For example, the set of players playing individually in a card game. The word 'team' doesn't sound good as it implies that they should help each other. I considered 'gang', 'bunch', 'circle' etc. But none seems to fit.
Background: I'm designing a card game and want to introduce a 'team' concept where a moderator can establish a --- of a set of players. This ---- can engage in a game interactively at suitably planned time slots.
Edit : Thanks all for the answers/comments. So, it looks like that there is no obvious/common word that I missed. I think I will go with the term 'circle' or 'gang'.