football predictions since 1979
A Primer
For information on when to predict, please see instructions in the panel to the left. You will also find links to the upcoming fixtures there, and a calendar of the full season. Additionally there may be email alerts to remind you. Remember though the onus is on the competitor to get his/her scores in on time. If in doubt any week, just forecast all Premier League, Gillingham and UEFA games.

There are three weekend leagues, all linked to and derived from one set of domestic predictions per week based on the Premiership and Premiership+Gillingham FC. The fourth is a stand-alone league for UEFA competitions.

In a nutshell, members predict domestic games (Premier, Gillingham) most weekends, and UEFA games (Champions League and Europa Cup) most Tuesdays-Thursdays.

If in any doubt as to what to submit and when, members should always predict the weekend Premier/Gillingham fixtures and the midweek UEFA games - watch out too for the League Cup (Capital One Cup) and FA Cup games (see CUPS page)

All the season's fixture dates can be found under FIXTURES and CALENDAR in the panel to the left of this page.







Joyce Phillips Standard League (JPSL) - established 1979

How it works
You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 3 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score)

League positions are determined by total points scored (either by results or by maximums), followed by most maximums scored, followed by most games predicted (so it favours those who predict all the games)

All Saturday and Sunday Premier League and Gillingham FC games are predicted.

Points scored for all other leagues are derived from predictions for this league, so competitors only have to do one set of domestic league predictions each week

Additionally, the JPSL is used for qualifying for the Members' Challenge League (top 16), the JP League Cup (top 16) and for the FA Cup (top 10).

Background
The JPSL is the original league competition. It was first won by John Burrluck in 1980-1981. Originally maximums were only worth two points but this was changed when the Premier League changed from to three points for a win.

There were no FPA competitions between 1983 and 1987 so the winners board jumps from 1982 to 1988.

When the Results League started in 1988-1989 a name was needed to separate the two leagues and it was named the 'Standard' league - as the standard format. It could equally have been named the original league or the maximums league.

In 2011 after the passing of founder member and league organiser Joyce Phillips, it was renamed the Joyce Phillips Standard League.




Current standings
Joyce Phillips Standard League
14 GMPMSR
1MatthewStarling136211176.48
2MishaKonfektov 13516978.44
3WillRajan12517967.35
4JasonBlackford13616968.50
MarkGrunwell13616968.50
6FionaGrunwell13617958.00
7MarkCrossley13614959.71
8KhalidMowad136139510.46
9WillHughes13614949.71
10DanielGrunwell136119412.36
11AlanFoster13414919.57
12GlenGrunwell 136139110.46
13RobSalter133129111.08
14MattWilling136139010.46
15KhalidAldhamen13214899.43
16JacobKnight136128311.33
17ElliottGrunwell13698315.11
18IanMilligan136118012.36
19TopeBammeke 13597715.00
20MikePhillips13687717.00
21SamiAlmudaris13487316.75
22PredictZ13676419.43
23MarkLewis10766317.83



JOYCE PHILLIPS STANDARD LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
1981J.BURRLUCK
1982M.GRUNWELL
1988M.GRUNWELL
1989D.BOSTON
1990M.GRUNWELL
1991B.ROBERTS-JONES
1992M.GRUNWELL
1993B.ROBERTS-JONES
1994M.GRUNWELL
1995THE SUN
1996M.PHILLIPS
1997M.PHILLIPS
1998M.GRUNWELL
1999M.PHILLIPS
2000M.PHILLIPS
2001M.GRUNWELL
2002M.GRUNWELL
2003J.PHILLIPS
2004M.WILLING
2005M.PHILLIPS
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007G.GRUNWELL
2008J.PHILLIPS
2009F.GRUNWELL
2010M.GRUNWELL
2011M.PHILLIPS
2012M.PHILLIPS
2013D.GRUNWELL
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015E.GRUNWELL
2016F.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.GRUNWELL
2020A.FOSTER
2021F.GRUNWELL

Results League (RL) - established 1988

How it works
You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, whether home, draw or away. League positions are determined by total points scored (results only), followed by best success percentage, so it helps those who have missed games.

All Saturday and Sunday Premier League and Gillingham FC games are predicted if they appear on the pools coupon and a majority of the professionals predict them.

