A new entry in the official Battlefield Blog
brings word that a new "Matches" feature is coming to Battlefield 3, with the intention of streamlining the coordination of competitive multiplayer games.
The feature will be offered on all three platforms, and the blog explains that it will require the coordinating player to be "actively renting a dedicated server" -- a noob-friendly way of saying that the player organising the match needs to have the rcon password for the intended game server.
The interface allows a host to pre-configure the match name, start time, game mode, team size and map rotations and all of the individual game variables (including unlocks) ahead of time. The match creator invites players to their team and nominates a team-leader for the opposition to populate the game.
A release date for the Matches feature has yet to be announced, but you can check out the blog feature
for the complete overview.