Rules

SEAGULLS FANTASY LEAGUE 2020/21

This is the 24th year of the SFL.

It shall continue as last year with two divisions of roughly equal size with an  entry fee of Twenty Pounds.

Prize distribution depends on numbers but last season it was:
Winners of each division £190
Runners up of each division £95
Third places of each division £47.50
Fourth place of the Premier Division £47.50
Cup winner £142.50
Cup runner up £95

Please send your entry fee by transfer to:
Barclays Bank
Market St, Crewe branch
Account no: 40835323
Sort code: 20-24-09
Account name: G & J Steele
Or send a cheque payable to G & J Steele to Julie Steele at:
46 Bedford Gardens
Crewe
Cheshire CW2 6JR
Julie can be contacted at albionjulie@aol.com
If you use PayPal remember to make the payment as friends and family, or agree to pay the transfer fee.

One “Junior” (aged 5 or more but under 16 on the starting date of the league) plays free for each paying adult in the same family.

Match predictions in respect of Brighton’s Championship matches must be sent to Peter Jackson prior to noon UK time on the day of the match regardless of the time of kick off. PREDICTIONS COMMUNICATED AFTER 12 NOON WILL NOT NORMALLY BE ENTERTAINED – EVEN IF SENT BY A THIRD PARTY.

Predictions to include the full time score, the official attendance figure.and the nomination of ONE Brighton scorer.

Predictions can be sent by any of the following means:
§ e-mail to peter.jackson@albionconsult.com
§ on this web site ( http://www.seagullsfantasyleague.co.uk )
§ phone +4478804001621 a message service is available if no answer
§ SMS text +4478804001621
E-mail or via web site are the preferred methods.

If by e-mail, players are requested to quote their division and the opponents in the SUBJECT of the e-mail e.g. “SFL Championship Prediction Southampton away”. Players are also requested to quote BRIGHTON’S score first for both home and away matches in the body of the message: score, attendance, scorer in that order.

POINTS SCORING WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

RESULT –
For predicting the correct result (win, draw or lose) 3 points.
For predicting Albion’s score correctly 1 point.
For predicting the opponents score correctly 1 point.

BONUS POINTS –
Bonus points are available as follows for the correct final score:
1 point for correctly predicting a 0 – 0 draw.
1 point for correctly predicting a 2 – 2 draw.
3 points for correctly predicting a final score where either team has scored 3 goals.
4 points for correctly predicting a 3 – 3 draw.
5 points for correctly predicting a final score where either team has scored more than 3 goals.

GOALS –
For each goal scored by your nominated scorer:
2 points per goal if it is the scorer having scored the most goals (prior to the match),
3 points per goal if it is the scorer having scored the second most number of goals,
4 points per goal if it is scorer having scored the third most number of goals and so on.
The number of goals scored will include the English Football League and English F.A. Cup matches for any club (during the 2020/21 season) other than non-league clubs with the exception of goals scored for non-league clubs in the English F A Cup from Round One onward.
Own goals do not count.

ATTENDANCE –
1 point will be scored for predicting the official attendance figure within 5%.
2 points will be scored for predicting the official attendance figure within 2%.
3 points will be scored for predicting the official attendance figure within 1%.
4 points will be scored for predicting the official attendance figure within 0.1%.
5 points will be scored for predicting the exact official attendance figure.

WHILST CROWDS ARE NOT ALLOWED, YOU NEED TO PREDICT THE TIME OF THE FIRST GOAL:
Like nearest the crowd which scores between zero and five points, it was
decided a fair way to award points would be as follows:
5 points for predicting the precise minute
4 points for being within 2 minutes
3 points for being within 5 minutes
2 points for being within 10 minutes
1 point for being within 15 minutes
no points for being > 15 minutes out
***Any goal scored in the 45 + 1 minute or 45 + 2 minute or 45 + 3
minute etc. as well as 90 + 1 minute or 90+ 2 minute etc. WILL NOT COUNT.

TABLES
League tables will be produced usually after each match. They will be distributed by the SFL mailing list and posted on this site. When players have the same number of total points, the “tie break” is firstly on the points scored for Albion’s results, then on points scored for Albion’s score and finally on points scored for attendance predictions.

Standing orders will be accepted by e-mail to peter.jackson@albionconsult.com
These will be used if a prediction is not received or received after the deadline. A separate standing order should be sent in for home matches and away matches. Standing orders can be changed as often a player wishes.
LAST YEAR’S ARE NOT CARRIED OVER – SUBMIT NEW ONES.

Predictions (including standing orders) can not include any subjectivity, “ifs” or “buts”. However changes to predictions are allowed up to 12 noon UK time on the day of the match. Standing orders are recommended for use if a player suspects they may forget to send, or be unable or incapable of sending in, a prediction at any time.

THE GOLDSTONE CHALLENGE TROPHY (FA CUP)
The Rules of the Goldstone Challenge Trophy are listed in that section of the website.

PROMOTION & RELEGATION

The bottom six finishers in the SFL Premier League will be relegated to the Championship for season 2021/22. The top four (at least) finishers in the SFL Championship will be promoted to the SFL Premier League for season 2021/22. The exact number will depend on the total number of players for the following season. The two Divisions will be more or less of equal size with new players entering the SFL Championship.

RULES can be changed at any time by the Committee.
The Committee’s decisions are final and not open to dispute !
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Goldstone Challenge Trophy (FA Cup)

A cup competition will also be run. Players may nominate a scorer (one only) from EITHER (not both) teams. The points scoring will be as per the league except any scorers from teams other than Brighton & Hove Albion (whether BHA are in the cup or not) will be worth only 2 points per goal. The match on which to predict will be the one involving Albion. Should Albion be eliminated before the final, the match on which to predict will be the one involving Albion’s victors, then Albion’s victor’s victors and so on until the final. Only first matches count, no replays. The 90 minute score is considered as final for the purposes of this competition.

Whilst the Albion are still in the F.A. Cup, players are requested to quote BRIGHTON’S score first for both home and away matches in the body of the message: score, attendance (or time of first goal), scorer in that order.

All players will be drawn on ‘one to one’ matches for the opening round (Round 3). The winners together with the highest scoring losers to make up thirty two players will go into the hat for the sixteen matches in Round 4. Tie breaks will be decided in the same way as the League matches and, if still tied, then by “closest to the attendance” or “closest to time of first goal”. However from the fourth round onward, the closest to the actual attendance figure (or first goal) only will decide matches tied on overall points. Non league players may be allowed to enter the Cup competition for a fee of £10.

Should the Final result in a draw, there will be a “count back”. The player with the most number of points scored in Round 7 (semi final) will be the winner. Should there still be a tie, the player with the most points scored in Round 6 (quarter final) will be the winner and so on.