Introduction on the Serie A and fantasy football
It’s practically a requirement that all books on the history of football reserve a very special for the Serie A, the Italian first tier of football. Since its beginning in 1929 it has often served as the standard bearer for professional football leagues. Many years down the line, it is still the home to some of Europe’s toughest derbies, some of the biggest stars on the football stage, and a workroom for the most cutting edge of tactical experiments.
Given its history, it seems only fitting that fantasy football as a fully shaped concept would begin in Italy. Because of that prestigious history, as well as its present-day achievements, it’s understandable that the Serie A needed to play a big role in the fantasy football game (Fantacalcio) of FootballCoin.
How does it work? In FootballCoin all of the teams taking part in the Serie A, with every one of their squad members, are incorporated. The fantasy football game allows for the virtual managers to choose a draft of 11 players plus five reserves. The players are then marked based on their accomplishments in real games. Finally, the results are tallied up. The producers of the best scoring teams depart the competition with honor and… with prizes. The prizes are given in XFC cryptocurrency, a sort o Bitcoin for the fantasy football.
Serie A is vital to the development of FootballCoin, as it is an indispensable part of the lives of sports fans across the world. But, to better understand its importance in the world of fantasy sports we first have to look at Serie A and Fantacalcio’s histories.
Serie A, a fantasy league for supporters, and a trial by fire for players
It has often been remarked that the players and managers that really want to prove themselves, find a way to relocate to the Serie A. In fact, the Italian tournament has built quite a reputation. For many, it remains the European league with the steadiest level of quality on display.
Routinely when publications collect the best footballers of all time on one list, those having played in the Serie A are the dominant force. For a long time, clubs like AC Milan, Inter Milano and Juventus were the marquee names of international football. During the 1990s, when players like Baggio and Batistuta graced the Italian pitches, Serie A was the most viewed league across the world. And, for years and years, it did seem that the biggest developments in tactics and training would have to emerge in Italian football.
The Serie A still grosses a revenue of more than 2000 € million every season. And, while La Liga and the Premier League, seem to have slightly upstaged it recently, Serie A is making a powerful comeback.
The league remains highly disputed. Many of its teams routinely pass through the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League. And, it holds enough credibility to attract the expertise of superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus Turin in 2018. That is quite a calling card! Now, let’s talk about the nation’s enduring love of fantasy football.
Serie A and the advent of Fantacalcio
It’s important to look back on the past, in order to plan the future. We have spoken at length here about the history of fantasy football. Fantasy sports have a long, and often murky past. But, most point to journalist Riccardo Albini as the man responsible for the fantasy football league prototype. Albini, the father of Fantacalcio, was a journalist whose usual duties were to report sporting events. His assignments often took him on journeys to the United States. There he could observe the nation’s love for games involving the creation of fantasy rosters of athletes. The rosters would be awarded points based on stats, the positive and negative events, from the actual sporting event.
The United States already had an enthusiasm for fantasy sports. But, this was, for the most part, restricted to American favored sports, such as baseball, golf, and, in some instances, basketball. Albini set about creating a version suited to the sport he most cared about, football.
It was certainly an innovation. And, like most revolutionary inventions, its basic ideas existed, floating about for some time. Albini was, however, the first to bring them together in, largely, the format we know today. It is possible that others may have created fantasy football (or soccer) leagues that they used among friends. But, Albini was the only one to take the idea further, attempting to garner it national attention.
Fantasy Serie A, initially a bar game for friends
Before it was an industry, it was simply a way for Albini to amuse himself and his friends. The journalist and his amici had the habit of meeting up and watching games at a local bar. The Fantacalcio model he had been working on was used as a method to make the games more enjoyable. Based on the feedback he received, Albini made changes to the game system.
When he decided he had a well-rounded system, Albini took a new step forward. He published the book containing the fantasy football rules and regulations. It was far from a bestseller at first. But, by 1990 there was a community of about 15000 fantasy managers that had taken on the task of creating their own leagues.
