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FPLGreenArrow is a Footstock veteran, who has been on the platform right from the beginning. The Footstock virtual tournaments are his speciality; with the virtual league table, goalscorer and assist charts gaining him legendary status within the Footstock community. In this series of articles, FPLGreenArrow considers the important strategy, team and player picks for an exciting summer of virtual tournaments. 

The domestic league season finally came to an end at the weekend and we've now got almost seven weeks to wait for its return, though that doesn't mean a lack of tournaments on Footstock!

With the announcement that the season finale Footstock World Championship will be followed up by a Footstock Virtual Championship at the end of August, with 17 sets of qualifying tournaments prior to that, we've got plenty to get our teeth into before the Premier League is back. Here's some additional information that you wouldn't find from looking solely at the stats that are readily available online.

Introduction to Footstock Virtual Tournaments

You can find an overview of how the virtual match engine works in this post from Footstock co-founder Oliver, but the matches are essentially determined by the points per game (PPG) statistics for teams and players.

With this in mind, selecting your entries for virtual lineups should be more straightforward than real tournaments, with the results mainly based on readily available stats and new data tools being available such as Fantasy Football Hub's Footstock OPTA data, the newly-launched Trading Scout website, plus the FootstockStats Twitter account and Slack channel.

Anyone who was a member of Footstock during the lockdown football hiatus though, will know that the virtual tournaments can be a different beast when it comes to picking entry lineups. This is partly due to the fact that there is also a random element thrown in to add some unpredictability to fixtures.

Whether it was Jeffrey Schlupp becoming a goal machine early on for Crystal Palace, George Baldock turning into a creative genius or West Ham challenging for the virtual title, there were definitely a few surprises thrown up in the virtual matches.

Statistics vs Virtual Reality

While all of the statistics that are now available show how teams and players could or should perform in the virtual tournaments, I've been tracking the actual results of virtual tournaments since they launched, so can provide a bit of insight into how they actually perform in virtual games.

League Table

First off, let's take a look at the Footstock virtual league table, which takes into account all virtual games since launch, up until the fixtures that were completed on 23rd July.

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