Open Challenge Match

Open Challenge Match

The player who schedules a match can schedule an Open Challenge Match and invite an opponent from his friends or other PLAYINGA members for the challenge. From the list of applicants who accept/Apply the challenge, the match organizer can make any one of them as the opponent for the match and play with them. 

This kind of an open challenge is ideally used to broadcast your interest to play among your friends and other PLAYINGA members.

Listed below are the steps to schedule an open match:

Step 1: If you wish to schedule a match for your own teams or with your friends in PLAYINGA, click the Matches tab from the top menu of your profile page and from the drop-down that appears click the Schedule match button. Alternatively, click the Schedule Match button in the left pane of your profile page.

Step 2: A box titled Schedule match appears as a pop-up, seeking match details. Fill in the match details including the name of the match, the game/sport, the proposed date and time along with the match venue.

Step 3: Once you choose the sport, additional fields appear based on the sport chosen. If you choose a sport that can be played only as a team, you will be prompted to select one of your teams that you intend for participation in the match (choose your team). A box titled Select Team appears with the list of your teams. Click on the team of your choice and click the Continue button.

In case you choose doubles/partner format of play for some sport like Badminton, you will be prompted to select one of your friends to partner with. In the Choose Partner field, select any of your friends from the list of friends that appears.

Step 4:  Click on the field that says Choose Opponent, and select "Post this match as an open challenge".

Step 5: Once you have entered all the fields, tap the Schedule button. Your open challenge match gets scheduled and the details appear on your timeline as a post. Also, all your friends receive your post for an open challenge which any of them can choose to accept.

Note: In case any of your friends want to take up the challenge but is not comfortable with the proposed date and venue, your friend can express it as a comment to your Open Challenge post, so that you both can engage in a conversation, arrive at a consensus and reschedule the match if needed.

Applying to Open Match Invites:

Step 1: Once you schedule an open match/Challenge, it gets shared as a feed in your timeline. 

In case an open challenge for a match is posted by your friend and you are interested to accept/apply the challenge as an opponent you can choose to accept the match invite by clicking on match link from the feed that gets shared on your profile.

To do this you must go to your friend profile by searching their name on search field. 

Match scheduled posts will be visible on their feed. Click on the match name to go to the match page.

If it is an open challenge match you will get to see the Apply challenge button. Click on it and apply for the match.

Note - If its a doubles match, it will ask to choose a partner by showing a list of your friends. Choose any one from the list and apply. (or) you can even add new player with email id.


Alternatively, before the opponent is finalized, you can visit the Match’s page on Playinga, choose to apply for the challenge by clicking the Apply Challenge button 

Step 2: In case the sport is a team sport you will be prompted to nominate one of your teams for participation. In case the sports format of the match requires you to choose a partner, you can choose to partner with any of your friends among your friends listed in the pop-up.

If it is a team sport, you will be showing with a list of teams you own and you should be able to select any one of the teams from the list.

Note: A player can apply multiple time for an open challenge. If he/she wants to represent another team or apply with another partner he/she has to Click on Aplly challenge button on the match page and can choose a different partner or team.

A player can withdraw at any point in time from the match before the match organizer/administrator has finalized the opponent for the match.

To withdraw, click on withdraw button and it will ask for confirmation in a pop up. click on yes I dont want to play and thus the match will be withdrawen.


Choosing Opponent:

For every applicant in an Open Challenge, as the match organizer/administrator, you will get a notification.

You can go to match page by clicking on the match name in the notification and you can see a list of players applied for the match.


You can directly choose the opponent from the match page. clicking on choose opponent and  from the list of Applied Opponents that appears in the pop up by clicking the Select button next to the particular applicant’s profile information.

You can view the list of applicants for the open challenge from the match listing page that appears when you click the Matches sub-tab in the top middle of the page and clicking the Choose Opponent button that appears next to the match of interest.

Once you click on the Choose Opponent button next to the match, a list of players who have applied appears. You can choose one of them as the opponent by clicking the Select button next to the profile information.

Once you choose an applicant as the opponent a notification gets sent to the opponent that he/she is selected as the match opponent, the match gets scheduled and from then, both players can post on the match feeds page. 

The match appears in the match listing page of the opponent as well and as an update in the next match widget of both players in their home pages respectively. 

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