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Dev. Diary 7: Season calendar - final voting

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-05-22

Dev. Diary 7: Season calendar - final voting

The game system – research

Three weeks ago, we asked you to complete a survey and share your comments on the proposals for the new competition calendar. Thank you for the extensive discussion. Many comments and new ideas were extremely helpful and some of them we included in the final proposal.

The winner of the survey is option 3 - a calendar based on increased number of teams in the league to 12 and 2 league matches a week. The calendar is completed by two further types of games - the International Cup (with group stage) and the National Cup. This option obtained over 60% of all votes and the choice of this option was supported by over 450 people. The results can be viewed at the survey link (we have just unveiled them for you). Here is the summary.




We are also pleased that only about 15% of users chose the option to leave the system unchanged – it shows us that you are open to see changes in the game.
At the same time, we know that some of you have submitted your own proposals on the Sokker Development forum as you were not satisfied with proposals 1 and 2 in the survey. We can see that these proposals have clarified into one fairly coherent alternative with 3 matches a week.
For this reason, we would like to introduce to you two final proposals for the vote.

Basic assumptions

Before you vote, here is some important information. First of all - we need to systematise the discussion because it is currently taking place at very different levels of generality - from the very general assumptions of the season, through the structure of individual types of competitions, to very detailed elements (such as promotions, relegations system, number of play-off matches, etc.).
At the moment, we are interested in the highest level of this discussion - mainly regarding the general system of matches (how many matches per week) and the number of matches in which we will participate, plus the structure of the league (how many teams in the league). These are the most important problems that we want to resolve first and then proceed to refining individual competitions or other, more detailed issues.
Therefore, when assessing two calendars, look at them primarily as a proposal for the number of matches per week and the number of teams in the leagues. We are still open to discuss the other elements (e.g. play-offs).

Other information relevant to your choice:
1. It is worth remembering the training system announced two weeks ago.
2. Elements related to the length of the season - will be adapted to the chosen solution (i.e. the length of the time of the injury, training pace, age of juniors, etc.) Try not to let these aspects of the game to suggest you anything when choosing your preferred system.
3. The graphics present "guaranteed" matches - those in which we will certainly play. Black frames additionally show where the next rounds of cups end. This makes it easier to assess the actual level of game intensity (remember that in cup competitions 50% less teams play at each subsequent stage).
4. Friendly matches can be placed in slots freed by cups, but they will lose significantly impact on training.
5. There was an interesting idea for a special "warm up" match which would be an alternative for teams not playing in the play-off, where the training effect would be similar to an official match. It will be considered but at the moment it is not the subject of the survey.

National Cup - is announced in the option presented a week ago, where all teams start playing in the National Cup and then the teams from the lower leagues have a chance to compete in the cups of individual league levels.

The International Cup - is announced in the initial proposal for further discussion - the cup combined with the group phase, which desire is to give each manager a certain number of guaranteed official matches, then the games take place on the basis of play-offs.

Cup discussions take place independently and are not subject to review in this survey.


Two system options

Option 1: (4 matches a week –> 12 teams in the league)
This is the winning line from the first vote, it remains largely unchanged. Its key assumptions are two league matches a week – they allow to increase the number of teams to 12 in each league.




Option 2: (3 matches a week –> league system unchanged)
This version is inspired by discussions on the Sokker Development forum. It is included in the 14-week calendar and maintains the league system in its current shape (one league match per week).




Summary:
From the development point of view, we consider both proposals to meet the requirements of our work on the development of Sokker. On the Developers' side, the preferred option is the first one, based on a system of two league matches per week. It seems optimal for us for several reasons:
1. Sets league matches as the primary competition guaranteeing two matches per week.
2. Cup games are additional challenges that enrich the game without creating too much training difference compared to those who drop out (10 available slots will be divided into fewer matches, but they can still be used).
3. Beginners starting the game during the season receive a team with two matches guaranteed.
4. We are shortening the season by 25%. It allows us to accelerate training slightly, while limiting the number of multi-divine players (thanks to faster aging).
5. It makes the main challenge of the game introducing young players to competitions mainly in league matches (giving you at the same time two matches weekly available), cup matches are an additional reward and expand the possibility of training rotation in several matches (we prevent one type of competition from being selected as "training").
6. Despite 4 matches a week, it does not seem too intense to us - remember the quickness of elimination from cup matches with subsequent rounds, only the best and most engaged players will play in such a number of matches.

Option two will require more work related to better matching of training bonuses so as not to give too much advantage to players who will play in cups longer than others (i.e. 3 official matches per week vs. one league), will also require adding bots to the cups (for a new player starting the game during the season to have a more interesting entertainment than just one league match per week). However, these elements are possible to address, which is why we present both options for discussion and assessment, understanding that regardless of which one will be chosen, we will have a significant change in gameplay compared to the current system.

