Soccer Stats is a play-by-mail stats game, the idea of which is to provide a game that can be played in a competitive league format with as much skill and as little luck as possible.
the usual “soccer league” games the results of matches are determined by
real life events, not by rolling dice or generating random numbers. The players
you sign for your team and select to play each week score goals in the game when
they score goals in real life (while goalkeepers make saves if they keep clean
sheets in real life).
Unlike other play-by-mail games Soccer Stats doesn’t go into limbo between the deadline when you submit your instructions and the arrival of the game report. From real life results reported on your radio or TV you will know a lot about your Soccer Stats result before it arrives. Live games take on an extra edge when “your” players and “your opponents” players are involved.
The rules for transfers and signing players in Soccer Stats have been designed to make it virtually impossible to form cartels or make private deals between teams. Soccer Stats is a game about football players, not football management. The major skill of the game is your judgement of the ability of players to score (or save) goals in real life.
of management that are included in the game are ground development (increasing
ground capacity and income per head), finance (balancing a budget of capital
investment and expenses against receipts), marketing (spending money in an
effort to increase attendances) and merchandising (making extra money from goods
game includes competitive bidding for signings, and even poaching from other
Stats allows you to follow the real life transfer market to sign star players
who are rumored to be moving to English Clubs.
Soccer Stats is actually two games in one. The stats based “league rules” are used during the season when there are real-life stats available. In the off-season and in quiet weeks during the season the “cup rules” are used instead. Under cup rules the same squads and players are used, but results are decided by game strategies. The cup rules are intended to encourage weak “league” teams, as a good cup team can usually be constructed far more cheaply than a league team.
We are also trying to find players to open waiting lists for versions based on the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and the Australian National Soccer League (NSL). Click here for details of waiting lists.
There are over a dozen games ofSoccer Stats already running in the UK. All run with weekly deadlines (so you've seven days between turns). We have positions available in most of these games that will allow you to start play immediately (as in real-life, you take over a team and try to turn their fortunes around). You can join during the season - teams are always available whose coaches have stopped playing and are currently being run by the computer.
Turnfees inSoccer Stats are £8.00 for four, £18.00 for ten and £32.00 for twenty. Click here for more details of turnfees.
We welcome players from outside the UK, though you'll probably need to playSoccer Stats by email because of the short time between deadlines (weekly). Click here for more details of overseas players.
Each turn you’ll receive half a dozen pages of reports: a full roster listing with current scoring details for all of your players and full financial details for your teams. You’ll also receive game reports, showing the scorers in every game in the league, league tables, details of free agent signings, trades, holdouts and unsigned players who you may wish to consider making a bid for.
Normally reports are sent to you by email, so you'll have your result within minutes of the game being played, but players can receive their results by post if they wish. For more details on play-by-email click here.
Turnsheets inSoccer Stats can be sent by the usual methods (post or fax) and can also be sent by email through our active website. We can also send your game report by email, in which case it could be back in your hands within minutes of the adjudication being completed. Click here for more details on play by email.Turnsheets in Soccer Stats can be sent by the usual methods (post or fax) and can also be sent by email through our active website. We can also send your game report by email, in which case it could be back in your hands within minutes of the adjudication being completed. Click here for more details on play by email.
To joinSoccer Stats you'll need to send £5.00 (payable to Ab Initio Games) along with your name and address, which covers the cost of your rulebook(s), team setup and first three turns. When you send in your application please give a team name.
You can now also find details about standbys in existing games by clicking here.
To join the game you need to print out and send us the completed printout of the form below along with your payment. Click here to pay your startup fee by credit card via our secure server website.
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