Published: February 13, 2012
Every year, we plan new features and improvements to make TopDrawerSoccer.com more robust, user-friendly, and valuable to you. Well, this year is no different - and marks the biggest change to the site since we launched the revamped version in April of 2008.
For the last six months, we have been rebuilding our site from the ground up on a faster, more stable, and more dynamic platform that will allow us to release new features and respond to feedback quicker. This also means our users will experience improved browsing with fewer crashes and errors. (For those techies out there who are interested, our new platform is Java based instead of PHP).
And not only have we revamped our entire backend (ie. the engine that powers our site), but we have given almost every element of our site a facelift leaving no stone unturned. Here is a rundown of the new features you can expect to see soon.
Rather than having many nested menus that were often difficult to use, we are putting all the pages of our site in one, easy to read menu for each section. Additionally, we have created separate sections that will default to men’s/boys’ or women’s/girls’ content. Click here for a sneak peek
We’ve made some graphic enhancements to our homepage to put the features you most enjoy right at your fingertips. Want to see it?
Not only are our rankings getting a complete overhaul, but we’ve introduced new rankings. We have expanded our Top 100 lists to 150 and are now including four graduation classes. We will still continue to have Regional Rankings, but we are also introducing Position rankings, which will only be available to our Premier Members. Additionally, TeamRank will now consist of the top 50 teams in each age group across the nation.
Have you ever been looking for a player and then wanted to quickly see a list of commitments or even other articles? With our new search module we are putting all of our databases in the same place for easy access. No more searching for the correct search area, they are all in one place. Check it out.
New User Profiles
A brand new feature to TopDrawerSoccer.com is our new User Profile area. Now, once you have become a registered user, you can control all your settings from our User Profile area. Have a subscription? Change the subscription type, credit card info, or renewal options from within this new account settings area.
New Players To Watch Features
We have finally made it easy to update your profile. As a player, you will now have control over your profile like never before. No longer will you have to wait for updates to take affect (unless you are uploading a new photo) as any changes to your profile will be immediate. And you will be able to access your profile information from within the same User Profile interface as all of your account settings. See it now
We have also added some exciting new features for our subscribers:
- Add links to videos that showcase your skills and abilities as an elite player without having to upload them to our site.
- Add your Academic Honors such as GPA and test scores.
- College Submissions - Send your direct profile link to the TopDrawerSoccer.com inbox of all the NCAA coaches. (Limit of 25 submissions for the life of the player. We do not guarantee a response or recruitment from college coaches or college programs.)
- Add links to articles in which you have appeared that are not on TopDrawerSoccer.com.
- Event Calendar – Let college coaches know where you will be performing by adding all your events for the entire year.
During college season we debuted our mobile site in addition to our Android application. Currently, our mobile site only contains college content. But in 2012 we plan on creating a fully functional mobile site that contains all the same great content you currently find on the desktop version of TopDrawerSoccer.com.
2011 saw the rebirth of the Official NSCAA College Scoreboard. In 2012 we plan to introduce the Official Club Scoreboard. We will start modestly, including data from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and ECNL, but plan on expanding to include all major leagues and tournaments.
And don’t worry, if you happen to land on a page that doesn’t exist, you will be met with one of the most respected people in the soccer community... Find out who it is.
We thank you for your continued support as we improve the #1 College and Club Soccer Destination. Please send comments or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org