These are the patch notes for our biggest update yet! For those following our progress you will know we received grant funding in April to develop the app further. We have made a few changes to our original plan but this update is all the progress we’ve made in the last few months.
Match history tab
PWA installation banners
Improved Squad Invites
General fixes and changes:
Fixed an issue on iOS devices where the squad list page was displaying incorrectly.
Fixed an issue where users could not create new events for later in the same day.
Fixed a bug that prevented new games from being created if the user added a decimal number to the match cost field.
Fixed an issue where if you signed in, and then pressed back, the app would crash.
Fixed an issue when registering on a phone using predictive text and auto spacing.
Fixed an issue on registration that made it difficult for users to enter their date of birth on mobile.
Fixed a bug when clicking the invite to squad button – it would generate a new link each time and, in the process, invalidate old ones. This led to a redesign of the invite squad feature.
Fixed various console and network issue bugs.
Improved the UX around 503 and event not found pages.
Improved input validation and error messages.
Added password security validation to ensure new users create strong passwords.
Added the ability to reset passwords on the sign in screen.
Added the ability for players to cancel their squad join request (while it is pending).
Added the ability to opt in and out of marketing on the account settings page.
Added more descriptive page titles.
Replaced the old logo with the new 2023 version.
A new tab has been added to the Squad Assist UI. This shows you a list of all games that has been created for this squad. You can then apply filters to see only games you’ve played in. There is currently an issue with the match filtering and match confirmation.
New Admin feature: Payment tracking
You can now manually confirm who has paid their match fee. To track this, go into your match history, confirm the match has taken place, view the details, then click the paid tab.
PWA Installation Banners:
We know some users found it difficult downloading the web app onto their mobile devices. To help with this we have added a few installation banners, which makes the process far simpler. You can dismiss the one on the squad list, but it is also permanently visible on the account settings page.
New admin feature: Event Sharing
We have added a new share icon to event cards and event details pages to make it easier for admins to link to specific events. Clicking this share icon will copy a link to your clipboard for that event which you can then text, email, or message players with.
Add Events to Device Calendar
All users will also have a new calendar icon added to event cards. Clicking this will allow you to add the event to your device’s calendar with pre-populated details for easy entry.
Update Notification Banner
We’ve added a banner to the squad list to notify you when there has been a new major update to the app. Clicking the banner will take you to the latest patch notes on our blog.
Improved Squad Invites
We’ve revamped squad invites. Each squad now has a unique code which you can view and copy as an admin. This code lasts until you regenerate another, meaning you can keep sending the same code or link invite. Players can paste this code into the join squad window to request to join.
Although this update is a significant step towards a full launch, the app is still in beta and we have a few more features to add soon.
Notifications - Receive notifications both in and out of app of key events, such as new games being scheduled, new join requests, and match payments due.
Recurring Events - This will be added to the event creation screen and let's admins set up automatically generated weekly games - useful for weekly 5-a-side games.
Match Fee Payments - Pay your match fee through the app for the games you play in, directly to your squad's organiser without the need for cash or external money transfers.
There will also be some further tweaks coming soon to the app, so stay tuned for them.
Finally, thanks once again to all our beta testers. Many of the fixes for this patch were as a direct result of your feedback. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new features and let us know if you find any major issues.
Squad Assist Limited has successfully secured a grant through the New AngliaGrowth Through Innovation Fund, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). We’re delighted with this news as it will support us as we carry out the next phase of development. The grant will fund up to 50% of our project costs and you can read our plans for this below.
We have seen from our Beta testing that the app does exactly what we set out for it to do. Our plan, however, was always to add more. The Growth Through Innovation (GTI) grant is a great opportunity for us to speed up development. To do this we have hired a contractor who will work on implementing new features. The main aim of these is to make the app even more convenient for all users:
A notifications system will inform players as soon as things like new matches are scheduled. This will reduce the need to use external messaging apps.
There will be quality of life features including match history and recurring matches. These will add more depth and options to the app.
A payment system will make paying match fees and tracking debts easier.
We will also investigate putting Squad Assist on app stores. This will make it much easier to download and install than it currently is.
In some cases, these new features will provide the groundwork for our longer-term strategy with the app. For example, the new section called "Match History" will be where players view their previous matches. But this will also be where users pay their match fee and organisers manage match payments. There are also other features which will be built upon these new systems that we have yet to announce.
Aside from making the app more convenient, our other aims are about developing Squad Assist as a business. We now have new policies in place outlining our commitments to equality, diversity and the environment. We have also used some of the grant to bring in expert legal advice to strengthen our intellectual property.
By expanding what the Squad Assist app is capable of, we're hoping to grow our userbase. We're confident that these new features will provide a richer, more convenient user experience. This continues our work towards becoming the ultimate football organising app.