Questionnaire

We have expanded the survey with several options that will allow us to better evaluate existing proposals.
In addition to the overall assessment of each of them and the choice between them, it is also possible to answer additional questions:
1. Preferred number of teams in the league
2. Number of matches per week
3. Playoffs (one match or rematch)
4. Inter-seasonal break or lack thereof
In addition, at the end we put a demographics questions that will allow us to better analyse the distribution of votes by country of origin, league level, experience, etc.

The game system – summary

The two proposed systems address many Sokker problems (of course not all, but this is a starting point for solving subsequent ones), give more emotions to all players, keep the important rule of assigning specific games to a selected day of the week. We hope that combined with information on training reform, changes will begin to appear more consistent and clearer.

Date of changes, method of implementation

Finally, we want to assure you – we still have a few seasons to play with the old game system. Changes require preparation and then detailed checking on the test server. We will not decide to introduce any new system until we are sure that all elements work in it, and at the same time it will give you time to think about tactics for the upcoming changes.

Increased game speed – tools

At the same time, given the greater number of matches per week, we will also develop a number of additional tools and improvements that will help you manage your teams faster and more efficiently, so that additional matches are not a problem. Works on the new interface and its improvements are underway, changes will be implemented, e.g. setting the squad for individual types of games, we will increase the reserve bench, we will allow to plan friendly matches in advance, and many more. Access to Sokker from mobile phones will certainly be significantly improved.

VOTE HERE -> Season calendar SURVEY

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Dev. Diary 6: Leagues optimisation & National Cups idea

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-05-15

Dev. Diary 6: Leagues optimisation & National Cups idea

Off-season leagues optimisation

On Wednesday we made small adjustments to the league structures. Abandoned divisions have been deleted, and several users from those divisions promoted to higher levels. Most countries now have 3 division levels, except for a few countries with a large number of users. We reduced the number of teams by almost 100 000.

Unfortunately, we faced technical problems with merging leagues together – and we won’t be able to tighten the number of leagues on the lowest levels. For the upcoming season the number of leagues in the remaining division stays the same, but we will prepare an additional merge for next season (it needs to be developed from scratch).

New season calendar proposal

We still need some time to adjust our final proposal for the new season calendar. Changes will be announced next week, together with quite a wide poll to measure different elements of our idea, to give us detailed data, if there is still need to refine the idea. We hope you can still keep patience :)

New formula for National Cups

According to the discussion about the National Cup and the results of our poll, we are able to announce our final proposal for that competition. The development will take some time, but it’s possible, that the new cup format will be introduced faster, than the general game update, maybe even within the next 4 months. We see, that most users prefer to play for some cup within their “reach”. This motivates us to add an extra cup for lower divisions. However we also think it's good to have a chance to play in one general national cup, too, and compete against the best teams. That’s why we decided to merge both ideas in one system (great thanks for some ideas from Sokker Development Forum that inspired us to do so). Below you can find a short summary of our final proposal.

National cups will be prepared in two versions - the National Cup, where all teams from the country can participate and League Cups, where only teams from the lowest divisions can play. The National Cup will start in the first week of each season, the League Cups a few weeks later. Teams from the lowest divisions, that drop out of the National Cup until the start of their league cup will also start in this cup.

Elections

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-05-11

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 11th of May and end on the 24rd of May, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Dev. Diary 5: New training changes

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-05-08

Dev. Diary 5: New Training changes

This week we would like to present our new training approach. You will find all informations below.
At the same time we are working on the final version of the new season calendar. That part will be presented next week, as it still requires some time.

Training changes

The training system is going to be adjusted. The main goal is to fit the maximum number of trainings into a higher number of matches in a week. This will make training more flexible so that it is possible to build the team not as trained formation vs untrained but more as it is in real life - experienced players vs young players introduced to the first team.

The key change is that instead of having one training match order you will be able to prioritise training for several formations at the same time. Obviously ther will be some limit which is 10 slots per week to allocate.

