or script in the Sokker forums.
- Forbid the use of such programs, and sanction its users.
- Prosecute the corresponding legal action against the author if applicable.

Additionally please note that the only approved and provided method to get data from Sokker is via the XML located at http://online.sokker.org/xmlinfo.php. This is a robust set of data that has been provided and is being allowed for tools to increase your enjoyment of Sokker.

It is allowed to use third party browser plug-ins to manipulate screen content while browsing Sokker, if they meet the above guidelines and are not deemed to be detrimental to the game. Sokker does not review the development of such plug-ins, so be careful when using them as they may have bugs that can cause random failures. When experiencing these or similar problems always first try to disable your browser plug-ins before sending us a Bug Report. In the case of an issue with one of the plug-ins, directly inform the creator or use the appropriate plug-in forum thread to discuss.

World Cup V

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-10-22


The World Cup has started, go support your country's team in their quest to rule Sokker!

Currently in the World Cup are the 32 teams who qualified last season. Group A, consisting of Italia, Hrvatska, Chile, and Polska is currently looking like the hardest group, based on the discussion going in the World Cup V forum. Group D seems to be the easiest to survive, with Suomi, Schweiz, Slovensko, and Island.


Will anyone be able to dethrone the Polish juggernaut, which defeated Mexico 2-1 and then shut out Italy 6-0, France 5-0 and England 4-0 on their way to their fourth consecutive WC victory?

National Teams are becoming stronger season after season. We encourage all managers to watch and cheer on their favorite countries and players in the different matches. Everyone, new or experienced, should learn from how the NT coaches employ their tactics and strategies to get the most of their players.

Holiday Mode

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-10-08

We have introduced a new "holiday mode" for those users that may go on a vacation or will not be able to connect for a longer period of time for whatever reason. This feature will ensure that your team will still be available when you log in again for a period of up to 100 days after you set this holiday mode. Your team will be held for you even if during that period your country is full.

After next login, the holiday mode option becomes automatically unlocked so you have to activate it again if you plan another long period of time without entering the game (or if, for example, you log in the next day before your vacation starts - be sure to re-check the option). The vacation checkbox is located on the user detail page (click on your name on your team home page) under the password section.

Design Contest

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-10-05

We are considering updating the design of Sokker in a few areas. Instead of going directly to the graphics designers we used previously, we thought we'd test out how strong the talents were among our ~60k Sokker users.

The main goals and requirements we want from the change are:
- decreased height of top bar (with that players and logo) up to 60-90 pixels, will provide a better use of screen space for users using 1024x768 screen resolution
- changing the players on the top-right (which has received some criticism), or even changing the entire top bar to seem less childish
- remove banner from forum pages, and place it on the right of all pages like it was in the very old design, so new design would be narrowed by 120 pix
- also to remove top 468x60 banner (if you remove or not depends on your design)

New design should continue to use the official Sokker logo, with colors not changed

Scheme how new design should look are here:
· Design before
· Design after

You can prepare both just 24 bit image of your design proposition or full .css skin. But if you prepare image only, don't change colors too much - middle frame should fit rest of surrounding bars you modify eg. top bar. You may need also current design Photoshop files.

Prize is 10 years of plus. Submissions should be sent to admins@sokker.org . The contest will end on 2008-10-29.

No prize will be awarded if none of the submissions meet the above requirements.

Ranking Points

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-09-23


Recently, we have implemented a page which contains the ranking points of every team in a country, sorted from highest to lowest. This list can be accessed through a country's national page and specific team rankings are also available on their club page. These rankings have been calculated since Sokker began but were only visible when viewing the XML files.

Ranking points are calculated in the same way as they are for national teams. They are based on the ELO ranking formula and the amount of ranking points obtained is influenced by the results of all your matches. For more information on how ELO works check here.

As of the beginning of next season, the national cup will be based on ranking points and will not be based on league position, as is currently the case. This will be used to determine whether a team qualifies for the cup and determining the fixtures for the cup. This increases the importance of friendly matches, especially for bottom league teams, as the loss of ranking points may decide whether a team qualifies or not. The national ranking page of a country shows the teams that will qualify for the cup the following season, by highlighting those not qualified with a grey background.

Best 11

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-09-23

Each League page now features a link for the best 11 players of each round. This will highlight the best performing players of the round, including 4 defenders, 4 midfielders, 2 strikers and one goalkeeper. The current formula is rather simple, but we're planning to change it and base it on more factors to make the best 11 more unpredictable.

This type of function has been requested by many users, and therefore we have decided to make it available for all users. We hope you enjoy it :)

National Team Elections!

  • loop [del]
  • 2008-09-15

News
It is election time again!


You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on the National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] loop. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that an user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election starts on Monday 15th September and ends on Sunday 28th September, so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Associations

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-09-05

News
We are about to introduce a new feature, "Associations". You can found and join associations for any subject you are interested in. For example an association about basketball where you can let everybody join who shares this interest.

Associations will have either an open or closed forum which is moderated by the founder, or any member appointed by the founder. As founder you will be able to accept members, create logos, publish articles and give power to selected members. Only association members will have access to the private forums. Sokker-staff will not have access to private associations (unless accepted), so the founder of the association is responsible that the content of the forum follows the general Sokker rules.

There will also be associations for the national teams that can be used for displaying latest news, lists of scouts, trainers and assistants and whatever information the national team coach likes to publish.

The feature will be available for plus users only.
Please report bugs at Bugs/Ideas (en), in English and one topic per bug. Thank you and enjoy :)

Plus price changes

  • Arnau
  • 2008-08-21

Since Sokker introduced Plus in 2004 subscription has remained, despite inflation, at the same low price for more than 4 years. During that time, Sokker was constantly developed and many new features have been added to Plus.

The new prices will be:

89 PLN for 1 year (old price 77 PLN)
49 PLN for 6 months (old price 42 PLN)
29 PLN for 3 months (old price 24 PLN)
22 PLN for 2 months (old price 19 PLN)

The price increase will come into effect on Monday, 15th September.
Before this date you can still buy Plus at the current price.

Accepting Teams Process Change

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-08-21

We have changed the process for assigning new teams to leagues. For countries with at least 4 divisions or more, new users are accepted in the two bottom leagues (instead of only the bottom one). This was done to increase the number of users who remain as users in Sokker. For example, we have considered the following statistics:
- Poland retains 56% of new users (full leagues, hard to promote, 7 divisions to get top but all time matches with live teams)
- Austria retains 39% of new users (half filled leagues)
- Denmark retains only 14% of new users stayed (when you register you get team in bot league)

It is our intention that this change will increase the amount of interaction new users get when joining the game, and make the game initially more enjoyable.

Forums

  • Auldreekie1874 [del]
  • 2008-08-13


For performance reasons the forum structure has been changed. The list of forums is now separated into two categories each holding a set of forums. The first category is the default one and works as usual, but the second one called other is new. In this second list you can find additional forums that might be of less interest for you. There is no new topic or new post information on these optional forums which saves resources for additional default forums.

We now have the possibility to add newly created forums to this list without much effect on the server's performance. If you want to subscribe to one of these, simply press the add button. The first new forum is called Friendlies "Sokker Country". You can use this forum to arrange friendlies and find friendly leagues. Every country has it's own Friendlies forum, which might come in handy when trying to find a foreign opponent from a specific country.

As usual, if you find any bugs or have further ideas to improve Sokker, please visit our Bugs/Ideas(en) forum.
Enjoy the new setup.

Manager Pacts

  • Auldreekie1874 [del]
  • 2008-07-31



Today we are happy to announce that we have introduced some new features for your enjoyment. These new features are free to all users.

Manager Pacts

You are now able to sign friendly pacts with other managers. The choices are vip, supporter or arch rival. To do so, just visit a managers' profile and click on the friends link. An ideal way to keep in touch with your friends...and your rivals!

Logged Users

You can now see a list of logged in users from each region. To access this list, go to any country and select a region. You can sort users by team rank, which will be handy for finding a weaker opponent who might give you a victory in next weeks' friendly.

But keep in mind, "There are no easy games"!

As usual, any bugs that are found or if you have any ideas to improve sokker, please visit our Bugs/Ideas(en) forum

New Animations In Match Viewer

  • Auldreekie1874 [del]
  • 2008-07-25




The Sokker development team is delighted to announce that the match engine has now been further improved. 16 new animations, including diving motions from the goalkeepers and goal celebrations, were added.

New flash files increase the viewer's size from 178 KB to 1.5 MB and two new sounds (~160 KB) were added, too. This will increase the download time a little when you use the new match viewer for the first time, because the new parts have to be cached by the browsers. For every further match the download should take place as fast as before as the data needed for each match remains unchanged.

