Performance Fantasy Football Games (N to Z)
Real-life performance Fantasy Football games run over the internet operate
a scoring system reflecting REAL LIFE soccer matches, particularly the
English Premiership Football League. Fantasy football competitions are a
great way of following your favourite soccer teams or players or simply enhancing
your viewing of the Premiership football matches. Our comments on the
real-life fantasy football games offered online should help you choose
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Fantasy League's Classic game challenges you to pick a 16 man
squad from a budget of £75m and it is a challenge for quite a bit of thought
needs to go into this before you rush in, particularly with the ability to play
your team in various formations. You can only pick 2 players from each club. If
you want to prove your management ability then this is the game for you and is
well worth at least one entry costing £10. With Fantasy League behind the game
you are virtually guaranteed a great well run game. Top prize is worth over £10,000.
Your entry is placed in a league of 10 teams (all who joined
the game at a similar time to you) and your position in this league at mid
November will determine whether you go into the Champions League, UEFA Cup or
Inter-Toto competition. The subsequent play offs mean that the ultimate winner
won't necessarily be the squad accruing the most points over the season as
you're playing off against other teams in each play-off competition (there's a
separate prize to the manager with the most points over the season).
Your team changes can be made up to 15 minutes before kick off and you
have 8 transfers per each game phase (3 phases in total).
Also available from Fantasy League is Fantasy League
Professional, which costs £25 per
entry. The same type of rules apply, but you must bid for your players against other entrants.
There are no prizes involved in this game, just glory. Updated review 15
Fantasy Football League (PFFL)
Premier Fantasy Football League is a free
fantasy football game based on the results and performances of the Players and
teams of the English Premiership. Games are started twice yearly and the
site accommodates corporate and private leagues.
Reviewed 18 December 2001.
The Premier League have appointed the
team behind the popular CYKI game (now obsolete) to set up and run a free
to play fantasy football game for the official site. With a 15 man squad,
10 different formations, captains, automatic substitutions and unique
scoring system, this game promises much. The transfer system allows you
unlimited transfers but if you use any more than 1 per week, it costs you
points and you can make a profit or loss because player values vary during
the season, so fine judgment needed. Plenty of mini-leagues available. A
simple registration with the Premier League required and game first starts
for real on 10 September 2002 (pre-season practice available). Reviewed 23
The Pugh-Pugh website was originally designed as an update page for
players in the Northumberland Fire Brigade Fantasy Football competition.
This competition has now grown to having 300 managers and prize money in excess of £1,500
(with over £500 to the winner), mostly from Northumberland but now
stretching as far as Australia, Holland and USA. Entry fee is £5 and the competition is now open to anyone who wishes to enter with the
interest on the entrance fees going to the Fire Service benevolent Fund.
Choose an 11 man squad with no more than 3 from any club. Also select 9
substitutes. There is also a prediction league available. Reviewed
31 August 2001.
Your Game - RYG
Raise Your Game (RYG) came on to the fantasy football
scene in early 2003. For 2003/04 Game 1 kicks off on Sept 13th and finishes on Dec 31st.
Game 2 kicks off on Feb 1st and finishes on May 15th. It costs £10 to enter a Team in one of the Games.
On the basis of at least 5,000 teams there will be £20,000 or prize
To play choose a Team of 11 Premiership players: 1 Goalkeeper, 4
Defenders, 3 Midfielders and 3 Forwards. You have a maximum spending
limit of £55 million and no more than 2 players can come from any
Premiership team. Goal scored points are different depending on the
position played and there is a hat-trick bonus. There is a Super League facility.
Soccer4-2-4 was launched in July 2004 and is based on stars from La Liga, Seria A, Bundesliga as well as the
EPL and SPL. Teams must be in a 4-2-4 formation, capped to £64million, and maximum one player per team.
First prize for 2004/05 is £5,000 and there are runners up prizes
available such that the prize pool is £10,000. Reviewed 14 July 2004.
This is an American based website which offers a game based on the English Premier
League (Premier League Soccer). Pick a flexible lineup of 11 players in the
Premiership: 1-3 strikers, 3-5 midfielders, 3-5 defenders, and 1 keeper. A
grand prize of $500 and a prize pool of over 250 prizes. The player then selects which league to be
entered into: Create which allows the user to create his / her own league,
User which allows a player to join a league created by someone else, or
Auto which puts the player into a random league. The nice touch about this
game is that the players values increase and decrease depending on the amount of
times they have been bought / sold by other players. So the rule is buy low and sell high
(if you can). Free to enter but extra transfers cost.
FREE entry to the English Premiership Fantasy League competition as well as many other
British and European Fantasy League competitions. Winner's prize usually £100.
Total Football (TTF) - formerly TFFO
There are some fundamental changes to TTF (formerly TFFO)
for 2005/06. For full details see our TTF
forum - http://www.fiso.co.uk/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=8
Below are notes on TFFO for 2004/05:
TFFO used to run 3 games - Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League.
TFFO Premiership - with an 18 man squad system, daily substitutions, 12 transfers and enough cash (£80m)
to spend to let you get a large number of star names in your team (definitely
fantasy football!), TFFO is a hugely fun game provided their software and
servers stand up to the strain (and with their timed weekend substitution changes
which can be set up on Thursday and Friday we hope there won't be any problems).