Additional rules to new training:
1. We keep training match order limits – you can train a maximum of 6 strikers, 2 goalkeepers. Playmakers and defenders will fit into the limit. You can assign a different skill for each of the 4 positions.
2. The players assigned to the 10 training slots will always receive training, even if they haven’t played a match during the week. However, they will receive a significant bonus to their training depending on how many minutes they played.
3. Minutes played in official games will be much more valuable than the same minutes gained in friendly games.
4. To achieve a training bonus which is close to maximum, the player that you set in a training slot should collect about 90 minutes across the week’s official matches.
5. The players who played but had not been put into training slots will only receive general training and just a bit of the training for their match-order.
6. The players who are not assigned to the training slots and who are not playing a match are slowly losing their skills.
7. The players who played an official match and against stronger teams will gain an extra bonus to their training.
8. In the scenario of speeding up the season up to 13 weeks, training speed will be also increased but to a lesser extent. In the scenario of 14 weeks’ season, training will rather stay at the current intensity. Scenarios will be presented with the next Dev. Diary.
9. The effectiveness of the coaches will be visible – you will be able to make decisions about your coaches seeing how their skills affect the effectiveness of each of formation’s training as also the general training.
10. The exact proportions and dependencies will get confirmed after several number of tests on the new testing server. We will simulate appropriate number of speeded up seasons to make sure that the game is balanced accordingly.
11. Stamina training needs to be reworked a bit. The other training rules remains unchanged.

Dev. Diary 4: League system

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-05-01

Dev. Diary 4: League system

Today we are going to open the discussion about something that already became a hot topic on Sokker Development forum – How we want our league system to be organized. We have listened to you and among all of your ideas we have selected three options. Here are the key points that we want to achieve in our new league system:
1. Shorter season: We are targeting 12 weeks, which would be 25% less than now.
2. We want you to have the opportunity to play more games. Currently those teams eliminated from the National Cup are only left with one league match per week.
3. We want to keep our moderate week flow as much as possible. Sokker is not a fast arcade game with matches played every day and we would like to keep this unique character of the game.

Below you can see visualisation of three different season fixtures with description. We are putting it up for your discussion. We would love to hear what you think, so please share your opinions with us on Sokker Forum and please take a minute to fill out the survey. Feel free to share your thoughts about your own ideas and amendments. Before we show you our three options, we want to propose some new general rules first.

International Cup – we are introducing a new international cup which is very similar to the very well known UEFA Champions League. The competition format will consist of a group stage with home-away system and the two best teams from each group will play in a knock-out system. In play-off there will be only one match. The losing team will be eliminated from the cup.
It is important that all players will get the opportunity to play in a cup. This will be a great chance to compete against other players from different countries and of course this will provide you with better match earnings. The competition format will be similar to our league system. Lower levels will have more teams. On the highest-level champions of the top leagues will play against each other and consequently if you are the champion of one of the lower leagues you will play against a team from a different country at a similar level to even out chances. The Cup will be designed in a way that the higher level you play, the better financial rewards you get, and fans will be more likely to buy tickets. By doing this we are aiming to motivate you to try to achieve the highest possible position in your league.

National Cup – we want to start a discussion about two possible options:
1. All teams from the same country are eligible to take part in the National Cup. This means that clubs from lower leagues might get the chance to play against one of the top teams in their country.
2. As an alternative to this proposal, we will have two Cups: A National Cup and a League Cup. Only teams from leagues 1-3 will play in the more prestigious National Cup. That way we should be able to keep a higher level of competition and teams from league 4 and lower will be less likely to get eliminated in the first rounds. Leagues lower than 4th will be divided into regional cups (4 League Cup, etc.) accordingly to number of leagues on certain level. One cup will never have more than 512 teams.

We will open a separate topic on Sokker Development Forum with an attached survey to give you the opportunity to have your say.

Training – this will be discussed in details in a separate Developer Diary where we are going to introduce proposition to changes, but as you can already see an increased number of matches will require a little bit of different approach to training. We want to give you more flexibility while setting up your squad. There will be a balance between the desire of upgrading the skills of your junior players and trying to achieve good results in official games.

Promotion and relegation Play-offs - Teams will fight in play-offs where the winner of two games (home and away) will be awarded with a promotion to a higher league. Teams that aren't playing playoff games can play friendly matches instead.

Friendly matches – From now on friendly matches will only have a minor effect on your training. You will be able to play friendly match only after being eliminated from the cup. This will not apply to Arcade matches as they have no effect on Sokker reality.


Propositions to the league system

Option 1
Each season has 12 weeks. Each week has three matches that are played on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Three league matches will have to be played on a weekday. Since the International Cup requires six matches during group stage, moving a few league matches to weekdays at the end of the season will allow us to play two official matches almost every week, even for teams that are already eliminated from the cup.



Option 2
In addition to option 1, league matches and cup matches will always take place on the exact days as previous weeks. Additional league matches will be scheduled on Tuesdays. Due to the same reason as above those matches will be played at the end of the season.



Option 3
This proposition is the most revolutionary. We are increasing the number of teams per league to 12. Similar to the current league system, each week day will have its own competition assigned. The biggest change here is that there will be two league matches weekly but as a benefit, we will be able to increase the number of teams per league to 12. This will also affect the promotion and relegation system: The two best teams will have a chance to get promoted to a higher division, the six teams occupying the last six positions can be relegated.
Apart from league matches we have set two consecutive days for the national and international cup.




