Weekend Warriors Find Each Other, Selves with Sportsvite

Derek PooreContributor IJanuary 25, 2009

You're a serious baller with no worthy opponents.

You're a tennis nut who can't find an equally-rated opponent.

You just want to play some beach volleyball and gawk at the bikini-clad hotties—but you need teammates so you don't come off looking like a pervert. You perv.

Sportsvite allows weekend warriors to link up with each other through its site and plan outings, maintain teams, and fill schedules.

The site lets you set up a profile, interests, favorites sports and the like, then you can search for teams or players to hoop it up with. Searches by region or sport make it easy to find locals who are into your sports.

Sportsvite lets users find athletic matches to play against, run your team or start a league. Think of it as fantasy football, except this is not imaginary. It's the real people world. One tutorial says you can set up a team in as little as 10 minutes.

Mashable says Sportsvite has been around since 2005. At first the site only connected people in the United States, but more countries have come online including Turkey, Italy, Germany, the U.K., and Vietnam.

It's flown under the radar for awhile now. Sportsvite hasn't received significant coverage from TechCrunch or Mashable in more than a year. But the site saw a major redesign this past year and features a minimal design with bright color contrast, easy interface and clean lines.

Sportsvite received $2 million in funding in 2007 from Grace Drive Managment at a time when Sportsvite boasted 20,000 users.

TechCrunch's CrunchBase database shows Sportsvite peaking with 80,000 unique visitors in August 2008, but that number leveled out to about 40,000 unique visitors in December.

Sportsvite also runs wRECksports, a recreation sports blog.

Derek Poore writes for What For?