Simulated Management Games
Fantasy Football Simulated Management games run over the internet reflect a VIRTUAL
football management world created by the participants within the game. Results are
simulated by computer software rather than reflect real life events.
Our review of
management games offered online should help you choose which fantasy competition suits you best.
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What follows is a list of the games (with the date of
review) and, below
that, our comments on each online game.
442league is a football simulation game. You build up
your team and take on other people across the globe.
There are so far only a few leagues but we are
expanding as you read this. It's good fun and free.
Soon there will be prizes given out at the end of the season.
Reviewed January 2003.
Blue MFC (Blue Monkey Football
Challenge) is an online simulated football management game. Season 2 kicks off on 12 September 2002. Games are played on
Tuesday and Thursdays. Reviewed 22 June 2002.
Click4Football's offering. A FREE to
play, on-line, multiplayer, simulated football management game that lets
you run a six-a-side football team. Compete against hundreds of other
players around the world. Complete with player profiles, suspensions,
injuries, dodgy refereeing, promotion, relegation and statistics on
thousands of Soccer Six footballers from around the world. Management is
extremely realistic, and the skill, ability and behaviour of your players
are fine-tuned for you to take over the hot seat. Reviewed 5 August 2002.
Coldy Soccer is an easy to play FREE fantasy football simulation game.
Real players from around the globe manage a team and play each other in league and cup competition throughout a 18 week season. Coldy Soccer currently holds an English and Italian league with promotion and relegation issues at stake with the chance of European glory.
Players must submit their team each week which is completely easy to do with the use of tick boxes, as well as their weekly transfer options. Manager's may login at any time and interact with fellow players using the message forum and chat room provided as well as view all the latest game information.
ESL is a football management
simulated PBeM league using the @esms software. There are 2 divisions with 8
teams each, an FA Cup competition played by all the teams and a Champions
League played by the top 4 teams of the 2 divisions.
Reviewed 28 July 2002.
ESM is a FREE online simulated soccer manager game based
on communication with real people! A few manager places are currently
available. Reviewed 5 November 2002.
Football1x2 is an online footy game where you can win
£10,000 every 90 seconds while the passion of the
title race is brought straight to your PC every hour, 24 hours a day.
The game simulates a football season with a weekends
matches played every 90 seconds and the season
completed every hour. With over 50 leagues from around
the world to choose from, the excitement never stops all year round!
Although football1x2 does reflect realistic team strengths,
the championship is seldom just a 2 or 3 team race
with even the most unlikely clubs walking away with
You can either play for real and receive a complementary
£10 matched deposit or warm up by playing for fun
and get 1000 fun credits simply by opening an account,
no deposit required. Reviewed
18 November 2003.
FdM is a FREE online multiplayer football management game
where users assume the role of manager and compete against each
other in virtual football leagues.
Here are just a few of FdM's main features:
· Multiple League Types - Choose from a variety of league
types, including Standard, Private, Themed, Competition, and Pyramid.
You can even CREATE YOUR OWN LEAGUE!
· Dual Interface - Play the game via the Web, using your
browser; or play it via a downloadable Game Client.
· Pre-season Player Auction - Determine how much you want to
spend on your starting eleven by assigning monetary values to each
· Player Improvement - Assign training plans to each of your
players and watch them improve throughout the season.
· Total Team Management - Select your team; assign key roles;
choose your formation; set up your tactics; modify your game plan;
scout on other teams; transfer players; and so much more!
· Trophies - Add trophies to your Trophy Cabinet by
successfully completing various objectives thoughout the game.
· Online Community - Join the thousands of FdMers already
enjoying this game!
The rules are simple:
1. Only one account per user allowing management of only one
team per league with the ability to manage teams in up to 10
2. Join a league to start with naming your team and allocating
your budget within the player auction which once processed will
create your team.
3. Once the league has begun use all the team management
features to create a winning team to play against 15 other managers in
league and cup fixtures totalling a maximum of 35 matches over a
matter or days or weeks depending on the leagues frequency of matches.
Unique game features:
1. Allocation of players via a player auction the higher you
bid the better the player.
2. Multiple league types and allowing the users to create and
customise their own leagues.