Work has already started on this next phase of development. Current beta testers will see new features added over the next two months, with the first phase of the project set to finish in June 2023. Some of our more ambitious plans, such as the payment system, may take longer due to the technical complexities associated with it. We will continue to update our blog with our progress.
Finally, we want to also thank the New Anglia LEP for their support. If like us, you're planning an innovative project in Norfolk and Suffolk, then head over to the New Anglia Growth Hub. Alternatively, contact them on 0300 333 6536 to find out what other support and funding opportunities are available.
The Squad Assist beta has been live less than a week and we’ve pushed our first update adding new features and changes! The majority of the new features are only available to squad organisers but these will help with basic squad admin. You can find out how get started with the beta and what the other known issues in this blog post: Open Beta Launch
Admin features for organisers:
New auto-approve toggle when creating events.
Ability to rename your squad.
Ability to remove players from your squad.
Added a character limit to squad names.
Updated the design of the modals.
You can now see your email address on the account settings page.
These are things we’re working on adding soon:
Event history - matches won’t disappear as soon as they reach the time of kick off. All past events (matches) are still being stored on our system so once added you will be able to go back and view past matches.
Password reset and forgotten password functionality.
More descriptive error messages when registering an account.
Ability for players to cancel a squad join request.
Auto-approve toggle on the event creation page
When enabled, any new accepts will be automatically added to the team sheet. Useful for casual groups using first come, first serve, where the organiser doesn’t need complete control over who is playing. You can edit existing scheduled events to enable this new feature.
This will be free during the beta for all squads to use but may become part of our premium paid package in the future. We will post details about premium and confirm what's included in it prior to it's launch.
You can now rename your squad
Added the ability to change your squad’s name. You can access this from the squad settings using the 3 dots (ellipsis) icon on the players list screen.
You can now remove players from the squad via the player list. Use the tick boxes to select which players you wish to remove, then hit the remove button.
Squad name character limit
Introduced a character limit on new and edited squad names, it’s set to 20 at the moment. Let us know if this is too few.
Updated modal design
We’ve changed the colour of the popup modals to improve the contrast on these menus so that they are easier to read.
Account settings email address
You can now see your email address on the account settings page so that you know which email you've logged in with. This is for display purposes (read-only), you can't edit or change the email address attached to your account.
As always, keep sending us through your feedback. The changes we’ve made with this update have been a direct result of this, so thank you.If you would like to be part of the beta you can sign up for free at:
For those of you following our progress you will know that we announced the beta back in September. After a slight delay resolving a few technical issues, we are excited to confirm that the Squad Assist beta has officially started this week. For those of you who have received your invite, this post takes you through how to get started, the known issues with the beta version of the app, and how to send us your feedback.
Squad Assist is a website that behaves like an app. This means you won't find us on an app store just yet, but instead you need to use the website we’ve sent you the link to, each time you want to use it. It is, however, possible to download the web app on a range of devices (PC, Mac, ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and Android). Check the installation guide on our website for more details on how to do this.
Once you have created your account you will be ready to join squads or create new ones. Creating a new squad means you are the organiser (admin) for that squad. To invite teammates, press the Invite to Squad button at the bottom of the players tab of a squad you are admin of. This copies a link to your device's clipboard that you can send in an email, text, or message. Players who click this link without a Squad Assist account will be taken through the account creation process first. You will then have to manually accept each player before they are able to see the player list and events.
With players invited and accepted, you can then use the event tab to schedule your games. After creating an event you will see the event card listed on that tab. Use the view details button to see who has signed up, then you can manage the team sheet, selecting who is playing, adding stand ins, and confirming whether the game is on.
Here is a list of issues and missing features to be aware of with the Squad Assist open beta. We will be addressing these with future updates:
Routing: The app should automatically redirect you to another page after completing some actions (such as deleting a squad). The majority of the issues with this have been fixed but some might still remain.
Mobile phone keyboard: This can cause layout and usability issues on certain menus when visible, such as when adding a stand-in on the manage teamsheet screen.
Real time updates: The app doesn’t always update in real time. You won’t see any new signups, or events until you either refresh the page or load a new one if you have the app or website open.
No match history: Events will disappear from the app as soon as they have started. A new section allowing you to view past events will be added.
Group administration: You’re not able to change your squad’s name, change who is the group admin, nor can you remove people from your squad once they have joined.
General user options: There are a few things missing that you would normally expect from an app. There is no “forgotten password” feature or account deletion options for example.
No match payments: It’s not possible to pay your match fee through the app. This is a feature listed on our website and will be something we add in the future. However, it won’t be available during the initial phase of the beta.
We would really value your input on every aspect of the app. Especially any issues you find, things that you feel don't work well, and suggestions for features you want to see added.
