Ultimate Footy uses a unique "Category-Based" scoring system which differs from more commonly used Points-Based" systems like AFL Fantasy.
Category based scoring system is based on the hugely popular American fantasy sports games and creates a much more dynamic game for the coaches involved. Teams go head to head each week to out score their opponent in as many of the statistical categories as possible. The team who wins the most categories wins the match.
Similar to the Point Scoring method, the players selected in each teams' starting lineup gather stats based on their real life AFL performances every weekend. These stats are then totaled up in each of the different scoring categories and compared to their opponents' totals to determine who had the highest total score. Whichever team out scores their opponent in more categories is credited with winning the match.
If you've never ventured outside of other fantasy games and are unfamiliar with American fantasy sports games then you've probably got more than a few questions, so let us explain the benefits of the Category scoring system...
With ordinary point scoring system the aim of the game is simple, just pick players who score the most fantasy points. It is very one dimensional and picking players requires little thought outside of is this player undervalued and do they score enough points. Everything has been standardised so there is only one number to consider.
By using a category based scoring system the game becomes multi-dimensional and allows for the use of much more strategy. Here you have the freedom to build a team to play whichever way you want! With the use of a draft and the ability to trade with other teams, you are able to pick and trade your way to a team that suits your style.
For example, you might choose to pick high possession players if you want to compete strongly in Kicks, Handballs and Marks. Or maybe you'd like a team that plays hard and efficient to win you Tackles and Free kicks. Then again if you want to pile on the goals you can trade for a great forward line to help you in win the Score and Goal Kicking Accuracy categories. The best teams will be the ones that can get a good mix in all, but with wins required in only half of the categories on offer you can play however you like!
The exact scoring formula can be customised to suit your league. The league manager can change the formula anytime before the draft.
Note that in Public leagues, only the standard Ultimate Footy scoring formula is available.