3. Virtual tropy cabinet which unlocks gaming features as the
user successfully achieves each tropy objective.
to access the forum thread on FdM. Reviewed 18 March 2003
Footballmatch is an online football
management simulation based on fantasy football rules. It is currently being
developed and tested live and its unique features include:
a player driven economy,
player driven transfers,
speculation via bets on real life games,
shorter seasons resulting in more intense environment,
promotions and relegations,
team income and wage bills.
a real time transfer market in the game (so when someone sells a
player from their squad, the player is on the transfer market for 3 days where
the highest bidder after 3 days gets the player. This should add to the
involvement of members and also create an in game economy where the players
govern how much the players are worth).
The game is currently in testing phase with
Round 2 Team Selection deadline on Sat 18 January 13:00 and the developers would
welcome and appreciate any managers that come and help fine tune
Footballmatch.net. More discussion and feedback on this game can be found here. Reviewed 17 January 2003.
Pleasantly designed, FootieManager.com
is a new online simulated football management game with a mixture of
turn-based and real-time functionality. The first game should kick off in
December 2001. Reviewed 30 November 2001.
Freedompbem Soccer is a soccer pbem
management game with mosue driven turnsheet software, match viewer and
loads of new and original features. Six week free trial. Reviewed 28 June
Freekick is currently under development and the
developers would be more then happy to receive any
feedback on their work. Freekick is a multiplayer
management game online. As manager over a newly
founded soccer club you will make all the vital decisions about
training, line-up and long-term strategy. Reviewed January 2003.
Games By Mail's headline competition is called 'Tough at
the Top' and, as they are proud to admit, you need to be a tough hardened
fantasy football gamer to get the most out of their Play By Mail game.
Each turn (i.e. one week) costs approx. £2 but there is comprehensive
information provided each week in the post and they do promise an
enjoyable gaming experience. Plans are in place to turn the postal
competition into an email game. Their starter pack is free and comes with
no obligation, so why not give it a go? Or might it be too tough for you??
Guru Football Manager is a football simulation game,
designed by footie fans for footie fans. It is based on real players
from real teams, but that's where similarities end. Everything else that
goes on in Guru is a direct result of the actions taken by the managers.
Play in our EURO League, bringing all the best teams from across Europe
together, or play in one of the Domestic European Leagues. Listed July
Hattrick is a very popular
Swedish-based free to play online soccer management game originally
created in 1997. Matches are played a few times each week. Reviewed
22 June 2002.
Interactive Fantasy Football Management League (IFFML)
The Interactive Fantasy Football Management
League (IFFML) is a free PBeM football (soccer) league based on fantasy teams
created by the managers. It uses the @ESMS software and gives you the chance to
pick your team and define tactics, improve your squad, juggle your finances,
improve your stadium and interact with other managers. It will take an ability
to masterfully manage all these areas to be successful and repeatedly perform
well in the IFFML league and cup competitions.
Reviewed 3 January 2003.
International Football Manager
'IFM is an online International Football Management game where you take the role as a club manager and set the aim to.. well, whatever your
preferences are. Some of the more common goals are winning the league, the international championship, producing the best
players, becoming the wealthiest club in the world, and perhaps most importantly beating the
living daylights out of your friends'. Features include :- Live match engine, youth squads, buy/sell players to any
team around the world, ticket prices and many more. Reviewed 10 October
InTheNet Soccer Management
Online football (soccer) management games
which you can play for Free! Includes Champions League and World Cup games where
you can select the team and tactics for any of the 32 clubs and try and take
them to the Final (and win of course!).
Reviewed 16 September 2002.
ISMFA is a large, single league, fantasy soccer
management game. For each game managers must pick their team using their
web browser - taking into account fitness, injuries and suspensions - and
select their tactics to try and out-smart their opponents. Every club can
trade with every other club meaning that you have contact with managers
all over the world. Games are played at least once a week but can be more
frequent depending on whether you are in the cup and European
Competitions. As of Dec 2003 there are 3,000 players to buy, sell and
loan, 110 teams to play in 3 competitions. The Cup competition has a real
trophy to be won and on top of all this the game is free to Play. Reviewed
1 January 2004.
itsagoal is a free to play On-line Football
Management Game.100% HTML. No plug-ins, Flash or Java. Games are played Monday
to Friday at 1pm.
