As it turns out, Manchester City were stung pretty badly when Jadon Sancho forced an £8m Borussia Dortmund move.
And if you’re the kind of football fan who saw that 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 trade in footballers – not literally, of course – 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.
- Sign up before the end of August using the code ‘Squawka’ to take advantage of Football Index’s £1,000 money-back guarantee offer.
After creating an account using a valid email address, you’ll need to 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 £1,300+ to buy the maximum number shares in the Manchester United No.10, valued at £4.46 per share at the time of writing.
Until the end of August, Football Index are offering new customers a ‘£1,000 money-back-guarantee’. As Football Tips explain: “If you make a loss or don’t enjoy Football Index, you can claim back any losses up to £1,000 by contacting [email protected].
“For example, if you deposited £1,000 and after 30 days, when your portfolio had been liquidated, your account balance was £820, you would be refunded £180 – provided you haven’t made a withdrawal from your account during that period.”
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 9.4/10 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 recent record-breaking move to Manchester United, 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. Those truly in tune with the media may even pick a winner from Football Index’s “Media Dividends” payout.
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 edia ranking. Only the top 200 priced footballers at the end of the specific day are eligible to be scored by the media rankings.
The full list of websites monitored by Football Index is: Talksport, UEFA, The FA, ESPN, FIFA, Football League, Daily Mail, Daily Star, The Times, Telegraph, Independent, Express, Guardian, Metro, Daily Mirror, BBC, Football365, Goal.com, Huffington Post and Sky Sports.
A Football Index how-to from Football Tips:
1. Consider who could move in the January transfer window
The summer window saw a lot of big moves but not everybody got what they wanted. Wilfried Zaha remained at Crystal Palace and Man Utd are a senior striker short after selling Romelu Lukaku. This could all change once the January transfer window opens and if it does, players are sure to get positive media mentions, boosting chances of a dividend.
2. Look out for young players making a sudden impact
Young players will have lower prices to start out with but they’re certain to go up as their profile begins to rise in the wider public eye.
3. Think which clubs may change their manager
We’ve all seen how much a player can transform under a new coach, or even struggle. There could be bargains to be had among under-performers set for a new lease of life, while you may be wise to sell certain players ahead of a new coach’s arrival.
4. More penalties are expected in the Premier League
VAR is here and if the 2018 World Cup was anything to go by, the number of spot-kicks is likely to increase – consider buying players who take penalties.