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Champions League

How to play UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football 2021/22 – a beginner’s guide


The group stage of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League (UCL) campaign kicks off on September 14, just after Gameweek 4 in Fantasy Premier League – and the official Fantasy game for Europe’s premier club competition is now live (official game app here).

There are some incredible prizes on offer in this free-to-play Fantasy game, from UEFA Champions League final tickets to Playstation 5s and replica shirts.

And we’ve also launched the official FFScout UCL League (Pin code: 33TKWHOD07), offering you a chance to win extra game round and seasonal prizes beyond the above.

You can launch in right now to start your team tinkering, and unlimited transfers are allowed before play starts.

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We’ll be bringing you more content on this game than ever before, with position-by-position guides over the next week and regular articles to follow when the action commences.

Once again it’s Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs and reigning champions Chelsea as the Premier League representatives amongst the 32 teams involved in this year’s tournament, with the six group stage matchdays all taking place before Christmas and the knockout rounds starting next February.

In this introductory piece, we’ll talk you through the basics of the game.

BRIEF RULES

To summarise the game in one sentence: UCL Fantasy managers get €100m to spend on a squad of 15 players, who earn points based on their on-field performances in the Champions League.

Anyone who has played Fantasy Premier League will have no trouble in picking the game up, as many of the rules are exactly the same or very similar:

  • An initial budget of €100m (which rises to €105m from the last 16 onwards)
  • Pick a squad of 15 players
  • No more than three players from each club (that threshold rises once the knockout stages begin)
  • Select a starting XI in a valid formation for every ‘matchday’ (the UCL equivalent of a ‘Gameweek’, which incorporates both the Tuesday and Wednesday fixtures)
  • Select a captain who earns double points
  • Make free transfers between matchdays

Those are the fundamentals but there are one or two quirks of the game that require a bit of explaining, which we will cover below.

SUBSTITUTIONS

If you prefer the hands-off approach to Fantasy management, auto-subs occur if any of your starting XI fail to feature and there is a playing substitute on your bench – providing that player doesn’t break the formation rules (a minimum of three defenders, two midfielders and one forward).

Where UCL Fantasy differs is that it also gives managers the chance to make manual substitutions instead.

After all matches on a single day (eg Tuesday) have finished and before the next matches within that matchday kick off (eg Wednesday), UCL Fantasy managers can:

  • Replace a maximum of four players (unless they have been sent off), with any of their substitutes whose teams are yet to play within the matchday.
  • Change their captain to another player from their squad whose team is yet to play. The original captain’s double points will be lost and the new captain’s score for that matchday will be doubled.

As an example, say you have selected Mason Greenwood (€8.0m) for Manchester United’s matchday 1 clash with Young Boys on Tuesday 14 September.

If the United forward fails to feature or returns a middling score of, say, two points, you can then replace him with one of your substitutes who is in action on Wednesday 15 September.

TRANSFERS

As we mentioned earlier, free transfers are allowed between matchdays.

Like in Fantasy Premier League, UCL Fantasy managers can roll a maximum of one free transfer – although only in the group stage.

For every transaction you make beyond your quota of free transfers, you’ll take a hit of four points.

The below table details how many moves are allowed at each stage of the competition:

PhaseNumber of free transfers
Before the group stage beginsUnlimited
Matchday 1–62 per matchday
Between Matchday 6 and round of 16 1st legUnlimited
Before round of 16 2nd leg3
Before quarter-final 1st leg5
Before quarter-final 2nd leg3
Before semi-final 1st leg5
Before semi-final 2nd leg3
Before final5

CHIPS
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There are two chips available to UCL Fantasy managers: Wildcard and Limitless.

These chips can be used only once per season and, once played, can’t be cancelled.

Wildcard

As in FPL, the Wildcard gives you the chance to change your squad as much as you like. When you play it you can make free unlimited transfers and any players you transfer in will stay in your squad once that matchday has finished.

Limitless

Limitless is the equivalent of FPL’s Free Hit chip and gives managers the chance to change their squad for one matchday only.

Once the matchday has finished, your squad will return to how it was before you played the Limitless chip.

Rather excitingly, there are no budget restrictions when activating Limitless – so, should you wish, you can pack your squad with the most expensive assets in the game.

SCORING SYSTEM

Again, the scoring system is a very familiar one.

Most of the player actions and the points on offer tally with FPL, although there are one or two notable differences.

A goal scored from outside the box gets an additional point, for example, while the acts of winning and conceding a penalty are rewarded and punished respectively.

Players also gain points through ball recoveries, which gives the more defensive-minded players a chance to rack up a tidy score.

Over 40% of Jorginho‘s (€6.0m) 2020/21 points total in UCL Fantasy was made up by recoveries, for example.