We cannot wait to see what you guys are thinking and what your choices are. We would like to ask you just for one thing before you leave your comments. Try to put yourself in the shoes of somebody who just joined the game. As much as we value our current users, we would also like beginners to get more involved in the game.

You can find the polls here:

* League system: https://www.webankieta.pl/ankieta/523386/league-system-options.html

* National Cup: https://www.webankieta.pl/ankieta/523392/national-cup-options.html

Facebook profile
Last but not least we would like to invite you to join our official Facebook profile where you can find up to date information regarding game development.

Dev. Diary 3: Status of work

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-04-24

Dev. Diary 3: Status of work

Today we will inform you about things that we are already working on and describe some elements that we changed or will change in the upcoming days. As mentioned in our first news Flash replacement is our main priority right now. We will give you more details about that and about some other improvements.

Flash
The process to replace Flash started a few weeks ago. We already found developers who rewrite all the game elements based on Flash. The work needs to be completed step by step, of course, and the most time-consuming parts, e.g. the match engine, need a lot of work and patience. In the upcoming days we will replace a few Flash elements like:
1. Stadium viewer
2. Players portraits
3. Post game summary and statistics

We have already been working on the match kits configurator and the tactic editor. They still need to be improved in the upcoming weeks however.
We will also fix the problem with Google Chrome and the 2D match viewer. It will only be a temporary solution, but it should help some users to enjoy the game until the new visualization is completed.

Game engine – code upgrade
Parallel to replacing Flash we also started rewriting the back end, especially the “daily update”, which pushes the game forward day by day. Due to outdated technology some pieces of code need to be replaced with PHP. Our work on that part will be invisible for users (and also doesn’t affect gameplay), but it is necessary to give us a chance to implement any other, more advanced changes connected with Sokker and its game mechanics.

Leagues - reorganization
For now we have a lot of abandoned divisions in Sokker. There is also some potential for reducing the number of leagues at some levels. After the current season we will merge leagues and delete unnecessary divisions.
This should lead to more exciting rivalries between new managers, since they are facing more human controlled teams even in the lowest divisions. We will also drastically reduce the number of bot teams.

Other changes
300 sec. match viewer waiting time deleted – We decided to remove that element. Users without Plus will not be forced to wait for their game to start. To be honest – video-advertisments before the game will be introduced with the full relaunch of the game, but for sure with shorter duration than before. The advertising on YouTube is the best benchmark for it, with an included countdown button.

Relegation bug in junior leagues – There is a bug, that allows users to stay in their junior division even if they are endangered with direct relegation. Using the withdraw option and then joining the league later again, managers can reset their position and start a new season in the same division. That bug will be fixed and withdrawing a junior team will result in relegation to the lower level league.

Dev. Diary 2: Main Assumptions

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-04-17

Dev. Diary 2: MAIN ASSUMPTIONS

Today we would like to share with you our main assumptions, in terms of the changes we are working on. Thanks a lot for the exciting discussions at Sokker Development forum, sharing your best ideas and a very clear vision of what is most important for you in the game.

The assumptions we have prepared will keep us straight in evaluating different solutions, creating new ones and help us as a guide for the game development direction.

GAME SPIRIT

First of all we would like to share with you the things, that won’t change. After last week's consultations via forum we see practically full compliance. Moreover, we also fully agree with you about some major points:

Game without pay2win – Competitions were honest and this won't change. We don’t want to develop any paid bonuses giving a real advantage over players without a subscription. Of course the game needs revenue to be developed (especially in case of needed changes), so that's why we'll work on PLUS ideas to make it more attractive, but you won't be able to “buy” a better place in league or any other improvements.

Game engine, tactics and 2d matches – These things will be changed only as much, as it’s necessary according to technical problems (flash expiration, new code, etc.). We believe, that one of most important game advantages is the option to make a real impact with tactics and to see how our ideas are executed by the players on the field. Visualization is simple and intuitive. We will develop it, but we will try not to lose its original spirit.

Simplicity – The main aspects of Sokker are easy and simple to learn. It’s also easy to notice the impact of our decisions on various elements of the game. We will avoid unnecessary new elements and try to focus on upgrading and extending current ones. Some of the changes and novelties will be designed for more advanced players, but there will be no need to use them for everyone.

Moderate game timing – Sokker is different than a lot of quick mobile games and we believe, that it’s a huge advantage. Our game needs patience and long term thinking, giving a chance to fit for different players. There is no huge difference between everyday players or those, who have much less time. But, few elements will be changed for sure – according to the fact, that the current length of a whole season is a barrier for new players.

