How to Play

Getting Started

Create or Join a League

Choose from Weekly, Monthly or Season gametypes and invite your friends or share it on social media to play against fellow football fans.

You can create public leagues that other football fans can join OR create a private league for you and your friends. Users can request to join private leagues, the league owner retains ultimate control of who joins.

Leagues can contain an unlimited number of divisions, each division can have a maximum of 10 teams.

In season games, divisions are created automatically as your league requires (e.g. Dave is your 11th friend to join, the 2nd division will be created)

League owners can manage the current teams in their league from the league options screen. League options include:

  • Edit league badge and details
  • Manage draft dates/times
  • Move teams between divisions
  • Remove teams from divisions
  • Resend league invites
  • Respond to join requests

The league commissioner can choose how many teams play in each division. So for example, if there are 12 teams signed up to play in a new league, the commissioner can choose to have 6 teams in each of 2 divisions.

Season Competitions

Dugout FC is a draft based game, meaning completely unique teams per division. Before the season starts managers take part in a draft event to pick their squad of 18 for the season.

Dugout FC mirrors real world football with head-to-head battles every week. Each manager competes for the most fantasy points, the team with the most at the end of the gameweek gets the 3 points.

After the draft the fixtures are created for the season.

If you have an odd number of managers in your league, don’t worry! Dugout FC’s Caretaker Manager will play against one person each week for the 3 points. The Caretaker Manager scores the average of all other teams in the league that week.

Once the season starts, login to the Matchday Hub on game day to see how you are getting on and chat with your league opponents. You’ll get live score updates on every stat that scores you fantasy points.

Dugout FC has the best scoring model in fantasy football. We make every player in every position important by tracking every on the ball action. We assign points values to every contribution, not just the hollywood categories.

At the end of the gameweek, whoever scored the most fantasy points gets the win and takes home the 3 points, a draw gets you a point, a loss gets you nothing.

When the season starts you can stay up to date with all the league action on Android and iPhone. Check out our apps!

Monthly Competitions

Play in Dugout FC monthly competitions to compete in leagues of upto 10 managers for 4 gameweeks.

To play in a monthly competition you can either create your own or join one that another Dugout FC user has already set up.

To create a competition, via the web or mobile apps navigate to the create league workflow and follow the steps to create the competition and your team. From there you can invite your friends or you can wait for others to join by finding it in the list of public competitions. When creating a competition you'll need to set the draft date when all of your league members are available to complete the draft. Note that we suggest you plan for around 20 mins per team for you to complete your draft. For example, in a league of 5 members, you should leave yourselves 1 hr 40 minutes. You'll need to ensure that the draft is completed before the start of the gameweek which is 1 hour before the first fixture of that gameweek, otherwise, the start of your competition will be postponed until the following gameweek.

To join a competition, via the web or mobile app, select the option to find a monthly game. You can then join any competitions that are public or request to join those that are private.

Once in a competition, the first thing you'll be required to do is to complete your draft. The draft will consist of 18 rounds for you to pick the 18 players you think are going to shine in the 4 gameweeks your competition is scheduled for.

Once you have completed your draft, you'll need to set your lineup for the first gameweek, following the same rules as those used in the season game.

The gameweek will then play out as it does in the season game however, at the end of the 4 gameweeks, the winner of the competition will be decided based on the league table. The winner will be the person with the most league points. In the case of a tie, the winner will be the person with the most Fantasy Points. If there is still not a winner, it will come down to total number of goals scored by the players in each managers team during the competition.

The results will be communicated to the managers via email and you'll be able to see the results via the 'Completed Leagues' option available in the 'My Leagues' menu on the website.

Playing in monthly competitions is also a good way to increase your global ranking! More information on global rankings can be found in the section labelled 'Global Rankings' below.

Weekly Competitions

Play in Dugout FC weekly competitions to compete head-to-head against a single opponent for a single gameweek.

To play in a weekly competition you can either create your own or join one that another Dugout FC user has already set up.