The new match viewer is to be tested on the friendly NT matches on the 26th July. The changes are permanent and all subsequent matches will be generated by this new match engine. We do not expect important bugs as changes to the match engine itself are minimal. Please note that the gameplay was not changed, and that the behaviour of the players will stay the same (i.e. defenders will defend exactly like before, players will shoot or pass like before, keepers will save exactly like before).

In the unlikely event that you find any bugs, please report them as usual via the Bugs/Idea's forum.

You Can Watch Demo Here!

New Assistant Tool (plus)

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-07-17

We have introduced a new version of the Assistant Tool that will enable view of players based on not only percentage values, but also weightings that YOU as the manager set as important for each position. The tool provides an option to display as the percentage or with the new weighted sum.

This weighted sum is specifically to help you brag about your players in those best of forums (eg. Best-of-Forum) and to compare your star players with other talented players. It is also helpful while searching players on the transferlist - just click the assistant link on transfer-listed player's menu, adding that player to show his weighted value with the rest of your team.

Plus users can check it out via the Training -> Assistant menu.

Contact Staff

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2008-07-16

We have introduced a new option of contacting our staff - through a form that you can find on your country page `Staff` menu. Please use that form any time you want to contact admins or moderators on any cases not related with dubious players transfers (which can still be reported through the player's transfer page). Please also notice that on the contact staff form, the Staff List only contains the staff from your country. It is also possible that other staff are responsible for your country and will process your message.

By contacting staff through this new form, your message will always be read by the most appropriate staff member. It should speed up our ability to respond to your problems by helping route the issue to the most appropriate person. Please use this new form instead of sk-mailing staff members directly, and please do not send Constact Staff messages to multiple countries' staff on the same issue.

As before, you can also contact the admins by sending an email to admins@sokker.org, but please remember to sign with your Sokker login and team name.

New Features

  • Auldreekie1874 [del]
  • 2008-07-08

We are happy to announce the first set of enhancements to come from the new development team:

- Forum Topic Title Searches: From the forum page, you can now search for a related thread by any of the word(s) in the thread title.

- Enhanced League Statistics: The following statistics have been added, please note that these statistics are only available at league level and not at National level, Average individual marks this week, Most often shooters, Most fouls, Most active, Defensive, Offensive, Age, Value, Supporters, First squad average value, First squad average age.

- Staff List (also planned is a staff contact form)

- Support for BBCode using images.

- Trainers Bids are now logged and available for outbid notification on office page.

- Multiple design bugs have been fixed (No engine functionality has been changed)

National Team Elections!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2008-05-28

Elections It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

We also welcome 2 new nations into the voting!
Cameroun (Cameroon)
Tūnis (Tunisia)

This season, there are a record 84 NT teams playing in the World Cup Preliminaries. These teams will be drawn in 14 groups of 6 teams. Therefore your choice of manager is more important than ever!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, e SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election starts on Monday 26th May and end on Sunday 8th June, so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

New Design & New Scripts - Extra Information

  • forestman [del]
  • 2008-05-11

The new sokker design and new scripts are available for all at the following url - http://newscripts.sokker.org.

Whilst the login address is different, you are accessing the same Sokker game & database. Therefore any management actions carried out in either version will be implemented & view in both. eg. fired players will be fired :].

These new scripts will be run in parallel to the old version (online.sokker.org) for a period of time. We will observe to ensure that there are no serious bugs , before replacing the old scripts permanently.

Please note that you currently cannot watch matches using the new scripts at the new site - therefore to do this, you will need to access the older site at http://online.sokker.org

New Site Design

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-05-08

We are pleased to announce the introduction of the brand new Sokker design to everyone. Tomorrow we will try to make the change, so be prepared! We hope you will like it as much as we do!

We hope the change will be fast and painless, but as always there is a risk of downtime. Should this occur, transfer deadlines will be extended.
The new design is a big and fundamental change with completely new interface files (with refreshed html and xhtml used). Unfortunately as a result of the new design, old skins will no longer be compatible with Sokker. However, when creating new skins it will be possible to do much more of them, and even have them setup for different screen resolutions.

With the new design we would also like to introduce a new feature: Google maps location. With this extension you will be able to enter your location and look for friends (or rivals) in your neigbourhood! You can find the feature by clicking on your username (on your team page) and then on "Location" in the upper right of the screen. This will be the only new feature for now, but when the new design is completely up and running we will work on further improvements and new features.

Even though we have extensively tested the new design, it is possible there may still be some bugs and issues with it. Please report any in the bug forum, with one topic per problem.

Password Security

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-05-01

We want to inform that passwords you choose should be complex. Otherwise, there may be issues with account hacking. For a more secure password you should remember the following:

1. Never use your username as your password. It is the easiest way to be hacked.

2. Try to use both numbers and characters in your passwords. This will make it more complicated.

3. Never share your password with anyone.

Match Failure

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-02-18

We had a database failure yesterday around 10:45 a.m. and the database with match videos got corrupted. This means it is not possible to watch archived matches or matches that took place before 10:45. We are very sorry that some matches could not be viewed live. The aim is to fix this problem as soon as possible.

Election Problems

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-02-18

The election script had a bug (lack of suitable protection), that made it possible to make users resign from election without their knowledge. As someone has made use of this bug it has led to some distorted election results. As we are unable to tell which elections were affected, a decision to call new elections ending on next Monday 10 pm CET has been made.

We have already removed this bug, so the current elections should be safe. We apologise for this confusion.

Happy Birthday Sokker!!!

  • Danny [del]
  • 2008-02-10

Happy Birthday Today (10th February) it is Sokker's 4th Birthday. We are very happy and proud about this and the way in which Sokker is growing and becoming better and better by the day. We would like to thank all of the Sokker community for being a part of this, as it would not be possible without you.
Cheers to all!

National Team Elections!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2008-01-31

Elections It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

We also welcome 4 new nations into the voting!
El Salvador
Jamaica
Crna Gora
Ghana

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, e SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election starts on Monday 4th February and end on Sunday 17th February, so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Match Engine Changes

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-01-30

During friendly games 30 January, some changes to the way the match engine is regulated have been made.
Whilst the changes are not big, they are intended to change the following:

• playmaker skill:
a) Changes on player pass decisions (players with low playmaking can now make unreasonable passes more often).
b) Running passes regulation.

• with striker skill it will be easier to score from long distances and harder to score one on ones (in addition to the changes made 2007-02-03).

• goalkeeper skill changes - better goalkeepers will save shots more often, and weaker GKs will save less.

Independently of player skills, it will become easier to score from penalties and long passes will become slightly more accurate. These changes are in addition to the previously mentioned changes from the news on 2008-01-08.

Any changes will be assessed during todays friendlies, with this version of the engine being official from next season. Play off games will still use the old version of the match engine.

Bugs reporting: please report all engine bugs in the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum. Please include one topic for each type of bug. Please always include the match and minute of the bug – otherwise we will not be able to find or fix that bug.

Match Engine Testing During NT Games

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2008-01-08

During the next NT friendly games on 2008-01-12, we are going to test some engine code changes. What could be new for you? If everything goes according to plan, no changes will be noticable. The changes made are going to be internal changes with the future in mind, which will allow more match engine improvements to be made in the future.

Currently the planned improvements to the match engine are:
- set 2 tactics in match orders and use conditional orders to switch it
- precise player positioning (ie not forced to go in one particular segment)
- keeper tactics (ie to decide whether a keeper should come out for passes from a corner)

It is possible that there will be some bugs within the new code. All bugs should be reported to the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum, with one topic per one bug.


  • forestman [del]
  • 2007-12-23



The sokker staff wish you all the best for the holidays & upcoming new year!

Running Pass Bug Fix

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-12-08

There has been a bug with running passes - in the match engine, defenders (DEF) rather than midfielders (MID) were making most of the running passes when they had the similar levels of playmaking.

After the fix, most running passes will be made by midfielders, with less by defenders as it should have been before. It will be very rare for attackers to make these passes.

As this is an important bug fix, this fix will be applied from 12/12/07.

Plus for Plus

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-12-06

As compensation for the period recently where matches were unavailable for a few days and the minor server issues, we have added 2 additional days to the subscription of all current plus users.

We apologize for the failures, but had no control over the issues, and did our best to resolve the problems as quickly as possible.

Enjoy your plus days :)

New Plus Payment Method

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-11-22

We have introduced a new way of paying for plus - via PayPal.com. Due to the fees charged by PayPal, there will be an additional 2 PLN handling charge.

It is now possible to pay once again via AllPay, after the temporary problems with them.