Community – Being a Sokker community member is not only building your own best club, it's also the atmosphere and fun around the game. We'll keep an eye on forum and relationships and try to make them alive. There is no need to change too much in that area, but for sure we'll add some improvements which can benefit conversations.


CHANGES

So, what will be changed? Here you can find the main game areas that need to be upgraded or developed from scratch. These are not final ideas – it’s a kind of overall map for you, to point out the most important priorities to be addressed.

Play to win – The current game mechanism is demotivating for players focused on results. We will propose some solutions to change that, giving extra motivations for winning, new official competitions to fight in. One of the biggest issues is, that club development is possible only by using a second match in the week for training. That lead us to some upgrades about the training system (but one training update per week on Thursday will not change). Our new idea is to avoid forcing managers to let all their players play for training.

Competition optimization – We want to address the issue of the extremely long season in Sokker (only 3 full seasons per year, which is demotivating for many new players) and also give managers a chance to join different kinds of tournaments. We will propose a new competition idea, with some small game acceleration, to make the season shorter, and to add a completely new Cup. We want to present our ideas for consultation in the upcoming weeks.

Game balance – With the game's long history it’s easy to notice what areas are not balanced enough. Currently we have a huge number of top players, even in low divisions (like in Poland). The transfer system promotes daily trading and benefits managers, who are slowly gathering their founds to invest after a few seasons in their “dream team”. New players have huge problems to reach higher divisions.
All these issues are very complex and connected, so we need to act carefully and with some different, but consistent solutions. We need to upgrade the game mechanics to create more balance: to give some motivation to reach as high as your team can get, and also to help beginners improving their teams much easier than experienced players. It will be much more difficult to train the best Sokker players and differences between league levels should become less significant. To achieve all that we need to change the game economy, training speed, and a lot of small parameters, that need to be analysed and tested.

Easy to learn, hard to master – Sokker is an easy game and it should stay that way. But many game areas have a great potential to be extended, as long as the manager is given the choice to explore them or not. We want to let you some freedom to decide how deep you want to dive in. It’s a kind of a major development philosophy we will follow. It will be implemented in different areas, from game interface to stadium or youth school management. It’s also most important for beginners, to give them guidance and the right path to learn the game step by step (few options will even be blocked for new managers).

Goals and achievements – Only a few managers are able to fight for the highest prizes, since there are not too many places in the top divisions. But we know, that everyone of you has individual goals and aspirations about different game challenges. That’s why we will develop new, more feasible achievements, starting with seasonal goals, a more detailed team history and progresses presentation, ending with some new ranks and statistics, not only connected with game results.

Storytelling – This is a very important point for us, but untill now it is almost non-existing in this game. A lot of users tell stories for themselves, create own rankings, summaries, club articles, or even some “Sokker news” initiatives. We believe that most of you want to feel that history of your club being alive. Managers write their own stories, create legendary players and the game world is dynamic and full of events. We will apply storytelling on a few areas:

Dedicated „pressroom” page – Here we will see news about our club and competitions, but also reports from our staff, like training summary or tips from our assistant, and many more.

Extended statistics and records – This will give you a chance to follow different rankings and summaries, based on team, competition or players.

“Follow” option – You'll get the ability to follow news about some other parts of the game – national teams, contests, specific players, etc.

Bot teams elimination – Sokker is most attractive when we compete with real players. Therefore clubs without managers will be withdrawn from competitions at the end of the season.

New graphic design and UX – We need to redesign game graphics and user experience, to make it suitable for current times. We will focus on new players, to give them a chance to engage in the game and learn it with some tutorial help. For some fans of the classic design: There is no need to worry, we will keep the old graphic as an option, too.

Summarizing: As you can see, the areas that we are working on are not a revolution for the game. We rather focus on the best parts, to improve and rebuild them if needed. The development process will be long enough to give the managers a chance to fit into the new reality and adjust their club strategy.

In the upcoming months we will share more detailed solutions with you, divided on specific areas, to consult them more closely and one by one.

Dev. Diary 1: Communication & consultations

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-04-10

Development Diary 1: COMMUNICATION & CONSULTATIONS

Let us introduce first publication of weekly cycle about Sokker development. For the start we will present our ideas for project transparency and overall communication, closely linked with community involvement and consultations, to give you possibilities to affect our direction and upcoming range of changes.

COMMUNICATION

Development Diaries – every next Friday you can expect another work summary. In that kind of news we will publish different scopes of information’s – focused on already made upgrades and changes, sometimes based of prepared ideas, or encourage you for discussion about specific range. Our main principle is to keep project regularity and transparency.