Points scored for this league are derived from predictions from the JPSL, so competitors only have to do one set of league predictions each week and not separate ones for this league.

Background
The RL was introduced in 1988-1989 as an alternative to the original, 'Standard' League (JPSL). The first winner was Mark Grunwell. To make it different and for added competition, a number of professional predictors were introduced, such as newspaper pools tipsters, and today we have online forecasters too.

For 2021-2022 our professional professional tipster rivals are down to two:

FootStats, online tipster, http://www.footstats.co.uk
Predict Z, online tipster, http://www.predictz.com

We will look to add more, especially the traditional UK newspapers, next season.

The RL was traditionally seen as the harder one to win with less games and only 1 scoring point possible per game meaning the winner of the JPSL could be different to the RL, and more entrants with the professional representation. In recent years the JPSL has become as much of a challenge.



Current standings
Results League
14 GHADR%
1MatthewStarling1363528127555.15
2DanielGrunwell1363328117252.94
3KhalidMowad136333066950.74
4RobSalter133293176750.38
5MarkCrossley136342766749.26
6WillHughes136402066648.53
7MishaKonfektov 135332846548.15
8GlenGrunwell 136391976547.79
ElliottGrunwell136372086547.79
10JasonBlackford136332566447.06
MarkGrunwell136352456447.06
MattWilling1362723146447.06
13AlanFoster1343220116347.01
14FootStats1353314166346.67
15WillRajan1252525126249.60
16KhalidAldhamen132339196146.21
17FionaGrunwell136381856144.85
MikePhillips136352336144.85
19TopeBammeke 135322345943.70
20JacobKnight136282745943.38
21IanMilligan136361575842.65
22SamiAlmudaris134282545742.54
23MarkLewis107301925147.66
24PredictZ136261775036.76
25TheSun3100000.00



RESULTS LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
1989M.GRUNWELL
1990M.GRUNWELL
1991B.ROBERTS-JONES
1992M.GRUNWELL
1993B.ROBERTS-JONES
1994M.GRUNWELL
1995M.GRUNWELL
1996THE SUN
1997M.PHILLIPS
1998D.BOSTON
1999M.GRUNWELL
2000THE SUN
2001G.GRUNWELL
M.GRUNWELL
2002M.PHILLIPS
2003J.PHILLIPS
2004F.GRUNWELL
2005M.GRUNWELL
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007G.GRUNWELL
2008E.GRUNWELL
2009M.WILLING
THE SUN
SUNDAY EXPRESS
2010G.GRUNWELL
2011M.PHILLIPS
2012G.GRUNWELL
2013SUNDAY MIRROR
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015E.GRUNWELL
G.GRUNWELL
2016G.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018G.GRUNWELL
M.PHILLIPS
2019M.GRUNWELL
2020DAILY MAIL
2021D.GRUNWELL

European Super League (ESL) - established 2012

How it works
The ESL is a league that runs for most of the season based on all UEFA European Champions League games and any Europa League games that involve English teams. You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 3 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score)

Like the European Cup, predictors use the same UEFA games and this league is open to all.

So each week in addition to predicting one set of league fixtures (for the JPSL, above), competitors will also predict UEFA games whenever they are scheduled.

Background
This was a new competition for 2012-2013, introduced to give everyone a chance of predicting regular European games, predominantly the Champions League but also the Europa League where UK teams are involved. For the first time, all FPA predictors (not the professionals) had a chance to predict UEFA games. The first winner was Mark Grunwell.

This league was introduced as a 'major' along with the two other major league competitions of the JPSL, RL (and now the MCL), JP League Cup, FA Cup, European Cup and DB Group Trophy, however the first two seasons showed an inbalance of games before and after new year, so for the 2014-2015 season, all post-Christmas/New Year Europa League games - not only those involving British teams - were included. This meant more games and a more competitive league. It has taken a few seasons to finally decide upon what works. Too many games and it becomes hard to keep up predictions and members tend to miss many; too few games and the league becomes non-competitive with early leaders becoming hard to catch. For 2021-2022 the number of games will vary from 12-16 a week, depending on UK club participation, and to cut down on the heavy predicting load. As Champions League games reduce, we will top up with Europa League games. Though toward the latter (knockout) stages, the number of teams left become fewer and the final ESL weeks do not have many fixtures.