New Language Translation System

  • forestman [del]
  • 2007-11-06



We have simplified adding new languages. Now linguists can create a new language by translating the english version directly on site and publishing it when completed.

If you want prepare new language, please inform us by writing an email to admins@sokker.org or directly by sk-mail to Arnau or Papcio Daniels

Please note: Adding a new language is an ongoing responsibility also - you will also have to translate news items as well as new sentences for Sokker scripts updates (for example when new features are introduced). Therefore please bear this in mind before you apply.

Sokker Promotion

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-10-24

We have introduced an affiliate system for new users. Now when you invite a friend to Sokker, if you encourage them to fill in your username during the registration process like the following:

www.sokker.org/?buddy=your_login

Once they buy plus for the first time, you yourself will receive a gift of 10 days of plus. If you already have plus, then 10 days will be added to your current subscription.

NT Elections

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-10-15

It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and to give your vote to your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine. Also, if you are running for election do NOT post questions or arguments in other candidates' threads. Their threads are for them to present their candidacy (and for users from that nation to question them), not for you to debate them.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election deadline is 28th October so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Game Engine Improvements

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-09-22

We are happy to announce that we are starting the testing of a new match engine. The new match engine will improve a few areas of the current engine and also includes some new features.

This new match engine will be used from now until the end of this season in NT friendly games and in regular friendly games starting October 10th (after all national cups are completed). It will then be used in all matches from the start of next season.

Improvements in the game engine:

- Wingers will now turn towards goal or cross the ball further away from the goal line in order to be more effective (previously they sometimes went out of bounds or into the corner where they couldn't be as effective). They will now try to avoid making poor passes backwards and instead may look to shoot at goal.
- The offside rule will be executed correctly for players that are off field. This will correct a small bug, for example - in this match.
- Half-time / End-of-game whistle will not be blown with a player extremely likely to score a goal – for example, with the attacker having dribbled past the last defender.
- 4 substitutions will not occur. There were rare occasions when this had occurred in the past - such as here
- Corrected the conditional substitution when a player is sold or fired,as you can see here.
- Sorted conditional orders, so in all instances, when two orders exist with different minutes to execute, the order with the lower minute will be executed first. (There were rare occasions previously when this did not occur)
- The use of tactics for defending players has been improved. In certain circumstances the previous game engine would think that the defending team had possession when they did not. It therefore would select a more attacking tactic, and would leave the keeper vulnerable. Examples of this problem include when there is a rebound from the goalkeeper or when the final defender loses possession. This problem has now been corrected.
- Match generation will not start before updates are finished. This is an important fix to the issue that happened a while ago where we had to re-run matches (the "ghost matches" problem).

New features:
- Changed technique/defender probability distribution during a tackle. This means that there is now a chance (although very small ) that an attacker with relatively low technique might be able to dribble past a MUCH better defender, or a relatively unskilled defender might be able to tackle a high technique opponent. (This will be closely monitored during testing).


There are no other changes made in this engine. If you notice anything different, please report it as a bug. All bugs should be reported on Bugs / Ideas (en) forum, one topic per one bug.

New Scripts - Release Update

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-09-19

As you may know, the new scripts were temporarily brought online on Tuesday September 18th for a short period of time. After some performance issues and two bugs were detected, they were quickly removed and the old scripts were brought back online.

Today, the developers feel that they are nearly done fixing the performance issues and the identified bugs.

Therefore, there is a TENTATIVELY planned testing in production for the new scripts for Thursday, September 20th. More information will be made available either as formal news and/or in the discussion thread on Sokker International.

New Scripts - Update

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-08-23

On August 22nd we went live with the new scripts using the current database for an extended tester population (the entire sokker staff) as the planned initial step in the release in order to make sure everything went smoothly. It was up for most of the day and the release was relatively smooth as expected.

However, as a part of our normal validation process, we noticed some minor bugs that we would like to resolve and a few things that we would like to add prior to the full release. Therefore, in order to minimize any negative effect on you, we're going to push back the new script release date. We will provide at least a day notice before going live, and we are confident that there will be minimal, if any, downtime when we do the changeover.

Thank you for your understanding,
- Sokker Development Staff

New Sokker Scripts

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-08-17

We're very pleased to announce that very shortly we will replace the current Sokker page scripts with new ones, which have been rebuilt entirely, one by one. In general you should not notice any differences to the site, except with the introduction of some new features (discussed on Sokker International), but this is a big and fundamental change which has been worked on extensively over the last few months. It will allow us to further the development of Sokker, including enabling the development of a new design.

Because the scripts have been totally rebuilt, it is possible there may still be errors on some of the pages. Please report to us all of the bugs you find in the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum. For each bug found there should be one topic.

The scripts were rewritten to use php SMARTY template engine by Marcin Nabiałek. After the initial development phase, we undertook a testing phase with the assistance of the Mods and Admins as testers, and corrected any discovered issues. We want to thank all that participated in that project. :]

In the future we plan to redesign Sokker. To maximise the quality and improvements of the new site we have a hired external professional Graphics Design firm to do that. The plan is to introduce a new Sokker logo and new look, which we hope to be finished in around 2 months time.

Match Delay Update

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-08-08

As many users are aware we suffered a software failure on Sunday morning. This failure caused a number of matches to be played incorrectly (“ghost matches”). We have subsequently corrected the error and all games have been successfully played.

There is no perfect solution to a failure like this, especially one which occurred with such bad timing (it could not have been worse). The developers worked as quickly as possible to restart the game with the minimum delay on matches. The key details of the impact of the failure and the corrections are detailed below:

We removed the impact of the “ghost matches” where it was possible.
- Player statistics, cards & injuries from the ghost matches were removed (as if they were never played).
- Ticket income from the ghost match was removed.

A small number of things will remain unchanged.
- The influence of the “ghost match” on supporters mood will remain
- Regrettably, some players who were carded or injured within the ghost match were not able to play in the subsequent "real match". This problem cannot be corrected on those matches.
- Players that played in both the ”ghost match” and the “real match” will get a little more from training (as if he has played 2 matches the same week).
- If a team played the “ghost game” with the wrong formation (6 MIDs or so), and the real match correctly, it will receive training as normal
- If a player played in one ghost game and 2 other games then training will be as if he played 3 normal matches.

Again, we apologise for the incident, which we repeat was a rare occurrence that happened at an extremely bad time for us.

Thank you for your patience.

Match Delays

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-08-05

This morning there was a software failure which led to the update process stopping. Unfortunately, we were unable to discover the problem whilst it was happening.

Due to this problem, some matches occurred at the wrong time and in the wrong order. Every match that was played during this time will have to be played again. Unfortunately we can not cancel injuries that may have happened as a result of these cancelled matches, at least, not today.

We apologise for the inconvenience of this.

Data Downloading from Sokker

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-08-01

As previously announced (in the news posting on December 1, 2006) the only approved method of downloading of data from Sokker is via the XML provided by http://online.sokker.org/xmlinfo.php. This is a robust set of data that has been provided and is being allowed for tools to increase your enjoyment of Sokker.

With this in mind, we would like to remind or inform you of the following:
- The data available via the data.php site will be removed as of September 1, 2007.
- Screen scraping by any application is strongly forbidden.
- Applications may not do anything whatsoever (including store, manipulate, send, etc) with the match flash data (the approved match XML data is fine, this refers to the data used by the match engine). This match data is part of the Sokker copyright

If you have any questions about a tool you also use, please ask in the thread for that tool (most of the tools already have threads on Sokker International that may be used for this purpose).

World Cup

  • anaconda [del]
  • 2007-07-28

We would like to invite every sokker user to support their country in the World Cup that starts this Saturday!

Hellsangel has written a guide to all 32 teams featuring in the World Cup in the forums - here. It remains to be seen whether Polska will retain the World Cup for a third consecutive time, or one of the other nations will finally take away their crown.

The World Cup kicks off today with Australia - Norge. Be sure to check on the progress of all the teams in the World Cup section!

Security reminder

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-07-23

We would like to take this time to remind everyone to use a password for their sokker account that would not be easy to guess for any potential hacker. The below are points worth bearing in mind for your password:

1) Change your password every now and again, and NEVER have the same username and password.

2) If possible, use a password that contains both numbers and letters - but make sure you are able to remember them.

3) First name, last name, birthday date, phone number and user names are not secure passwords, try and have something as your password that is not easy to directly link to yourself.

Finally, a reminder that no one from Sokker will EVER ask you for your account password. Never give your account password out via email or SK mail to anyone.

Sokker Passes 50,000 Users

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-07-09

This weekend, Sokker passed the 50,000 user mark, a significant milestone for any online game.

