Date of last amendment 8 June 2021, v1.2
8.6.21 UPDATE: Several clarifications to make the Game Rules clearer including addition of ‘Captain’ and ‘Golden Boot’ features in paragraph 8.5 and more examples in section 12 (what happens if?).
1.1 This page sets out the rules applicable to the Games on the UltimateFan platform except for Prize Draws and Giveaways (“Game Rules”).
1.2 These Game Rules form part of the Player Terms [available here]. It is therefore important that you read the Player Terms in addition to these Game Rules. Where there is conflict between the Game Rules and Player Terms, the Game Rules shall take precedence in the event of and only to the extent of, any such inconsistency.
1.3 Unless defined here, any capitalised terms shall have the meaning set out in the Player Terms.
1.4 It is important that you read these Game Rules carefully before you play a Game on the Platform as they govern each Game entry. When you register an Account and/or enter a Game you confirm that you agree to be bound by the Game Rules. If you do not wish to accept these Game Rules then please do not register an Account with us or play any Game on the Platform as we will consider both Account registration and submission of a Game entry as your unqualified acceptance of these Game Rules. If you have any questions about these Game Rules then please contact us using the contact details on the Platform.
1.5 We may change the Game Rules from time to time. If we deem any such change to be material in nature, we will take reasonable steps to bring the change to your attention by either email or a notification on the Platform. By continuing to use the Platform, and by entering a Game after any such change, you are deemed to accept any changes. If you do not wish to accept any changes to the Game Rules you must contact Customer Service to request the closure of your Account.
1.6 These Game Rules apply only to the Platform specified in paragraph 1.1 above. If you use your Account with us to access any Other Platform different rules may apply and you are encouraged to read them accordingly.
2.1 In these Game Rules, each individual prize pool made available is referred to as a “Game”.
2.2 We make Games available on the Platform from time to time at our sole discretion, but usually to coincide with a round of competitive football fixtures.
2.3 Currently, each Game operates as a ‘fantasy’ style where you select a fantasy team (“Fantasy Team”) based on football players and national teams you have packed (each a “Card”), that team is scored based on their real-life performances during the applicable round of matches (“Fixture Round”), and prizes are awarded to users who score the most points.
2.4 Each Game is free-to-play and all prize pools are currently ‘guaranteed’ which means it is funded by us and does not fluctuate depending on how many or little users enter the Game.
See below for full details on the rules.
3.1 All users who have built their Fantasy Team are automatically entered in to each Game. This is the case even if not all Cards in your chosen Fantasy Team are playing in the applicable Fixture Round.
3.2 To build your Fantasy Team you must:
3.2.1 log in to your Account on the Platform;
3.2.2 enter the “Transfer” mode in the top right corner on the line-up screen;
3.2.3 drag and drop on to the pitch the Cards you want to include in your Fantasy Team;
3.2.4 apply the “Captain” and “Golden Boot” modifier to a chosen player Card; and
3.2.5 hit “Confirm” in the top right corner to save your changes.
3.3 After you have built your Fantasy Team, you can edit it as many times as you like (by repeating the steps in paragraph 3.2 above) until one minute before the first fixture in the Fixture Round commences. From that point, Fixture Round will be considered ‘in-play’ and you will not be able to make any further changes to your Fantasy Team (both in respect of the in-play Fixture Round and future Fixture Rounds) until that Fixture Round is over and the Game has been settled.
4.1 There is currently no cost to enter any Game on the Platform; however, please note that you require internet access to use the Platform and ordinary data charges may apply from your mobile or broadband provider.
4.2 There is the option to purchase a Platform subscription to enhance your experience of the Platform; although, such subscription is not obligatory and the current value of the subscription primarily focuses on enhancing your experience outside of the Games. See the Subscription Terms for more details.
5.1 You can only build one Fantasy Team per Account and each person can only have one Account. You can therefore only enter each Game once.
5.2 If we suspect that any one Account has made more than one entry to a Game (due to e.g. a technical glitch or other Malfunction), we reserve the right to void all additional entries beyond the first.
