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Greetings readers! I’m back with another meaty post after having taken a brief blogging break.
I wasn’t completely inactive though, as I have been working on the Index Scholar Academy website.
The site currently has useful resources like set piece takers for each of Europe’s top five leagues as well as transfer reliability guides for a number of clubs. I’ve also been working on a Euro 2021 segment together with a member of the Football Index forum. We’re looking at each international team in preparation for next year’s tourney and providing information that traders can use to assist their purchasing decisions.
Anyway, that’s not what this post is meant to be about. Today’s topic of discussion is something much bigger.
I must say the platform has taken many by surprise, including myself!
The lack of football appears to have catapulted this platform to popularity as their recently introduced virtual tournaments have provided football punters with a great option for gambling despite the fact that there’s been no football for a while now.
So I wanted to take the time to go through the A to Z’s of this amazing platform with an extremely detailed Footstock explained article.
I also wrote a similar kind of article for Football Index a while ago.
I am being totally honest here when I say that attaining 100% ROI in less than a month on Footstock has compelled me to write about the platform, and I will now have a new category on the website which will be populated with useful Footstock content on a semi-regular basis.
Now onto the genesis…
What is Footstock?
Footstock is a brand of the company WR digital GmbH – a well-oiled German machine founded by Oliver Renner (the Chief Technology Officer) and Tilman Weischer in 2017.
Dubbed by many as the alternative to Football Index, Footstock is a football stock market where traders can buy, sell and hold cards in Premier League footballers. The cards are virtually the same as shares on the Football Index, with the price of a card rising or falling with demand and supply.
You can use the player cards to enter Fantasy Premier League style tournaments with prize money on offer for the winners, or you can use the cards to play roulette contests which award winners more cards. If you’re familiar with the Top Trumps card games of yesteryear, you can easily spot the resemblance between that and the roulette.
Here’s a video that the Footstock team produced to give an overview of what the platform is all about:
The Footstock crowdfunding campaign in 2019 raised £224,945, and part of that sum was used to buy a data feed that could provide real time statistics which are used to calculate player performance scores as well as decide the winners in tournaments and roulette games.
Now I’m now going to talk a little bit more about the cards…
On Footstock, the value stems from the cards. At present, a trader can purchase Premier League player cards on the Footstock market, with no imposed limit to the quantity of cards that can be purchased, provided that the cards in question are available to buy.
Here’s a quick glimpse as to what the cards look like:
As you can see, each Footstock card has a points-per-game (PPG) metric attached to it.
Footstock Chat – another good Footstock blog – provided a very succinct explanation of what the PPG means:
“The PPG is calculated by taking all the points achieved by the player over the last 19 Premier League games that their club were involved in and dividing this by the number of games the player was available to play (i.e not injured).”
The PPG also serves another important purpose – defining each player’s star rating category.
Ah yes, the good old star rating system! How can you hate it?
Footstock uses a star rating system to classify players. The unwritten rule is that the higher the star rating, the fewer cards there are available to purchase on the market. And in economic terms, fewer cards available to purchase translates into shortage of supply which subsequently drives up the price of the card in question.
There are five player classes currently in use, which you can see from the image below.
However, there’s also an inactive class which isn’t illustrated in the image above. This class is simply for players that leave the Premier League, which includes:
- Retired players
- Players who transfer to a team in another league
- Players whose team get relegated
You can still buy and sell these cards on the market but they will not be available to use in tournament competitions, virtual battles or roulette games.
If you get stuck with a few of these cards, Footstock has a facility in place which allows you to swap these inactive cards for other cards that are classed as active.
I’ll now talk about this briefly…
Say for example you had an Eden Hazard card in your collection that you wanted to swap out. As he no longer plays for Chelsea, his card is inactive.
You could choose to swap the Hazard card for a card of similar class, for a small fee. The table below breaks this down.
The swap is performed randomly by Footstock’s own algorithm, and it’s therefore a gamble as to which active card you will end up with. There is no guarantee that the card you receive from the swap will be greater in value than the inactive card you held previously.
So now that you’re familiar with the cards and the card swap feature, let’s take look at one of the ways you can buy cards.
The Footstock shop is the place where you can purchase packs directly from Footstock themselves. If you’re familiar with FIFA Ultimate team, you’ll know exactly how frustrating and exciting the pack opening experience can be!
For those who’ve never ventured into that side of FIFA, a pack simply contains a collection of players which, when bought, become yours to use in tournaments or games of your choosing.
As you can see from the image above, there are currently 3 packs available to purchase:
- EPL Standard – £6.99
- EPL Premium – £29.99
- EPL Exclusive – £99.99
The first two packs award 5 player cards whereas the exclusive pack gives a buyer 10 player cards. In addition to player cards, each pack contains tournament coupons which you can redeem to enter tournaments for free!
