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In this article, I will preview the inaugural Footstock Virtual Championship tournament on offer this week; looking at the best strategies, fixtures odds, recommended picks and team reveal.


The tournament will be an 11-aside Pro tournament, comprising of 8 fixtures. There's a minimum of one goalkeeper and forward, as well as at least two defenders and midfielders. Entry is £50 and a massive prize pool is expected by the deadline. This will be the great summer finale of virtual football before real football returns!

Footstock Virtual Championship

Footstock Virtual Championship


As discussed previously, the match outcomes and player statistics of the virtual fixtures are generated by Footstock, using historical data to recreate real-match scenarios.

The match engine selects a likely winner based on the strength of the total starting players’ PPG. A player’s historic PPG will determine his performances in the virtual fixtures. Analysing the players’ PPG is therefore essential in virtual tournaments.

I went into specific details around tournament strategies in a previous article. Similar strategies apply to the virtual Footstock tips with a few tweaks. Here are the key points:

  • Virtuals generally see a high amount of goals, therefore goal scorers (20 points) and assisters (10 points) are essential
  • Winning teams’ players receive 6 bonus points, therefore avoid backing players on opposite teams where possible
  • The virtual engine tends to replicate base statistics (dribbles, crosses, tackles etc) fairly accurately, thus it is easily predictable
  • Goalkeepers provide value as they get 10 points for a clean sheet, 2 points for each save, but crucially do not lose points for conceding goals
  • ‘Combos’ are key for a high placed finish; a defensive combo means choosing a goalkeeper and defender from the same team. An offensive combo means selecting players who can get goals and assist one another, playing in tandem.


Here are the fixtures along with the key stats. Credits to @footstockstats and @tradingscout for the raw data.

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