5.3 If we have a reasonable suspicion that any one individual has created more than one Account to submit additional entries to any Game, we reserve the right to consider this a serious breach and void all entries made by that individual, block all of that individual’s Accounts from submitting future Game entries, and / or further suspend or close the applicable Accounts as appropriate.
5.4 When assessing whether to void any entries on the grounds that the maximum number of entries per individual may have been exceeded, we may, at our sole discretion acting reasonably, base our decision on the entrant’s email address, name, IP address or any other information, data, or any other variables or factors.
6.1 Once a Game is “live”, you can see your confirmed Fantasy Team for that Game, your rank and the points scored so far by visiting the line-up screen when logged into your Account.
6.2 Where there is any disagreement as to the details or status of a Game entry (i.e. who was picked in your Fantasy Team), our records will be the determinative.
7.1 Each Card selected in your Fantasy Team is allocated points based on their real-life performances during the Fixture Round. The “Info” tab in the top left corner of the squad screen sets out further details on how points allocations work.
7.2 Simply, the users with the highest scoring Fantasy Team’s will occupy the highest positions in the leaderboard.
7.3 In the event that more than one user accumulates the same amount of points in a Game, the leaderboard position will be shared with the following positions adjusted accordingly. For example:
7.3.1 if two users finished with the equal most amount of points, those two users will both finish first and the next placed user(s) will finish third;
7.3.2 if two users finished with the equal most amount of points and another two users finished with the second most amount of points, the two users with the most points will both place first, the two users with the second most of points will both place third and the next placed user(s) will finish fifth.
8.1 We use a data feed received from Opta which allows us to automatically determine if a Card should be allocated points based on the match statistics during the Fixture Round.
8.2 Points allocations are shown preliminarily whilst the Fixture Round is live and football matches are in progress but, save where stated otherwise in these Game Rules or the Player Terms, points allocations are confirmed when the relevant football match ends and the result is known. Any changes to the result after the original result is published (including by the relevant governing association, body or organisation) will not be taken into account.
8.3 The following general rules will apply as regards to allocating points:
8.3.1 Occurrences in the first ninety minutes plus any stoppage time, extra time and/or penalty shootouts (as applicable) count.
8.3.2 If any football match is not completed for any reason and the football match is not re-arranged to take place on or before the Fixture Round was originally scheduled to end, that football match shall no longer be considered to form part of the Fixture Round even if it takes place at a later date.
8.3.3 If a player Card named in your Fantasy Team does not play in any Fixture Round then that Card will receive zero (0) points and they will not be replaced by anyone who is not selected in your Fantasy Team.
8.4 The following specific rules apply to determination of particular points allocations for player Cards:
8.4.1 Goal – 10pts
Whether the named player scores a goal for his team in the football match. Usually, this will reflect the scorer named by the official governing body in the initial official match result. Goals ruled out by VAR do not count.
Regarding deflections by opponent, the attacking player will normally be awarded the goal if their original attempt is on target. An own goal is usually awarded if the attempt is off target and deflected into the goal by an opponent.
8.4.2 Assist – 4pts
Whether the named player makes an assist for his team in the Fixture Round.
An assist is the final touch (pass, pass-cum-shot or any other touch) leading to the recipient of the ball scoring a goal. If the final touch is deflected by an opposition player, the initiator is only given a goal assist if the receiving player was likely to receive the ball without the deflection having taken place. Own goals, directly taken free kicks, direct corner goals and penalties do not get an assist awarded.
8.4.3 Clean Sheet (Defenders only) – 3pts
Only defender Cards are eligible for points for clean sheets.
Points will be awarded for clean sheets where the defenders team does not concede any goals during the Fixture Round. This is based on the final score and therefore a goal ruled out by VAR will not count as a goal conceded.
8.4.4 Pen Shootout Goal – 3pts
When a match goes to a penalty shootout, points will be awarded to player Cards who take and convert a penalty during the shootout. Re-taken penalties which are subsequently missed do not count as a converted penalty.