Sokker Development (en) – we created dedicated forum, pin up as default for any user. Its purpose is not only to take over “Ideas” forum role (so give you chance to share own ideas and update requests), but also to create a place for complex game development communication. You will find there any news and information published by Dev’s and general discussion about all changes.

Please note: creating new forum doesn’t mean, that we will forget about “Ideas” forum. All threads gathered there will be soon researched and analysed in terms of our current work.


CONSULTATIONS

As we mentioned in Monday announcement about Sokker Development Project, we believe that community involvement is a necessary part of whole process, to keep proper “game spirit” and use its full potential.

From the early beginning your engagement is noticed, we receive and read lot of great ideas. But to give them a chance to get realized we need to organize the way of working between us, prepare form and sequence of applications. Discussion will be proceeded in stages, to set specific topics and areas to start consultations with.

At Sokker Development (en) you can find first three consultations threads:

„Sokker – main motivation” – we would like to know what is essential for “game spirit” for you, what exactly keeps you in the game for such a long time.

„Most expected change” – from the other side, we would like to read about opposite – most annoying, demotivating part of the game, that maybe sometimes even makes you to think about leaving.

„Begginers problems” – with game development we need to make Sokker more attractive for new users, so we will be glad to hear your opinion about new managers and problems they force, why it’s so hard for them to keep playing?

As you can see, we will start with some general discussions, but extremely important. Based on your responses and thoughts we will set some crucial game values and project assumptions, to find a clear guidance for game development direction, choosing new ideas and evaluate relevance of proposed solutions.

Hope to meet you soon at Sokker Development (en), we count on your help and knowledge!

Sokker- big changes are coming!

  • MatzeG
  • 2020-04-06

We are pleased to announce that the terms of the Sokker investment agreement have been reached. The purpose of this agreement is to keep continuous improvement and work on further updates which has already started.

As per the agreement, the game is granted funds for further development and two new people join the group of owners – Raul and Mekene. They also join the group of game’s developers and give us support in project management, marketing and game design. Both of them know Sokker almost from its beginnings, therefore we are more than happy to have them truly engaged on-board, devoted to the spirit of the game.

The Sokker improvement plan involves the two-stage activities:
1. Securing the stability of the game in the case of Flash support expiration on web browsers. In the coming months, specific elements of the game, written in this technology, will be replaced. Starting with smaller elements, ending with the most time-consuming visualization of matches.
2. Upgrading the game significantly, which hasn't been done in recent years. We plan to implement couple of changes like adapting the game to the up-to-date reality and current standards, including both- enhancing interface, UX, graphics, but also the gameplay itself (additional options, changes and improvements to some of the current functionalities). Also, the entire back-end of the game will need to be rewritten and updated. The effective date of these changes will not come before the first stage of work is completed.

SK community will be kept informed as the work progresses. Meanwhile we are planning a wide review of implemented changes, remaining open to new ideas. Hope we can count on your support!
We strongly believe that this is a turning point in Sokkers history and the return to its best days.

Elections

  • MatzeG
  • 2019-02-18

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 18th of February and end on the 3rd of March, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Elections

  • MatzeG
  • 2018-10-28

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] 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 29th of October and end on the 11th of November, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

It is Election time!

  • MatzeG
  • 2018-07-08

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 9th of July and end on the 22nd of July, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2018-03-19

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 19th of March and end on the 1st of April, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2017-11-26

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 27th of November and end on the 10th of December, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2017-08-07

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 7th of August and end on the 20th of August, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Election time is here!

  • MatzeG
  • 2017-04-17

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.

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 17th of April and end on the 30th of April, so start preparing your speeches, asking candidates tough questions & voting!

Web Developer wanted!

  • greg [del]
  • 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, ansikten, transferfilter m.m.

  • Cenneth [del]
  • 2011-03-19

Facebook

Man kan nu logga in på Facebook med Sokker. Så numera kan personer som har Facebook enklare registrera sig på Sokker via sitt Facebook-konto. Anledningen är att en del data hämtas från Facebook, vilket innebär att man inte behöver fylla i allt när man registrerar ett nytt lag. Det är bara att fylla i lagnamnet och sen börja spela.
På din användarsida kan du dessutom nu länka ditt konto här på Sokker med Facebook och därför automatiskt logga in på Sokker när du är inloggad på Facebook, eller använda "Gilla"-knappen (för tillfället endast på spelare, matcher och klubbar).
Vi hoppas att detta kan göra Sokker mer populärt bland Facebook-användare.
I framtiden kommer Sokker dessutom läggas till som Facebook-applikation (vi har förberett ett speciellt utseende för Facebook-applikationsfönstret.

