How to Create a Fantasy Football Application for a Website

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How to Create a Fantasy Football Application for a Website
Creating a fantasy football application is a challenging software task. (football image by Maria Bell from

A fantasy football application is fairly complex. The application needs functions to support team selection; player dropping/adding/trading; team scoring and a variety of reporting options. A database is needed to store league data. You'll need a mechanism for getting real-world player and team scoring data into you fantasy football application.

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Things you need

  • Application development tool (PHP, Java)

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    Design a database schema--or organizational plan--to store league data. A fantasy football application is primarily a database application that stores, modifies and retrieves data. Your database needs to store data, such as team information and player scoring information. It'll also need to track everything over time because line-ups change from week to week and players can move between teams. Develop a plan to store the necessary data so information can be associated with the correct team at each point in time during the season.

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    Develop a software architecture design. You'll need a software function to perform each feature of your fantasy football application. For example, you'll need a function to add, remove and edit teams. You'll also need functions to add, remove and change players on a team. To be complete, your application will need a function to select line-ups for weekly matches and to report results.

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    Write the software routines to implement your fantasy football application. In its design, use any popular programming or scripting language such as Java or PHP. Write website pages that connect to your software routines. Start with basic functions and build from there. For example, write a routine, or code section, to add a new league to the database. As you write basic routines, you can combine then into more complicated functions.

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    Get scoring data into your application. For a small site, you may want to enter your scoring statistics manually. However, the manual approach is time consuming and can't be done in real time. If you are planning a large commercial fantasy football application, then you'll want to get a real-time statistical feed from a commercial source, such as

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    Test your fantasy football application. A big part of a software development task is testing and debugging, or fixing errors. Test each function of your fantasy football application. Enter data you would expect. Be sure to test unexpected data. For example, enter numbers where letters are expected and vice versa. After you have tested the functions yourself, you can invite friends or family to help you test the site before you go public.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are not familiar with writing software, you can hire a programmer to help you.

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