8.4.5 Pen Shootout Miss – minus 1pt
When a match goes to a penalty shootout, points will be deducted from player Cards who take and miss a penalty during the shootout. Re-taken penalties which are subsequently scored do not count as a missed penalty.
8.5 You can increase the number of points that two of the player Cards in your selected Fantasy Team receive each Game by applying the following items:
8.5.1 Golden Boot
The chosen player will receive twenty points for each goal scored during the Fixture Round instead of ten points as above.
The chosen player will have all his points doubled for that Fixture Round.
8.6 The following specific rules apply to determination of particular points allocations for team Cards:
8.6.1 Win – 5pts
The team Card will receive five points if the applicable team wins in the Fixture Round.
8.6.2 Goal Scored – 1pt
The team Card will receive one point for each goal scored by the applicable team during the Fixture Round. Goals ruled out by VAR do not count.
8.6.3 Goal Against – minus 1pt
The team Card will be deducted one point for each goal conceded by the applicable team during the Fixture Round. Goals ruled out by VAR do not count.
8.6.4 Pen Shootout Save – 3pts
When a match goes to a penalty shootout, three points will be awarded to the team Card for each penalty that the teams goalkeeper saves during the shootout.
Penalties which are missed, rather than saved, will not count. For it to be a save the goalkeeper must prevent the ball from entering the goal with any part of his body.
8.6.5 Clean Sheet – 1pt
The team Card will receive one point for keeping a clean sheet (not conceding any goals) during the Fixture Round. Goals ruled out by VAR do not count as a goal conceded.
9.1 The prize(s) awarded to the winner(s) of each Game will be prominently advertised by us on the Platform prior to the Game. Except in the case of an obvious error, the advertised prizes will be the prizes awarded for the applicable game.
9.2 As per paragraph 2.4 above, the prize pool will always be “guaranteed”. This means that we supply a fixed advertised prize pool and this will not change in accordance with the number of entries.
9.3 Payment of any prize fund winnings will be rounded down to the nearest one pence. For example, a prize of £950.29762 will be rounded down to £950.29.
10.1 Points are allocated to Cards in accordance with the rules in section 8 above.
10.2 As per section 7, each the winner(s) will be the entrants with the most points accumulated. Unless stated otherwise, every Game will be ‘won’ and no prizes are ‘carried over’ to future Games.
10.3 The “Info” tab in the top left corner of the squad screen sets out how each prize pool is split between winners.
10.4 If more than one user receives the same number of points, then the logic in paragraph 7.3 will apply to determine the leaderboard positions. If more than one user occupies a single leaderboard position, then those users will receive an equal share of the prize pool for that leaderboard position and any overlapping positions. For example:
10.4.1 if two users finished with the equal most amount of points, the prize for first place is £1,000, and the prize for second place is £500, those two users will receive an equal share of the prize pool for first and second place – i.e. £750 each (being 50% of £1,000 plus £500);
10.4.2 if two users finished with the equal most amount of points and another two users finished with the second most amount of points, and in this scenario: first place prize is £1,000; second place prize is £500; third place prize is £250, and; fourth place prize is £100; then the two users with the most points would receive £750 (as above), the two users with the second most points would each receive £175 (being 50% of £250 + £100), and the user(s) with the third most points would receive the fifth place prize or an equal share thereof.
10.5 Notwithstanding the above, additional prizes may be introduced and awarded at our sole discretion. Any further terms / rules for such additional prizes will be published by us as and when applicable.
11.1 Following each Game, we will closely review the results (checking in particular for any breaches of the Game Rules and Player Terms) and determine the winners of any prizes.
11.2 Most prizes will be automatically credited to your Account balance within 5 working days (but in exceptional circumstances may take longer) and can be withdrawn to a UK debit card in accordance with the Player Terms.
11.3 In the event an advertised prize exceeds £5,000 then additional checks may apply and winners may be required to provide further information and / or documentation to verify their eligibility and adherence to the Player Terms to our satisfaction.
