Pontoon Rules

This is game where players pick a Football League team (Premier League, Championship, League 1 or League 2).  Each player pays a weekly ante of 20p (£8 for the season) and the first team to score 21 goals wins the prize pot.  When a team has successfully scored 21 goals, all teams go back to 0 and next iteration starts.

q.  What happens if my team scores more than 21 goals?
a.  The winning team must score 21 goals at the end of their game e.g.  If Preston have scored 19 goals over 7 weeks and they win 3-0 in their next match…..they are bust!  If they had won the match 2-0 they would have won the prize pot.

q.  What happens if 2 teams score 21 goals?
a.  The prize pot will be shared between both teams.

q.  When does the week start?
a.  The week will start every Friday.

q.  If my team kicks off at 12:45 and get 21 goals, is the iteration over?
a.  I have changed this rule based on initial feedback.  Teams will draw if they reach 21 goals on the same day.

q.  When does the next Iteration start?
a.  The Iteration will always start at the next week e.g.  If a team wins on Sunday, the next scores will be added from the following Friday.  Any results in between will be disregarded e.g. if Preston win on Saturday, any matches on Sunday-Thursday will be void and the next iteration will being on the following Friday.

q.  Someone has the team I want
a.  Tough, once you have a team it is yours to give up.  If they miss payment or voluntarily switch teams, they will become available.

q.  My team are rubbish, can I change?
a.  Only at the end of an Iteration.  You can reserve a team at any point and you will be switched at the next iteration (if the team are available).  Be careful though, once a reservation has been confirmed, it cannot be changed.

q.  How long does an Iteration take and how much can I win
a.  Typically it takes around 8 weeks.  If 23 teams are in play that will result in a prize pot nearly £37.  There will be roughly 5 of these a season.

q.  How do I know if I have won and can I keep up to date?
a.  I will send round a weekly roundup and also have a link to the spreadsheet which should have up to date scores.  I have also created a twitter account (if that is your kinda thing) called @footballpontoon.  I might also do some more in depth analysis on my blog website www.teamas.co.uk

q.  My team was 4-0 up and the match was abandoned, do these goals count?
a.  Nope, sorry, only goals in completed matches count

q.  My team won 6-0 in the cup, do these goals count?
a.  Nope, sorry, only goals scored in the league count

q.  Are playoff matches included?
a.  No

q.  What happens towards the end of the season if there are not enough weeks to score 21 goals?
a.  We will either aim for a lower score, or bring forward the rest of the prize pool to the last available iteration....basically watch this space

q.  My question is not on this list
a.  Tweet me @footballpontoon