Next Goal Wins is a fantasy football competition based around the English Premier League. What makes it different from your standard fantasy football competition is that all the players in your squad are determined via auctions against the other managers in your league. The fight for players makes it feel much more like your squad.
Next Goal Wins is completely free to enter and play. It is a completely non-profit venture.
View the summary of a player including basic details, current points scored, recent match peformances, upcoming matches and previous season summaries. Injury and suspension information is also displayed and regularly updated for all players.
View lists of the current best players by position or all. See the best possible team for the previous week. Look at the players with the highest number of goals, most clean-sheets, most yellow chards, etc.
View details of a club with recent results, upcoming matches, a summary of all the squad players and details of all the injured and suspended squad players.
Search by name or partial name for players.
Each player can only be owned by one team in your league. This is different from other fantasy football competitions. Which team each player joins is determined by an auction.
You have a set amount of money at the start of the season to use for bidding on players. How you divide that money is up to you.
Bidding on players is easy. There is a bid form at the bottom of every player's page. You can enter an initial bid price and a 'proxy' bid price. The initial bid price is what the auction will imediately be set at and will make up the lowest amount you will pay for them. The proxy price is the highest price you are willing to pay for them. This system means you can bid for a player and try and get them as cheap as possible, but whilst you are offline, if someone else tries to outbid you, you will remain winning the auction until your proxy price is beaten, thus saving you a lot of time and effort.
You can change your initial bid and proxy bid at any time.
You can view all the current auctions, including what the current bid is and when they are due to end. NB: There are options for the league to have auctions remaining hidden which is part of the initial league setup. See the section on creating leagues.
There is a page showing all the auctions you are currently winning including what you are currently paying for them, your proxy bid and when they are due to end. That page also shows details of all the other auctions you have been involved in but are not currently winning.
If you are outbid on an auction you will receive an in-game message informing you of that fact and there is also an option for the site to send you and e-mail containing the new highest bid for that player and how long you have to respond before missing out on them.
You can sell players throughout the season. You will only be able to sell them if someone else is willing to buy them. You can add them to the transfer list and specify a starting price for the auction which will start when the first manager bids on them.
If you don't want to wait for someone else to buy them, you can drop a player from your squad at any time to free up space in your squad. You will not get any money back and lose all the money you paid for them.
The special case is if a player leaves the premier league. In that situation when you drop them you either get a full refund (if before the end of the August) or half the money if after that time.
You can bid for free agents, sell players and drop players throughout the season. It is often a vital part of success to be dynamic in changing your squad to pick those players who are on form and replace those in your squad which get injured. Deciding how much money to keep in reserve for throughout the season transfers is a key tactical decision.
Your team page shows you all you need to know to manage your team on a weekly basis. Primary details are your points for the whole season, the current week and the last week, as well as a break down of your current financial status. The rest of the details are split up into easy to access tabs.
In game messages are sent from the site to inform you won auctions, being outbid on auctions and other information sent from an admin. That section also includes notices on any recent changes to the site and any players added or removed from the site.
There are two ways to select your team. The 'My Team' page gives you a a graphical view of your team. It allows you to pick your starting players and subs from a list of all your squad. You can set your team up in one of several formations. The formation will automatically be picked for you when you pick players for team that week.
The other way to select your team is from your squad details page. This gives you a full break down of all the players you have bought into your squad. It gives details of any injuries, suspensions and forthcoming matches for each of them.
You can get a full breakdown of all the transfers you have done.
You can view the progress of other managers in your league. It shows the total, this weeks and last weeks points. You can also pick a kit for your team which appears in that table.
The league page also shows recent transfers of players between teams in your league.
Use the graph feature to compare your team's progress against other teams in your league. There are a range of different stats to plot on the graphs.