This season’s Fantasy Non-League will again only cost you £5 to enter. The FNL 2019/20 entry deadline will be Noon on Saturday 31st August 2019. It is very important that you read the rules very closely as I am making some changes to the competition again this season.
If you are brave enough to enter the competition before it starts on Saturday 3rd August 2019 you will receive an early entry bonus. This season the early entry bonus will be the same as last season 750pts. (Please note however that the 750pt early entry bonus will not count towards the first Manager of the Month award). Also, if you are entering the competition to finish bottom and don’t want the 750pts please indicate that on the entry form or enter the competition after the season starts on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
There will be a Manager of the Month award, three in total – the winner, the runner up and the bottom team. (Please note that the first Manager of the Month will be a joint one taking in both the months of August/September 2019. In total, there will be eight Manager of the Month awards with the last one being April 2020.
At the End of the Season there will be cash prizes for the top four places and once again we will have my personal favourite a prize for finishing bottom, so why not enter two teams one to win it and one to lose it.
Every season I like to make a few changes to the competition and this season is no different. However, this season there will be only one change. The reason for this is that I am really happy with the format of the FNL as it currently stands. (So please make sure to take note of the changes).
1. The only change this season is that if any of your teams lose, the goals they concede will incur -1 point for each goal conceded. So, for example if you lose 1-0 you will get -5pts for the defeat as last season and -1pt for the goal conceded giving a total of -6pts for that fixture. Another example if you lose 5-0 you will get -5pts for the defeat, -5pts for conceding 4 or more goals and finally -5pts for the 5 goals conceded giving you a total of -15pts. My thoughts behind this is it will make the whole FNL league much more unpredictable both at the top and at the bottom.
The Rules for FNL 2019/20: –
(Please read these very carefully).
1. You will need to choose 3 teams from each of the eight leagues. (One from each of the 3-sub section in each league which will give you a total of 24 teams). Then you will need to nominate 3 BONUS TEAMS and they can come from any of the 8 leagues. Finally, you must pick your 3 FNL JOKER TEAMS from your 27 teams. Those three teams will receive double points throughout the season. That will include all bonuses awarded during the season it will also include the End of Season bonuses.
Also, if you wish you can pick 5 substitute teams, but these 5 teams must be on your FNL 2018/19 Entry Form. (More on the substitutes later in this season’s rules).
2. Points allocation, in all eight leagues. (Not the same as last season).
League & Cup games:
Home win = 10pts + goals Away win = 20pts + goals
Home Draw = 2pt + goals Away Draw = 4pts + goals
Home & Away defeats = -5pts
Every goal scored = 1pt (This is only if your team wins or draws).
Every goal conceded (defeat only) -1pt
Goal Bonus Points = 5pts (This is awarded if your teams score 4 or more goals, but only if they win or draw).
Clean Sheet Bonus = 5pts (This is awarded for both wins and 0-0 draws).
Concede 4 goals = -5pts (This does not apply to drawn games).
(Two legged ties count as two separate games).
(Cup replays that go to penalties. The penalties are only used to decide the winner. No points are awarded for the penalties scored).
Bonus points for reaching various rounds in each Cup competition:
For reaching the FA Cup 1st round proper and each round beyond = 25pts.
For reaching the Quarterfinals and each round beyond in all the other cups that are involved in the competition which are listed below = 25pts.
League Leaders & Bottom Club bonus:
At the end of each month up to and including April 2020 the team leading each of the eight leagues will be awarded 25pts. The team at the bottom of each of the eight leagues will be awarded -25pts. The Mixture bonus points will be allocated based on the best and worst team over the seven leagues that are included in The Mixture. (Please remember and this is important these bonus points will only count towards the main FNL season total and not the Manager of the Month).
Manager of the Month Bonus Points.
Each month the best and worst team in each of the eight leagues will be awarded 25pts & -25prs respectively. (These bonus points only count in the Manager of the Month calculations).
The actual Play-Off games themselves will be awarded points as if they were league games. The Play-Off Final winners will be awarded 50pts for gaining promotion. (These points will be awarded at the end of the season).
End of Season Bonus Points: (These points will be awarded at the end of the FNL Season in May 2020).
All League Champions will receive 250pts for winning their respective leagues.
The bottom team only in each league at the end of the season’s Fantasy Non-League will be awarded -250 bonus points.
Cup Winners will receive 150pts for the FA Trophy and 100pts for the other Cups.
Play-Off Winners will receive 50pts.
Remember if your FNL Joker team get these bonuses they will be doubled, for example a league winner picked in August 2019 at the start of the FNL Season will win you 500pts.
Substituted teams will be awarded half the End of Season bonus points & the full Play-Off Winners bonus .
3. The following Leagues and Cup competitions will be involved in this season’s Fantasy Non-League: –
National Premier – FA Cup and FA Trophy.
National North – FA Cup and FA Trophy.
National South – FA Cup and FA Trophy.
Northern Premier Lague – FA Cup, FA Trophy and League Cup.
Isthmian Premier – FA Cup, FA Trophy and League Cup.
Southern League Central Premier – FA Cup, FA Trophy and League Cup.
Southern League South Premier – FA Cup, FA Trophy and League Cup.
The Mixture – FA Cup, FA Trophy, Evo-Stik North, Bostick and South League Cups.
4. Use of Substitutions.
As stated above you can select five substitutes on your FNL 2019/20 Entry Forms and out of those five substitutes you can use up to three. Again, this season there will be only one substitution window and that will be during the month of December 2019 with your selected changes taking effect from Wednesday 1st January 2020. Details on how to use your substitutions will be released nearer the time during the month of November 2019. Please also note you can change your FNL Joker teams on the 1st January 2020 if you wish, but this will count as one of your Substitutions.
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