* Select your first 11, subs and reserves
* Improve your ground facilities and seating capacity
* Manage player contracts, staff and finances
* View fixtures, tables and results
* Select tactics, play styles and formations
* Awards such as Manager of the week
* Train and improve players
Just Another Football League is exactly the opposite! Take full control
of your team, from squad selection and team tactics to team finances and
negotiating player contracts. JAFL currently has a league of 16 teams (it
is in its first season) but will be expanding soon with a second division
of 16 teams so get your manager applications in quickly! They also have a youth league, which is quite unique in the fantasy footy world.
a free fantasy football management game in its first season and has a structure
of 2 leagues with 5 teams in each. It features a league and cup
competition. All features are controlled by form and it is very easy to
use. The game features a fully functional transfer system, including
free transfers and coaching staff, players also control the finances, the
wage bill and even the size of the stadium!
5 September 2001.
A simulated management game from bluemfc.com fantasy
football, using real players names and all new improvements.
Reviewed 3 January 2003.
Electrónica Argentina de Fútbol (LEAF)
an online football management game using the @esms programme. For Spanish
speakers only. (La Liga electrónica Argentina de Fútbol (LEAF) es jugada
a través de mails y utilizando el programa @esms. Cualquiera puede
anotarse y es gratuita.Si alguna vez soñastes en manejar un club de fútbol,
entonces esta liga es tu oportunidad).
- their Euro Premier League fantasy football management game has the following features
Train and coach players
Choice of tactical options
Arrange sponsorship deals
Organise friendly matches
Scottish, English and European teams
maninio.de is a German online
soccer manager game, where you can create your own team and play in 35 European
countries. Reviewed 28 July 2002.
is a simulated football management game which is essentially played by normal
post, but managers can send their monthly returns via the Internet. The game is
now in its 8th season. Managers control a club with a squad of players and
stadium. They have budgets to improve both the players in their team and
the stadium by sending in their monthly return sheets which are sent out with a
colour magazine. Club names are fictitious but the players are taken from
real life, from leagues all over the world of football. Prior to each
season, each player is rated, based on real life performances and how they do in
the fully computerised game which runs all the matches in a detailed simulation.
magazine includes all the results from the previous month in various
competitions. The league comprises 4 divisions with 20 teams in each - all
play all both home and away throughout the season which currently runs from
November to September, but from next year - seasons will run from January to
September. The game was started amongst friends and family, and although there
are members from all over the country and beyond, MicroCoach is still played in
a friendly club atmosphere and all members are invited to an annual barbecue at
the end of the season where all the cup finals in domestic and European
competitions are played.
Reviewed 28 July 2002.
Mystify Soccer is a FREE to play web-based fantasy football management game. Players from all
over the world compete in league and cup competitions. Currently 400 teams participate
(one team per person). The site is updated weekly unless there are cup matches in which
case updates are twice a week. Each player manages a German, French, Scottish, Spanish,
Dutch, Portuguese, English or Italian team's squad of players, and transfer dealings and
team selections are all done by the manager. Each game also has tactics to choose from.
You can spend 5 minutes a week on the site (just to log in and pick a team) or you can
spend hours managing it - it is up to the manager. Team selections are completed using
tick boxes and transfers completed with drop down boxes. It is a very popular
fantasy football management game with
the webmaster adding new teams every season (a season lasts 30 weeks). If managers drop
out then their managerless teams are given out on a first come first served basis which
are snapped up rapidly. There is a useful guest entry where you can view what's going on
without officially entering.
is a play by email simulated manager game using the @esms programme. It's free
to play and lets you manage one of the 100 teams available. It's your chance to
improve your manager skills. Reviewed 29 August 2002.
OSM is a
fun and challenging Simulated Football Management Internet game where you get
the chance to become a top soccer manager. Control your squad from A to Z:
prepare tactics, choose your formation and buy players just to name a few. Put
your managing skills to the test and go all the way to become the next champion!
In Online Soccer Manager you will play one virtual match a day. The matches are
calculated using the MiG Advanced Soccer Simulation Engine (MASSE®), which
provides realistic gameplay based on historic results, team strength, luck and
the dozens of other parameters. Have you always wanted to be the manager of your
favourite team, to show the world how the game should be played? Well, here's
your chance, so what are you waiting for? Available in English and Dutch.
Reviewed 5 April 2002.
See Anco's Press Release here
about playasmanager.com. Kicking off in February 2001, PlayAsManager.com allows users to take over the reins of any one of the 92 Premiership and three Nationwide League teams, and includes FA and Worthington Cup competitions as well as boasting the only 3D watch game that players can download.
