If you are unsure what Footstock is or whether it’s for you, then you have come to the right place, by the time you’ve done your brain will be bursting with knowledge and you'll be on the right path to Footstock success. This article will cover:-
- What is Footstock?
- What do you do on Footstock?
- How do you make money?
What is Footstock?
The Footstock concept is simple, you buy, sell and hold a portfolio of Premier League players and then you use your players to win money in Fantasy Premier league contests, what could be simpler.
One thing to note before you get further involved, Footstock, at its core, is a mixture of trading and fantasy football and to get a better understanding you need to know what each of these elements are before you can learn how they link together.
If you know all about fantasy football and in particular know it in the context of Daily Fantasy Sport (DFS) then you are ready to move on. If not you can find out more in our Quick Read article - Fantasy Football.
Likewise if you feel as though you know all you need to know about trading and in particular how an order book works then again feel free to move on, if not check out the Quick Read articles - Trading and Order Book.
The Footstock market consists of all Premier League players represented as player cards. You can purchase as many of the same player as you wish, depending on how many are available to buy.
Each card shows the players points per game (PPG) which is based on points that are assigned for their real-life in-game actions. 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 is used to define each players category. Players are placed in one of five categories, Legendary, Epic, Rare, Common and Basic or for ease of reference 5 star down to 1 star. The higher the class, the less cards there are available to be bought which in turn increases the player card’s rarity and therefore value.
There is a further player class of inactive, this is for players that leave the league, for example players who retire, get transferred to a team in another league or who play for teams that get relegated. These players can still be bought and sold on the market and are the only players that can be used in the swap system (further details later), they cannot be used in tournaments or in the roulette
What do you do on Footstock?
First thing you need to do is set up an account at Footstock. Once you have registered you will receive a welcome bonus of three free cards and £1.50 bonus money. Spend some time getting used to each section, understanding how to use each area before deciding what to do next.
This is one of the places where you can buy players, here you buy player packs directly from Footstock. You may have heard mention of FIFA Ultimate Team or Panini stickers in relation to Footstock and it is this area where that concept comes from. You buy a pack and open it up in the hope that you’ll get the very best players for a snip of a price.
There are three pack types, Bronze (£2.99), Silver (£9.99) and Gold (£49.99) and each pack awards five player cards. The prices of each pack are directly linked to the chance you have of receiving the higher level players.
Each pack is a gamble and there is no guarantee you will get players worth more than what you paid, however there is also the chance you will (hence the term gamble). Each pack has a minimum guarantee that you will receive back at least 20% of the player sale price, this is based on the last deal price for each card. Before buying from the shop you should have a look at the market and consider whether you will get better value by buying directly from other people. This decision will depend entirely on how high or low the market prices are and how much you feel like gambling.
This is another place where you can obtain new players. This is the buy queue of the Order Book, a place where you can see all the players that people have put up for sale.
On the right you can see a search bar, ability to sort the order of the cards and filters. The search bar can be used to find a specific player and can also be used to search players for a specific club. The different sort mechanisms do exactly what they say on the tin. The “only available” filter is so you can remove or include players who aren’t actually up for sale. To see every player in the game remove the tick from this filter you will then see those players that aren’t actually available to buy. This can be seen by the fact that the price is greyed out.
The “inactives only” filter shows just the players with the class of inactive and removes all the other players with any other class.
Once you have used the filters/sorts and have identified a player you wish to buy then you are ready to proceed. If you click on the player you can see more information, to allow you to also see the sell price (sell this card) as well as the buy price (buy this card) you need to click on the up arrow:-
Click on the player card - Click on the arrow up (the arrow in line with the word “Price”)
If you are happy with the best price that is available to buy a particular player at and wish to purchase do the following:
Click on the player card - Click buy - Click place order - Click confirm - Click ok.
The player is now yours and can be seen in the Collection section (more on this next) where the player cards you own can be found.
Alternatively if you want to buy a player but don’t like the price that is available you can put forward your own buy price. The sell price that is showing is the best price that somebody has put up as a buy order, this is the queue of buyers.
Instead of paying the price that is available you can put forward your own price. In the case of Sterling (6) below if you put forward a price of £23.04 you will now show as the best price available. This buy order will stay on the Sterling card until somebody sells a Sterling to you or until somebody puts forward a better price in its place. To propose a price you do the following:-
Click on the player card - Click buy - Change the price - Click place order - Click confirm.
If you go to the My Orders section of the Market you can see what orders you have in place (both buy and sell orders) and can delete any of the orders you have in place, this can be done as follows:-
Click on “My Orders” - Choose the player and drag left - Click delete
For a more detailed explanation of how the Footstock Order Book system works check out the Quick Bites article - Order Book.
This is where you can see the players you own and how many you own of each (see top right of each player card for this). It is also the place where you can:-
Set sell orders.
