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An avatar is a way of sharing an image of yourself on websites, blogs and forums.

We use avatars on the site so you can see who you're playing your matches against ( has an appalling memory). We use another site to manage our avatars.

For more information, and to create your own avatar to use on toepoke, visit Once you've signed up, remember to come back and tell us what it is.


When setting the sides for your match you may find you've got too many players, in which case you can leave some on the bench.

If one of your players drops out, you can promote someone from the bench to take the spare place.

Block Booking

Unless you play down your local park, you have to pay to use the facilities of a venue.

Normally you ring up each week and book a pitch. Sometimes though you can book a pitch for a set number of weeks. This is a block booking.


Most internet browsers have a place where you can bookmark, making it easy to find.


When someone creates an account on toepoke they receive an email to confirm their email address.

This is so we can be certain it's a real email address, and the person who signed up is the owner of the email address. This helps reduce the chances of toepoke being classified as a spammer.

If someone fails to confirm their account, their activity is limited. They won't receive invites to matches for instance.


Some venues allow a grace period before your match kicks off when you can cancel your booking without incurring a fee. In, we refer to this as the deadline.

When your deadline is hit (see your match dashboard for when this happens) we'll send your manager an e-mail saying how many players you have in case you need to cancel the match.

In addition, once the deadline has passed we'll tell the manager(s) whenever someone drops out, or puts their name down. That way you can keep on top of things.


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The diary shows all the matches you have coming up, ones you've played and any that have been cancelled.

Play 2, 3 times a week? All your matches are shown in one convenient place.


Our directory lists any public squads and are accepting requests for more players.

Email Preferences was designed to tell you all you need to know to give you the best chance of your match going ahead. However this can result in a few e-mails being sent to you through the week (particularly for managers who need to be kept in-the-loop).

If you find you're getting more e-mails than you'd like, you can change your e-mail preferences:

All emails (default)

As it says on the tin ... all the e-mails you get now you will continue to get.

Some emails

Only some of the existing notifications will be sent. For example you won't get an email saying you've put your name down, and managers won't be told when someone removes themselves from the squad.

No emails

We'll stop sending you any emails until you update your preferences again. Useful if you're going on holiday.

Preferences only refer to e-mails for organising your matches. You will still receive other website management e-mails like password resets (otherwise how would you reset your password wink).


Whether you play every week, every month or even the 3rd Friday of every month will work out the best way to manage your matches.

Flat Football

At the end of a season the Flat Football award is presented to the player with the least points.

It's the toepoke equivalent of a wooden spoon smile.


toepoke uses e-mail extensively to communicate between you, your squad and your players.

Sometimes e-mail isn't practical for some. They may not have access to e-mail at work, or they may not be internet savvy, or just too stubborn to help you lose the faff!

For these players you can add them as a floater who are added to your squad by a manager. From then you can add them into matches on their behalf.

Future Matches

toepoke will typically have 3 matches running at the same time.

A future match is one that hasn't been created yet.

Golden Boot

At the end of each season the player with the most goals is awarded the Golden Boot.

Invitation Code

If one of your mates sends you an invitation to play each week we'll e-mail a unique code. You can use this to join the squad.


Each football squad has at least one manager.

The manager is responsible for booking pitches, picking sides for matches and adding players into the squad.

Managers are trusted and are given extra privileges in the system.


A match is a game of football you play on a particular day with your squad at a venue.

So if you play every thursday at 6pm, then your next match will be Thu, 30th Jan and the following match will be on Thu, 6th Feb.

Match Template

Your match template sets out how all your new matches are run.

  • How often you play (every week, every month, etc)
  • Where you play
  • When your reminders are sent

Your match template only changes new matches, they do not affect running matches (as we'd overwrite any changes you've already made).


A member is someone who is in your squad and is invited to your football matches.


The Most Valuable Player award is given to the player with the most points at end of a season.


After each game, vote for your Man of the match - your votes count towards your squad's MVP.


From time to time we send a newsletter providing tips on how to get the best out of the website.

We aim to send no more than one per month. On occasion there may be more if there's something important to tell you. You can choose to receive the newsletter (or not) at any time in your profile.

Next Match

Simply, this is the match that will be played next grin.


A Nominator is someone who has invited someone else to your football game.

Nomination process

Let's say Wilma asks Barney if he'd like to join the squad. Wilma has nominated Barney.

Barney's application will need to be verified by the manager Fred before he can take part.

Occasional Matches

As well as regular matches, toepoke can also help you organise occasional matches on an occasional basis.

As the name implies, occasional games are just played every so often. Rather than inviting your players every week, the website will only invite them when you tell it to.

Past Matches

A past match is one you've already played. You can still access a match in the past so you can add reviews, or check who played, etc.