PlayAsManager lets users buy and sell players, edit team and individual statistics, create their own playing styles and tactics, visit forums and chat rooms to interact with other human managers and download and watch any games that have been played in full 3D.
Potential Alex Fergusons or Arsene Wengers can download the game software in a matter of minutes, following the simple instructions, and register to play a full season, usually lasting between 3-6 months, for just £10. League and cup prizes, as well as promotions, will ultimately be awarded for all competitions.
PlayAsManager is based upon Anco's long-running and award winning off-line Player Manager game, which has been released on both PC CD ROM and PSX world wide. Over the years, Anco has worked with famous managers who have endorsed the game in each territory, including Guy Roux in France, Fabio Capello in Italy and, most recently, Alex Ferguson in the UK.
PFFL (Premier League Fantasy Football) is a PBM (Play By
Mail) game that gives you the chance to take your favourite team to domestic and then European glory! You choose your team from the up-to date squads and away you go. All the stats for each club have been
equalised so that the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal don't run away with the trophies like in real life.
PLFF's online newspaper is updated every Monday and you can check on your
team's performance and read all the news headlines related to your game. There is no signing on fee and your first turn is free.
You can get as involved as you like by writing articles for their paper or just pick your team, post it, and sit back and wait for the results to come back through your letter box.
PLFF currently has 2 Divisions with a 3rd to open shortly. Reviewed 14 July
is a free, realistic simulated PBeM football management game. Reviewed 28 July
Pro Manager is a free to play football management game
keen for people to sign up. Take total control of tactics, buying, selling. You
can pick any Premiership team and try and take them to the top.
Reviewed 16 September 2002.
is a FREE simulated online soccer game. You manage a team loosely where the
manager decides team line-ups,
tactics, training, transfers etc. Two matches are played every other Friday with results and reports posted to the website within 24 hours. The web
page at www.ipsfa.org is updated bi-weekly with
league/team/player updates and gives managers direct links into the database to view team web pages
and schedules etc via ASP pages. New website enhancements are always underway
and the managers themselves have a big voice in what features are added to the
website and the game itself. Games are simulated using MSWL Olmec software. The league is similiar to, yet very different from
MSWL, SESL, and SaturdaySoccer. Listed July 2004.
Pit your wits against other fantasy managers in a
virtual football management world. Decide on team line up, positions,
tactics, training, PR, transfers, player loans and friendlies in a fantasy
football management game that has been running for over 10 years. Your
decisions affect your team's fate! Over 200 teams to choose from.
Reality Game are a French based
company offering a number of online interactive sports management games.
Games include Y-Soccersim (their online football management game), World
Cup Manager and Formula-Y (an online auto management game). Demos are free
to try. Subscription for the pro games can be paid by premium rate phone
call or credit card and are from 4.95 Euros per month.
Full league fixtures, cup competitions (FA, European, Football
league trophy) including replays, promotion/relegation,
playoffs, detailed player skills, player history, club history, stadium
development, transfer market & news, youth teams, coaches,
injuries & suspensions and detailed match summaries.
The match engine takes into consideration all of the
individual player skills, tactics, formation, attacking style and
tackling style to produce a realistic result - managers decisions have
a great impact on the outcome.
An advanced A.I. ensures that computer controlled teams (those
that have not yet been taken over by a human player) offer players
a genuine challenge. They get involved in all aspects of the
game much as a human player would - including buying great players or promising youths from the transfer market, selling unwanted
players and picking & training their squad.
Click here to access the forum thread on Real Manager.
Reviewed January 2003.
Think you could have managed your Nation's team better
in Euro 2000? Well RedEyeGames give you the chance to replay Euro 2000
with their Virtual Euro 2000 fantasy management game. Loads of statistics
and well presented management sheets let you efficiently manage your team.
If you fancy playing against 15 of your friends then there is a separate
'Team Comp' that you can play to prove who of your friends is the best
rhodzeynhillssoccer is a free to play fantasy football management
game currently running on the esms simulation software. General rules are its a basic play by
e-mail game which is very easy fun and free to play. Reviewed 31 May 2004.
The South African Electronic Football
League is an email soccer league running since 1998.
SESL is a FREE simulated email footie game now in its
You manage a Scottish team loosely based on real life
players but where the manager decides team line-ups, tactics, training,
transfers etc. Two matches are played each Saturday with results and
reports emailed direct to managers 5 hours after the deadline. The web
page at www.sesl.net is updated weekly and gives managers direct links
into the database to view team web pages and schedules etc via ASP pages.
