Premier Predictions: Rules

Here you’ll find the rules for Premier Predictions. If you have any questions you can use our Contact page.

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Game Duration

We run two SPAPP games per season. The first runs from the start of the season until the end of the calendar year – so, mid-August until the end of December. Prizes are then awarded and we all gear ourselves up for the second game, which starts in the new year and runs until the end of the season in May.

Premier League matches between the above dates are included in our game. So, any re-arranged matches will be included – remember to check back regularly as the season progresses in case there’s any midweek matches you’ve overlooked.

As the game organiser, I’ll ensure all dates and kick-off times are updated as appropriate. As a player, it’s your responsibility to ensure you provide your predictions on time – no cheeky ‘can you do this for me’ conversations will be had! If you miss the match deadline (see below) then you’ll score zero points for that match.

Your Predictions

All matches are available to predict right at the start of the game – so if you really want to, you could enter them all in one go and forget about it!

More traditionally, you’ll want to enter them as they approach. Each match will ‘lock’ 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. Should the match be delayed, the ‘lock’ time will not be amended.

Be on time if you want to fill in your scores – no copy & pastes anymore!

Here are some frequently asked questions about submitting predictions…

You should go to the following page on the SPAGames website... http://spa-games.uk/pool/

If you have paid for a Premier Predictions membership, then you are not logged in to your SPAGames account. You can log in here... http://spa-games.uk/

If, on the other hand, you haven't paid for your Premier Predictions membership, then you'll need to sign up before this page will work for you.

Yes, definitely. This is very important. If you enter your predictions without saving, they won't be saved!

You can find Save button's at the top and bottom of the Predictions page.

NB If you're saving on a mobile smart device such as a mobile or tablet, be sure that you have saved as sometimes the first click on the Save button just closes the keyboard and doesn't actually save your predictions.

One way of doing this is to refresh the page after saving. As long as your predictions remain, then they have saved successfully.

You can change your predictions as many times as you like, up to 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time of the relevant match.

So, if the match kicks-off at 3pm, you have until 2:45pm to make your final prediction for that match.

That's how the game works until each match deadline passes - once that happens, everyone's predictions for that match will be available for you to see.

This also applies to the administrators of the site. Therefore, we can't advise specific players to pull their fingers out!

To put it bluntly, tough! If you snooze, you lose! There are no copy & pastes to fall back on now, those days are gone.

All matches are available to predict right from the start of the game.

Yep. The SPAGames website is completely mobile friendly. You can enter your predictions on any (internet connected!) device, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world.

Scoring

The scoring for SPAPP has remained the same since its inception in 2011. It creates close competition, it’s easy to understand and rewards those who get a high number of exact results.

If you successfully predict the result of a match i.e. home win, draw or away win, then you’ll score one point. If you also get the exact score correct, then you’ll score a total of three points. Clearly, if you get nothing right you score no points!

Here are some examples of point awards…

MatchPredictionActual ResultPoints Scored
Aston Villa v Man Utd1-21-10 points
Arsenal v Liverpool1-02-11 point
Chelsea v West Ham1-11-13 points
Everton v Tottenham1-00-10 points

If you want to view the league table, then go to the League Table page. If you’re logged in, then the league for which you subscribed, is automatically shown.

20 Point Jackpot

The 20 Point Jackpot is a rollover National Lottery type prize. The prize amount will increase by £1 for every Round that is played until someone scores twenty points in a single Round. Should two or more players score twenty points in the same Round, then the 20 Point Jackpot will be shared equally among all the players involved.

Postponed/re-arranged matches which are played later in the season will not count towards the original Round number. As an example, the Manchester United v Leicester City match is postponed in Round Four (the middle of September). It is the replayed late in October – points won for correct predictions will not count back in Round Four.

Same Ranking?

When multiple players have the same amount of points, then the following sorting rules are applied to the league table (most important one at the top):

  1. amount of Exact Scores
  2. amount of Correct Predictions
  3. alphabetical order – although this won’t be considered when prizes are determined. Any players with identical records after rules 1 and 2 will share any prizes due.

In the case of the One-Week-Wonder, the following applies…

In the event that two or more players are level at the top of the table, the player who achieved the score first (earliest Round) will take precedence. If at the end of the Game the top two (or more) players have the same score and achieved it in the same week, the One-Week-Wonder prize will be shared equally.

In the case of the Player-of-the-Month, in the event that two or more players have the same score at the end of the month, then the prize will be shared equally among those concerned.

Postponed and Abandoned Matches

Should a match be postponed, then the new, re-arranged date and time will be used for the match, thus giving all players the opportunity to re-predict before the match is eventually played. The rearranged match will be removed from the Round it was originally scheduled for but will still count in the overall Game and towards the points in whatever month it was removed to.

In the event that a match is abandoned, then we will take our lead from football’s governing bodies and enter the result of the match based on the Premier Leagues decision and guidelines of the time.

Financials

The entry fee for SPAPP is re-assessed at the start of each season. Most of the entry fees will be returned in prizes, although some is retained to fund and develop this website as well as new games in the future. Also, the 20 Point Jackpot fund is created by holding onto the entry fee of two entries for each game.

The breakdown of prize distribution for the Game is…

NameAmount
Overall Winner20%
Runner-up15%
Third Place10%
Fourth Place10%
Tenth Place10%
Twentieth Place5%
One Round Wonder10%
Player of the Month (x4)5%
Twenty Point Jackpot+£1 per Round
£1 for each Round of the game will be retained from the entry fees

SPAPP League Cup

The SPAPP League cup is a competition which runs alongside the main game and closely follows the format of the real life League Cup. The timings of Cup Rounds and cutoff points will very from Game to Game.

Rounds and Match Rules

The first round of the League Cup will be the Preliminary Round. Which players compete in this round and which get byes into the First Round will be determined by League position after the Cutoff date. It’s at this point the number of players in the cup will be trimmed to accommodate a sensible number for a knock-out competition i.e. 128, 64, 32 etc.

In each round, players will be randomly drawn against other players. Each Cup Round will consist of two legs, including the Final. The scores in each round will be added together to give the aggregate score for each player. Whichever player scores the most points will move into the next round – the lowest scoring player is out of the cup.

In the event of a tie, then the total number of Exact Predictions will be used to determine the winner – highest is best. If that doesn’t separate the players, then whoever scored the most is the First leg will progress. If this is still not enough, then whoever is highest in the SPAPP Overall League Table after the Second Leg will win. In the highly unlikely event we still don’t have a winner, then the tie will be decided by the toss of coin once.

In the one legged Final, in the event of a tie on points, then we look at exact predictions, followed by league position and then the toss of a coin.

You can see the general terms & conditions of SPAGames here.