MEET ADRIAN PONCE & PHILLIP WADSWORTH

It’s time to meet the managers behind FC Felipianos and FC Canaka!

Last days I found a whole new community of great managers on Twitter and I was very surprised to see how well organized they are.

Luckily with the help of Erick Ernesto who is one of Top Eleven Twitter leaders I managed to get few words about them and the game from 2 great managers: Adrian Ponce manager of FC Canaka and Phillip Wadsworth manager of FC Felipianos.

Adrian Ponce manager of FC Canaka
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FCCanaka

Top Eleven (TE) offers players a chance to tap into their inner Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson and lead their club to a treble. But like most mobile app games, they run the risk of losing their appeal quite quick unless they’re a transcendent game like Candy Crush or Angry Birds.

Sure, TE offers you weekly association tournaments where you can team up with real-life friends or other TE users and compete for prizes like tokens and rest packs, but you often see abandoned associations with 2 or 3-star clubs. And yea, that’s great for the rest of us as we get to feast on them and reap the rewards without having to stress over one’s Starting XI and how to adjust in game. But after a while of playing those ghost associations, the game runs stale as that intrinsic thirst for competition goes unanswered.

When I began playing TE back in February 2017, I was unemployed and needed something to kill time. With my love for football and average tactical abilities, I gave it a shot. My first season was a huge success as I won the League and Cup. I decided to keep playing but was worried that the game would run stale by summertime.

In my second season, I saw that TE had a very active Twitter page. Scrolling through the replies hoping to get some insight, I saw a user go by the name of “Santacruz FC.” I clicked on it and saw that they had created a profile devoted to their club. And this wasn’t some one-off thing. There were a plethora of profiles from managers all over the world. I decided to create my own, FC Canaka, and was introduced into a whole new level of TE.

Santacruz FC and his friends led a community called TECA (Top Eleven Clubs Association). After that one came the Top Eleven Elites (TEE) and now we are in the Bet11 Leagues. TECA and TEE each had their time as the premier community before the workload to provide a quality experience became overwhelming for the administrators and they needed a break. Each one held twitter tournaments via association friendlies while TEE and TECA had awards ceremonies after each season to award things like the top scorer, best manager, and MVP.

Regardless of the name, each TE Twitter Group that I’ve been a part of was to give managers a personal feeling when playing TE. On Twitter, you could share your clubs achievements, your struggles and everything in between. Managers such as Meccas Istanbul, America All-Star, Chavanod FC and Morro Bay FC shaped the way others played and were seen as the leaders. Meccas during his more active days would be posting 15 tweets a day ranging from player interviews to pregame events at his home games. America All-Star created a tributary team for some of the “legends of Twitter,” and could always be seen offering tactical advice to others and having some giveaway.

The addition of the Twitter communities gave T11 an added layer of joy. It allows managers to fully immerse themselves into their club. A lot of managers have now gone as far as naming an actual person their club’s manager. Some have sponsors. Others run a press agency where they report on team’s achievements and struggles. The Twitter tournaments are helping this game grow. Every week TEE, even though it has been on break since before last Christmas, gets new followers and people asking how they can join their tournaments.

If it weren’t for the Twitter aspect of TE, FC Canaka would have run the same fate as those ghost clubs and the app would have been uninstalled soon after I was hired for my current job in April 2017.

 

Phillip Wadsworth manager of F.C. Felipianos
Twitter https://twitter.com/FC_Felipianos

Starting the game back in the summer of 2017, I would never have thought that at any point I would experience what I do today. On the 17th of November I created a Twitter account for my fictional football club F.C. Felipianos, simply out of intrigue and not much else.

Not long after I received my first follower, an association dedicated to getting those who had ventured on the same path that I did together in a community. A community of over 100 players, dedicated to showing what their clubs did domestically; matches, trophies, triumphs and losses. But there was a bit more.

“How do I play against you?” It was one of the first questions I asked after joining my first ever online tournament. It was so simply genius that I was shocked that I never thought this possible. Tournaments via associations. Playing against teams across the world outside your server and level. My first game definitely didn’t go to plan however, trumped 6-0 by a far superior team. I wasn’t mocked however, given the support and advice needed to continue improving my team. This was the beginning of understanding what this community was. A family dedicated to enjoying the game to the fullest of our abilities, learning and competing domestically and via Twitter. I failed to score in that tournament, but I came away with more than I went in with. Experience, acquaintances and one of the most one sided hammerings you’ll ever see in a Top Eleven game.

With each passing week, more and more clubs would join the Twitter community. We would like posts, discuss tactics and argue how frustrating the issues with the game were. Like a group of friends at a bar. It didn’t matter if the teams you played against were superior in quality, the experience alone and the friendships you would build made the tournaments enjoyable. The tournaments became more and more expansive, as we evolved as a community. The quality of organization and graphic design could rival those of some real life tournaments. 500 tokens was a bad prize either! Teams from all over the world fighting against each other with the best of comradery among them.

As with most things in life however, there were periods where you felt that the game wasn’t worth it. It can become frustrating and at one point I had to take a break from the game itself. That’s where our bond is strongest. As friends we want to remain as together as we possibly can. We fall and rise together. We fight and triumph as a group. If you leave, we will be waiting for you to return. We aren’t free of conflict either. As with every family, there are disputes among us. We’ve been through a few, whether it be due to disagreement with rules in the tournaments or simple mischief. We’ve learnt to forgive and have grown stronger despite what may have come.

A classic example of exiting the cave to see the outside world. A decision I would make again without question. May the Top Eleven Twitter Community live on!

Because of their amazing words about the game, their community, etc I will look up to meet more of them and come back with some 1 to 1 interviews where hopefully I can help promoting even more their groups & personal pages.

Remember that if you own any Top Eleven fan page, www.topeleven.info will help you to promote it. Just contact us on website and we will reach back to you as soon as possible.

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