With enough excitement building around the game, the daily Gazetta dello Sport decided to take a risk on it. They invited Albini to host Fantacalcio amidst the newspaper pages. The game’s popularity grew to over 70000 managers in its first year alone. Albini eventually sold off the idea to the newspaper. The game continues to the present day. More importantly, it has helped bring the concept of fantasy football to the attention of the majority of football fans across Italy.
How Fantacalcio, the FootballCoin variety, is played
Here is the main recipe to the fantasy sports of FootballCoin involving Serie A. First of all, you take a fantasy sports system that properly rewards players’ achievements and penalizes them for their mistakes. Secondly, you include all of the 20 teams engaged in Serie A in a given season. All of the teams’ players are made part of the game.
The players are given their customary rating, that ranges from 2* to 5* in FootballCoin. The ones ranked with 2* constitute the majority of the various leagues in the game. These are free options for each of the virtual managers taking part in fantasy football contests.
The higher ranked players are represented by collectible cards. Those are issued by FootballCoin. Each of the cards represents a digital asset that is issued on the game’s own blockchain system. Each card exists in limited supply. Overall, this means that after the new owner of the card redeems it using XFC cryptocurrency, they become the sole owner of one of a limited amount of cards in circulation, representing a particular player.
You can build your FootballCoin squad just like Juventus or Napoli build theirs
No break between seasons passes without the top dogs of Italian football engaging in deals on the transfer market. Ideally, the transfers bring about improvements. Some players join and others leave. FootballCoin is similar in this respect.
The fantasy game includes its own transfer market. Here, the managers can see the existing offers of all highly ranked players. They can see how many of the cards in question are in circulation. And, they can compare the prices offered by the default game market as compared to the price offered by individual managers.
They can act as if they would if they were in charge of the transfers and finances of a real team. They can compare the players’ stats, their potential and their transfer price. Then, they decide if the transaction will help their chances in fantasy football contests. If so, they can purchase the card using the XFC stored in his game wallet.
Similarly, when the managers decide they want to part with a card, they add it to the market offers. The manager will specify the requested price and will wait for another manager to match the offer.
What happens to the collectible fantasy football cards over time?
The FootballCoin system has been thought of in such a way that the value of cards never fully disappears. On the one hand, collectable cards are as the name suggests, items to be used by enthusiasts to build a collection. Their value goes beyond the mere use in the game. Rather, the true fantasy football enthusiasts may use them as an item to be traded over a longer period of time. The fact that all the cards are valued at a price expressed in XFC coin, helps in these matters.
But, even more importantly, the player cards can always serve some sort of role in the actual game. Take legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for example. The former Italian international represented Juventus for many years. He is arguably one of the most recognizable figures in the club’s illustrious career.
The keeper opted to leave Juventus at the end of the 2017/18 season. He joined PSG in Ligue. Since Ligue 1 is represented in FootballCoin, the player’s card could simply be added by those who own it, to their drafts for contests involving Ligue 1 matches.
However, had Buffon joined a club from a league that is not supported by FootballCoin he could still be used as an Assistant Manager. The AMs receive points automatically depending on their rank. A 5* player such as Buffon helps his team with 15 points each time that he is selected for a draft. The same would happen when Buffon decides to retire from international football.
These rules apply to all player cards from FootballCoin. In this way, the fantasy game developers have tried to find a way to ensure that investments are never squandered. The vibrant FootballCoin community plays a significant role in maintaining the value of player cards.
Stadio Olimpico, San Siro, or Artemio Franchi can be your fantasy football playground
In this game of fantasy football, the gamers are not restricted to merely joining the contest set up by the FootballCoin team. Yes, each week of Serie A is accompanied by at least one such contest that includes all of the matches from the Italian main league.
But, the FootballCoin game is set up in such a way that users can also take up the role of contest organizers. To do so, first, they will need to choose a stadium on which the event will take place. All of Italian football’s most important stadiums are represented.
Similarly to the player cards we previously talked about, the stadiums are designated collectible cards. Each stadium is represented by a card. The stadiums ranked with 2* are free to use by any of users in FootballCoin. These can be used to host where up to 11 participants take part.
