In August this year, Guinness Nigeria, brought Ex-Chelsea FC Champions league winning manager, Roberto Di Matteo to Nigeria in a move to encourage football lovers to follow in his footsteps and sign up on the Guinness Football Manager platform.
Guinness Football Manager aka Guinness Fantasy Football for Africa is a platform where you can manage your own fantasy football team for free and score points to win fantastic prizes each week. Prizes are awarded in five categories: Manager of the Week, Manager of the Month, Manager of the Season, Highest Scoring League – Month, Highest Scoring League – Season.
To get started, you sign up on the Guinness Football Manager website, visit the team selection page to select the 11 players of your team and register the team. If you already have a Guinness VIP account, you can sign up with it.
There is a list of players from different English premiership clubs, from which you can select the 11 players of your fantasy team. from. Some of those players are labelled as "star/elite" players. You are only allowed 2 star/elite players in your fantasy team. You can select a maximum of 3 players from the same football club and you are allowed one captain change per month. Your Guinness fantasy team must consist of 11 Players and use a 4-4-2 formation:
Under-performing players, injuries and suspensions can be a football Manager's nightmare - so you will be able to use 35 transfers throughout the League season. You are allowed a maximum of 5 transfers per week to keep your team fresh.
After registering your fantasy team, your team will score points based on the real-life performance of your selected players in the English Premier League matches during the 2013/14 season. The first scoring matches were on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Those who signed up before then, have been earning points from the first game of the season. So, if you are just registering, you will start earning points from the next match day.
Game weeks run from first Kick-off Saturday to midnight Friday throughout the 2013/14 Football season. Captain changes have to be made ahead of the first scheduled kick off each Saturday.
If you’re doing well enough to reach the Top 100 Managers in Guinness Football Manager you’ll be able to see your team on the Leaderboards page. Your overall position will also be displayed on your My Team page.
From time to time, you will be able to score bonus points by activating codes printed on scratch-cards or on special promotional Guinness crowns (bottle caps). These codes enable special features for a game week such as: Double points for a goal, Double points for a specified player, Extra Star player. You can find full details of the bonus points in the How to Play section.
Guinness Football manager Leagues
On the Guinness Fantasy Football platform, you can join or create a league and you and all your mates can keep a check on who's the best manager of the group. Each
league has a unique pin which you will have to send to your friends so that they can join your league.
I created a league and some teams have joined. You too can join and let's see if your team will perform better than mine by the end of the season.
Name is Ogbonge League and PIN is 20288.
Below is a screen shot of the points have earned so far after one week of signing up on the Guinness Football manager platform.