There are four types of coupon available:
- £0.50 tournament entry coupons
- £5.00 tournament entry coupons
- £15.00 tournament entry coupons
- £20.00 tournament entry coupons
From the prices of each pack you can quickly discern that the higher priced packs give you a statistically greater chance of acquiring the top tier players – like Bruno Fernandes and Trent Alexander Arnold – as well as a greater chance of grabbing the higher value coupons.
The table below shows the card class probabilities for each pack.
As the cards and coupons drawn are based on probabilities, you can see that buying players this way can be a bit of a gamble. For what it’s worth, I’ve opened a fair number of packs and have only been disappointed two or three times in what I received.
Be careful when buying packs especially as you’ll see more of the good pack openings being displayed on Twitter and less of the bad ones, which can skew your perception on the value that the packs provide.
In my short time on Footstock I’ve seen some people receive insanely good packs and some absolutely diabolical ones as well!
One last thing to note about packs is that each one has a minimum guarantee that you will receive at least 20% of the player sale price – which in itself is based on the last deal price – should you choose to sell the cards on the market.
Having been on Footstock for about a month, you can see that packs become more valuable when market prices are soaring and less valuable when the market prices have dipped.
I’ll now talk about the second way in which you can buy player cards on Footstock.
The Footstock market is where the magic of Order Books happens.
This section essentially serves as the buy queue of the Order Book, as it’s where you can see every player that has been put up for sale by other Footstock users.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what it looks like at the time of writing.
The growth on the platform has been nothing short of immense, as when I joined I clearly remember Bruno Fernandes costing £38 to buy and Kevin De Bruyne could be picked up for as little as £40!
On the right hand side of the market page you can see a search bar, with a sorting and filtering options beneath that.
These options are fairly self-explanatory, with the search bar giving users the ability to find exactly who they are looking to buy, whilst the sorting and filtering options allow users to narrow down on players according to a set of criteria like price, playing category, club, position, etc.
It’s also worth noting that the “Only Available” filter, when unticked, will include players in the search who aren’t up for sale.
Once you’ve identified the player you wish to purchase, you click on the card in question.
On the next page, you’ll be met with a buy price and a PPG score.
You can also click the upward facing arrow that is in line with the word “Price”, after which you’ll be able to see two things in addition to the buy price:
- Sell Price (sell this card)
- Last card deal
The sell price shown is the best price that an existing user has placed as a buy order. So this is the top of the buy queue – those further down in the queue will have set lower priced buy orders.
The last card deal basically means the price that the card was last sold for. I use this information to inform my purchasing decisions as I tend not to stray too far from the last card deal price when putting in buy orders.
So you don’t necessarily have to place a buy order at the buy price. If you feel like putting in a lower buy price you can do so, but be prepared to wait until someone else with a sell order is happy to sell at the price you’ve set.
You can also encounter a situation where someone usurps the buy price you set with a higher priced buy order, which pushes you further down the buy queue. To counter this, you could set a slightly higher buy order than the other person or you could match the best price available. This is all done from within the “My Orders” section of the website or app.
Once you’ve made your final decision, simply click the buy button and enter the amount of cards you wish to purchase in the quantity field, with your buy offer in the field below that.
Then click “Place Order” and you should be good to go.
If your order is successful, you will be able to see the player you bought in the “Collection” section.
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This section is where you can easily see all the players in your Footstock portfolio. It also shows how many cards of each player you have, as when you own multiple cards of the same player there is a small number in the right hand corner of the card which tells you exactly how many you have.
The collection is not just limited to this though, as it’s also the place where you can:
- Sell players
- Place sell orders
- Select players to use for roulette
- Utilise the card swap system to exchange inactive players for active ones
The collection page is laid out in a similar way to the market page, with the search bar, sorting and filtering options visible on the right.
Here’s a screenshot of my own collection just so you can see how it looks.
Once you’ve settled on a player that you wish to sell, it’s easy to grasp the mechanics as it’s the opposite of the buying process.
Clicking on a player will present you with more options like:
- Buy price (buy this card)
- Last card deal
- Card bought for (the price you paid to acquire the card)
Once again, I make use of the last card deal to get a rough idea of the going rate for a particular card, which gives me a better indication on how much I can sell the player in question for.
Then when I’m settled on my sell price, I simply click “sell”, then set the quantity of cards to offload and the price I want to sell the cards for and finally “Place Order”.
Similar to the buy orders, You can sell at a price of your choosing.
For example if I choose to sell Hugo Lloris at £2.50, my sell order will now show as the best price and will remain pending until someone buys the card or until someone else puts up the player in question for sale at a higher price.
You can monitor buy and sell orders from the “My Orders” section on the market tab.
Lastly, you can choose a player to use in the roulettes by clicking on the player in question and selecting the “Casino” option in the pop up menu next to the sell button.