We specifically want to hear from Squad organisers about the team sheet management section and the process of confirming sign ups. As well as anyone with a visual impairment who can test our themes. We’ve used simulators to help us design these, but they are no match for feedback from you.
You can send us your feedback in lots of different ways:
Finally, we’ll also send out a feedback survey to everyone who participates in the beta. We look forward to hearing what you think of the Squad Assist app.
We are delighted to announce that the beta version of Squad Assist will be launching in October, 2022. This will be the first time we have real squads test out our football organiser. In this blog post we discuss what to expect from the beta, give you more info about the app and our plans, and share with you how to register your interest in the upcoming testing.
What is Squad Assist?
Squad Assist is a football organising website and web app. It benefits all types of football players at any level, from casual 5-a-side through to local grassroots, Sunday league teams, futsal, and walking football. If you have played any of these then chances are you’ve experienced the difficulties of finding out who is available and whether you have enough for the game to go ahead. Squad Assist helps get your squad organised and your game on.
What features will the beta test have?
When testing begins next month you will be able to create a squad and invite your teammates to sign up and join you. All players will be able to join multiple squads making it the go-to site for managing all your weekly games.
Everyone within a squad will be able to be see upcoming games scheduled on the squad’s event list. Giving them the opportunity to say whether they can play or not. These event cards also show who else has signed up, what date and time the match is, where it is taking place, how much it will cost, and whether the game is on or off.
Will you be adding more features?
Yes, we have an exciting list of features we will be developing and adding to Squad Assist over the coming months. Here is a preview of what's coming up:
Our plan is to integrate a payment system into Squad Assist so that you can pay your match fee through the app. We will also add further functionality so that both organisers and players can see debts and their payment history.
Football Specific Features
Squad Assist's main focus is on football and we will be developing features that benefit footballers and their squads. Expect things like a teams-picker, player profiles, player status icons, and more. We will be posting more details on these features in the future across our social media channels and website. We would also love to hear from you about which features you want to see added. Get in touch!
The beta will launch with a dark theme as the only selectable option from the user settings. Shortly after this has launched, we will then add three accessibility themes. There will be one for Deuteranopia & Protanopia(red-green colour blindness), one for Tritanopia(blue-yellow), as well as a high contrast one. We have used colour simulations to create these, and really want to hear from you about how effective they are. After these have been added we will work on a light theme.
Can I use this app for other sports?
Yes! We love playing football and have created Squad Assist with this in mind but there is no reason why you can’t use it to organise the sports you love. We'll certainly be using it ourselves to schedule other sports.
How can I sign up to the beta?
Head over to signup.squad-assist.com and enter your email address to be invited to the beta. As soon as this goes live in October, we will email you and everyone else signed up with details on how to access the Squad Assist web app. Before then you will also be able to copy your own unique referral code that you can send your teammates and get them to join the beta too.
Do I get anything for testing it?
Yes, as a thank you for testing and providing us with feedback we will reward the most active squads during the beta with access to new features before they are publicly available. A select number of accounts with high levels of genuine referrals will also get a permanent ad free experience.
We're very excited to be launching the first public version of Squad Assist and cannot wait to hear your thoughts and feedback. We will be posting more content on our site and social media over the next month so stay tuned!
To kick things off for the first post on our website and to welcome you to the blog, let’s have a look at what we will be using this section for. We want to create content across three categories to begin with. These will form the main topics for our blog:
First and foremost, development posts will share any updates we make to the app, usually known as patch notes. We’ll also use this category to preview upcoming features and to share our ideas of what we plan to implement in the future. When the beta is launched later this year it will have a limited set of features, but we already know what we want to add to it. These posts will help us keep you in the loop about them.
With this section we will discuss topics related to sport, such as football tactics, or sharing people’s stories about how they got into sport. The aim of these posts will be to help new players into football and give fresh ideas to experienced players. We have many years of experience playing small sided football, that’s games where you have less than the standard 11-a-side according to Football England. Basically, anything from 4 vs 4 up to 9 vs 9. As a result, we have invented our own ways of thinking about small sided games and plan to share these on here. We’re also considering producing posts on fitness, technique and training drills, mentality, and nutrition, to offer a complete guide for those looking to improve areas of their game.
From time to time, we may provide updates about us as a business. These are things we feel are important to share but aren’t necessarily related to the app, such as, posts getting to know us, sponsoring athletes or teams, and milestones achieved. Speaking of which, the app is currently in the alpha testing stage and the next milestone will be the open public beta test in the autumn of 2022. We will be announcing details about this soon.
Over time we may decide we need to add more tags. To keep up to date with our blog please head over and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. This concludes our introduction to the blog and the three categories we plan to create content for.