Are Soccer Tweetups The Next Big Thing?

pitch to the rhino Are Soccer Tweetups The Next Big Thing?

One of the many things I loved about the 2010 World Cup, other than the soccer on the pitch, was getting together with friends and strangers to watch the games at local bars and restaurants. During a Premier League season, the closest bar to me that’s open for the early kick-offs on a weekend is at least 45 minutes away, so I tend to watch the vast majority of games at home. After sitting with hundreds of soccer fans during the World Cup, it’s going to be hard to get used to watching competitive games at home again.

But one of the things that I experienced during the World Cup that gives me hope for the future is a tweetup. During the Argentina against Mexico game, I met up with ten sports fans who held a tweetup at a local sports bar.

With a tweetup, the concept is pretty straightforward. A host selects a venue to watch a game and then updates his Twitter followers of the venue and time. And then the followers RSVP through Twitter and everyone meets up in person.

The beauty of a tweetup is it provides an organized way for people with similar interests to meet up in person. By using a social networking site such as Twitter, it makes it easy to communicate and spread the word among soccer fans in a particular area.

For the Argentina against Mexico game, I met up with Pitch To The Rhino, a collection of sports nuts in South Florida who get together for events throughout the area. Before the game kicked off, we had a discussion about how soccer is the perfect marriage for social media because it takes something which people are passionate about and fuses it with a communication method that makes it easier to find people who love the sport as much as you do.

The reason that soccer tweetups such as the one that Pitch To The Rhino organized gives me hope is because similar tweetups have the power to bring people together in the name of Premier League soccer games across the United States, and around the world. Often times it seems that one of the few places to find soccer fans from your area is in the comments section of this website, but that’s often by chance and not the easiest way to connect with people locally.

With the popularity of the World Cup this summer and droves of people going to local bars to watch games, maybe it’s time for soccer tweetups to be organized nationwide to encourage soccer fans to get out of their homes for big games and head to a local venue where a tweetup is happening. It’s an opportunity to organize everyone and bring them together to one place rather than driving around town in search of finding a soccer venue which is habited by like-minded fans of Premier League clubs.

To see how a tweetup is successfully done, check out Pitch To The Rhino. Or, venturing outside of sports, take a look at Pizza Tweetup which brings people together from South Florida once a month at a different pizza joint to get together, eat pizza and make new friends. In the meantime, the rest of us will need to either wait or create soccer tweetups. They’re not out there yet, as far as I know, but it’s only a matter of time before they are.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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7 Responses to Are Soccer Tweetups The Next Big Thing?

  1. Red20 says:

    This is all fine and good but my god can we put a moratorium on mashing the word ‘tweet’ into anything and everything?

  2. Aimee says:

    For the World Cup games and otherwise, I have found that Facebook was the best avenue for organizing meetups at pubs. While many people have Twitter accounts, most people don’t follow them. Facebook is less obnoxious and just as personal from my experience. There are also Meetup.com groups but I haven’t tried that since my friends follow the Leagues as much as I do.
    Fortunately we have many local pubs here in Chicago that show all the Premiere League games.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Aimee, good point. From personal experience, I used Twitter, Facebook and MeetUp.com to encourage people to watch World Cup games at a local sports bar. MeetUp.com didn’t generate any interest. I had marginal interest on Facebook and marginal interest for the event on Twitter.

      The good thing about Twitter is that you can “broadcast” into the Twittersphere with the news you have and people can read it if they want to find it. With Facebook being a closed-wall, you have to be friends with someone in order for them to see the event you’re hosting. Pros and cons for both Twitter and Facebook, in my opinion.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. Aimee says:

    Actually for Facebook, all you need is for people to be a “fan” of a page that you run or members of a group. You can broadcast to entire groups or fans. Bands do this all the time. You can subscribe to updates and receive feedback via comments/likes. It seems to work pretty well for a lot of football clubs, local pubs, and magazines when events are coming up. Almost all events are open and can be promoted to anyone. I think it’s a matter of what type of account you are broadcasting on and how you utilize it. What I don’t like about Twitter is how everything is broadcast openly on your page, it might work for some people but not when you’re trying to quietly follow a team/match …or simply that you don’t want everything so open to the general public. Plus the “tweet” term is grating…
    P.S. I’ve been following EPL Talk for some time, I heart you guys! ;)

    • CTBlues says:

      Last year I got hold of the head of the unoffical Connecticut Chelsea supports group via emailing the head of the New York Blues and got them to come to Anna Liffey’s in New Haven instead of going to Nevada Smiths in NYC being that they were a CT supporters group. After we meet up for a few games he made a Facebook group and we use that to communitcate about games and news now. Yesterday though he contacted Chelsea to get us reconized as an offical supports group which is pretty awesome, so if your a Chelsea supporter in Connecticut come down to Anna Liffey’s in New Haven and join the CT Blues.

      • CTBlues says:

        The Connecitcut Blues,
        Are full of booze,
        The Connecitcut Blues,
        Are full of booze,
        We’ll shag your beer,
        And drink your women,
        The Connecitcut Blues,
        Are full of booze,

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