Spelares och tränares ansikten

Du kan numera se bilder på dina spelare. Detta är tillgängligt för de som har Plus och för nyregistrerade användare som kommer kunna se bilderna under några dagar efter att de registrerat sig.
Det är ett nytt roligt tillägg, men bilderna är inte synkroniserade med matchmotorn.
Vi har fått en del frågor om varför ansiktena är så teknade och inte realistiska. Anledningen är att vi först försökte ha realistiska ansikten, men de såg väldigt tråkiga och rätt fula ut på små bilder.
Grunderna för att göra ansiktena gjordes med en grafik-editor, men slutversionen som innehåller många fler element ritades av vår egen Sokker-admin SILENT CONTROL och hans flickväl som studerar grafik.
Vi hoppas att många användare gillar den här uppdateringen, och för er som inte gör det så går det att stänga av om du går in på användarinställningarna.

Transfer-filter

Ni som har Plus kommer numera kunna använda assistentens "procentuella värden" eller "viktad summa" för GK, DEF, MID, ATT för att filtrera bland spelarna när du söker på transfern. Detta kommer hjälpa användare att kolla spelarnas skicklighet eller använda egna skicklighetsberäkningar för att hitta guldkorn på transfermarknaden.

Övrigt

Som vanligt vid uppdateringar så har vi fixat en del buggar (bl.a. relaterat till visning av annonser när man söker träningsmatcher) och även andra mindre problem är åtgärdade. En annan uppdatering är ett användbart verktyg för admins som gör det möjligt att hålla koll vid val av ny förbundskapten när avstängda användare är inblandade.

Val av division för nya lag

  • Cenneth [del]
  • 2011-03-09

Alltsedan nya användare började placeras i divisionen över den lägsta divisionen så har fler och fler stannat i spelet. Men detta har skapat problem för länder med få användare. Därför har metoden för vart nya lag ska hamn nu förbättrats.
Nya användare kommer bara hamna i den näst lägsta divisionen om den totala mängden användare i landet är längre än antalet lag i alla divisioner förutom den lägsta. Exempelvis betyder detta att i ett land med tre divisioner där den totala antalet användare överstiger 40 så kommer nya användare att hamna i den lägsta divisionen.
För ett land med fyra divisioner så blir antalet användare 168.

Notera att detta gäller i alla länder.

Landslagval

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-11-08

News


Dags för val av landslagskaptener igen! Kommande säsong är det val för seniorlandslaget och för U21 landslaget. Du har möjlighet att kandidera för något av dem I vilket land som helst, rösta kan du bara göra I ditt egna land.

För att rösta går du till respektive landslags första sida och väljer Val.

Om du kandiderar så rekommenderar vi att du öppnar EN tråd i lämpligt forum efter att valet startat. Var vänlig och starta din tråd med [NT] eller [U21] samt ditt användarnam, exvis [NT] SirBuffy eller [U21] IngeKoll. Det är absolut förbjudet att spamma forum, skicka sk-mail samt spamma gästböcker för att ragga röster. Överträdelser kommer beivras i form av forumavstängningar eller finanisella böter.

Kom ihåg att den som väljs till landslagskapten EJ kan avgå från sitt uppdrag. Därför är det av största vikt att kandidater tar detta seriöst då det medför ett ansvar gentemot det land man företräder.

Valet startar 8:e November och avslutas 21:a November klockan 22:14, förbered era valtal och ställ relevanta frågor till kandidaterna!

Server problem

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-11-08




Serverproblem

Torsdagen den 4 November brann det I en elcentral som bland annat påverkade vår server med bilder.
Flertalet servrar stängdes ned och vi fick skador på både mjukvara och hårdvara. Olyckligtvis så skadades en server så allvarligt att vi fick återställa material från en backup som tyvärr ej innehöll användarbilder och klubbmärken. Du måste själv ladda upp dem igen från din dator.

Hur man återställer bilder

Om du ej har sparat bilden så finns den troligtvis lagrad I datorns cacheminne. Sök via filhanteraren (oftast C: och tryck CTRL+F för Windows) efter följande filer:

userID_photo_big
userID_emblem_big

Om du ej hitter dem så kanske någon annan som besökt din klubbsida ha dem I sin cache.

Större bilder

Vi har utökat storleken på bilderna, klickar du på dem så öppnas de I nytt fönster I full storlek.

Ändrad IP kan skapa DNS problem

Efetrsom vi har installerat en ny server så har IP ändrats och det kan ta några dagar innan alla kan se bilder och ”skin”.

Plus kompensation

Vi kommer förlänga ert PLUS med 3 dagar pga problemen.

Automatiskt godkännande av nya lag

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-10-11



Sättet att acceptera nya lag har förändrats. Förut fick nya användare vänta på att en administratör godkände ansökan vilket kunde ta flera dagar. Pga förseningen så loggade enbart 40% av spelarna in när de blivit godkända (troligtvis så glömde man bort att man ansökt och mailet man fick ansågs vara nån form av skräppost).