The stadiums ranked 3*,4* and 5* can host contests with more participants. For example, the 5* stadium cards may be used for a contest where there is no set limit for the number of managers that may join the contest.
What are the benefits of setting up your own fantasy football contest?
Organizing your own fantasy football contest is a lot like creating your dream league. The organizer gets to choose strictly the matches they want to see added to the competition. All of the participants will need to create their drafts using exclusively members of the squads of those clubs.
Besides this, creating your own contest can be highly profitable. The organizer gets to choose the sum, expressed in XFC, of course, that they wish to have as an entry fee. Each of the participants will need to pay it to be admitted to the contest. The organizer will receive a percentage of this based on the ranking of the stadium used as a home venue.
Finally, organizing a contest is a way in which fantasy football enthusiasts can go ahead and challenge their friends. They can either invite users they wish to see join up, or they can secure the entry with a password. The participants that know the password will be able to gain access to the contest.
Tips to creating your fantasy draft and when to decide on making changes to it
As FootballCoin is a daily fantasy game, the manager is not required to create a single team for the entire season. Instead, the manager may choose whatever group of eleven players and reserves for each new contest. Even the player cards that the manager owns may be chosen for the game or discarded. This gives them additional flexibility in adapting their strategy to fit the latest developments in the Serie A world.
And the Serie A is particularly fertile ground for these kinds of workings. Players of excellent potential are available not only for the top tier clubs like Juventus, AS Roma or Napoli. Youngsters capable of incredible achievements and true and trusted veterans often fly under the radar for clubs situated in the lower parts of the league table.
But, make no mistake about it! With the proper research of current stats and good knowledge of team news, virtual managers can spot the kind of choices that that can win them points and fantasy contests. As a tool for creating your ultimate draft, we recommend creating checking our weekly football scout that includes player recommendations. Besides this, we also advise monitoring the detailed team and player stats available on the FootballCoin game page.
Serie A transfer in the fantasy football world
The pace of your changes to the team should ideally follow that at which the Serie A championship changes and evolves. As FootballCoin is a daily fantasy game, each one of its managers will always be judged by their most recent performances.
Fantasy managers are encouraged to create a new draft upon entering each new contest. This presents a number of challenges and opportunities. For one thing, managers will not need to be saddled with a player that is not providing the quality they are expecting.
Free player options for your draft exist at every step. Besides this, the FootballCoin market offers plenty of options to trade unwanted players. Or you can get players that will bolster your team’s chances of winning. FootballCoin is really a game that requires users’ attention throughout the season, not merely at the beginning of it.
Helping managers make a good decision, FootballCoin includes numerous articles and social media posts. These discuss players, their stats, and their potential. In this way, the FootballCoin team attempts to create a good environment where information is widely available for all participants.
How do you know which players to choose in Serie A fantasy football?
The selection of players is what separates one draft from another in FootballCoin. Some choices are, of course, bound to be more inspired than others. But, as a rule of thumb, we recommend diligently studying that statistics and information displayed by the FootballCoin website.
With so much talent available in the Serie A, it is easy to lose sight of some of the lesser known, but highly efficient players. Take the 2018/19 most efficient players in the league. Some of the names that would rightly fit into the league’s top 11 are familiar ones. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Stephan El Shaarawy clearly deserve their place on such a list. But, other, usually free, players have also impressed us a great deal. Despite not enjoying quite the same level of fame, certainly, they deserve a place on the same list. Sampdoria veteran Fabio Quagliarella has proven himself to remain one of the best goalscorers in the league. Genoa’s Domenico Criscito, another free player, has had consistently amazing performances. He finished as one of the league’s best defenders. And, your team would certainly have been better off with choosing Alejandro Gomez. The player provided both goals and assists to help Atalanta in the Serie A.
When to register and when do contests results become available?
When registering for a contest, the managers must do so with at least 15 minutes before the start of the first game included in the contest. The managers will choose players from the teams taking part in the matches that are selected for the contest.
