Jadon Sancho looks set for a big-money move to Manchester United this summer, reward for his fine performances over the past few years.
It seems long ago that the Englishman upped sticks to join Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City, and if you’re the kind of football fan who saw his growth coming, Football Index should be of interest. Especially if you also happen to know a bit about stocks and trading.
What is Football Index?
Like many ‘Fantasy Football’ variants, the game rewards knowledge of the sport.
Except with Football Index, Traders can bet on footballers with real money using a virtual stock market where a player’s valuation will rise and fall based on how in-demand shares in them are.
The name of the game is to buy whatever rising stars you identify on the cheap and watch their stock rise before selling at a profit.
Profits can also be made through ‘dividends’, where players earn points awarded by algorithms based on Opta stats and media mentions.
For more information on how Football Index works, take a look at the video below:
Join Football Index in three steps:
- Head to the Football Index website using this link here and click ‘join now’.
- Enter your details, including a valid email address.
- Deposit funds to get underway and start buying shares.
You can buy up to 300 shares on any player in a single transaction. Marcus Rashford fans out there would need to deposit almost £2,500 to buy the maximum number of shares in the Manchester United No.10, in one go, valued at £7.74 per share at the time of writing.
How do I win?
As they say: “It’s not over at the final whistle like a regular bet. You get to stay in the game.”
Because you’re not placing a bet with a bookmaker, Football Index – who have a 4.5/5 rating on Trust Pilot – make their money by taking 2% commission on your trades.
To do well, it helps to keep an eye on in-form strikers, rock-solid defenders and which players are stuck on the treatment table. It’s also good to track transfer rumours (Harry Maguire’s record-breaking move to Manchester United last season, for instance) as well as who is coming in for the most positive press.
Keeping tabs on the above enables a player to stay ahead of the curve as they manage their portfolio throughout the season, ultimately in view of increasing profits. Buy low, sell high, as the much-used stock market saying goes. Those truly in tune with the media may even pick a winner from Football Index’s dividends payouts, which come in three forms: Media Dividends, Match Day Dividends and In-Play Dividends.
Much like the traditional stock market, player prices on Football Index are driven by demand. When a player performs well, or is getting positive stories in the media, there’s more chance of them winning dividends. The more Football Index traders are buying a player, the higher his price will rise.
Prices and demand are also influenced by certain very important aspects, including a player’s age. The older a player is, the lower his price is likely to be, even if it is a well-known name, such as Jamie Vardy, with the Leicester City forward having less time left in his career than Harry Kane for example.
Other variants include whether the player is more likely to be in the papers, if they will be taking part in European competition over the season, transfer speculation, if they have favourable upcoming fixtures, if they are part of their national team, their injury history and, of course, whether they are in form or not.
These factors and more can determine why traders will look to buy shares in a certain player, and are things to be considering when adding to your own portfolio.
What are Media Dividends?
On Media Days, where no matches from eligible competitions are scheduled, the top three scoring players in the media will earn dividends for their shareholders (3p per share payout for 1st, 2p per share for 2nd and 1p per share for 3rd). On matchdays, this only applies to the player ranked first.
Football Index monitors an extensive list of news sites. Articles covering players are processed by an RSS feed that generates scores based on how positive said coverage is.
Tip: The Premier League accounts for a massive share of Media Dividends wins and is where you should focus your efforts here.
The score is then aggregated per player to create a daily media ranking. Only the top 200 priced footballers at the end of the specific day are eligible to be scored by the media rankings.
What are Match Day Dividends?
As well as dividends based on the media, there is also a chance to win daily payouts based on how a player has performed on the pitch.
On days where matches in Europe’s top five leagues, the Champions League and Europa League, World Cup or European Championships (including qualifiers), all the participating players will be ranked by their Match Day Score, separated into five categories from the 2020/21 season: Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, Forwards and Star Players. The top-ranking footballer for each category will be eligible for Match Day Dividends on that day.
The amount will depend on whether the Match Day is classified as either Bronze, Silver or Gold, decided by the prestige and number of matches taking place that day. For the 2020/21 season, a Bronze Match Day will require 1-3 matches, a Silver Match Day will require 4-9 matches and a Gold Match Day will need 10 or more matches.
The top goalkeeper will be able to receive a payout of 1p for a Bronze Match Day, 2p for a Silver Match Day and 3p for a Gold Match Day. For the top defender, midfielder and forward, payouts for a Bronze Match Day are 2p, Silver is 5p and Gold 10p. The top star player will also receive a payout of 2p for a Bronze Match Day, while 4p for a Silver Match Day and 8p for Gold.
A player’s Match Day Score is calculated through an Opta-powered performance matrix, which takes into account certain stats including goals, assists, key passes, interceptions, fouls won, clearances, tackles as well as fouls conceded, red cards, offsides and yellow cards.
Playing in Champions League and Europa League matches will add a 1.25 multiplier to player scores for games in those tournaments, while tiebreakers between two footballers on a Match Day will be settled by age, with the youngest taking the Dividends.
What are In-Play Dividends?
On top of the Media and Match Day Dividends, you can also receive payouts on Match Days when a footballer completes certain key actions for their team. A share is only eligible for In-Play Dividends in the first 30 days that you own them. So the oldest shares eligible for a match played on September 30th, 2020 must have been bought after 00:00:01 on September 1st and must be held at 23:59:59 on September 30th.
If your forward or midfielder scores a goal, the payout is 1p and a goal for a defender or goalkeeper will bring 2p. Assists for any position will receive a payout of 1p while a starting goalkeeper will earn 1p if they keep a clean sheet over the full length of the game, including extra-time but not penalty shootouts.