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BlueLion.

Writing opportunities with Soccer Without Limits!

Started by BlueLion.,

Morning all,

I've recently been contacted by Thomas Atzenhoffer, the managing director of SWOL-Soccer WithOut Limits. You can check the site out by clicking this link.

The site is a digital publishing platform with the uniform goal of uniting football fans from across the globe into a single news and views network.

Here are some details from the MD himself:

  • Currently we are in the middle of investment planning and discussion meetings for SWOL on a weekly basis. The site has been live since June of last year and was in development since the end of March 2012 and conceptually back to the first of the that year.
  • We continue to be building the relationships for the site and with potential investors. During December we were selected to be part of a Miami based start up accelerator program that continues to pay dividends in growth potential. We signed a new web design contract for the site at the end of January to start building a completely new platform that will be stand alone for major growth again from advertising and additionally writing and marketing potential.
  • We have already attracted interviews with former USMNT members Alexi Lalas, Brian McBride and Tony Meola, as well as former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre, USWNT legend Brandi Chastain and Fulham's Philippe Senderos.
  • As far as background on the site it is brain child of myself, Adam Davis, who is a Rogon Players Agent based in Miami, and former Arsenal player turned North American scout, Danny Karbassiyoon. We have strong player connections we are working with to grow the site which you can see from the various signed Jersey competitions that we have been doing through the site.
  • The writing team is in a constant state of growth for the time being and there are no current paid positions, but there will be in the coming months. Currently the team as of now consists of a group of 40+ contributors putting out 1-4 articles per week individually as well as a group of 15 college interns that I run in a program called SWOL University that is a soccer specific journalism internship that I am developing to be used as a university or collegiate accredited intern program for students in the future.
  • Assignments are emailed out either Saturday or Sunday afternoon, whichever of the two days I can get the weekly schedules finalized, and is done primarily in a topical manner rather than using strict and specific titles because in most cases we want writers to write about what they are passionate about in the realm of their topic. Specific titles are available if wanted, and also some times are given out if there is a certain audience we have in mind for a story idea.
  • If you are interested in joining the team, please let me know, and we will talk further.

This is an incredible opportunity as TalkChelsea has been personally sounded out by Thomas. In his own words; "I appreciate your willingness to jump on board and work with us on this project and I think it will be a great way of bring not only more Chelsea fans together but interconnecting the US and UK fan bases as well".

If you are interested PLEASE submit your interest in this topic. I have passed on the link of this thread and hopefully Thomas will be able to pop on and answer any questions you may have.

This is a really exciting opportunity that can work for the benefit of both sites!

Alex.

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Sounds good ;)

Two main questions :)

1) Will it be referred to as Football or Soccer? Being US based - I hope it's not Soccer :(

2) As above, will English 'prose' be acceptable? I have tried for years with 'Z' instead of 'S' for Global Presentations and just cannot do it consistently :(

Apart from those extremely 'minor' reservations - sounds good!

Maybe, the MOTM could write an article too. A special assignment project?

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The site has journalists based across the world - I'm therefore guessing that whilst there may be some editing required for the standardisation of prose, Oxford English may well be fine!

Being US-based, however, it is likely that it will be referred to as 'soccer' but thinking about it, how often do you actually use the word 'football/soccer' in an actual article, except when referring to a specific Football Club (in which case, as an institution, Football Club would not be changed).

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I am Thomas Atzenhoffer the Managing Editor of SWOL and in response to your questions

1. Yes Oxford English is acceptable. Our editors will edit based on format, style but will not change dialect or prose unless needed for comprehension or another necessary change.

2. Soccer is in the name of the site, however, in nearly all cases football is used as standard style. Nine times out of ten I will change soccer to football in any article.

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I am Thomas Atzenhoffer the Managing Editor of SWOL and in response to your questions

1. Yes Oxford English is acceptable. Our editors will edit based on format, style but will not change dialect or prose unless needed for comprehension or another necessary change.

2. Soccer is in the name of the site, however, in nearly all cases football is used as standard style. Nine times out of ten I will change soccer to football in any article.

Hi Thomas, many thanks for the quick responses :)

I'm guessing East Coast? Otherwise you should really be asleep ;)

Will drop you a mail over the weekend - sounds good :)

P.S. Your surname sounds quite Austrian/Bavarian - any links to over here?

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Hi Thomas, many thanks for the quick responses :)

I'm guessing East Coast? Otherwise you should really be asleep ;)

Will drop you a mail over the weekend - sounds good :)

P.S. Your surname sounds quite Austrian/Bavarian - any links to over here?

All spot on, sir. East Coast Charlotte, NC area. Our company home is in Miami, however. As for last name, Northern Austrian/Bavarian is correct. Half the family immigrated to New Orleans in the 1880's the other half is still between Austria and the French wine country. Look forward to your email.

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All spot on, sir. East Coast Charlotte, NC area. Our company home is in Miami, however. As for last name, Northern Austrian/Bavarian is correct. Half the family immigrated to New Orleans in the 1880's the other half is still between Austria and the French wine country. Look forward to your email.

Cool ;)

Love Charlotte - my friend moved there a couple of years back :) As a 'petrol head' the NASCAR museum was great and surprisingly bumped into a guy I used to race on tracks with - his whole team is now based there :)

If I was going to live there - I'd definitely consider a house on the edge of that huge lake - looks amazing!

Will get the email over today ;)

Cheers ;)

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Hi sure this sounds interesting and I might give it a go (unless I have exams/tests). I tried for Bleacher Report once but the sample I unfortunately sent them was full of typos and errors! :rant: :rant: (I was in a rush). So I'm gonna have to w8 another 90 days before sending them another application.

Is there an age limit?

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All spot on, sir. East Coast Charlotte, NC area. Our company home is in Miami, however. As for last name, Northern Austrian/Bavarian is correct. Half the family immigrated to New Orleans in the 1880's the other half is still between Austria and the French wine country. Look forward to your email.

i would be interested in helping anyway that i can really. i dont write as much as i should for this site, but i love writing about soccer and have always wanted to write for a website.

btw i also live in charlotte as i attend UNC Charlotte. it is a great place

but yes, i am really extremely interested in this so let me know please

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