There is no restriction on the number of players from each club. Entry fee is
£7.50 per team (or £15 for 3 teams) with the winner's prize money
introduction in November 2000 of timed changes over the weekend was a brilliant
innovation - beware this is only available on Thursdays and Fridays and
you can override the timed changes. So, for example, if you set timed changes
for 3pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday but go in on Saturday morning and change things then
this just effects the Saturday changes you made - after these matches have occurred,
your Sunday timed changes will come into force.
At least 12 transfers are available (you can use no
more than 5 in any month) and monthly prizes also on offer of up to £1,000. There is
an added element with a
star player selection who will score double points for you - this tests your
ability to judge who is most likely to score well on the day. Just under 30,000 teams entered the
game in 2001/02 (over 60,000 teams entered
in 2000/01 but this was when the competition was free).
TFFO FA Cup - choose 18 strikers/midfielders from
18 ranked groups from the 3rd round of the FA Cup and see how they fare
through to the Final. 12 transfers are allowed. You can choose more than one
striker from each club. The first prize is £2,000 and the entry is £3.
Each goal scored by one of your strikers earns you points and these increase
with every round they progress. And the lower the division, the more points
a striker earns you per goal. A striker from the lowest group can score up
to 10 times more points for a goal than a striker from the top group. Choose
a star player for each round and his points are doubled. So find that 'low
group' on form striker whose team progresses through to the latter stages of
the FA Cup and you could be on to a winner!
You can also bump up your points between rounds with an online Quiz
which is part historic questions and part predictions. Receive 5 points for
each correct answer with 5 questions appearing each Monday and answers
needed by Friday midnight.
TFFO Champions League - one entry costs £5 with a
£5,000 prize on offer for the top fantasy squad containing 18 players from
European clubs (2 goalkeepers, 6 defenders, 6 midfielders and 4 strikers)
and using an £80m budget. 12 transfers for the season.
interview with Jim Cameron, The Product Manager of TPLO ('tele').
Download TFFO 2002/03 player scores in an
excel file from this web
ismgames.com, who are behind the very
popular Can You Kick It ( www.cyki.com
), operate the official UEFA Champions League game that is live for this season
- this is a free to enter competition with the main prize being tickets to the
final. Generally a very popular game with 120,000 teams by the end of last
season. They'll also be a UEFA cup game which will start in time for round
4. Each participant of the UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football game, enters
one squad. The selected squad must consist of:
- 2 x
- 5 x Defenders
- 5 x
- 3 x Strikers
You can select up to five players from each UEFA Champions
League team. Each player has been given a value. The total value of your initial
squad must not exceed 100 million Euros. The value of each player is detailed on
the game registration page. Reviewed 1 October 2001.
A free to play brand new game (based on real-life results) and
a summary of the rules is as follows:
Every week you will be given a fixture against another
UltimateSoccer Manager. The objective is to beat them and steer your
side to the top of the league. For each match you will have the
opportunity to select your starting 11 and 5 substitutes. Their
performances will determine just how well your side gets on. Every player
receives a rating from one of our correspondents at the
grounds. If they play well or badly, score, get a yellow or red card, are
the star player for their side, keep a clean sheet (goalkeepers)
or miss a penalty, they accumulate points or have points deducted from
their overall rating. These ratings then convert into Ultimate
points and Ultimate points convert into Ultimate goals (see the scoring
scale in Points Scoring & Goals).
These Ultimate goals will determine the result of the game -
it's a straight head to head. The manager with the most goals wins,
if the scores are level then it's a draw. The results are then used
to compile the Ultimate Soccer league table. Your plight as a manager and your position in the league will
depend upon how well you select your Ultimate team on a weekly
basis.' Reviewed January 2003.
WAFFL - The World Association Fantasy Football League -
is based on the FA Premier League but has a twist from most fantasy
football games in that you pick 4 components from the EPL teams. For
example Spurs Goalkeeper, Liverpool defense, Man Utd midfield and Chelsea
attack. Points are based on actual performance by each team from which you
have a component - in essence goals let in by your GK and defense teams are
subtracted from your midfield and attack's team goals. Your team plays
against another team each week in a league format. WAFFL has grown from a
results prediction game for a dozen British ex-pats based in Kuwait and
had 4 divisions of 16 teams each for the 2001/02 season. Promotion and
relegation from each Division at stake as well as prize money for the top
places. A cup competition and monthly prizes are also on offer. There
is a separate 'Loads-A-Money' (LAM) League based on the European Champions
League. Updated review 9 August
A Fantasy Football website dedicated to
the League of Wales has been launched. It is FREE to enter and play, and has
a 1st Prize of £5,000. With £150,000 to spend, you can use your own skill
to select your team online from all the current League of Wales players
(with no more than 3 from any club), or pick a random team automatically
selected by their system. 45 transfers per season gives you plenty of scope
to adjust to injuries and form. Reviewed 20
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Soccer is a FREE weekly
(Saturday to Friday) game based on the English Premiership. Select your line
up by midnight on Friday's but you have to keep to an overall 100 'unit'
valuation of your 11 players. Each player's unitary valuation is adjusted,
using a Yahoo! logarithm to take into account real life performances, within
36 hours of the end of each day's games. The 11 man line up you select each
week can be 3-5-2, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, so there is plenty of flexibility. Points
are based on several Opta statistics such as goals, assists, shots on
target, successful crosses, fouls, winning tackles, yellow and red cards.
Make sure you update your unit values for players in your team who have
decreased in value - this frees up more units to be spent on other moves.
Some great performance and statistical charts to help you decide on your
team. Very popular game.
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