Thanks to all of our users for helping us reach this point. We will continue to work to improve the functionality and interface of the site to support future growth. Please continue to spread the word about this game to help us incresase our community size and level of competition!

-- Sokker Staff

National Team Elections

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-06-26

NewsIt is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election deadline is July 8th, so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Server Transportation

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-04-24

We are happy to announce that we have installed Sokker on a new, better, internet connection. Sokker servers are now hosted in professional server room, with redundant internet connection, power, conditioning, extinguishing systems, monitoring etc. etc. It's much more than we were able to supply in our previous 'home' server room.

The move was originally planned to take place in two weeks, but because our internet connection had some serious problems, we were forced to make the move ahead of schedule with little time to prepare.

With the changes already made to the servers in the past few weeks, Sokker is working on 6 servers in total (web servers, database, proxy, match generators etc.). In the next season or two, there are plans to increase capacity further, so that more users can be logged in during match days.

During the week we will be adjusting the configuration of the servers, so please be understanding if any problems happen. Major server works are planned for this friday (we hope that this will be unnoticable, with Sokker working as normal).

Because of all the server work, all plusses will be extended by 2 days.

Engine Improvements

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-04-09

On Wednesday April 11th, a new engine version will be released. This release contains only bug fixes, without any changes to game play. For this reason, we are not waiting until the end of season for the release.

Changes made in this version:
- After goal kicks, attackers will more likely allow midfielders to get the ball, instead of going back to get the ball themselves (putting them out of position).
- Decreased likelihood of immediate ("nervous") passes.
- Decreased likelihood of shooting from a bad angle angle when a player is not attacked by opponent. (This bug is fairly visible in the Estonia - Poland match, when Eesti played weird tactic without wing defense).
- On free kicks, players will sometimes attempt short passes instead of lobs, especially if partner is close and there isn't need for a high pass to them.
- Decreased likelihood that players with MID order in own defensive zone will either run out of bounds or into own goal.
- In league games, if both side gives walkover, score is 0:0 from now (1:0 in cup as it is in rules).

These are the only changes that have been made in this release.

Bugs reporting: please report all engine bugs in the Bugs / Ideas (en) forum. Please include only one topic for each type of bug. Please always include the match and minute of the bug – otherwise we will not be able to find or fix that bug.

Server Updates

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-03-26

For the last 3 weeks, we have been working on major changes to the Sokker server configuration. Until lately, this had been mostly transparent to users. This work with the configuration should be continuing for approximately 3 weeks, so please understand this and expect a few issues may arise.

The next configuration change is planned for March 27th in the morning (Sokker time), and we will delay any transfers during the affected time. Input on what has been changed will be provided after the changes are made.

Meanwhile, because Sokker has been growing rapidly, and the number of requests to the server on Match days is so high, we experienced some problems over the last two weeks. We tried to resolve this last Sunday, but because of an issue with the proxy module the change was not successful. We expect problem to be fixed before this Wednesday cup games. Please note that the expansion (new and expanded countries) were in no way responsible for the issue.

Also, during the period of slow responses, transfers were monitored and reviewed and were actually on the whole somewhat HIGHER than most days of the same weeks. Therefore, extending transfer deadlines would not have been appropriate as players fared on the whole better.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and please know that the developers are doing their best to resolve the issue.

New Countries

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-03-12

Sokker is pleased to announce that the following new countries have been added to our community, as well as expansion to several countries based on their growth.

New countries:
+----+-----------------------+
| 73 | Panamá
| 50 | Ghana
| 75 | Crna Gora
| 76 | Kenya
| 77 | Guatemala
| 78 | Daehan Minguk
| 80 | Cameroun
| 64 | Ukraina
| 45 | Latvija
| 81 | Sénégal
| 79 | Azərbaycan
| 82 | Zhōngguó

Extended countries:
+----+-----------------------+
| 31 | Sverige
| 25 | Suomi
| 20 | Portugal
| 41 | Türkiye
| 15 | Deutschland
| 29 | Danmark
| 54 | Bulgaria
| 13 | Česká republika
| 21 | Brasil
| 10 | Italia
| 59 | Malaysia


Many thanks to all of the translation participants for their help, and to JD for his great work on checking and inserting country data.

National Team Elections

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2007-03-05

NewsIt is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and to give your vote to your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine. Also, if you are running for election do NOT post questions or arguments in other candidates' threads. Their threads are for them to present their candidacy (and for users from that nation to question them), not for you to debate them.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

The election deadline is 18th March so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Match engine changes

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-02-03

During the NT games today and the next friendly NT and club games (once all of the cups are finished), we will be testing some modifications to the match engine. This is mostly due to the repetition in the current engine - many goals were as a result of long passes from the wings or running passes. The changes will be as follows:

- it will be easier to score from long distance, although harder to score a "one on one" with the goalkeeper
- passes will become more varied (before passes were either almost exact, or no where near exact - with very few passes in between the two)
- defenders and other players from team currently defending will be able to "predict" the area where the ball will drop after long passes (so not only attaker or player which the pass is addressed to will know where it is going as it has been before)

Along with these changes, it is intended that some minor bugs in the current match engine will be fixed, a full list of any fixed bugs will be available at the end of the current season..

Anything not listed above, will remain unchanged.

Forum Rule Changes

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-01-27

The forum rules and guidelines (Forum Statute) has been updated in order to help ensure the enjoyment of all players who choose to participate in discussion forums.

To view these changes, click here to view your forum statute (you must be logged in), or alternatively check your forum statute by clicking forum and then statute on the menu to the left.

Server problems

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2007-01-12

We had some serious problems with the servers. Now we`re waiting for sokkerfiles.net (where we keep images) to be restored.
Transfer deadlines were moved 24 hours on 10th Jan after 4pm CET. If the situation continues, we will have to move the transfers further.

We apologise for any inconvienience.

New Match Engine Features

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-12-24

Starting this Wednesday (27th December 2006) some conditional order problems will be fixed, which will be:

- it will be possible to put an outfielder in goal (however, only if the GK position is currently empty or the goalkeeper is going off the field)
- for the conditional orders listed below, the minute will mean minute to start checking condition, not minute when condition is checked (if you set a condition in the first minute, it could happen in the 89th minute for instance as the event will be checked all game, rather than just in the 1st minute as it would have been before):
* player has yellow card
* red card or no player
* player is slightly injured

Happy Holidays

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-12-20

BellsSokker staff would like to wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season.

New English language moderator

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-12-12

We are pleased to announced that Qpegasus has been promoted to the role of English language moderator. Qpegasus is a well known and successful Scottish user who will now assist with keeping sokker running smoothly.

Other english language moderators include mr_gibbage, guacamole, cometer and of course, Qpegasus.

Many other moderators also attend to English language forums. You can see the full list of Sokker creators, admins and moderators, by clicking on the following link: here

Sokker Tools: XML Data Improvements

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-12-01

NewsWe have made accessible a new method of fetching data from the Sokker server based on XML. This will mainly interest developers of Sokker-related software.

Here you will find more information: http://online.sokker.org/xmlinfo.php

In addition, as we have now provided enhanced data in XML, this is the approved method for obtaining information from Sokker. Therefore, scanning pages in fashion other than this XML is not allowed and may result in a ban. If you need information that is not present in the xml files contact the creators at sokker@sokker.org or by writing in this topic: forum_topic.php?ID_forum=1259&ID_topic=479307&pg=0#new

National Team Elections

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-11-13

NewsIt is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT spam forums, SK-mail people directly for votes, or spam users Guest Books. Any of these spammy activities will result in forum banning and/or financial fine.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

New countries (Andorra, Costa Rica, Hayastan, Honduras, Indonesia, Makedonija, Malta, Moldova, Shqipëria etc.) will have their national teams created & elections start this evening.

The election deadline is 26th November so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Tactical Discipline

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-11-08

News
In the upcoming season new skill "tactical discipline" will be introduced. This new skill reflects how accurately the player will follow the tactic during the match.

Tactical Discipline is depends on two subskills:

Experience:
- More matches played, more experience
- Activity during each match
- Type of match (friendly, official, national team)
- Players at lower levels of experience increase the skill faster than players with higher levels

Experience has been calculated for all players and all matches ever played and is visible in your players' information.


Team-work:
- Represents how well a coach can teach tactics and how much the player has learned with that club
- Changes during training each week like other skills, independent of the training type selected. The growth depends primarily on head coach's general appraisal. This means that it could even drop if you change to a coach with lower general appraisal.
- Depends on time played in week matches like any other skills
- Assistants help to increase team-work, but their influence is lower than on other skills
- Older players' team-work increases and decreases in slower (they are more "change resistant")
- After every transfer, team-work of the transferred player drops down to the lowest value

Team-work has been set to the lowest possible value for every player (but don't worry - it's trained very fast). Within a few weeks it should equalize near your head coach's general appraisal.