Current standings
European Super League
5 GMP%
1MishaKonfektov 7586464.00
2MatthewStarling75106154.67
3DanielGrunwell7576061.33
4MarkCrossley7575960.00
5MarkLewis7565861.33
6TopeBammeke 7575757.33
7WillRajan7555661.33
8MarkGrunwell7565557.33
9MikePhillips7565456.00
10RobSalter7565354.67
11SamiAlmudaris7555357.33
12GlenGrunwell 7565253.33
13MattWilling7545157.33
14KhalidMowad7555053.33
15JacobKnight7534957.33
16ElliottGrunwell7544853.33
17AlanFoster7544752.00
FionaGrunwell7544752.00
WillHughes7544752.00
20PredictZ7544549.33
21JasonBlackford7534552.00
22KhalidAldhamen5954355.93
23IanMilligan5923654.24



EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2013M.GRUNWELL
2014M.GRUNWELL
2015D.GRUNWELL
2016M.GRUNWELL
2017E.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.LEWIS
2020J.BLACKFORD
2021M.WILLING

Members' Challenge League (MCL) - established 2014

How it works
The MCL is a season-long, head-to-head competition where all amateur members play each other twice. The numbers are capped at 16 entrants so we have enough weeks to fit in all the head-to-heads. We all play 15 opponents twice, so 30 games over the season - so there are plenty of weeks if you've had a shaky start. We use the weekend domestic fixtures (Premier/Gillingham) so members don't need to predict any extra games. The league uses 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, then after points, league positions are determined by the following criteria:
- Maximums
- Points for/against difference
- Most points scored
- Most wins
- Head-to-head record between tied opponents; if they won one each, then total points scored over the two head-to-heads

To enter the MCL, you need to qualify by finishing in the top 16 of the JPSL in the previous season.

Background
This league was introduced to give some season-long interest that may give something extra, in late season for members out of the cups and behind the leaders of the other leagues. The look and shape of this league should be different from the regular Standard League, since members will get weeks where they may think they have done badly but still get a win against a lower scoring opponent, and vice versa. Additionally, the MCL uses only 30 weeks, fewer than the JPSL, so not all the points scored in the JPSL are used in the MCL. This does make it a very different league. The first winner was Mike Phillips.

For fixtures, see the fixture matrix and results at the bottom of any league predicting week.



Current standings
Members' Challenge League
13GWDLPMFADiff
1W Hughes1390427149492+2
2M Konfektov 1382326169783+14
3F Grunwell1372423179590+5
4M Crossley1371522149588+7
5A Foster1371522149086+4
6K Mowad1370621139585+10
7J Blackford1362520169673+23
8M Grunwell1362520169692+4
9G Grunwell 1354419139187+4
10R Salter1361619129084+6
11D Grunwell1361619119484+10
12S Almudaris135081587387-14
13M Phillips1342714877101-24
14T Bammeke 134181397796-19
15I Milligan1332811118097-17
16M Willing13319101390105-15


MEMBERS' CHALLENGE LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2015M.PHILLIPS
2016G.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.GRUNWELL
2020M.PHILLIPS
2021A.FOSTER


Full Rules
Click here to see the full set of Rules.

Past League Tables
Past seasons' final league tables can be found in RECORDS.


Legacy Competitions

Premier Standard League (PSL) - established 2011

How it worked
The PSL (formerly the Lawro Standard League) was the same as the JPSL, minus Gillingham FC, so it was based only on Premier League games. This was done to allow the inclusion of predictions by the BBC's football pundit Mark 'Lawro' Lawrenson.

Points scored for this league were derived from predictions from the JPSL, so competitors only had to do one set of league predictions each week and not separate ones for this league.

This league ended from 2018/2019 when Lawro was dropped.

