Hashtag United, a YouTube-based football club, have revealed where they will play home matches for the 2018/19 season and are set to appeal against their league allocation.
Founded by player-manager Spencer Owen, Hashtag United applied to be part of the National League system and were placed in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One at Step 6.
However, the club has confirmed they will appeal the decision saying it was not the league they expected to be entered into.
Owen has also revealed his side will play home matches at Bostik League Premier side Haringey Borough, in North London.
Hashtag United was “initially a Sunday League side in the Essex area before taking it’s presence online in 2016. They now publish regular videos featuring training session challenges or matches against a variety of opponents.
“The sides they’ve faced include the staff teams for West Ham United, Manchester City, Google, Vauxhall, and fellow YouTube channels like Copa90 and Dream Team FC. They’ve now started taking on Sunday League sides across England who are brave enough to take them on.
“Following a system similar to FIFA’s Ultimate Team, Hashtag United competes in a series of Divisions, starting with Division 5 with the goal to be promoted all the way to Division 1.
“Each season has a possible 10 matches, and securing promotion gets harder as they rise through the divisions and face tougher challenges. There are rewards and punishments for how well they perform, all dolled out by the mysterious Chairman of Hashtag United. For instance, if they gain promotion they can sign a new player. If they’re relegated, they have to cut someone.
“The fact these lads aren’t played paid to play football is one of the few things separating Hashtag United from a professional football club. They have a kit manufacturer in Umbro and a sponsor in Top Eleven.
“To record their games they use several HD cameras roaming the pitch sidelines and up high in the stadium grandstand. They even flirted with the idea of signing professional player Adebayo Akinfenwa.
“Most of all, they have an active audience of hundreds of thousands tuning from all over the world to watch their matches. They’ve even staged some lives games at stadiums up and down the countries with thousands of fans turning up to watch the Hashtag boys play in the flesh.”
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