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I am building a sport application where people of a city can organize football matches and join other matches as simple users.

We have currently built the basics of the application: users can create matches and other users can join them, paying the price set by the organizer.

However we have use cases where people want to play with their own group of friends and have a "private" match. We need to adjust our product to support this and we don't know the best way forward.

We thought about having password protected events where organizers share a password to join the event only with the users they want. For other users this will end up in having a UI in which they see all the available matches and some of them will be "locked" and require a password. Possible drawbacks of this is that the password can be shared from user A to user B even if the organizer did not intend to invite user B (but only user A).

Another option is to have link sharing: only users with the link can see the match. In this case I am not sure how the "list available matches" UI would look like for users: will they start to see this private matches right after the link? Or not? Also it would suffer from the same problem mentioned before (user B could get a link even if not invited).

Probably a good option is to implement group membership. But this seems more complex and requires more interaction from users and organizers (send invite, join group and then join match).

What do you think?

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There should be an organizer, who will invite the people they wants. To make it easier to send multiple invitations at once you can introduce groups. So then organizer can send an invitation to the whole group, let's say "Elm Street neighbours" or "My closest friends". There can any amount of groups, and everyone can be in any number of different groups.

Anyone can see only matches either open-to-everyone or to which they has an invitation. Neither password nor link is needed.

And then you can introduce other features, like "can other group members invite new participants" and so on.

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  • should a user be invited to a group? or the group is a organizer only thing?
    – alexlipa
    Feb 21 at 10:25
  • Probably group organizer will add whoever they want to a newly created group and became its admin. But the group member can leave any group. Feb 21 at 10:41

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