Past matches are deleted after 3 months to keep the site tidy and performant.


At toepoke we reckon the best matches are the close games, those with the most even sides.

After each match has finished you'll be invited to rate the players on your side. We'll let the manager know the average votes to help them pick fairer sides in the future.

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We'll remember your player ratings each time so you don't have to vote for everyone every time!

Whilst it's nice to thrash the opposition 10-1 now and again; at the end of the day we're all chipping in to pay for the pitch, so we should aim for everyone to have a good game. So help your manager by telling them who works hard and who's just a poacher.

Pitch Switch

Does your pitch give a disadvantage to one of the teams? Every year we have one team being blinded by the sun!

This is where the pitch switch feature becomes useful. Simply edit your matches and add a short description to your pitch switch. For example we're using playing into the sun.

Pitch switch field

Each match, toepoke swaps the name of the team.

  1. Week 1: "WHITES are playing into the sun".
  2. Week 2: "COLOURS are playing into the sun".

The pitch switch message appears in your team sheet screen and email.

You can also use the wildcard {TEAMNAME} to control where the name of the team appears. So we could use This week, {TEAMNAME} play into the sun, which would become This week, COLOURS play into the sun.


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  • Would you love to be playing football more often?
  • Can't get enough players together?
  • Need to get the word out about your matches?

Download a poster to advertise your squad at work*, or where you play* and get the word out!

Your poster will tell [potential] players where you play, when and who to contact.

As a bonus you'll be helping promote the website so others can lose the faff!

* Naturally we'd advise asking them for permission first blush!

Private Squads

Managers can elect to have their squads public or private. Private means matches can only be seen by players who are part of the squad.

Private squads don't appear in the directory.

Public Squads

Managers can elect to have their squad public or private. Public means that the squad is visible on the internet for people to join your squad.

Naturally anyone wishing to join your squad would have to get permission from the manager first!


A Registration is someone in your squad saying they can in a match play or not.

Regular Matches

As well as occasional matches, toepoke really comes into it's own when organising regular matches.

Just tell the website that you play every week, or every month and we'll invite your squad appropriately. Great if you play at the same place and time every week, or have a block booking.


A reminder is kind of what it says on the tin! When organising a game you need to do certain things at certain times. For instance if your game is on a Thursday night, toepoke will:

  1. Invite everyone the Friday before.
  2. Remind anyone on Tuesday the match is on (if they haven't already put their name down).
  3. Tuesday afternoon, remind the manager to send the teams out.
  4. And of course remind you to book the pitch for the following match.

Reminders are just one way toepoke loses the faff.

Running Matches

toepoke will typically have 3 matches running at the same time.

Any match which is running appears in the diary.


Play a small season every 5, 10 or 15 weeks. Marvel at your MOTM votes; Brag about your goal scoring prowess and follow your form.

Play your own Premier League!

Small Sided Football

small sided football is a collective term for 5-a-side, 6-a-side, 7-a-side ... well basically anything under 11-a-side.

Social Networks supports social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

You can use your social network account to sign into your account (or link your existing account) and to show an avatar.


Your squad is a list of everyone who's gets an invite to your matches.


Your account can become suspended if there is a problem with your e-mail address. We actively monitor errors that come from e-mail servers flagging problems with accounts of our users.

Often these are temporary problems, like an out-of-office alert has been created whilst someone is on holiday. Sometimes the issue can be a little more permanent, for instance:

  • There's a typo in the e-mail address
  • The e-mail account has been closed (when someone moves jobs for example)
  • The e-mail server of their ISP is rejecting the e-mail

Whatever the reasons it's not good for toepoke to continue to send an e-mail to an unresponsive account. For this reason we may mark an account as suspended whilst issues with the e-mail address are resolved.

If your account is suspended, we'll try our best to have someone in your squad tell you by some other reliable means, so you know the problem exists.

We've tried to make it as simple as possible to fix.

Team sheet

Once you have enough players for your match you'll use the team sheet to set the sides for your match.

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If you tend to decide the sides when you get to your match you can just put everyone on the same side and work it out when you get there.


As with any new creation, be it a building, a car or a website like toepoke we need to make sure the thing works as we expect. As always Wikipedia is a good resource for a fuller explanation ... if you're really that interested wink.


toepoke uses reminders to well ... remind you to do something. This could be to put your name down for a match, or to book a pitch for next week.

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The timetable screen shows when all your reminders are due to go out for your match. You can change them to, so they're more in line with what you need. Usually you won't need to touch them.


Where your football games are played.

The venues we show are taken from Google Places and so coverage is really quite extensive.

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If you can't a venue near you, the Football Foundation Pitch Finder is an excellent resource, or try a local school, who often hire out their facilities after school hours are over.