ActionPoints
All players
Appearance1
Playing at least 60 minutes (includes points mentioned above)2
Goals scored from outside the box (in addition to points for scoring)1
Assist3
Every three balls recovered1
Winning a penalty2
Conceding a penalty-1
Missing a penalty-2
Yellow card-1
Red card (includes yellow card deduction)-3
Scoring an own goal-2
Goalkeepers
Scoring a goal6
Saving a penalty5
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes)4
For every three saves1
For every two goals conceded-1
Defenders
Scoring a goal6
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes)4
For every two goals conceded-1
Midfielders
Scoring a goal5
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes)1
Forwards
Scoring a goal4

JOIN OUR MINI-LEAGUE AND WIN PRIZES

There are two types of league in UCL Fantasy: Private and Global.

Private leagues

Private leagues give you the chance to battle for bragging rights among your friends, family and colleagues.

To create a league, go to ‘Leagues’ and select ‘Create a league’. Then invite others to join by sharing the league code.

You can also reactivate your leagues from previous seasons in the ‘Leagues’ section.

We have set up our own mini-league, the details of which are below.

We will be giving away prizes in the form of Premium Memberships, the first batch of which will be dished out to our top five after the group stage has ended – and there will be more to follow when the knockout rounds get underway.


JOIN THE FANTASY FOOTBALL SCOUT MINI-LEAGUE HERE

Select ‘Leagues’, ‘Join a League’ and enter the following code: 33TKWHOD07

A full prize breakdown is coming soon but the giveaways will include Amazon vouchers and Fantasy Football Scout Premium Memberships.


Global leagues

Your team will be automatically included in the following leagues:

  • The overall leaderboard with all other players around the world
  • A league with other players from your country
  • A league with other players who support the same Champions League team as you

MAIN GAME PRIZES

In the main UCL Fantasy game, prizes are awarded after every matchday, after the group stage, after the knockout stages and after the final.

Tickets for the UEFA Champions League final and a Playstation 5 console are up for grabs, with a full breakdown available in the ‘Prizes’ tab on the game’s website.


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841 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Knallie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Allright, i'm going with 3 big hitters:

    Sanchez Steele
    Shaw Rudiger Dier Livra Williams
    Salah Torres Gray Dele Allan
    Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

    0.6 ITB to upgrade Rudiger to James

    Thoughts?

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Think Gray and Dele might be a stretch too far.

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Who are you going to captain this gameweek?

    3. Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Premiums are not where the value is. Once you have one or two solid captain options it's diminished returns. The value with premiums is captaincy.

    4. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Taa over Torres every day of the week.

      1. Pacer.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        19 days, 16 hours ago

        That would have been wrong last Saturday and may be wrong again this week. Maybe over the course of a season and based on historical data. Outcome isn't dictated that though, and isn't won by anyone who plays based on that

  2. Bruno Commando
    • 7 Years
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Which duo will get the most points in the coming 3 GWs?

    1) Bruno + Ings + 4 points
    2) CR7 + Torres
    3) CR7 + Sarr
    4) CR7 + Torres

    1. Bruno Commando
      • 7 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      4) should be CR7 + Gray

    2. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Ronaldo + Torres.

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      2

    4. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      19 days, 3 hours ago

      2. but it's tight with 4

  3. Monster Muppets
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Next round, who to play?

    a) Allan
    b) Harrison
    c) ings
    d) Jimenez -4

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Ings.

  4. baines is god
    • 9 Years
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Digne Cancelo White Livramento
    Salah Jota Raphina Gray Gilmour
    Lukaku DCL Bamford

    Good Wildcard team?
    Improvements?

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 15 hours ago

      Would have Shaw instead of Digne but otherwise I like it.

  5. Tcheco
    • 4 Years
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Is Sissoko nailed for Watford?

    1. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      19 days, 15 hours ago

      Nobody knows...

  6. Carcetti
    • 9 Years
    19 days, 16 hours ago

    Wildcard help please:

    A) Coufal + Jota

    B) Laporte/Shaw + Torres

    1. mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      19 days, 15 hours ago

      Not really keen on either to be honest - maybe A with Christensen instead? I just dumped coufal on WC - think WHU have 1 CS in last 14 or 15 games

  7. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    19 days, 15 hours ago

    Going to change my previous GK.

    Two premiums plus TAA confirmed.

    What else to change guys? 😀

    Sa, Elliot

    TAA, Rudiger, Saiss, Duffy, Livramento

    Salah, Torres, Raph, Traore the punt, Allan

    Ron, DCL, Antonio.

    No money left.

    Thought? Thanks..

  8. Sultan-Gemy2121
    • 6 Years
    19 days, 15 hours ago

    what to do with this team with 1.5 m in bank and 1 FT :

    Sanchez
    Shaw...Regulion...Henry
    Son...Bruno...Salah...Mbeumo
    Dennis...Antonio...Vardy

    Begovic...Duffy...livramento...Mcarthur

    1) Vardy -> lukaku
    2) Vardy & Bruno -> Ronaldo & Jota
    3) Save FT

    Thanks in advance

  9. fuzzymike
    • 3 Years
    19 days, 15 hours ago

    Current front row of Bamf, DCL and Ant. But with his fixtures, tempted to get Jimi in. With Europe and slightly weaker fixtures Antonio seems best one to swap, but his form says otherwise. What you reckon, stickor twist??