The results are tallied up with the help of renowned sports data company, Sportradar. The individual performances, including detailed stats for all the events in the game, are then rounded up and sent towards FootballCoin. Then, the FootballCoin systems count the number of points of each player.
Finally, usually, an hour after the end of the last game included in the contest, the results of each draft are tallied up. The system then creates a league table that includes all participating managers. The managers that occupy the top positions are repaid with the XFC cryptocurrency. The prizes are announced prior to the competition’s start.
The game system, one set of rules to rule them all
Game theory postulates that two types of games exist, finite and infinite. Football, as well as fantacalcio, is an example of a game that can be classified as both those things.
Fantasy football has a clear outcome, where winners are decided following the decision to tally up the scores of team drafts. For this purpose, a scoring system is put into place. All participants to the contests abide by the same set of rules. The rules are made available to all those taking part.
The scoring system is created so as to properly reward or penalize players. The events discussed are those that take place on the pitch. For fantacalcio managers, it is vital that they know the scoring system inside out. In this way, they will know how to use it to their advantage.
A game of stats and tactical analysis
For example, a player that is virtually unknown to the general public may turn out to possess incredible stats in a certain department. Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that the player has a great percentage of successful short passes. While this may not necessarily make him a star, the scoring system will reward him for each time he manages a successful short pass. The points will then be added up and will go towards the final score of the team that he is a member of.
Fantasy football is also an infinite game. Decisions made in FootballCoin, such as purchasing a player cards, will repercussions on the future. The best managers make plans that will benefit them not merely short term, but, hopefully, over a sustained period of time. The scoring system is important in these aspects, as well. But, in this case, the virtual manager will need to make estimates. What do they believe that players will be able to achieve in the future, based on their potential?
Does a fantasy manager truly need paid player cards?
As we mentioned earlier, FootballCoin includes the majority of players in the game, as free to use. This is the setup of the game. All managers are able to use them. It is therefore a matter of choosing the best players and best tactics in order to create a top side. Creating a top side will result in climbing up the leaderboard and earning XFC cryptocurrency as prizes.
The prizes can be used in a variety of ways. After all, XFC has the same characteristics of major cyptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. But, the majority of users tend to use their rewards and invest them back in the game. One of the best ways to invest is by buying player cards. Those represent the players ranked 3* and above. But, is this a wise move?
Choose your fantasy football draft based on your strategy
It certainly can be provided it fits with the manager’s strategy. The players that are ranked 3* are commonly players with a noted reputation. They are usually players that have won trophies. Their value is determined considering the transfer value estimated by esteemed organisations such as Transfermarkt.
In other words, it is to be assumed that these players are likely to be consistent at earning points. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo has been, since the beginning of FootballCoin, one of the most expensive player cards in the game. However, his performances have continued to be top notch. Managing to score, provide assists and have great performances in the Serie A, Champions League and the World Cup, Ronaldo has more than made up for the initial investment.
Lorenzo Insigne is one of the more expensive Serie A players at the moment. But, the Italian has proven his worth for current club, Napoli, time and time again. He has managed a good tally of points throughout the season. Managers that own his card have been able to use it for both contests featuring domestic and international matches.
FootballCoin collectible cards can represent an investment
Should Napoli decide on transferring Insigne, they are likely to receive a profit. The player would then also be likely to leave for another high-profile team. These events would continue to make the card a profitable investment for the virtual manager that may choose to resell the card. Or, they may use it for contests with matches from a different league.
Purchasing cards do, of course, involve some risks. By the same token, for football clubs, any transfer carries with it some risks. But, the FootballCoin does offer some safety nets. First of all, the player cards take on the role of Assistant manager when the player reaches the age of 35, or begins to play in a league not included in FootballCoin. Secondly, the managers may also use the game market and communicate their offers to the community.
Having said that, many of the winning teams in FootballCoin are routinely made up of entirely free cards. For some, it is even a badge of honor. During the 2018/19 season, Fabio Quagliarella and Krzysztof Piatek were two of the best strikers in Europe. Both players were free in FootballCoin and could certainly have been used as the bedrock for a top fantasy team.
