Overview

The Dream League is a private fantasy football competition.

League Format and Rules

League Format

1 The league lasts from the first week of full set of Championship, League 1 and League 2 fixtures to the week of the final full set of fixtures inclusive.

2 Each week’s results are based on goals scored from Friday to Thursday inclusive.

3 Goals scored in the Championship, League 1, League 2, FA Cup and League Cup only count towards a result. Abandoned games do not count. Goals scored in extra time count but goals scored in penalty shootouts do not count. Goals Scored in play offs do not count.

4 A team’s result is calculated as follows. Goals for are calculated by adding all goals scored by all players in the team (excluding the nominated substitutes (see below)) in all qualifying games for any given week. Goals against are simply the number of goals your goalkeeper concedes (excluding the nominated substitutes (see below)) in all qualifying games for any given week. Any own goals scored by your player will also count as a goal conceded. If you’re goalkeeper scores an own goal this will count as two conceded. The BBC is the definitive source of goal scoring information. If a player moves to a Premier League club, goals scored by that player only count for the remainder of that month.

5 Three points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw.

6 Position in the league is first determined by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored.

7 Each team comprises two goalkeepers (the actual team regardless of who fills the position), three defenders, four midfielders and six forwards. Each team can contain only one Championship goalkeeper. For each game there is a nominated substitute goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward. Substitutes are valid for one month (see below). Each month ends on the first Thursday of the following calendar month.

Initial Auction Meeting

1 Prior to the start of the season squads of 15 players (see 7 in League Format) are bought. Any Championship, League 1 or League 2 goalkeeper can be bought. For outfield players there is an Official List. The Official List of players determines the position of all players other than goalkeepers. Players not on the list can be bought but are all classed as forwards.

2 Each team manager is allocated £200 to purchase the 15-man squad.

3 Prior to the meeting each manager submits a sealed bid for 1 goalkeeper, 1 defender, 1 midfielder and 1 forward. The highest bidder gets that player. In the event of a tie the player goes back into the pool.

4 Following the sealed bids, open bidding takes place for the rest of the squad. Goalkeeping positions are filled first, followed by defenders, then midfielders and finally forwards. All managers must fill their positions for each category before bidding moves on to the next category (unless they run out of funds).

5 The Chairman will decide who starts the bidding and the direction it takes. Each player goes to the highest bidder.

6 Each manager must nominate his 4 substitutes to the Chairman by the time stipulated. In the event of substitutes not being nominated the substitutes will remain the same as the previous month except when new players have been bought in a particular category (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward). In this situation, the Chairman will assign the last player bought for each affected category as substitute.

Monthly Transfer Meetings

1 Monthly transfer meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each calendar month September to April inclusive.

2 Each manager present or represented at the meeting gets £20 added to their team’s funds.

3 Prior to the start each team manager can submit a sealed bid for up two players in any position. Unlike the initial auction meeting no actual price is bid. There must be no other bids for the same player for a bid to be successful. Successful bids cost £1. If there is more than one bid for a player then the player goes back in the pool.

4 No more than five changes per team can be made at a single meeting. A player bought at the meeting can be resold at the same meeting subject to the five changes maximum.

5 Following the sealed bids, open bidding takes place. Goalkeeping positions are filled first followed by defenders, then midfielders and finally forwards. All managers must pass their opportunity to bid in each category before bidding moves on to the next category. In the open bidding a player goes to the highest bidder. The successful bidder must replace an existing player of the same position who goes back into the pool. If that player is subsequently bid for the original team manager has their funds increased by the successful bid price. The Chairman will decide who starts the bidding and the direction it takes. Once a manager has passed the opportunity to bid they can no longer bid for a player in the same category unless it is one put back into the pot since their last pass.

6 Each manager must nominate his four substitutes to the Chairman by the time stipulated. In the event of substitutes not being nominated, the Chairman will assign the last player bought for each category as substitute.

7 A manager can only represent one absent manager.

Cup Format

1 The cup format will depend on the number of teams entering. It will take the form of mini leagues followed by a knockout stage. In the league stage teams may play each other once or twice depending on numbers of entries. The knockout stages will be two legged games. All leagues will be randomly drawn. Knockout games will be based on mini league position i.e. top of one league plays second of another. In the event of a draw a single game replay will be scheduled. The Chairman will decide when games take place.

2 Unlike the league, a cup game is against another manager. An individual team score in a cup game is the plus or minus goal difference for the appropriate week’s Championship, League 1 and League 2 matches. Unlike the league score only the first game played by that team counts.

3 Should the two teams remain tied at the conclusion of the two legs a single legged replay will be scheduled in the next nearest full week of fixtures (this is decided at Chairman’s discretion).

4 Should the tie still remain a draw at the conclusion of this extra tie then the team that has scored the most goals in the third round single legged playoff only will progress. If both teams have scored the same number of goals then the team who has the player who scored the first goal scored in this 3rd game playoff will go through.

League Cup Format

1 The league cup is a single leg knockout competition. In the event of a draw the team scoring the most goals wins. If both teams score the same number of goals then the first team to score (earliest recorded time of goal for any player) wins (BBC is again the decider). Subsequent goal times are used if necessary. Ultimately lots will be drawn. Again the Chairman will decide when games take place.

2 Match scores are determined in the same way as Cup Format above.

Finances

1 League entrance fee is £5. Entrance fee for each cup is £2. Weekly subscriptions are £2.

2 All monies paid in are paid out in prize money.

3 At each meeting 5 x £5 prizes are drawn at random. A manager must be in attendance to claim the prize (unless specifically agreed by all present parties otherwise)

4 There is a weekly prize of £6 for the manager with the biggest goal difference. In the event of a tie the prize is shared.

5 Each week £2 is added to a jackpot fund. Once a £50 maximum is reached a new jackpot fund is started. The jackpot goes to the manager scoring 10 goals or more in one week. In the event of more than one manager scoring 10 goals or more the prize goes to the manager scoring most goals. If it remains a tie the prize goes to the manager with the biggest goal difference for that particular week. If it remains a tie the prize is shared. Once the jackpot reaches £50 and it is not won in the same week, the following week the jackpot can be won with nine goals. The target remains at nine goals for the remainder of that month and the following month until it is won. If it is still not won the target reduces to eight goals for the next month and so on. Once the jackpot is won the target immediately goes back up to 10 goals.

6 Any jackpot funds remaining at the end of the season will be equally shared amongst the league positions to slightly increase the amount won by each manager equally.

7 Cup entrance money is paid back to the cup winner and runner up in a ratio of 2:1 or thereabouts.

8 All other monies are awarded on a sliding scale based on league position, first winning the most and last winning the least. This scale will be decided by the dream league finance manager and agreed by all.

Contact Details

Email: admin@dreamleaguefantasyfootball.co.uk