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{j{bA Primerb} 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, the first three all linked and derived from one set of domestic predictions per week based on the Premiership and Premiership+Gillingham FC. The sixth 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. All the season's fixture dates can be found under FIXTURES and CALENDAR in the panel to the left of this page. j} {pfootballball.jpgp} {pwembley.jpgp} {pfalogo.jpgp}
{bar{iJoyce Phillips Standard League (JPSL) - established 1979i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} 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, {iso competitors only have to do one set of domestic league predictions each week i} 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). {bBackgroundb} The JPSL is the original league competition. Originally maximums were only worth 2 points but this was changed when the Premier League changed from 2 to 3 points for a win. 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. j} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-jpsl} {!winners-jpsl}
{bar{iResults League (RL) - established 1988i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} 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. {bBackgroundb} The RL was introduced in 1988-1989 as an alternative to the original, 'Standard' League (JPSL). To make it different, a number of professional predictors were introduced, such as newspaper pools tipsters, and the BBC's Mark Lawrenson. For 2019-2020 we will be competing against the following tipsters: {iThe Suni}, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster {iThe Daily Expressi}, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster {iThe Daily Maili}, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster {iFootStatsi}, online tipster, http://www.footstats.co.uk {iPredict Zi}, online tipster, http://www.predictz.com The RL has traditionally been 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. In recent years the JPSL, with more goals being scored in the Premier League, has become as much of a challenge. j} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-rl} {!winners-rl}
{bar{iEuropean Super League (ESL) - established 2012i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} 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 {@=cups#europeancup|@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. {bBackgroundb} This was a new competition for 2012-2013, introduced to give everyone a chance of predicting regular European games, particularly the Champions League which seems to produce the top quality football not just in Europe but possibly worldwide, since all the world's best play in Europe. For the first time, all FPA predictors (not the professionals) had a chance to predict UEFA games. 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 3 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 2018-2019 we will reduce the number of games to 12 to cut down on the heavy predicting load, with a mix of 8 Champions League games over two nights and 4 Europa League games on the third night, if and when British teams are involved. 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. j}{pcup-esl.jpgp} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-esl} {!winners-esl}
{bar{iMembers' Challenge League (MCL) - established 2014i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} 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 to catch up 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 To enter the MCL, you need to qualify by finishing in the top 16 of the JPSL in the previous season. {bBackgroundb} 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 and Results leagues, 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. For fixtures, see the fixture matrix and results at the bottom of any league predicting week. j} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-m} {!winners-m}
{line}{bFull Rulesb} {fPredictorRules.pdf|fClick heref} to see the full set of Rules. {bPast League Tablesb} Past seasons' final league tables can be found in {@=records|@RECORDS@}.
{hLegacy Competitions h} {bar{iPremier Standard League (PSL) - established 2011i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} The PSL (formerly the Lawro Standard League) is the same as the JPSL, minus Gillingham FC, so it is based only on Premier League games. This was done to allow the inclusion of predictions by the BBC's football pundit Mark 'Lawro' Lawrenson. It may also be possible to include other TV pundits in future. 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. This league will no longer run from 2018/2019 with Lawro dropped. {bBackgroundb} This league started in 2011-2012 and has more or less mirrored the JPSL. So is there any point in running it? Yes, as for those who don't know or have no interest in the fortunes of Gillingham FC, it is a pure, exact scores and results-based Premier League-only predictions competition. Additionally it gives amateur predictors the chance to beat the BBC's no.1 TV football pundit. Lawro has not won 'his' league yet in seven 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. j} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-lsl} {!winners-lsl}
{bar{iPremier Results League (PRL) - established 2011i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} The PRL (formerly the Lawro Results League) is the same as the RL, minus Gillingham FC, so it is 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 will no longer run from 2018/2019 with Lawro dropped, in favour of bringing back some higher quality UK newspaper predictors. All titles won still stand. {bBackgroundb} This league started in 2011-2012 and has more or less mirrored the RL. So is there any point in running it? Yes, as for those who don't know or have no interest in the fortunes of Gillingham FC, it is a pure, results-based Premier League-only predictions competition. Additionally it gives amateur predictors the chance to beat the BBC's no.1 TV football pundit. 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. Note that Lawro did not win 'his' league when it ran for the first time in 2011-2012, but he did win it in 2012-2013, and won it well; however that was his only win in seven seasons. j} {bCurrent standingsb} {!leaguetable-lrl} {!winners-lrl}

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