Background
This league started in 2010-2011 and the first winner was Mike Phillips. The league more or less mirrored the JPSL, so was there any point in running it? Yes, as for those who didn't know or had no interest in the fortunes of Gillingham FC, it was a pure, exact scores and results-based Premier League-only predictions competition. Additionally it gave amateur predictors the chance to beat the BBC's no.1 TV football pundit. Lawro never did win 'his' league in eight seasons of trying, and this league was discontinued in 2018-2019, dropping Lawro in favour of bringing back some higher quality UK newspaper predictors. All titles won still stand.

PREMIER STANDARD LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2011M.PHILLIPS
2012M.PHILLIPS
2013D.GRUNWELL
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015E.GRUNWELL
2016F.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL

Premier Results League (PRL) - 2011-2019

How it worked
The PRL (formerly the Lawro Results League) was the same as the RL, minus Gillingham FC, so wass based only on Premier League games. This was done to allow the inclusion of predictions by the BBC's football pundit Mark 'Lawro' Lawrenson.

This league no longer ran from 2018/2019 with Lawro dropped, in favour of bringing back some higher quality UK newspaper predictors. All titles won still stand.

Background
This league started in 2010-2011 and the first winner was Mike Phillips. The league more or less mirrored the RL, so was there any point in running it? Yes, as for those who didn't know or had no interest in the fortunes of Gillingham FC, it was a pure, results-based Premier League-only predictions competition. Additionally it gave amateur predictors the chance to beat the BBC's no.1 TV football pundit.

Points scored for this league were derived from predictions from the JPSL, so competitors only had to do one set of league predictions each week and not separate ones for this league. Note that Lawro did win 'his' league in 2012-2013, and won it well; however, that was his only win in eight seasons. He was beaten seven out of eight times by the FPA's amateur members.


PREMIER RESULTS LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2011M.PHILLIPS
2012G.GRUNWELL
2013M.LAWRENSON
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015D.GRUNWELL
2016F.GRUNWELL
G.GRUNWELL
M.PHILLIPS
D.THOMPSON
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018G.GRUNWELL



Standard League Division One - 1994-2002

How it worked
Members predicted English Championship games (the league below the Premier) with the champion promoted and the second placed member promotion determined by combined performance in this and the Results League Division One (since we couldn't have more than two going up).

Any new members joining FPA in this period went straight into this division and had to earn their way into the Standard and Results leagues which are based on the Premier League.

Background
Originally introduced when the FPA leagues were so large, with the Standard League holding around 20 competitors similar to today, and the Results League had around 30 competitors made up of Members and Professionals. The first winner was Joyce Phillips.

It was felt that instead of having one large league of the SL, it would be more interesting to have two, so a SL Premier and a SL Division One, then Members had something to fight for at the end of the season even if they were near the bottom of the SL Premier. Also in the SL Division One, it was felt that there would be more end of season interest for those still in with a chance of promotion.



STANDARD LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
WINNERS BOARD
1995J.PHILLIPS
1996M.WALLBANK
1997K.MORGAN
1998R.WELLINGS
1999D.SPRINGATE
2000E.GRUNWELL
2001D.BOSTON
2002M.WILLING



Results League Division One - 1994-2002

How it worked
Members and Professionals predicted English Championship games (the league below the Premier) with the champion promoted and the second placed member promotion determined by combined performance in this and the Standard League Division One (since we couldn't have more than two going up). The top Professional was also promoted as champion and some seasons two Professionals were promoted, with two relegated from the Premier Leagues.

Any new members joining FPA in this period or Professionals added in this period, went straight into this division and had to earn their way into the Standard and Results leagues which are based on the Premier League.

Background
Originally introduced when the FPA leagues were so large, with the Standard League holding around 20 competitors similar to today, and the Results League had around 30 competitors made up of Members and Professionals. The first winner was Poolswinner Gold, a professional.

It was felt that instead of having one large league of the RL, it would be more interesting to have two, so a RL Premier and a RL Division One, then Members had something to fight for at the end of the season even if they were near the bottom of the RL Premier. Also in the RL Division One, it was felt that there would be more end of season interest for those still in with a chance of promotion.


RESULTS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
WINNERS BOARD
1995POOLSWINNER GOLD
1996NEWS OF THE WORLD
1997N.KEOHANE
1998SUNDAY TIMES
1999T.PHILLIPS
2000NEWS OF THE WORLD
2001F.GRUNWELL
2002M.WILLING
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