To create a competition, via the web or mobile apps navigate to the create league workflow and follow the steps to create the competition and your team. From there you can invite a friend or you can wait for someone to join by finding it in the list of public competitions. When creating a competition you can either set the draft date manually or you can choose to 'Start Immediately'. Choosing to start immediately will mean that it will be possible for the league owner to start the draft as soon as the league is full. Note that the draft can take up to around 45 minutes however, will usually only last for 5 - 10 minutes. You'll need to ensure that the draft is completed before the start of the gameweek which is 1 hour before the first fixture of that gameweek, otherwise, your competition will be postponed until the following gameweek.

To join a competition, via the web or mobile app, select the option to find a weekly game. You can then join any competitions that are public or request to join those that are private.

Once in a competition, the first thing you'll be required to do is to complete your draft. The draft will consist of only 11 rounds for you to pick the 11 players you think are going to shine in the gameweek your competition is scheduled for.

Once you have completed your draft, you'll need to set your lineup, following the same rules as those used in the season game.

The gameweek will then play out as it does in the season game where you'll compete against the other team in your league. The outcome of the matchup for this gameweek will then define the outcome of the competition. In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided based on the total number of goals scored by the players in each managers team during the competition. If it's still a tie after this, it will come down to the total number of assists and finally the total number of accurate passes if it's still a tie after that.

The winner of the competition will receive a trophy for their cabinet which is visible on their manager profile. The results will also be communicated to the two managers via email and you'll be able to see the results via the 'Completed Leagues' option available in the 'My Leagues' menu on the website.

Playing in weekly competitions is also the best way to increase your global ranking! More information on global rankings can be found in the section labelled 'Global Rankings' below.

Dugout FC Manager Rankings

Battle against the global Dugout FC community in our manager ranking system!

The Dugout FC ranking system is based on the same system used to rank international teams in the FIFA world rankings. Points are awarded to teams after each matchup dependent on a number of factors:

  • The outcome of the matchup
  • The different in ranking points between the two opponents before the matchup
  • The type of league the matchup is being competed in (i.e. Weekly, Monthly, Season)

If one of the managers wins the matchup, that manager will gain ranking points and the losing manager will have an equal number of ranking points deducted from them. If the winning manager starts with less ranking points that their opponent they will gain more ranking points than their opponent would have if they had won the matchup, i.e. you will increase your ranking points quicker by beating people ranked higher than you.

If the matchup is a draw, the lower ranked player will still gain a smaller amount of points than they would had they won the matchup and the higher ranked player will lose an equal number of ranking points.

The final factor involved in acquiring ranking points is the type of matchup played. Playing weekly games will earn a manager the most ranking points, monthly games will earn the manager the next most and finally, season games will earn the lowest amount of ranking points.

The Draft

The draft date/time will be set by your league owner.

There are a set number of rounds in the draft, during each round a manager will pick 1 player to add to their squad. The order of the first round is completely random, the order is reversed for each round after that (e.g. if you got 10th pick in the first round, you would get 1st pick in the second round).

  • Season: 18 Rounds
  • Monthly: 18 Rounds
  • Weekly: 11 Rounds

Before the draft begins, you can shortlist as many players as you like. You can also order the shortlist to put what you think will be the best players at the top.

If you can’t attend the draft, make sure you enable auto drafting in your divisions live draft room. Dugout FC will automatically select the player at the top of your shortlist.

During the draft you can still search and add players to your shortlist, your shortlist will update as players are drafted by others and become unavailable.

On each turn, the manager has 2 minutes to make their selection, if they do not make a selection in time:

  • The player at the top of their shortlist will be automatically selected
  • If they have no players in their shortlist their pick will be skipped

Once the draft is completed each team will have a complete squad for the compeition. Each of these players is now owned exclusively by their respective manager. If there is a player you really want in your squad, you will need to entice their manager via a Transfer.