All official matches during current season (qualification games) will be played with previous version of match generator so tactical discipline is not used.


Dribbling Keeper
Additionally, we have changed skill related with dribbling past a goalkeeper. Now success for this will depend on the player's scoring and keeper's goalkeeping skills only.

Match Engine

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-11-01

News
New modifications in match generator will be tested in friendly games.

List of key modifications (these are all subject to change and under discussion):

- If there is no one to play the ball to, a player may pass the ball effectively to themselves by heading it a bit ahead of themselves.
- Fixed a bug with headers - players will now head the ball more often.
- Chesting the ball - Players will now take the ball down on their chest and immediately start playng.
- Improved player decision system relating to when to pass or not.
- Upgraded player shooting decisions (they will be less likely to shoot from sharp angles, but will now shoot from longer distances if possible).
- It will now be possible to dribble past the goalkeeper (success depends on player scoring and playmaking and oponents' keeper skill)
- More clever shots when one on one with the keeper (for example, placing the ball using less power).
- Fixed freekick wall.
- A new skill "positioning" will be introduced from next season. For testing all matches will be played with the lowest value of positioning for all players. More information about this skill will be provided later.

New server

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-10-10

We are pleased to announce that on Sunday 8th October the new server for the sokker database was successfully installed.

The new server provides higher data security, and has more room for future expansions, such as adding more cpus, drives and memory.

The server is more powerful than before, and its successful installation is the reason that there were no match delays this weekend. However, some further configuration will be necessary over the coming few weeks to ensure that the server is working optimally.

We believe that the new server will substantially enhance the playing experience on sokker and we appreciate your patience over the recent weeks.

Change to cup draws from next season

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-10-04

As from next season, the system of drawing teams for the cup will be changed.

Currently, the draws are based on each teams rank in the previous season. The draw is then made with the weakest team playing the strongest team, second weakest playing the second strongest etc.

As from next season this will change. As before, the previous seasons league position will be important in determining seeding, however a random element to the draw will also be included.

In each round the teams will be allocated into two baskets according to their seeding based on their previous years league position, with the 1st basket containing the "strongest" 50% of teams, and the 2nd containing the "weakest" 50%.

Once this is done, the pairings will then be random - i.e. any team from the 1st basket could play any team from the 2nd basket. The team from 2nd basket will play at home.

Promotion and Relegation Confirmation

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-09-20

NewsAs stated last season, the rules for automatic promotion and relegation are changing this season to what was originally intended.

The teams to be automatically promoted/relegated are determined based on points, goal difference, number of goals, and position in the league at the end of last season. The reason for this methodology is that it is fairer. A team could be 7th with nearly no points, which would be worse than a team that fought hard in a competitive league, finished 8th, but had won some games. Additionally more bot-teams will be relegated this way.


The rules have been updated as shown below:

Promotion & Relegation

The best 25% of league winners from lower leagues will promote without having to play a qualifier match. This also means that the worst 25% of teams (ranked by points, goal difference, number of goals, and position in the league at the end of last season as described above) will be relegated automatically. The winners of the remaining leagues play in play-offs with the remaining teams placed 5th to 8th. This means that the 8th place team is not always the one to be automatically relegated.

Play-off pairs are determined on the point and goal difference basis with the weakest teams from the higher leagues playing against the strongest contender. In the event of a draw, the teams play extra time or eventually penalties. The match is played on the stadium of the team from the higher league.

Further server problems

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-08-27

We suffered another major server failure this morning. We are very frustrated as we are still waiting for the new server to arrive. Meanwhile the current server is getting less reliable every day, nevertheless we have continued to replace hardware components in an attempt to maximise reliability in the short term.

Today, after the crash, we weren`t able to restore the current database. Therefore we have had to go back to this morning's backup. This means that all the matches have had to be played again. Also transfers, forum discussions, mail etc. that occured between the time of the backup & the server failure have been lost.

Morning matches have been moved to tomorrow. The matches that have not been played will continue, but with substantial delays.

All transfers ending after the restored backup have been moved 24 hours ahead.

We apologise for these problems & hope to have everything sorted in the very near future.

More server problems and matches moved

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-08-16

Yesterday we have completely reinstalled the server software. We have chosen the configuration that in our opinion should increase reliability, with small performance downgrade. It didn`t work out and it has made things worse.

It is now clear that we will have to replace the hardware which is causing the failures (probably the discs). The new server is expected to arrive next week, so we will make another attempt at making the current configuration stable. We will be replacing the discs tonight.

Due to this, any matches that have not yet been played, will now be played tomorrow. Training will now take place late evening Sokker time tomorrow.

We are very sorry about any inconvienience this may cause.

Server Stability Issue

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-08-11

As you can see, we still have intermittent but serious problems with server stability. Unfortunately, we still are not sure if the problem is caused by software or hardware. We are currently working hard to find the reason for this instability.

The issue is indirectly connected with expansions made at the beginning of the season. The server does not seem to be overloaded, it just crashes under certain circumstances (which can happen now more often because of the bigger traffic).

In this past week and a half we have had a few serious outages. We decided that all Plus subscriptions will be extended by 2 days.

Again we apologize for this situation. We will do our best to resolve the problems as soon as we can.

New countries, expansions and server news

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-08-04

New countries

We are happy to announce, that we have 9 new nations in Sokker:
- Andorra
- Costa Rica
- Hayastan
- Honduras
- Indonesia
- Makedonija
- Malta
- Moldova
- Shqipëria

Welcome!

Expansions

We are also pleased to see "old" countries growing.
So we have following expansions:
- België - new leagues in division 5 "5de Klasse"
- Brasil - new leagues in division 5 "Série E"
- France - new leagues in division 5 "Ligue 5"
- Hellas - new division 4 "D` Ethniki", 32 leagues
- Hrvatska - new leagues in division 4 "4. Liga"
- Israel - new division 4 "Liga Aleph", 32 leagues
- Norge - new division 4 "3. divisjon", 32 leagues
- Polska - new division 7 "Klasa A", 1024 leagues
- România - new division 6 "Divizia F", 256 leagues
- Suomi - new division 5 "IV-divisioona", 64 leagues
- Türkiye - new division 5 "5. Lig", 64 leagues

If other leagues need expansion in the future, they will be expanded in the middle of the season.

Server downtime

We have had some serious problems with our database server stability this week, which has caused long downtimes. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Before sunday we will try to fix the reason that caused this situation. It may mean that the server will be unavailable again for 1-2 hours friday night.

National Team Elections!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-07-24

It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT SK-mail people.

Please remember that a user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. Therefore when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

New countries (República Dominicana, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Nippon, India, Ísland, Israel, Malaysia & Hellas) will have their national teams created & elections start this evening.

The election deadline is 6th August so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Promotion & Relegation

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-07-17

We apologise that there was a mistake in the previous news release regarding promotion and relegation.

It is true that 25% of teams promote & relegate automaticaly. However it does not mean that the 8th place team is always relegated. The qualification ranking system hasn't changed at all - relegated teams are ranked by points, goals, etc (not league position, points, goals).

The reason for this methodology is that it is more fair. A team could be 7th with nearly no points, which would be worse than a team that fought hard in a competitive league, finished 8th, but had won some games. Additionally more bot-teams will be relegated that way.

Because of this misunderstanding we have decided to use this season (and this season only) the system that was described in the previous news release. Therefore 8th place teams will all be relegated automatically.

We will have to re-generate the fixture list again to take into account these changes. This will occur either this evening or tommorow morning.

We confirm that next season qualification games will be played using the system described above.

Special Rules for NT Players

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-06-29

From now on, National Team players can't be sacked. Additionally, NT players from bot teams are transfer-listed as soon as new user takes over the team - with no prior club so the new club president doesn't receive any advantages.

Players who are not on a national team may still be sacked, even if they are of NT-caliber quality.

Junior levels

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-06-16

The promotion of juniors is now better regulated than it was before. Those who are promoted with a high level will end up as more complete and rounded players than they may have done in the past. The highest possible skill for a promoted will still be excellent.

This change takes place with immediate effect.

NT Resignation

  • guacamole [del]
  • 2006-05-31

A user who has been elected as NT manager will not be able to resign from their job. It will only be possible to resign from the job in extreme circumstances, for example, the manager no longer exists in Sokker. Keep in mind that when you stand for the NT job, it is not only for fun, it is also your responsibility to serve the full term which the people that voted you into the job thought you should serve.