Games are simulated using MSWL
Olmec software. Reviewed 23 July 2003.
Simsoc Web Soccer is a multiplayer internet
soccer system in which you can manage teams in a variety of tournaments. You
select the team and the tactics for each game, trade players to achieve the
optimum strength and depth to your side. After the matches are played you can
then watch the animated match highlights with the free Match Viewer
Reviewed 3 January 2003.
SMCFA Fantasy Football
SMCFA is a new up-and-coming site using the ESMS program which allows
the manager complete control over team affairs. Reviewed
30 June 2003.
Online Football Manager game.
SSL2001 is a football management simulation using the popular
esms+ software. It currently has 32 teams in 3 divisions, each club
also has a youth [U21] team. There is the SSL Cup,Youth Cup &
the Trophy [for the 2 lower divisions only]. The most successful clubs
qualify to play in the PFA Champions League & Cup, the PFA is a
UEFA type association of 5 esms+ leagues. Other features are a weekly
scores prediction competition and the SSL news, transfers, player
auctions & the youth academy. Reviewed 30 June 2003.
Summit Soccerleague was founded in 1993 and
is a PBM (Play by Mail) football management game using their own simulation
software. You manage a fictitious team employing fictitious players and have to
manage your club's finances as well as the players. The cost is £2.25 plus
admin expenses per turn and overseas players are welcome. Reviewed 24 June 2002.
SundayLeague is a free fantasy
football management game based on Sunday League football with a season
that lasts approximately 45 days. Games are placed once per day at 3 a.m.
GMT. Their promo:
Rubbish referees, strikers who don't turn up (they're watching
Eastenders), midfielders booked for streaking - it's all in a day's play on
SundayLeague, the web's biggest and funniest online football management
simulation game. SundayLeague has over 500,000 others and is Free to play. The game is
drawn in a fun cartoon style and can be played on any web browser. SundayLeague requires no extra
downloads or plug-ins.
SundayLeague is free to join and you can join up at any time. The seasons last around a month and there are thousands of pounds
worth of great prizes on offer each season. Game features include:
· Head-to-head play with thousands of other managers online
· Promotion, relegation and cups. Set up a full 16-team division with your
· Completely customisable teams and players - change names, strip, even
player's faces (send in your own picture and you too could become a player
· Full individual player stats - passing, tackling, ball control, morale etc.
· Select your team from a squad of players, set tactics, formation, substitutions.
· Team aggression levels from pansy to psycho
· Strict referees, feeble referees, wind, snow, rain, heat - everything affects the game
· Transfer useless players and entice better ones with bribes like 'date with a barmaid'
· Forums, chat, buddy lists and instant messaging of other players.
UCFL (Ultimate Challenge Football League) is a free PBEM
league established in 2001, which uses the popular @esms program (see our
football software page
for more info on @esms). The league consists of 2 divisions and there is promotion and relegation at stake, as well as the major trophies! UCFL is currently looking for new managers to join in on the action, and the new league season is about to kick off.
Players control everything at their club from transfers to tactics to stadium
improvements and player contracts. Managers can also write articles for the UCFL newspaper, and release press statements. It all adds to an exciting game!
Fame or oblivion?...its down to you! Reviewed 14 July 2001.
UKIFL is a Play-By-Email Fantasy football League. Play-By-Email or PBEM is a genre of game in which the players use email to communicate game information and a fantasy soccer league is a simulated game based on football. Email is used for sending your starting line-ups, transfers, game stats and general banter that occurs in the league.
The UKIFL is made up of two divisions. In those divisions are twelve fantasy teams based upon real-life teams. These teams are all lower level teams who have been plucked from different divisions in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Updated review March 2006.
Ultimate Manager is a new
free PBeM simulated football management game. It will be starting this Wednesday
(31st of July). All of the teams are from the English top 8, and will be
expanding after the 1st season which is 14 games.
Reviewed 28 July 2002.
World Elite Soccer consists of a virtual world of international teams and stars.
'World Elite Soccer is a completely web-based world of soccer clubs and
international stars. Immerse yourself in World Elite Soccer and step beyond the
limits of unrealistic fantasy games, archaic managerial programs, and tactically
deficient action games. World Elite Soccer features what all of these other
soccer simulations brush over!'
Reviewed 15 November 2001.