Why the Serie A continues to be beloved and what do its fans think of fantacalcio
The Serie A has undergone many phases, most of them glorious ones. It was one of the truly great domestic leagues, popular enough that foreigners paid notice. Then, during the 1990s, the glory years of calcio, it was the most popular league in the world. It boasted having the most technically and tactically advanced players and managers. As for its fans, they had earned the reputation as being some of the most passionate supporters in the world.
The Serie A is currently undergoing something of a makeover. Yes, Italian teams never stopped powerful clubs across European competitions. But, Serie A’s status as the most popular European league has been usurped by La Liga and the English Premier League. Some would argue that the Spanish and British federations adapted easier to marketing trends. Serie A lost little of its quality, with matches routinely masterclasses in football tactics. On the other hand, its rivals had football stars, players and managers, that the general public was anxious to watch.
Serie A has made a move in a similar situation in recent years. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, the most popular player in the world at the time, to Juventus signified those changes. Stars like Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala or Dries Merterns took a larger role in promoting the league.
The Serie A, an internationally recognized footballing brand
Name recognition certainly adds to the appeal of the competition. It is also a detail that can prove enticing to fantasy football fans. Creating a team starring Ronaldo, Milinkovic-Savic, Immobile and Mertens is realistic in a fantasy football game such as FootballCoin.
Fantasy football remains an issue of considerable concern for the vast majority of Italian sports fans. It is believed that during the peak years of Fantacalcio, there were thousands upon thousands of leagues created. Times have moved on, the fantasy sports market is more varied, but the popularity of these kinds of sports has not decreased. If anything newer generations of supporters is discovering the world of fantasy sports.
The Cultural impact of football in Italy and the world
I can be argued that modern football, with its gigantic fanbase, its immense sponsorship deals, and matches watched all across the world at the same time, begins with Italia 1990. The World Cup tournament introduced a host of new football stars and made football more popular than ever before.
The Italian league was soon thereafter included on the roster of television stations everywhere in the world. Such was the case when England’s own Paul Gascoigne joined Lazio from Tottenham. Gazza’s popularity after the 1990 tournament was such that immediately millions of British supporters began tuning into the Serie A matches. By the same token, Gascoigne’s presence on the pitch meant that Lazio would be selling an estimated additional 5000 – 10000 tickets per game.
Serie A’s cultural impact was significant. Starting with the 1990s, more than ever, football players began to enjoy a treatment similar to that of pop stars. It is a trend that has continued until the present day. Players from the top leagues, including Serie A still enjoy the star treatment that began with 1990 Italia.
FootballCoin’s view of the future
The FootballCoin developers are largely convinced that fantasy sports will continue to extend its popularity well within the future. Even more importantly, they believe that blockchain technology will play a vital role in the development of the world’s economy. FootballCoin wants to play a role in all of these, helping popularize this technology to a wider audience.
To achieve these objectives, the team knows that constant improvements are necessary. The Serie A contests and its stars will remain an important part of the FootballCoin game. However, new features, marketing strategies and ways of enjoying the game are introduced at a fast pace. The FootballCoin team will aim to continue its run of innovations at a similar pace to now.
FootballCoin’s mission and vision and the role of Fantacalcio in fulfiling it
It can, therefore, be said, that FootballCoin looks not only to entertain but to help educate. The games ultimate objective is to be a bridge connecting the world of fantasy sports with that of cryptocurrency.
While the two may not immediately seem connected, they have proven to be a good match. Fantasy football creates around it a vibrant community. Its members tend to stay up to date with important world news, and are ready to embrace new technologies. The use of XFC cryptocurrency inside the game, or for investment purposes, acts as a model of how the blockchain and cryptocurrency can be used in all aspects of life. If anything, with the right kind of planning, these are tools that can improve human lives.
At the end of the day, FootballCoin strives to evolve in much the same way that the Serie A has, with consistency and providing a level of quality that will inspire those around it.