Fantasy Soccer: European Team Fantasy League

I’ll be doing a blog in the future about what’s wrong with fantasy soccer.  Currently, all of the popular fantasy leagues follow a similar model by providing each fantasy player with a set budget they must stay under while they fill their squad up with players with given values.  The biggest weakness in this format is that there is no player exclusivity.  Also, it is difficult for a new fan to know enough about teams, players, stats, and projections to have any confidence in their decisions.

I’m going to experiment with a couple of different formats for a fantasy soccer league with asset exclusivity.  The one I think will be the most fun is the Fantasy European Soccer League which will be a combination of team and individual player drafting.

  • The draft will be 6 rounds: 4 team rounds and 4 player rounds.  Draft order will be a snake progression and will be reversed for the player draft.
  • Every team in the top 5 european leagues will be put into the “team draft”
  • The top five leagues in europe consist of: Barclay’s Premier League (UK), La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France)
  • The first 4 rounds will be the team draft, and each player will select one team in any of the five leagues.  Teams will acquire points based on performance in their domestic league, domestic cup, and continental competition.  Teams will get points for wins, draws, progression in competitions, goals scored, and goals allowed.
  • The last 4 rounds will be a player draft, and each player will acquire points based on games played, goals and assists.

Here’s how your teams can acquire points:

Lose by 2 or more goals: -1 pts
Lose by 1 goal: 0 pts
Draw: 1 pt
Win by 1 goal: 2 pts
Win by 2 or more goals: 3 pts
(League bonus) Win League: 5 pts
(League bonus) Qualify for Champions League: 3 pts
(League bonus) Qualify for Europa League: 1 pt
(Cup bonus) Reach quarterfinals: 1 pt
(Cup bonus) Reach Semifinals: 2 pts
(Cup bonus) Reach Finals: 3pts
(Cup Bonus) Win cup: 3pts
(Continental bonus) Win group: 2 pts (add 1 pt for Champions League)
(Continental bonus) Come in 2nd in group: 1 pt (add 1 pt for Champions League)
(Continental bonus) Reach Quarters: 1 pts (add 1 pt for Champions League)
(Continental bonus) Reach Semis: 2 pts (add 1 pt for Champions League)
(Continental bonus) Reach Finals: 3 pts (add 1 pt for Champions League)
(Continental bonus) Win Continental Competition: 3 pts (add 1 pt for Champions League)

Player points:

Goal scored: 3 pts
Assist: 1 pt

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