Med det nya sättet att automatiskt godkänna en ny spelare så kan de logga in direkt efter att ha verifierat sig via ett mail. Deras lag skapas direkt och de kommer kunna ställa in taktiken, träningen, se matcher etc. Dock kommer det finnas vissa begränsningar innan en administratör fullt ut godkänt en ny spelare ansökan, de kommer ej kunna:

- Skriva i forumen
- Skicka mail
- Köpa PLUS
- Köpa/Sälja spelare
- Buda på tränare
- Rösta I val till landslagen.
- Tippa på matcher i TV studion eller skriva kommentarer.
- Skapa pakter

Vi hoppas att denna förändring bidrar till fler användare på Sokker.

Nyheter

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-06-09



Från och med 2010-06-01 har Sokker uppdaterats och följande funktioner har tillkommit:

Handledare

Nybörjare kan nu skicka frågor till utsedda handledare i ditt land (om det finns utsedda sådana), frågorna skall vara relaterade till spelet, exvis om du ej förstår reglerna etc. Meddelande skickar du från Ditt land > Admins, välj handledare och skicka meddelandet som besvaras så fort som möjligt.

Artiklar

Nu kan du betygsätta andra managers artiklar, den bästa artikeln publiceras på nyhetssidan.

Ladda upp bilder

Du behöver inte använda externa servrar längre för att ladda upp en bild. Detta kan du nu göra i ditt Kontor under menyn Media.

Utökade meddelanden

Du får meddelanden vid följande händelser:
-Någon har skrivit i din gästbok.
-Din spelare har blivit uttagen i landslaget.
-Du har sålt en spelare.
-Någon har föreslagit en pakt.
-Någon har föreslagit en vänskapsmatch.
-Din vänskapsmatch har accepterats.
-Ditt PLUS medlemskap får snart ut.
-En spelare från din juniorskola är tranferlistad (kommer inom kort).

Samt...

…flertalet smärre förbättringar och bug fixar har gjorts.

Några som är värda att nämnas:
-Ägare till ett förbund kan nu lämna över ägandeskapet till annan användare.
-Du kan nu se utökad statistik för dina spelade juniormatcher.
-Antal förbund som du kan vara medlem i har utökats till 10.

Landslagsval

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-03-30

News


Dags för val av landslagskaptener igen! Kommande säsong är det val för seniorlandslaget och för U21 landslaget. Du har möjlighet att kandidera för något av dem I vilket land som helst, rösta kan du bara göra I ditt egna land.

För att rösta går du till respektive landslags första sida och väljer Val.

Om du kandiderar så rekommenderar vi att du öppnar EN tråd i lämpligt forum efter att valet startat. Var vänlig och starta din tråd med [NT] eller [U21] samt ditt användarnam, exvis [NT] SirBuffy eller [U21] IngeKoll. Det är absolut förbjudet att spamma forum, skicka sk-mail samt spamma gästböcker för att ragga röster. Överträdelser kommer beivras i form av forumavstängningar eller finanisella böter.

Kom ihåg att den som väljs till landslagskapten EJ kan avgå från sitt uppdrag. Därför är det av största vikt att kandidater tar detta seriöst då det medför ett ansvar gentemot det land man företräder.

Valet startar 29:e Mars och avslutas 11:e April, förbered era valtal och ställ relevanta frågor till kandidaterna!

Supporterhumör

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-03-24





Kommande säsong så ändras supporternas reaktion gällande automatisk upp och nedflyttning.
Som det är nu så är skillnaden alltför stor och flera managers väljer att lägga sig för att hamna på nedflyttningsplats och slippa spela en kvalmatch.

Till kommande säsong så kommer supportrarna till alg som automatiskt flyttas upp att reagera mycket positivt och humöret maximeras. Supportrar till lag som automatiskt flyttas ned kommer få ett humör på lägsta nivå.

Ny T-shirt

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-03-17

Nu finns en ny Sokker T-shirt att köpa. I en ny blå färg, kvaliten är densamma som den gröna.
T-shirten ser ut så här:

upload.sokker.org/t-shirt/

Nivå på förmågor

  • cambrant [del]
  • 2010-02-26





Vi har beslutat att låta Er användare bestämma hur ni vill se nivån på era spelares förmågor. Du kan ändra genom att gå till ditt klubbhus och klicka på användarnamnet. Det första valet är att låta det vara som det är för tillfället. Det andra alternativet låter dig veta motsvarande siffra om du ställer muspekaren på förmågan. Det sista alternativet lägger till siffran bakom nivån.