I was enjoying my Spring 2007 Sat/Sun leagues until I realized that there were no games on Memorial day weekend. I was unsure of how to quench my thirst for Soccer that weekend. So I decided to set up my own games at a nearby park using Craigslist to recruit, and MS Outlook to manage communications. The games were a big success, and attendees pummeled me with questions about then the next one would be. Seeing the demand for Adult Soccer, plus seeing that I could learn a lot of new skills, get exercise, meet people with similar interests, etc, I decided to keep it going. Not only would I get more practice, but my league teammates could join in, and I could recruit/be recruited by people at the meetups. It was a win-win situation.
I tried using Google groups for a while, but they had a clunky interface, no group calendar, and no event reminder feature. Plus there wasn't a photo album feature. So, when I got the offer to for a discounted Meetup.com membership, I jumped on and haven't looked back.
The Soccer scrimmage games originally started on Sundays, then I added Saturdays for my Saturday team to practice, then I added Tuesdays to supplement my friend team ( Have Potential ) scrimmages, then I added Wednesdays when Tuedays became to crowded.
People came from the old Google list, my friend Kevin's Falcon park scrimmage group, Meetup.com itself, from my league teams, friends of members, passers-by, and from the flyers that I recently began to post at work and Starbucks. As the group grows, I am hoping to get sponsors to fund things like renting fields, buying equipment, and supplying us with give away items as an added benefit to members.