This is how it looks on the website:
The next section is where Footstock really comes into its own…
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This is the home for all the Fantasy Premier League addicts out there!
With tournaments, your football knowledge is put to the test as tournament winners are decided through the scoring of points, which are awarded for real life actions that are taken by the players on the field of play.
The table below shows the Footstock scoring matrix breakdown:
There are two types of tournament which users can play:
- Live Tournaments – based on real world football
- Virtual Tournaments – simulated football
Footstock introduced virtual tournaments which – as implied by the name – are virtual football matches taking place in the absence of real football. The virtual games use the same scoring matrix and players mainly score points according to their current PPG.
However, Footstock have mentioned that there is an element of randomness to the virtual tournaments, so it’s not always the case that the players with the highest PPG score the most points.
In fact, there’s been quite a bit of banter on Twitter as Brighton apparently pumped Liverpool 4-0 away from home – an event very unlikely to occur in the real world.
There are also four different tournament classifications that traders can enter:
- Free roll tournaments – no entry fee is required and there are no restrictions on the cards you can use to enter these tournaments
- Beginner tournaments – these have an entry fee of either 50p or £1 and have player class restrictions (see table below). The restrictions are put in place to “level the playing field” as it gives those on a lower budget a chance of winning due to the fact that higher budget players can’t enter all their 4* and 5* players in these
- Amateur tournaments – these have either a £5 or £7.50 entry fee and have player class restrictions as well (see table)
- Pro tournaments – these have an entry fee of either £15 or £20 but don’t have any player class restrictions
Once you’re on the tournament page, it’s simply a case of deciding which ones you wish to enter and selecting players to enter for each.
Here’s a screenshot of a tournament in progress…
So for example, if you click on a Pro tournament consisting of Man City vs Chelsea and Sheffield vs Bournemouth, you will be able to enter players who play for any of these teams into the tournament.
Footstock also indicates which players in your collection are in the starting line-up, making your selection decision slightly more straightforward.
The first important thing to note here is that you can redeem coupons for tournament entries. When I started off I purchased a couple of packs from the shop to build up my coupon stash. I’ve got several 50p coupons and a few £15 coupons left, having used up all my £5 ones recently.
Using coupons means you’re technically not paying anything to enter these tournaments, other than the cost of the pack which provided you with the coupons in the first place.
Once you’ve settled on a line-up and joined the tournament, you have up until the deadline to make unlimited changes to the team you entered.
Additionally, you can only use a particular player card in one tournament at a time. So for instance, if you own just one Adama Traore, you can use him in the free roll tournament but you won’t be able to use him in any other tournament that is scheduled at the same time.
It’s just like in real life, you can’t show up for two separate meetings that are scheduled to take place at the same time at separate locations!
Using the example given, if there was another tournament which Wolves were involved in that was at a later date and not running simultaneously with the free roll, you could enter your Adama Traore card again.
Lastly, you are allowed to enter up to five different teams for the Pro, Amateur and Beginner tournaments.
Now I’m going to start talking about the parts that make Footstock a game with no final whistle.
The games section is where a lot of the fun (and the gambling) is at.
Footstock does allow you to self-exclude from any of these games should you choose to.
Let’s start by talking about…
I love me a bit of good old single roulette.
Here you simply select a player to use for the roulette and once you confirm your choice, the Footstock algorithm will pair your player up with another player at random. The opponent you face could be from any team or any star rating class.
More so, the opponent chosen always has the same position to the player that you selected to use for the roulette.
This means that if you chose to use Chris Wood in single roulette, you won’t be matched up with a James Tomkins card or a Scott McTominay card as Forwards cannot face Defenders or Midfielders in this type of roulette.
So single roulette is either:
- Goalkeeper vs Goalkeeper
- Defender vs Defender
- Midfielder vs Midfielder
- Forward vs Forward
A random statistic out of the 23 available will be used to compare the player you selected against your opponent. Some stats for outfield players are excluded however. For example, Forwards cannot compete with the “Last Man Tackle” stat.
The list of statistics used (excluding goalkeeper stats) is shown below:
- Ball Recovery
- Big Chance Created
- Clean Sheet
- Contests Won
- Corners Won
- Last Man Tackle
- Minutes Played
- Passes Completed
- Penalty Won
- Second Assists
- Shots on Target
- Tackles Won
- Total Clearances
- Total Shots
If your player has the higher value for the chosen statistic, then you have won the stat roulette and both cards will be appear in your collection (i.e the one you used and the opposing card).
On the other hand, if you lose the stat roulette, then you lose the card you chose to compete with (i.e. you forfeit your own player).
There’s also a cost with single roulette. You get 15 “roulette spins” every day, with the first five spins costing 49p each. After the 5th spin, the price then increases to 99p for each spin. And then after the 10th spin, the price increases to £1.49 per spin.