The transfer window for the EPL remains open a few months into the start of the season, players who sign to Premier League clubs after your draft go into a temporary state called 'Contracts Expiring'. All fantasy clubs can offer these players a contract, the player will then decide which fantasy club they wish to join. Contact offers are processed on Monday & Thursday nights.

Gameplay: My Squad

Select your starting 11 for each gameweek.

  • You must field a legal formation (Formation Rules).
  • If you do not field a legal formation you will score 0 for that gameweek
  • The deadline for submitting a lineup is 1 hour before the first kickoff of that gameweek (e.g. 12:45pm kick off, 11:45pm deadline)
  • Once the deadline has passed, your lineup is locked for that gameweek
  • If you do make changes to your squad, be sure to confirm those changes
  • You can change gameweeks and set your lineup for future gameweeks or review historical lineups
  • You can change your formation by replacing players in different positions. (e.g. swapping a forward for a midfielder would change your formation)

Gameplay: Fixtures

The gameweek fixtures are released immediately after the draft.

Gameplay: Gameweek Matchups

Each premier league player scores fantasy points individually based on what is happening in the real premier league games.

Your gameweek starting 11 will score points towards your gameweek total.

There are no automatic substitutions for players who do no play, so make sure you do your homework!

Players score points for all of their on the ball actions, some positive, some negative. Points values & scoring criteria is also different per position for some categories so view the scoring rules.

Gameplay: League System (Season Games)

Dugout FC brings the reality back to fantasy football. Dugout FC allows you to create a proper league system with multiple divisions along with the excitement of promotion and relegation.

There can be a maximum of 10 teams in each division. Every league can have an unlimited number of divisions. The league commissioner can choose how many teams play in each division. So for example, if there are 12 teams signed up to play in a new league, the commissioner can choose to have 6 teams in each of 2 divisions.

League positions are dictated firstly by League Points. If teams are tied on League Points then they will be ordered by Fantasy Points (FPts) scored. In the unlikely event of teams tied on both League Points and Fantasy points, they will be ordered by goals scored.

At the end of the season, the team at the top is declared the champion. If your league has multiple divisions then the top two teams are promoted and the bottom two teams are relegated.

Gameplay: Transfers

All the players that do not belong to a squad in your division are free agents. You are free to transfer these players in and out of your squad whenever you like, as long as you do not go over the limit of 18 squad players.

When a player is dropped from a squad, managers can offer them a place in their team. In the event that more than one manager wants that player, the player will choose one of those teams at random.

Managers are able to trade players between each other through transfers. If you like the look of a player from another squad, you can make a transfer offer to their manager. Transfer offers can consist of one or more of your players for one or more of theirs. You can make transfer offers at any point in time, and the opposing manager can choose to either accept, reject or counter the offer.

Be careful! When transfer negotiations are ongoing for more than 24 hours, the papers will get wind of it and publish the story as a transfer rumour to all the other managers. At this point, other managers can hijack your deal with an offer of their own to either manager.

Gameplay: Manager Sackings

Dugout FC now allows league owners to remove idle managers. Please use this feature responsibly as sacked managers cannot be re-instated. The quality of your Dugout FC experience is in your hands.

Managers can be sacked by league owners from the ‘Edit League’ screens, access the ‘Manage Teams’ tab & find the manager you wish to remove.

When a manager is sacked, the team will be removed from the league. Any matches that have been played up until the point of the sacking will be maintained, any points earned and lost against the sacked manager will also be maintained. Fixtures going forward will be recreated without the sacked manager(s).

When a manager is sacked their team is removed and their players will be put in the Contract Expiring list. As with the existing Contract Expiring feature, managers are able to offer these players a contract and the player will choose which team to join, their decision is random.

Formation Rules

  • Exactly 1 goalkeeper
  • Minimum of 3 Defenders
  • Minimum of 2 Midfielders
  • Minimum of 1 Forward
  • Maximum of 3 Forwards
  • Total of 11 players