Match Time Changes

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-05-09

Starting from next Wednesday (17th May) matches will be played according to the time zone of your country.

Times will change the most for friendly games played in Asia & Oceania and NT matches will be played at best time for the home team (world cup matches also) (starting from 13th May). For league games, the time will change 1-2 hours max.

Forum Rules Updated

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-04-23

The forum statutes (rules) have been updated to make things clearer than they have previously been. We advise users to take the time to check the rules, which can be found by clicking on forum and then the statute link which is on the top left of the screen.

New match engine

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-04-12

The new match engine which has previously been used in friendlies only, will be used in competitive matches starting with the cup matches today (Wednesday 12th).

New countries and expansions

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-04-09

Please welcome the following new countries to sokker:

BoliviaBolivia
BulgariaBulgaria
EcuadorEcuador
HellasHellas
HKHong Kong
IndiaIndia
IslandÍsland
IsraelIsrael
MalMalaysia
NipponNippon
DominicanaRepública Dominicana

We have also expanded the following leagues: Argentina, Bosna i Hercegovina, Chile, Danmark, Deutschland, España, France, Italia, Magyarország, Nederland, Polska, Portugal, Türkiye, Uruguay.

If other leagues need expansion in the future, they will be expanded in the middle of the season.

Server Works

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-04-09

This evening, Sokker will be down for around 4 hours as the database server will be re-installed. We apologise for any inconvienience.

National Team Elections

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-04-03

Elections It is election time again! You have the opportunity to stand for election as the national team coach of any nation, and vote for your preferred manager of your own nation!

To access the election page, go to the respective country homepage, then click on National Team, and then Elections.

If you stand for election, it is recommended that you open a maximum of one thread in the forums, prefixed with [NT] , e.g. [NT] forestman. Please do NOT SK-mail people.

The election deadline is 16th April, so get preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Automatic Promotion

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-04-02

From next season, it will be possible to auto promote from your league. The best 25% of league winners will be able to promote without having to play a qualifier match, which also means teams in 8th will be automatically relegated.

The remainder of the league winners, and the teams that finish 5-7th will play qualification games as before, with ranking based upon points gained in the league.

Match Engine Changes 2

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-03-27

The following modifications to match engine, in relation to the last changes made are as follows:

- The probability of an injury is decreased (compared to the last match engine).
- There are possible injuries in other situations than being fouled - injuries are possible while passing, as well as to the player that commits a foul.
- Running passes are now related to the playmaking skill (players with higher playmaking will make more running passes).
- Pass power is regulated (when the pass is not a running pass it won't be as powerful).
- Passing accuracy on short distances has been increased, while long distances has been decreased.
- Feints with ball are a bit more regulated (players will use feints more sensibly).
- The bugs where two players have tried to dribble the ball at the same time has been fixed.

The changes will also apply to the National Team friendlies with immediate effect.

Match Engine Changes

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-03-22

From today, a new version of the match engine will be used for friendly matches. The main changes will be:

- Players to make use of running passes
- Feints with ball (the player can run a different direction, not necessarily straight towards the goal)
- Curving ball (such as curving free kicks)

It is likely that many other corrections will be made to the match engine, but don't worry; official matches will not use the new version of the match engine until the start of next season at the earliest.

Server problems

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-03-21

We would like to apologise for the strange problems we are having with one of our servers. We are still trying to find out what the problem is and that may take a couple of days.

Until that time Sokker may not work properly and there may be problems with connecting to the site. Once again, we apologise and please be patient.

Send us your skins

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-03-09

If you have made a sokker skin, it is now possible for you to send them to us, to become part of the standard skins available in sokker (test.css is the only one there for now).

Skins should be sent to sokker@sokker.org , in the .rar format and include all of the files that the skin needs. Only skins with the sign "Sokker" or "Sokker Manager" will be approved to become a standard skin.

Server Upgrade

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-02-24

Today (Friday) sokker will be temporarily closed, starting from 20:00. We will be installing a faster processor on the web server and converting sokker to UTF-8 encoding (so there will be no problems with alphabets like Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew etc.). The break may take a couple hours.

Transfers from 20:00 till 8:00 Saturday morning will be moved.

Sokker is 2

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-02-10



Today (10th Feburary) it is Sokker`s 2nd birthday. We are very happy about this, and the way in which Sokker is growing and becoming better and better by the day. Of course we would like to thank all of the Sokker users for being a part of this, as it would not be possible without you.

Coach contract list

  • mr_gibbage
  • 2006-02-05

From Monday (6 February) a coach contract list will be available. Coaches sacked from any club (if they were previously employed), if they wish to continue their coaching career, will go on the trainer contract list. If you wish to have one of them at your club, then you can place a bid on them. The money goes directly to the coach, his previous club will not receive any of the money.

If the auction does not finish in one week (auction winner does not finalise the contract), the auction is annulled and the winning club pays 10% of the placed offer.

New moderators!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2006-02-01

Sokker continues to grow at a rapid pace, and now has well over 20,000 users from 45 countries!

With forums becoming more and more active as the Sokker community grows, we are pleased to announce that we have recently appointed a number of new moderators.

Therefore please welcome the following new moderators, who will help to ensure that Sokker continues to flourish!

stefanbathory (Polska)
luban (Polska)
mr_gibbage (English language nations)
Shadowman (Nederland)
Don_Enzo (Argentina)
dirty_leo (France)
dtranquillity (Türkiye)
Jaroslav (Česká Republika & Slovensko)
Hautsi77 (Suomi)
gabbancs (Magyarország)
Falkencl (Chile)
psychospin (Portugal)
Dusse (Sverige)

New assignment system

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2006-01-17

We have changed the system for assigning new teams. From now on, new users will be assigned the teams with the most points in the lowest available division. As a result, leagues will fill up more slowly than before as users will be spread out throughout them. This will allow active players to have a bigger chance than before to get promoted at the end of the season.

Possibility to cancel transfers

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2006-01-15

There is now a new option available on transfers. If the buyer does not bring the player in and the seller does not send the player away, it will be possible to cancel the transfer. To do this, if both individuals wait one week after the bidding has finished, the transfer will be cancelled automatically, and both users will have to pay 10% of the final bidding price to do this.

Further expansion to Sokker!

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-12-14

Sokker has continued to grow, with over 16,000 users from all around the world now managing teams!

Therefore we are pleased to announce new countries. Please welcome Belarus, Bosna i Hercegovina & Venezuela to the Sokker community, bringing the number of countries in the game to 45!

We have also expanded many leagues to allow room for growth over the coming season.

Supporters

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-12-13

From next season the changes previously mentioned regarding supporter mood & numbers joining and leaving fan-clubs will be fully implemented.

Additionally the formula that regulates the influence of winning or losing on supporters mood is also to be tweaked.

The main changes are that it will account more for the strength of the rival team than before. Also league qualification games will have a greater impact on mood than other official matches.

World Cup

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-12-06

Next season World Cup qualifications will begin (with the season after being World Cup group phase and finals).

All teams will play in the qualification stage - there will be 7 groups for the 42 NT teams (there will always be 5-6 teams per group). Groups will be drawn with the help of ranking points (top 1-7 teams for first place in one of 7 groups, 8-14 for second,... and so on). The match schedule will be irregular in the qualification phase so teams may play friendlies in free weeks.

World Cup - group and final phase:
32 teams will qualify for the world cup, which will be decided by:
1. Place in qualification group
2. Points
3. Goal difference
4. Goals scored
5. Wins
6. Ranking points (at the time groups were drawn).

There will be 8 world cup groups. Groups will be drawn based on the finishing position in the qualifying stage.

Qualification will be drawn one day before the league fixtures (one week before the new season). World cup groups next season will be a week later.

In 1-2 weeks there will be a Qualification / World Cup subpage in the world menu.

Conditional changes - summation.

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-12-02

New information about conditional changes, as there are new orders that you can which are:

- when you set 'first from the bench' it means that the player will be substituted only if the substitute has the same position order (different from original version)
- you are able to specify the player to call up from the bench
- possibility of swapping players' positions (read below)
- condition 'player has yellow card'
- condition 'red card or no player' (sensible only for swapping players' positions)
- condition 'player is slightly injured'

Special information about swapping players positions:
- you can't swap a goalkeeper with an outfielder
- players don't change their position while swapping, for example: ATT even swapped with DEF will still get ATT training and will play like ATT - rarely passing etc.
- you have to select the number and player from the first team to make the 'swap' (it will be executed even if position with that number is empty, but only if given player is on the field)

Please, if you don't want 'surprises' set your orders very carefully or even better check it first in friendly games.

