I am shamelessly recruiting players/friends for GoalUnited.org. Primarily because I get 'stuff' if you sign up via my link, but also because I really have found it to be quite fulfilling.
In an attempt to add credibility to my claim, I can tell you that I played hattrick for years, but eventually found it to be very stale and unrewarding.
Pros of GoalUnited (imo)
- Many Competitions (League, Domestic Cup, International Cup plus numerous options for 'friendly' play)
- Visible player stats and flexible training
- Youth Program
- Mostly Free
- Apparently, mobile play is coming soon (or so I understand from their dev blog)
Cons of GoalUnited (imo)
- It is easier to play with a small, regular cash investemet (so you don't have to log in every day)
- Not much player interaction - but that's another reason why I'm trying to recruit enthusiasts
- A few of the more exciting features are more accessible to cash players, but in my experience (2+ years) they make very little difference
Anyway - if you fancy giving it a go, please use my link below to register. I'll be happy to help with any questions you might have on arrival