Rules of the Golden Boot Game
Rules of the Golden Boot Fantasy Football Game
This section sets out the rules for the Golden Boot fantasy football game. The rules which govern your use of our websites and participation in the game are covered in our terms and conditions. Please make sure you understand both these rules and the terms and conditions before you register to play the Golden Boot Game.
- The Premier League season 2016 - 2017 is divided into 35 game weeks. Each week begins at midnight on Thursday night and ends at midnight on the following Thursday night or, if there are fewer than four Premier League matches scheduled for the following week, the game week ends at midnight on the Thursday after. All times are UK standard times (GMT or BST as appropriate).
- The Premier League matches that take place in each game week will contribute to the scoring for that game week. All game weeks 1 to 35 will form the Golden Boot Game.
- For changes to your team to be effective for any game week they must be made before the selection deadline before any Premier LEague matches are scheduled in that game week. Any changes made after that time will not become active until the following game week.
- You can change any number of strikers for the next game week. Any strikers left unchanged will be carried forward from the previous game week. Only strikers who are active for a game week can score points for your team during that week.
- If you make more than one set of team changes during a game week the changes will be taken in the order that they were submitted. So the latest team change will be effective at the selection deadline for that game week.
- If you inadvertently end up with the same striker in more than one position, only the higher scoring position will count for scoring purposes. The lower position(s) will effectively be vacant and will not score any points.
- Each team will consist of 8 strikers chosen from any of the squad members registered for any of the English Premier League clubs.
- The strikers in each team are ranked in order according to their selected position in your team: striker 1, striker 2, striker 3 etc. up to striker 8.
- For each Premier League goal scored by a striker in your team you will score points depending on the players position. Striker 1 scores 8 points per goal, striker 2 scores 7 points per goal etc. down to striker 8 who scores 1 point per goal.
- Only goals scored in English Premier League games will count towards points scoring. Own goals will not be counted for the Golden Boot Game.
- Goal scorers will be taken from the BBC Sport web site on the day after each match. Any subsequent revision or re-allocation of goal scorers will NOT be taken into account for the Golden Boot Game.
- Goals, except own goals, which count in the For & Against columns in the Premier League table will count in the Golden Boot game. Other goals (e.g. in abandoned matches) will not count towards the game.
- Teams will be ranked by the total number of points scored during the period of the game. For the Golden Boot Game this will be Weeks 1 to 35 of the Premier League season 2016 - 2017.
- If two or more teams are level on points the total number of goals scored by each team will decide the order
- If there is still a tie the number of 8 point goals scored will decide the order, followed by the number of 7 point goals, the number of 6 point goals, and so on until there is a winner.
- If both teams have identical records the position will be tied and any prizes for the tied position(s) will be shared
- A team ranked in a particular position will win the prize (if any) for that position. No exchanges or cash equivalents will be provided for any prize. All prizes are strictly non-transferable.
Rules of the Golden Boot Knock Out Cup
- These rules apply if there are fewer than 129 teams qualified to take part in the cup. If there are more the rules relating to replays may need to be amended.
- The cup will normally consist of a preliminary round designed to reduce the number of teams to the largest power of two which is less than the number of qualifying teams, followed by up to six "proper" rounds where all remaining qualifying teams take part.
- All teams who are properly registered to play the Golden Boot game on a specified date each season (not before 31st August) will qualify to take part in the Golden Boot Cup.
- All teams still qualified for a particular cup round will take part in the draw for that round. All draws will be open and fair, there will be no seeding of any kind. Teams will be drawn into pairs who will compete against one another to qualify for the next round.
- Arrangements for the preliminary round draw will be published within a week after the qualifying date. For all subsequent rounds arrangements for the draw will be published within a week of all replays being completed.
- The number of pairs of teams drawn in the preliminary round will be determined by the difference between the number of qualifying teams and the largest power of two which is less than the number of qualifying teams. Teams not drawn will qualify automatically for the first "proper" round.
- The draw for all "proper" rounds will involve all teams still qualified for that round being drawn into pairs.
- For each round a specific Golden Boot Game Week is allocated for the ties to be played. A second, later, Game Week is allocated for any replays required as a result of the original tie being drawn.
- Each team's score will be the total number of points that it achieves in the Golden Boot Game Week specified for the tie or in the Game Week specified for the replay, as appropriate.
- If one team outscores the other in the first Game Week of a round they will qualify for the next round, the team with the lower score will be knocked out and take no further part in the cup. Scores in the Game Week specified for the replay will not be counted.
- If the teams have equal scores in the first Game Week, the team which has the higher score in the Game Week specified for the replay will qualify for the next round, the team with the lower score will be knocked out and take no further part in the cup.
- If both teams involved in a tie score equally in both the first Game Week and the replay Game Week the winner will be determined by the penalty shoot out rules below.
- The penalty shoot out score for a team is based on their performance in the Golden Boot game during the first Game Week and the replay Game Week of the specific cup round added together.
- There are eight stages to the penalty shoot out which are taken in order from 1 to 8. If either team is ahead after any stage they are declared the winner and go through to the next round. Any further stages are not considered.
- In stage 1 the total goals scored by each team in the two Game Weeks forms the score for the team. In stage 2 the number of 8-point goals is added to each team's score, in stage 3 the number of 7-point goals is added to each team's score etc.
- If both teams are still level after stage 8, when the number of 2-point goals are added to each team's score, there is no point in adding the 1-point goals since both teams must have identical records. In this case the winning team is decided by the Golden Penalty rules below.
- There are three sections to the Golden Penalty rules. Each section is divided into a number of stages. If either team wins a particular stage they will be have an extra penalty added to their total and win the tie. No subsequent stages or sections will be considered.
- In section A the two teams total scores in the current Hot Spot game after the replay Game Week for the round in question are compared. The team with the higher total wins.
- In section B the Game Weeks since the end of any previous cup round up to the replay Game Week for the current round are totalled for both teams. There are eight stages in this section which match the eight stages in the penalty shoot out rules.
- In section C all Golden Boot Game Weeks in the current season up to the end of the replay Week for the current round are totalled for both teams. Again, there are eight stages in this section matching those in the penalty shoot out rules.