Golden Boot Game Web Log

On The Season 2017 - 2018 Calendar and Timeline

Published: 21 June 2017


The Premier League fixtures for the 2017 – 2018 season show there are some 34 game Weeks in the Golden Boot game calendar. The first matches will be played on 12th August 2017 but you will be able to sign up for the Golden Boot game from Sunday 30th July. This season there are four Weeks with two sets of Premier League matches scheduled - Weeks 13, 15, 17 and 18. Six of our game Weeks will actually last for two calendar Weeks each with no matches scheduled in the second calendar week due to international or FA Cup commitments. These are Weeks 3, 7, 11, 18, 23 and 27, so Week 18 has both two sets of Premier League fixtures and lasts for two calendar Weeks with all the matches scheduled for the first four days of that fortnight.

The final of the League Cup (or whatever name it goes by this season) and the later rounds of the FA Cup will also disrupt the orderly flow of the Golden Boot game season leaving us with a reduced number of matches in certain Weeks. Week 24 is scheduled for the League Cup final while Weeks 27 and 31 are scheduled for the FA Cup quarter finals and semi-finals. This is almost certain to mean there will be extra Premier League matches to be shoe horned in to some Weeks towards the end of the season. At the moment, of course, the TV companies have not chosen any matches to be televised; a process that occurs in stages throughout the season. This hardly ever results in matches being moved into a different Week but we will have Friday night selection deadlines again this season though when and how many we will have to wait and see.


After much thought and discussion we have decided to keep the sequence of Hot Spot games similar to last season. Once again the Premier League fixture list pretty much dictates that we have the same games at pretty much the same stage of the season. We will start with the Grand Prix game for the first five Weeks of the season although we will be changing the scoring system completely (more of which later). Week 6 through Week 11 will be occupied by the Keirin game and the first half of the season will be completed by the Medals Table game in Weeks 12 through 17 (with three double fixture Weeks).

The second half of the season starts with the Total Goals game for Week 18 (the final Week of double fixtures) through Week 23. The Quantum Accelerator game starts in Week 24 and ends after Week 29’s final fixture which just leaves the last five Weeks of the season conveniently for the Final Five game. Once again there will be no prize for the Grand Prix game but the other five Hot Spot games will once again have prizes for the winner.


We have provisionally scheduled six rounds for the Golden Boot Cup, which will once again be sponsored by Arrowvean Cottage in Porthleven, Cornwall next season though there is no plan to increase either the number of or value of the prizes. Six rounds will accommodate any number of teams between 33 and 64 being eligible to take part. There is enough leeway in the schedule to add a seventh round should there be more than 64 qualifying teams but if there are more than 128 we would have to do a complete re-schedule of the competition. In the much more likely situation where there are 32 or fewer teams qualified by the cut-off point, the first round will simply be scrapped and the current round 2 will become round 1. All teams that are properly registered to take part in the Golden Boot game by midnight on Sunday 3rd September will go into the first round draw to be held during the following week at a time to be decided. Week 5 has been scheduled for the first round (probably the preliminary round) and Week 5 matches are currently scheduled to commence on Saturday 16th September 2017.


Having sorted out the calendar for the 2017 – 2018 season, we do still have some issues concerning the Golden Boot game and its various web sites which will need to be addressed by the start of next season. Our next web log will say more about our plans in these areas. At this stage we do not propose to make any significant changes either to the way the various games are played or to the way the web sites operate. There are, however, a couple of things we would like to improve which include our already mentioned plan to give players access to the Golden Boot game calendar. The next web log will be published in two weeks’ time on Wednesday 5th July.

Player Comments on the Blog

From: Cheshire Town

at: 21:32 on 21 June 2017

Well done to the controller on his brilliant blog, lots of research gone in to complying it. Quick question is there any way of entering weeks in advance when for example you may be on holiday or hospital and unable to have access to internet


at: 12:17 on 23 June 2017

Considered answer is there is no way of entering your team for Weeks in advance. Best you can do is enter a sort of averaged team to cover the fixtures in the Weeks when you will be unable make changes. Not sure we can add this feature for next season but I might be able to come up with a work around solution if you really need this.

From: Cheshire Town

at: 14:04 on 23 June 2017

Thanks for reply,

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