Conditional changes II.

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-11-23

The feature that allows users to specify the exact player that comes off the bench is disabled at the moment. The substitute player comes from the bench from the given position (DEF, MID, ATT, GK) - just as explained in the first news.

In the next few weeks we plan to:
- enable the possibility of specifying the player to call up from the bench
- add the possibility of swapping players' positions (probably)
- add a condition 'if yellow card...'
- add a condition 'if red card...' (only if swapping players' positions is introduced)

Any improvements to the conditional changes should be finished before the start of the new season.

Conditional changes and set pieces

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-11-20

It is planned to allow managers to make conditional changes within match orders. This feature will allow users to indicate the time (minute), position (number) and substitution conditions (for example: if we are leading 2:0 then.. etc.).

If the set condition is met, the substitution will be activated at the next break in play (ball out of play, corner or foul). In the substitution, the first player from the reserved list of the correct order type (GK, DEF, MID or ATT) will enter the pitch.

The match orders screen will be updated in the next few days to accomodate this change.

Additionally, the match orders will also allow managers to set a player to take corners and freekicks.

Important! This will have the following impact to the game (and training):
- training will depend on the total time on the pitch for each player during the week
- official games give you a little bit more training than a friendly match
- a player will get almost full training if he plays one full game in week
- national matches are treated equally as other games (for now only as friendly)
- players do not get training in extra time (they are too tired)


The game engine has been significantly modified, therefore we ask everyone to report all the bugs that you come across.

Percentage for mother clubs

  • Max [del]
  • 2005-11-13

We have introduced a change to the current transfer system. From now on, you will receive 5% of the final sale price of players that originated from your junior squad, as long as they are aged 23 or under. This includes any junior that you have sold in the past.

The transfer tax of 4% that applies to all players, will remain unchanged. As a result, the club selling the junior (ie the club who bought the junior, not the club the junior came from) on will receive 91% of the money instead of the 96% they would have done in the past.

This will take effect from Monday, 21.11.05

Who creates the best sokker logo?

  • Max [del]
  • 2005-11-10

We are searching for a new logo for sokker to implement it on the homepage. To ensure high quality of submitted logos, please ensure they meet the following criteria:

1. The logo should be in flash (.swf format) or another 2D vector graphics program format (EPS, Adobe Ilustrator, Corel Draw, etc.), fully vectorized (without bitmaps).

2. It must fit (visually) to the actual site design.


Please send your creative logos to admins@sokker.org and we will decide if your logo is the best :)

The deadline for logo submissions will be December the 10th, 12:00 sokker time.

If your logo has been chosen to represent sokker in and outside the game, your prize will be a year's membership of Plus!

We are looking forward to seeing your creative and superb sokker logos! Can't wait!

New server

  • Max [del]
  • 2005-11-07

Since yesterday morning we are running on a new, faster database server. It`s possible that you won`t see the difference now, as we are still limited by the old server. We should manage to replace it in the next few days.

Supporters

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-10-27

We have initiated changes in the way in which supporters will be come to their fan clubs - now the amount of them will partially depend on the division or the prestige of the league. This will be counted on the basis of, for example, the fan clubs of other teams in your league. The new system will take effect from Monday – at this time there won’t be much difference – you can expect that there will be about 1-2 more/less supporters in extreme situations (highest-lowest league) than what would come normally. The influence of the league and division prestige will be increased from the beginning of the next season.


The purpose of this change is to increase the profitability of promoting to a higher division or staying in the same one. This is to try and stop people intentionally staying in lower divisions or throwing qualifiers to get relegated. It will also make the fan club system more realistic.

Server problems

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-10-02

We apologise for the downtime that occured on Saturday October 1st. This was due to an unexpected major failure in one of our servers. Therefore Sokker is currently running on the old server only.

We are working to resize our servers in the future, but this may take a few weeks. Until this time, Sokker will be running just on the old server. This may make it difficult to watch the Sunday games.

We apologise for these problems.

Rules regarding national teams

  • Max [del]
  • 2005-09-14

Here are current major regulations regarding national teams. They may change within this test season.

Appointing players

- Currently national coach can appoint as many players as he wants.
- He can also release any player at any time with no consequences (these two rules probably will change in the future).
- Skills of the players are not visible for the national coach, even after player is appoited to national team. Coach must rely on informations obtained from owner.
- National coach can appoint any player with proper nationality, he doesn`t need to ask for owner permission.
- Owner of national player who is played for national team will have following profits:
+ prestige - a little more fans will come on his club matches,
+ better medical care of injured national player.

Matches

- Matches are to be played on the same conditions as club matches.
- In the first season matches will be played at saturdays around 12 a.m. (Sokker time)
- This season only friendly matches are provided. Team fight only for rank points, which will be important in the future.

Stadium

Temporary teams will play their matches on their own stadiums. In the future we will consider the option of playing matches on clubs` arenas.

Other info

- If national coach quits the game - new ellection is called.
- Everyone can watch national matches (not only Plus holders).
- National coach soon will be able to change national team`s emblem and post anouncements on the first page. This is the best place for announcing what players are needed. Please don`t flood forums:).
- Soon closed forum for national coaches will be created.

hardware problems

  • AnimalA [del]
  • 2005-09-02

We are observing some hardware problems at the moment. Unfortunately we lost some topics published during the day.

At the moment we are testing the performance and improve the stability of the system. You still might face some minor problems.

Please be patient, we will work on that problem as fast as we can.

National teams

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-08-29

Tomorrow morning elections for national coaches will begin. They will last for two weeks.
On your country's page you'll find a link to national team and there info about current election.
Go to the election page, where you can apply, vote for candidate, check the current turnout and after the deadline - know detailed result.

Rules regarding election:

Appling candidature:
- you can apply for election in any country, regardless of your experience in the game.
- you can apply only to one active election,
- you have to apply by yourself,
- if you resign, you will be removed from the candidate list and also all obtained votes will be removed. If you apply again - previous votes are not restored.

Voting:
- you can vote for national coach for your country,
- you have only one vote.
- you can change or withdraw your vote until the election`s deadline.

In the first season of national teams, only friendly games are to be played. No official tournament is expected.
The other rules regarding national teams will be announced soon.

Tenure of elected coaches will expire after one season.

Assistant

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-08-01

A new feature is available for holders of Plus – Assistant. This allows you to manage and analyse your team quickly and easily.

Assistant can be found in the ‘training’ section at the top of the screen next to the link “tactics”.

Assistant allows you to sort your players according to their best positions, skills, and ability in each position. The ability of your players in various positions (GK, DEF, MID and ATT) is provided via percentage values. These are based on the configuration set by yourself. You must provide a skills ratio for each position (e.g. MID = 10% Pace, 20% Playmaking etc.)

There are two methods of calculation. The first uses the same method as found in many assistant manager programs. The second can be activated by selecting “correction”. This uses a slightly different calculation to ensure that the best position is chosen, avoiding potential incorrect assignment of multiple-skilled players.

Changes in bankruptcy process

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-07-03

From now on, teams that are about to declare bankruptcy (account balance less than -€500k) will be able to log on for 24 hours from the last log in.

This is to allow them to correct their bank balance - sell players, sack coaches etc. After 24 hours they cannot log in again, until the account balance improves sufficiently (account balance more than -€500k).

There will also be information on teams that are about to declare bankruptcy visible for others players (currently only in English)

New moderators

  • forestman [del]
  • 2005-06-29

Over the past few months Sokker has undergone rapid growth, with users more than doubling to over 8000. Sokker has also become much more international with 36 country leagues and 9 languages.

Therefore it has been decided to expand the number of moderators. Therefore we are pleased to announce the following new moderators:

Max (Estonia)
Scoop (Brazil)
Lestad (México)
Red (Česká republika)
AnimalA (Deutschland)
sverolone (Italia)

Please welcome these new moderators!

Sokker downtime

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-06-18

Today we had further server trouble. The new database is out of order.

At present Sokker is running on the old server, therefore it may be more difficult to watch league games.

We are hoping to return to the faster server as soon as possible, but in the meantime please be patient.

Skins

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-06-07

Today we have introduced skins to Sokker Manager.

Skins allow you to customise the graphics in Sokker Manager to make them look the way you like best. They do not change the functionality of the site, just how it looks.

To change skins, go to the bookmark "Media" and select a different css file. There are currently two skins: default and test.

It is also possible to create your own files. You will need to define suitable links to graphic elements, types, colours etc. We hope that you will host your own skins to allow users the possibility to use them.

Please note that in the future some improvements will be made to the css file and it will be necessary to fix your own skin.

