UEFA Champions League Prediction Challenge! Rules

UEFA Champions League:  An Introduction

The UEFA Champions League consists of the top 32 European club teams competing for the European Cup. After qualifying games are played in July and August, the Champions League group stage begins in September and runs through May.

The competition is open to each national association’s domestic champions, as well as
clubs who finish just behind them in the domestic championship table. The number of clubs that can be entered by an association and their entry point in the competition depends on the association’s position in UEFA’s coefficient ranking list, i.e. stronger football nations like
Spain, France, England, Germany, etc. are able to enter as many as four clubs.

Tournament Format, and how we play the Prediction game

There are eight groups of four clubs each, with the top two clubs qualifying for home-and-home knockout play. Each club plays each other twice in the group stage, for a total of six games.

Your job, in the group stage, is to pick the finishing order of each group. Your score will be based on how close you are to predicting the correct order and also whether you chose the correct two clubs to qualify for the next round.

In subsequent rounds, your task will be to pick the winning team and the number of goals that will be scored by both teams in each matchup.

Scoring:

The Prediction Challenge game is scored out of 500 points:

100     Group Stage
100     Round of 16
100     Quarterfinals
100     Semifinals
100     Finals

The points will be awarded as follows.

Group Stage (100 Points)

Each team plays six games in their group: one home and one away to
each other team in their group.

Object: Predict the correct order of finish in each group.

10 points for getting a group in the correct order, less 2 points for each position incorrect (max 80, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting the most qualifiers (top 2 in each group) correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting the most groups exactly correct (max 10)

Round of 16 (100 points)

Object: Predict the eight game winners and the aggregate scores

Each team plays a home-and-home series against their opponent. Total goals determines the winner. In the case of a draw, the team with more away goals advances. If total goals  and away goals are equal, kicks from the spot determine the winner.

5 points for each correct winner (max 40)
5 points for each correct score, less 1 point for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results (winner and score) correct (max 10)

Quarterfinals (100 points)

Each team plays a home-and-home series against their opponent. Total goals determines the winner. In the case of a draw, the team with more away goals advances. If total goals and away goals are equal, kicks from the spot determine the winner.

Object: Predict the four game winners and the aggregate scores

10 points for each correct winner (max 40)
10 points for each correct score, less 2 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results (winner and score) correct (max 10)

Semifinals (100 points)

Each team plays a home-and-home series against their opponent. Total goals determines the winner. In the case of a draw, the team with more away goals advances. If total goals and away goals are equal, kicks from the spot determine the winner.

Object: Predict the two game winners and the aggregate scores

20 points for each correct winner (max 40)
20 points for each correct score, less 4 points for each goal incorrect (max 40, min 0)
10 bonus points for getting most winners correct (max 10)
10 bonus points for getting most results (winner and score) correct (max 10)

Final (100 points)

The two finalists play one game. If the score is tied after regulation, extra time is played. If the score is tied after extra time, kicks from the spot determine the winner.

Object: Predict the Champions League winner and the Final Game score

50 points for getting the winner right
50 points for predicting the score correctly, less 15 points for each incorrect goal. (min 0, max 50)

Note: If any of the knockout rounds or Final is decided on kicks from the penalty spot, those scores do not count in the score. The score is considered to be what was achieved during regulation and overtime play.

Tiebreaker: If players are tied at the end of the game on points, the tie will be broken based on the following:

1) Most points in the Final round
2) Most points in the Semifinal round
3) Most points in the Quarterfinal round
4) Most points in the Round of 16 round

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