Use a player on the roulette
Use the swap system for inactive players
On the right is the search bar, sort order and filters like in the Market. These can all be used in the same way with some additional elements such as “Count” which is how many of a player you own and “Acquisition Date” which is the date you last received a player card.
Once you have used the filters/sorts and have identified a player you wish to sell then you are ready to proceed. This is basically a flip of the buying mechanism in the market. If you click on the player you can see more information, to allow you to also see the buy price (buy this card) as well as the sell price (sell this card) you need to:-
Click on the player card - Click on the arrow up (in line with the word “Price”)
If you are happy with the best price that is available to sell a particular player and wish to proceed, do the following
Click on the player card - Click sell - Click place order - Click confirm - Click ok.
The player has now been sold and the funds for the sale appear in your balance. Alternatively If you want to sell the player but don’t like the price that is available you can put forward your own sell price. The buy price that is showing is the best price that somebody has put up as a sell order, this is the queue of sellers.
Instead of selling at a price that is available you can put forward your own price. In the case of Aguero (6) if you put forward a price of £19.98 you will now show as the best price. This sell order will stay on the Aguero (6) card until somebody buys your Aguero (6) from you or until somebody puts forward a better price. To propose a price you do the following:-
Click on the player card - Click sell - Change the price - Click place order - Click confirm - Click ok
If you go to the My Orders section of the Market you can see what orders you have in place (both buy and sell orders) and can delete any of the orders you have outstanding, see above for details.
To use a player on the roulette from this section you click on the player card and choose the Roulette options at the bottom (more information about Roulette can be found later).
To swap an inactive player for a player that is currently in the league you can use the swap system. The swap is undertaken randomly by a Footstock algorithm, this is a gamble, with some winners and some losers, details regarding the swap system can be seen in the table:-
This is where the fantasy football element of Footstock can be found, this is where you can show off your football knowledge and get rewarded at the same time. The tournaments are based on points being awarded to real-life actions taken by players:-
There are four levels of tournament available.
1) Free - These are tournaments where you pay no entry fee and yet if you make it into a winning position you win real money. There are no restrictions on which player cards you can use.
2) Beginner - These contests have a buy in of around 50p and have player class restrictions (see the table below), this level is designed to allow people to be able to compete with lower value players.
3) Amateur - These contests have a buy in of around £5 and have player class restrictions (see the table below).
4) Pro - These contests have a buy in of £20+ and have no player restrictions, these are not for the faint-hearted.
To enter a tournament click on the contest you wish to join, here you will see all of the players that you own in your collection that can be used in this particular tournament.
Choose the players you wish to use and scroll to the bottom then click on the join now button.
You have now submitted your line up, you can come back to this page, if you wish, to change which players you want to use. You can do this as many times as you want until the game in question kicks off in real life.
Once the tournament starts you can come back here to see how your line up is performing, where you are on the leaderboard and how much you have won.
One thing to note is that you can only use a player card in one contest at a time, If you have a Trent Alexander-Arnold (7) and play him in the freeroll you then won’t be able to play him in the Pro tournament, you either need to buy another Trent Alexander-Arnold (7) card or play a different player.
This is where the stat roulette can be found and potentially other games to be added at a later date.
To use the roulette you must first choose a player you wish to gamble with, click on the player then click roll to confirm. Foostock will randomly choose an opponent and a stat category where the two players will be compared.
If your player has the higher amount on the chosen stat category then you win and receive both cards into your collection, if your player loses you forfeit your player.
As of today this section has not yet been released, it is anticipated that this will give you rewards based on completing certain actions. It is likely to be designed as a way of gamifying the process for new users, the actions will increase in difficulty whilst the rewards will increase in value.
This section will be updated once it has been released.
This can be found by clicking on the menu icon at the top left to provide further areas
These sections do not really require any further commentary and are all fairly straightforward but if you do need to ask any questions Footstock Chat has all the information you need. Check out the article Why You Should Join FootstockChat? for more information or Join FootstockChat Now.
How do you make money?
So now you know the basics, what now? Now is the time to start to develop your skills and find what strategy best suits you. There are three fundamental ways to make money on Footstock, Trading, Fantasy Football, and Gambling.
The trading can either be short or long term, buying cards at a low price and selling them for a higher price when the player has peaked. Strategies such as using the mechanisms of the order book system, targeting short term form or fixture swings or just focusing on market sentiment are all viable options.
For the Fantasy Football approach, you can just focus on the small and steady gains of the free contests or look to build a strong portfolio of players to target the paid games.
The gambling element comes from the roulette and the swap system, trying to identify those players who offer the best value compared to the risk of the roulette or the swap.
The best way is through trial and error, keeping track of the decisions you make so you can see what worked and what didn’t.