Sample skins (it's better to open by WordPad):
styleclassic.css
test.css

Day Trading Regulations II

  • damian
  • 2005-06-05

From now on, every single player could refuse the proposal of being auctioned.

It will depend on:
- the number of matches played for the club - the less he played, the more he would hesitate
- the number of players sold within 2 weeks (including players put up for sale)
- form of the player - the worse it gets, the chances of his rejection increase (lower affect)
- mood of the supporters - the worse, the better acceptance for rotations (lower affect)


Regulations mentioned above exclude the players from our initial game squad and from our youth school.

Temper of the players shouldn't affect normal users. If it happened so, the coefficients would be modified.

Day Trading Regulations II are to be introduced today.

Day Trading Regulations

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-05-29

In an effort to limit daytrading (DT) some changes will be introduced to Sokker in the near future, probably next week.

Suggested changes include:

- Users will not be allowed to sell a player until he has made at least one appearance in a match (league, cup or friendly)

- Introduction of a special profit tax from sold players, who have not played at least 3 matches at the club (or other limitation). This tax would not occur for juniors from the school or players that have been with the club from the beginning.

These are only suggestions, so please contact us if you have any other ideas.

New language versions.

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-05-28

We are glad to announce that Sokker is available in a number of new languages:

- Čeština
- Deutsch
- Eesti,
- Español
- Italiano,
- Portugues

They are not official versions, and still waiting for correct, especially Italian version. As it will be done, we will choose the spokesmen for each version to release the news.

We hope that our language family will continue to grow as fast as Sokker.

New countries & leagues expansion

  • Jack Daniels
  • 2005-05-08

We are pleased to announce 7 new country leagues in Sokker manager:
- Colombia,
- Ireland,
- Nigeria,
- Peru,
- Romania,
- Serbia & Montenegro (Srbija i Crna Gora),
- Uruguay
Other countries were expanded:
- Argentina (32 leagues)
- Belgium (32 leagues)
- Brasil (64 leagues)
- Denmark (32 leagues)
- Deutschland (64 leagues)
- Eesti (32 leagues)
- England (64 leagues)
- France (64 leagues)
- Italy (64 leagues)
- Mexico (64 leagues)
- Poland (256 leagues)
- USA (32 leagues)
At countries which are expanded:
- of 32 new leagues – at play offs will play winners and 2nd places
- of 64 new leagues – at play offs will play only winners

Unfortunately we will not able to add all of new countries. Database were incomplete, so the new countries will be added at the start of the next season.

Break

  • damian
  • 2005-04-28

Server soon will be unavailable. It can take few hours.

Server transportation

  • greg
  • 2005-04-22

Today we are moving server to the new localization. Sokker will be unavailable since 19:00 till midnight. Server IP will be changed so please refer by www.sokker.org.

Modification in game engine

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-04-06

We have made some modifications to the game engine. These will affect all friendly matches starting today until the end of the season.

The modifications are:

- Fixed all bugs relating to the offside rule, including:
   - position for a restart following offside,
   - offside after opponent players misplace their passes.
   - bugs involving the failure to award offside have been removed
- Defenders will pass the ball more quickly than previously,
- Long shots are added (sometimes it’s possible to lob the GK),
- The match engine will now allow international matches.
- It will be possible to change the GK`s kit (this will be added later).

If we have forgotten about any other bugs with the game engine, please contact us now as it’s better to remind us whilst we are making improvements.


We would like to announce that forestman is our new forum moderator.
Good luck in new job :)

Internet connection

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-03-31

We apologize for the lack of availability of sokker at peak periods over the past few weeks. This has been due to an increase in site traffic leading to the need for substantially faster internet connection.

We have been extremely busy working to solve this issue, however were recently let down by an internet provider, delaying the upgrade.

However we are now pleased to announce that we have found a new host for the site that will provide substantially faster access than before.

We will continually work to increase the performance of the site and we thank you for your patience and support.

Help Sokker grow!

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-03-21

Help us to grow the community playing Sokker. The more users enjoying Sokker, the more fun and exciting the game becomes.

Can you help us attract more users? Maybe you can tell some friends, you can advertise us on bulletin boards or other online communities.

Help us to grow Sokker and make this a more fun place for everyone!!

Youths

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-03-07

Young footballers appearing in youth school will be as of now in specified age. They will join youth school with already specified age. Juniors trained in school will be getting old with beginning of the new season - exactly like players in squad. Youths' age became lowered and they will appear since 16th year of life. It's possible that information about current age of juniors who are in youth school will be also brought into the game. This change's objective is to eliminate situation when we are waiting with signing contract with junior to new season.

Small changes

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-03-03

There are new options available:

- You can save up to 5 tactics,
- You can use BBCode in Your Club Newspaper,
- Friendly leagues are sorted in different order (the newest are first now),
- other changes, speeding up the game and databases.

Sokker has devil inside...;)

  • damian
  • 2005-02-19

We have finally installed FreeBSD based server. Unfortunately meanwhile old server crashed down, so (even better) there is no return to old Windows-based server at the moment . The bad new is that all videos from last wednesday are lost (but only videos). We will try to get them back in short future.

In next few days it could be some problems with proper working and performance of server until we configure it up. Please, report all noticed bugs on 'Bugs / Ideas (en)' forum (or 'Sokker - błędy' forum for Poland).

Contacts ways

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-02-18

We addedd new e-mail for the contact purpose:

admins@sokker.org, You can use it for:

- questions regarding penalties, including game and forum penalties and bans,
- questions about registration (like logging from one computer, one network, etc.),
- reporting suspitious users (you can also use the "Dubious?" option available when viewing player`s transfers)

sokker@sokker.org e-mail should be used only for:

- PLUS questions and problems,
- matters regarging the game itself (like new countries, languages, etc.)

We kindly ask you to write your user name(s) andor ID(s) when writing to us. This helps us to identify and solve the problem more quickly.

Today's events

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-02-16

Because server was excluded today update will proceed later, about 18:00 and till that time it’s possible to arrange friendly game.
Today matches will be played about 20:00.

New training

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2005-01-24

Since Thursday (27.01.2005) some changes will be implemented in players` training.

Duration of training players` certain skills:
- will be shorten on low levels (tragic - good)
- will remain comparable on medium levels (solid - very good)
- will be extended on high levels (excellent - divine)

These changes objective is to equalize and making increases of poor skills faster. It will be much easier to create medium-class player with comparable skills than creating a real star. Skills` increasings for poor players will be much faster (they can even last 1-2 weeks).

These changes will relate to individual training (exept stamina training wich is already very effective) as well to (in certain level) general training however, under no circumstances to youths` training wich will still comply with old rules.

6 new countries!

  • greg
  • 2005-01-15

We are proud to welcome users to newly added Sokker countries. Today started:

- Austria
- Belgium
- Denmark
- Croatia
- Estonia
- Sweden

We decided also to extend leagues in Finland, Lithuania, Netherlands by 256 teams (32 fourth leagues). This means that 2 top teams from every 4th league will play playoffs for 3th division (excluding polish 4th leagues).

New countries - problems

  • greg
  • 2005-01-01

Some country files are uncomplete (club names), and we aren't sure if they will start:

- Danmark
- Romania

So, if you want to help: send your version of Romanian or Dannish words for club names. Take pattern from http://www.sokker.org/New_Zealand_eng.txt (you can fill up club names only).

New countries

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2004-12-28

Since next season following countries will be brought into the game:

- Belgium
- Denmark
- Romania
- Sweden

If You would like to see another country in Sokker or add some details to already existing data bases - we ask you to fill out the suitable form (You can find it at: http://www.sokker.org/New_Zealand_eng.txt) and send it at the latest on 15.01.2005 at e-mail address sokker@sokker.org.
Every help would be warmly welcome; data bases will be currently updated.
Countries with not completed data until 15.01.2005 can be added by the beggining of next season at the earliest.

Merry Christmas

  • Mikaell [del]
  • 2004-12-26

In the peaceful joys of Christmas we wish You happy and unforgotten time spent with Your family, many gifts from Santa Claus and all the best.

Sokker Stuff

Changes, news, improvements

  • greg
  • 2004-12-26

Recently a new option of coaches recruitment has been added. It means end of many hours lost on searching – now you can choose coach fitting your requirements. Unfortunately it is connected with charge for choosing coaches’ skills.

On your club page you can follow your club’s history. What is more, Plus owners may comment theirs club history events. From now every promotion, every won league will be awarded by symbolic cup.

Lately, in each player transfers you can commit suspicious transaction. If you think that clubs might have done illegal transfer – report it! All of the applications are taken under stuff’s consideration. Let’s get together rid of cheating managers in order to make Sokker free “clear” and fun.