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LEAGUES
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, 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.







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. 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.


Current standings
Joyce Phillips Standard League
16 GMP
1MattWilling15123138
2FionaGrunwell15123131
3MarkGrunwell15120130
4JasonBlackford15123129
5GlenGrunwell15124128
6MarkLewis15120128
7DanielGrunwell15120127
8ElliottGrunwell15120126
9SamiAlmudaris15119124
MikePhillips15119124
11MarkCrossley15020123
12AlanFoster15117117
13KhalidMowad15115114
14FakharKhalid15113109
15IanMilligan15016108
16PredictZ15115106
17MatthewStarling15114105
18RobSalter15111105
19MotebHayas1519101
20KhalidAldhamen1411397
21DannyThompson1511097
22WillHughes151988



JOYCE PHILLIPS STANDARD LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
1981J.BURRLUCK
1982M.GRUNWELL
1983NO FPA
1984NO FPA
1985NO FPA
1986NO FPA
1987NO FPA
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

Premier Standard League (PSL) - established 2011

How it works
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.

Background
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 did 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.

Current standings


PREMIER STANDARD LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2012M.PHILLIPS
2013D.GRUNWELL
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015E.GRUNWELL
2016F.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.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). To make it different, a number of professional predictors were introduced, such as newspaper pools tipsters, and the BBC's Mark Lawrenson.

For 2018-2019 we will be competing against the following tipsters:

The Sun, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster
The Sunday Express, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster
The Sunday Mail, 1-2-X UK newspaper tipster
FootStats, online tipster, http://www.footstats.co.uk
Predict Z, 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.

Current standings
Results League
16 GHADR%
1MarkGrunwell140542748560.71
TheSun140492798560.71
3MattWilling140483068460.00
4FootStats140502498359.29
5MarkLewis141503128358.87
6DanielGrunwell141472698258.16
7SamiAlmudaris140463328157.86
MotebHayas140492578157.86
MikePhillips140522728157.86
10JasonBlackford1414229108157.45
ElliottGrunwell141492758157.45
12FionaGrunwell140522538057.14
KhalidMowad140472858057.14
14GlenGrunwell140512437855.71
RobSalter140462757855.71
16AlanFoster140482097755.00
FakharKhalid140432597755.00
18MarkCrossley140492707654.29
19PredictZ140412497452.86
20DannyThompson140363257352.14
21MatthewStarling141412667351.77
22IanMilligan139511647151.08
23KhalidAldhamen1343619136850.75
24SundayMail1403422116747.86
25WillHughes140461736647.14
26SundayExpress1313321106448.85



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

Premier Results League (PRL) - established 2011

How it works
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.

Background
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.

Current standings


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


Current standings
European Super League
6 GMP%
1MarkLewis70167764.29
2MattWilling70106665.71
3AlanFoster70116561.43
4MarkCrossley7096567.14
5MotebHayas7096364.29
6ElliottGrunwell7096060.00
7DannyThompson7085758.57
8WillHughes7065764.29
9MikePhillips7075558.57
10JasonBlackford7065358.57
11PredictZ7055260.00
12GlenGrunwell7065155.71
IanMilligan7065155.71
14MatthewStarling7065054.29
15FakharKhalid7045060.00
16KhalidAldhamen7084947.14
17SamiAlmudaris7054955.71
18KhalidMowad7034758.57
19RobSalter7024761.43
20FionaGrunwell7064648.57
21DanielGrunwell7044654.29
22MarkGrunwell7024457.14



EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2013M.GRUNWELL
2014M.GRUNWELL
2015D.GRUNWELL
2016M.GRUNWELL
2017E.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL

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 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.

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 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.

Current standings
Members' Challenge League
15GWDLPMFADiff
1M Willing159242923138110+28
2M Grunwell159242920130108+22
3F Grunwell159152823131116+15
4D Grunwell159152819124122+2
5G Grunwell159062724128125+3
6E Grunwell157352420125115+10
7M Lewis157352419121110+11
8M Phillips157262319124129-5
9K Mowad155461915114116-2
10M Hayas15618199101106-5
11I Milligan156091816108106+2
12A Foster155281717117114+3
13K Aldhamen15447161188109-21
14D Thompson15519161097115-18
15W Hughes1551916988118-30
16R Salter1541101311105120-15


MEMBERS' CHALLENGE LEAGUE
WINNERS BOARD
2015M.PHILLIPS
2016G.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL


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

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