11.4 All prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
12.1 What happens if I forget to submit my team for the upcoming Game?
As per paragraph 3.1, all users are automatically entered into the Game based on their last saved line-up.
12.2 What happens if I forget to confirm the changes to my line-up before the Game closes for entries?
Sorry, any unconfirmed changes will not be taken into account for that Game. As per paragraph 3.2 you are required to confirm any changes made when in transfer mode – this is primarily for your own benefit to reduce the chances of accidental changes being made.
12.3 What happens if not all the Cards in my Fantasy Team play during a Game?
We will score your Fantasy Team based on the Cards who do play. You do not receive any points for Cards who are not selected as part of your Fantasy Team.
12.4 What happens if my ‘Captain’ or ‘Golden Boot’ Card does not play during a Game?
Sorry, as per paragraph 12.3 above we only score based on the Fantasy Team selected. You should choose carefully when picking the Captain and Golden Boot but be aware that you lose the opportunity to boost your points in that Game if the chosen Card does not play.
12.5 What happens if I win a Game joint with other users? Do we each get the full prize?
Unfortunately not. If more than one user(s) finish with equal amounts of points in a prize winning position then the prize for that position and any overlapping positions will be shared. See section 10 above for more details.
12.6 What happens if there is an error with settlement?
In the rare event that we settle a Game Event incorrectly, we will look into the matter promptly and resettle the Game Event correctly. The leaderboard will be updated to reflect any resettlement and funds may be debited / credited from player accounts to reflect the resettlement. If you think we have made an error with settlement which has not been corrected then please let our Customer Service team know and we will look into it!
13.1 In the interests of fairness and integrity, we do not generally intend to remove a Game after participants (including you) have been invited to enter.
13.2 We do however reserve the right to refuse entries at our sole discretion and we may also cancel / void, suspend or adjust any Game:
13.2.1 to correct any obvious errors or Malfunctions as set out in the Player Terms;
13.2.2 to maintain integrity and fairness;
13.2.3 if there has been a change to a football match (such as postponement) such that the football match can no longer feasibly form part of the Fixture Round.
13.3 We may further cancel, revoke, withhold, suspend, or otherwise adjust any Game entry (and any related winnings or transactions) in full or in part and/or suspend or cancel your Account where:
13.3.1 law and regulation requires that we do so;
13.3.2 we ask for further verification from you, which is not forthcoming;
13.3.3 we know or have reasonable cause to suspect that you have cheated, or have attempted to cheat, in a Game, or engages in activity which contradicts the fundament premise of any Game on the Platform;
13.3.4 we know or have reasonable cause to suspect that you have or have attempted to collude, or you and other individuals have colluded or attempted to collude in, influencing or attempting to influence the outcome of a Game (regardless if any such attempt was successful);
13.3.5 we know or have reasonable cause to suspect that you have engaged, or attempted to engage in fraud, criminal or other illegal practice;
13.3.6 you have invalidly requested a chargeback or have denied any transactions on your account;
13.3.7 you have more than one Account at any one time;
13.3.8 you are found to be in breach of the Player Terms (including these Game Rules);
13.3.9 there is a Malfunction as per the Player Terms which results in a “falsely attributed” or “improper” settlement – in such circumstances you also acknowledge and confirm that we reserve the right to void any relevant bet and to re-credit your account balance and/or to refund your stake where we choose to do so and thereby putting you in the position you would have been prior to any error;
13.3.10 we believe an entry has been placed in contravention of the rules of a sports’ governing body or other relevant professional body; or
13.3.11 we wish to (or are otherwise required to) make further enquiries as to any of the above.
13.4 If there is any disagreement as to the details of a particular bet, wager, amount staked, or result then our own records shall always prevail. You acknowledge and confirm that our own records (or gaming provider records where applicable) will determine the outcome of games. In the unlikely event of a conflict between the result that appears on your screen and our game servers you agree that the records on our game servers shall prevail. You also confirm that our own records and enquiries will be considered final and authoritative in determining same. The foregoing does not, however, affect your statutory rights.