Prices are reset each day and the match-ups happen instantly as there is no waiting for other Footstock users to join the tournament pool, as you’ll see later on with Tournament Roulette.
It’s a winner takes all game that’s proving to be very addictive.
With roulette tournaments, it’s the same winner takes all game but with the added possibility of winning even more cards.
Also with tournaments, there is no positional matchmaking like with single roulette. Here a Forward can come up against a Midfielder, a Defender or even a Goalkeeper.
And another big difference is that roulette tournaments have some added rules…
Roulette tournaments with fewer than 5 entrants usually cost 10p to enter and all cards are won by the eventual winner.
On the other hand, roulette tournaments with 8 or more entrants are free of charge to enter, but Footstock usually has what is called a “rake” where they collect some of the cards that have been entered into the tournament.
This informative piece on Footstock roulette says that the card rake usually varies based on the number of tournament entrants and that Footstock never take the best card.
There roulette tournament rakes are as follows:
- 8 man roulette – 1 card rake
- 16 man roulette – 2 card rake
- 32 man roulette – 4 card rake
NB: In light of the situation surrounding COVID 19, Footstock have temporarily halted roulette tournament entry fees and card rakes. All roulette tournaments are currently free to enter and there is no card rake until further notice.
Here’s what a roulette tournament win looks like:
And now with roulette tourneys thoroughly explained, let’s move onto the next section.
Virtual contests function in the same way as virtual tournaments, the only differences are:
- The games start when the required pool to join the battle is met
- There is a limit to the number of people who can enter each battle
Like tournaments, there are different types of virtual battles:
- Beginner battles – usually 50p to enter
- Amateur battles – usually £2 to enter
- Pro battles – ranging from £5 to £20 to enter
Virtual battle prize pots are already predefined as it takes into account the number of entrants for each battle as well as Footstocks fee for facilitating each battle.
The payment structure for virtual battles is shown in the table below:
In events where players have the same score, winnings are shared.
A word on the now defunct raffles
Virtual battles have now replaced what were known as Instant Raffles in the games section.
With raffles, all you had to do was exchange cards for raffle tickets and there would be a daily and weekly raffle winner who would be awarded coupons, free stat roulette entries and possibly deposit bonuses and some higher value cards (usually free rare or epic level cards).
Footstock rewards users for completing certain actions on the platform. As of today, I’ve completed 9 out of the 73 challenges available.
Within this section you can also view the coupons that you have available as well as the ones that you’ve used in the past.
So with all that said, I’m now going to wrap up this long post with a word on how the mullah is made.
How do I make money on Footstock?
The answer to this question boils down to three main things:
- Trading – i.e. buying, holding and selling cards
- Tournaments – using general football knowledge and fantasy football playing experience to win tournaments
- Roulette – playing either versions of the stat (single or tournament) roulette to win player cards
When it comes to trading, you can take either a long term or a short term approach. I’m using both approaches here.
I’ve more than doubled my money on Danny Ings for example, buying in at a price of £11.61 and selling for £25.73.
That’s a return of 121.6%.
Looking longer term, I’ve bought players like Mahrez and Aguero for £9.71 and £8.99 respectively as I believe they will provide value in the tournaments that are to come.
I also have to say that I was lucky to join the platform before prices ballooned even further.
On the other hand, when it comes to tournaments you can play this any way you like. I don’t really have a strategy that I tend to adhere to with this, I simply enter the players who I think will score the most points in the game, similar to how I would play Fantasy Premier League.
Although I do tend to enter my strongest teams for the Pro and Amateur tournaments as the potential reward is far greater, and stick in the rest of the players I have available for the free roll tourneys.
It’s working decently so far as I’ve won 4 amateur virtual tournaments and 3 free roll virtual tournaments.
When it comes to roulette, I initially started off by taking a very cautious approach by limiting myself to playing a few times a day. Now I’m more liberal with the playing time but I stick to single roulette as I’ve lost far too many times on the tournaments.
This is also working well enough for me as my most notable win was a Dominic Calvert Lewin card that was valued at £30 at the time. All from a 49p spin using a 30p Dwight Gayle card!
I know the results here pale in comparison to some of the wins I’ve seen on Twitter, as there are people out there winning Rashford’s and Bruno’s like nobody’s business.
But it’s what makes this platform so engaging, there are so many different ways to play the game.
The order book system also works really smoothly, although users should be careful with making deposits whilst they have unfulfilled buy orders. I made this mistake when depositing £50 and a fraction of it went towards a few buy orders that I had pending in my account. Luckily the player in question was only worth 30p so it didn’t prove costly.
I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my Footstock experience so far and I’m in it for the long haul. The platform is living up to the hype it’s been receiving and I have no doubt that Footstock have a lot more great things in the pipeline.
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Have fun and, as always, gamble responsibly.