GoSoccer took the wraps off its long-anticipated football pitch booking mobile application yesterday, allowing players across Phnom Penh to easily and conveniently book pitches for training or matches.
The first, “mobile app” to book football pitch in the region, the GoSoccer team hopes to make the lives of football players in the capital that much easier, explained GoSoccer Sales and Marketing Manager Sovann Lyhour.
“We spotted a need, we worked on our idea, and now we are pleased to launch what we know will be a popular solution to the stress of organising football pitches. Download the app and play more football!”
Created by university student Sovann Lyhour and teammates Lim Sengkhun, Em Sokrattanak Utdorm, Lee Socretquuliqaa, and Hang Rith Ratanak, GoSoccer is an attempt to solve the issues they faced when trying to find an available field in Phnom Penh to play football with their friends.
The app is still in its beta phase, and developers intend the app to be the go-to resource for football lovers in Cambodia. Bookings and cancellations are all done within the app, while payments are handled by the pitches themselves.
“We live in an increasingly digital era, and GoSoccer is working passionately to bring people closer to the existing sports facilities and the football community. We aim to make this community bigger, better and closer together than ever. We have received incredible support in helping us get to this stage, and we look forward to further developing the app,” GoSoccer Back-End Developer, Lim Sengkhun added.
GoSoccer was the top team of the inaugural SmartStart: Young Innovator Program which was developed as well as run by Smart Axiata and Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
“SmartStart was created to help find, develop and promote the most relevant tech solutions as well as talents in Cambodia. GoSoccer, last year’s Grand Prize winner of a Tech Trip to Singapore, impressed us with their vision, professionalism and energy. I am delighted to know that they have finally reached this milestone of going live. I look forward to many Cambodians being able to benefit from GoSoccer’s platform and growth!” said Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt.
The potential of GoSoccer was evident from early on. It was picked as the top five of SmartStart in May 2017 after the first two phases of the program. SmartStart was launched in February 2017 with strong endorsement from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Aimed at helping university students nurture their own tech ideas, SmartStart has helped young developers reap benefits thanks to the leading mobile operator’s funding, support and mentorship for young entrepreneurs.
The nine-month program offered expertise from development partners in the tech start-up ecosystem and is managed by Impact Hub Phnom Penh, a co-working space, business incubator and social enterprise builder located in the Cambodian capital.
As one of the winners, GoSoccer was awarded $4,000 and given six months’ worth of incubation support at Impact Hub to further develop their concept.
“GoSoccer were a dream to work with, and their passion for creating a convenient solution to problems of booking football pitch was great to see. I was very impressed by their commitment, desire to learn and the complementary skills set of their team,” said Melanie Mossard, Venture Support Director at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.
The launch of GoSoccer comes a few weeks after Japanese footballing superstar Keisuke Honda signed a two-year contract to support the Cambodian national team, a clear indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country, and internationally as well, noted Sam Bunly, , owner of King Sport Club pitch in Khan Russey Keo.
“GoSoccer should make it much easier for people to book pitch times, and help us maximise our capacity. We look forward to working with them to help promote football across Cambodia,” he added.
GoSoccer is available to download for free now via the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.