As well as the season-long Fantasy League® league table, there’s plenty of other opportunities throughout the season for managers to challenge for silverware, as explained below.
One of the benefits of this is that there is always something to play for right up until the end of the season, so if you slide down the table in your main league, fear not.
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The League Series is the ultimate head-to-head competition for those of you who want to inflict maximum pain on your fellow league members.
Fixtures will be drawn up in advance of the League Series and, during the specified weeks, each team will go head to head with another team in the league in a match-up that is determined by the weekly total of Fantasy League points gained. Just like the real-life Premier League, teams gain three points for a win and one point for a draw. The manager with the most League Series points at the end of the season is crowned League Series Champion.
The schedule of the League Series depends on your league size. Smaller leagues of five and six teams will see each team matched up against each competitor four times during the League Series season. Leagues with seven to 10 teams will see each team play each other three times, while larger leagues of 11 and more teams (maximum limit of 16 teams) will have a League Series that includes each team playing each other twice. Please check the League Series link on your main league table page for your full schedule and standings.
League Series costs an additional £2 per season for Standard package teams, but comes free with the Interactive and Premium packages - see the Which Package? page for more information.
Last season's league champions can qualify for entry into our Champions League competition, with the second and third placed teams going into the Europa League competition – although some leagues give their second Europa League place to last season's FA Cup winner instead. The format is the same for both competitions. Each team is entered into a group of four teams drawn randomly from other leagues and plays each side in their group twice. The top two from these groups qualify for the knockout stages to face the best of the best.
The group stages for European competitions will begin in October. Before this time, each League Chairman will be emailed to confirm the correct teams in their league are submitted to the group stage. As stated above, the convention is for the best-performing managers from the previous year to receive the honour of competing in these competitions, but the ultimate decision lies with the league and its Chairman to decide who goes through.
All teams are entered into the Auction National Cup which begins shortly after the turn of the calendar year. The Cup is split into four different cup categories to cater for league sizes (leagues of 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16). This ensures that all teams have a fairer opportunity against teams from similar sized leagues. The competition proceeds as a weekly knock-out series decided by weekly Fantasy League points. As the rounds progress, teams are whittled down until only one team remains in each cup category and are then crowned as the respective winners.
Each cup tie runs from Tuesday to Monday (in line with Fantasy League game weeks), with the team amassing the most points during that week being declared the winner and progressing to the next round of the cup. In the event of both teams gaining the same weekly score, the team with the most goals scored during the week will progress. If points and goals are tied, then the team with the most assists will be deemed the winner of the tie. And if points, goals and assists are all equal, the away team (i.e. the team listed second in the fixture) will progress.
The Custom Cup generator is available to all Interactive and Premium Leagues. The generator allows you to create your league's own cup competition, played over as long a period as you like, featuring two or another number of multi-legged encounters. The Custom Cup generator can even be used to create end of season play-offs for your league, or inter-divisional competitions if you have more than one division.
Interactive Leagues are able to create one Custom Cup per season, while Premium Leagues can create an unlimited number of cups.
Your overall Auction Ranking is shown beside your team name on your league table. The ranking is based on a complex algorithm to give managers from larger league sizes the chance to more accurate compare themselves against managers from smaller leagues. The ranking takes into account season score, squad size and the number of transfers made during the season - so the fewer transfers you make, the better your ranking.
You can compete for Manager of the Month in your own league, and if you've had a really great run you might even figure in the overall list against all other Auction managers. Above your league table, there's a tab showing everyone's month-by-month form.
As news of your league widens, those jealous people who were initially left out in the cold will start to want a piece of the action. Setting up a second division allows you to include them and reinforce your own superiority!
A second (or third, fourth, and so on...) division is included within your main league umbrella, but has its own auction and separate Player List. You may decide to have promotion and relegation between each league at the end of the season, and you can use the custom cup generator to set up league-wide knockout competitions (Interactive and Premium packages only).
The FA Cup can offer struggling managers some much-needed salvation come January. Players score points based on their performance in FA Cup games from the Third Round onwards. Replays and extra-time count for player points, penalty shoot-outs don't. It is the perfect opportunity for your group of overpriced underachievers to prove that they are in fact a 'cup-side.'