Football Index Dividends

Football Index Dividends are payouts on the players in your portfolio. There are three ways in which your players can win you dividends.

  • Media Dividends
  • Match Day Dividends
  • In-play Dividends

 Let’s break them down and have a look.

Media Dividends

Media Day Dividends are dividends that can be won by a player based on the media coverage they receive. The more media coverage the player receives, the higher their score will be. Media coverage is more often than not based on transfer rumours, injury news or the players performance on the pitch. Nowadays, many top footballers are celebrities away from the pitch and their day to day lives are documented daily in the tabloids but these articles do not count towards a players media score on the Football Index, so please bare this in mind when investing your money.

 

At the end of each ‘Media Day’ the top 3 players in the media rankings will be paid out in accordance with the Dividend table posted below. A day is classed as a ‘Media Day’ when there are no eligible matches being played. On match days only the top player in the media rankings will be paid out.

 

Each day Football Index monitors numerous UK football news outlets to create a media  score for players in the index. While trying to expand your knowledge of how the Football Index works you may have come across articles stating that media dividends only apply to the Top 200 but this information is now outdated. As of October 1st 2019, FI opened up media dividends to all players in the index.

 

Here is a list of the most common news outlets you may want to keep an eye on as the FI use them to create their media rankings; BBC, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, ESPN, Express, The FA, FIFA, Football League, Football365, Goal.com, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Independant, Metro, Sky Sports, Talksport, The Times, Telegraph and UEFA.

 

You must own shares in a player before 15:00 GMT on that particular day for your player to be eligible for Media Dividends.

 

In order to win media dividends your player must be in the top three of the media rankings at the end of each media day, or top of the rankings on match days. 

On a ‘media day’ the dividend payouts are as below:

1st = 0.05p per share 

2nd = 0.03p per share

3rd = 0.01p per share

There is only one pay out on match days with the top ranked player in the media standings receiving 0.03p per share.

Example 1

If you owned 100 shares in Neymar and he finishes top of the media rankings on a ‘Media Day’ then you’d receive media dividends of £5.00 – 100 x 0.05p = £5.00

Example 2

If you owned 100 shares in Neymar and he finishes top of the media rankings on a ‘Match Day’ then you’d receive media dividends of £3.00 – 100 x 0.03p = £3.00

Articles written about just one particular player are worth more media points than those where a player may be mentioned amongst other players, such as in a transfer round up. As mentioned above, articles that aren’t football related aren’t eligible for media ranking. From time to time, you may see non-football related articles pop up on your app or laptop but they will be removed by FI pretty quickly.

Dividends are paid between 00:00 and 03:00 GMT.

Match Day Dividends

What are ‘Match Day Dividends’? Let’s first take a quick look at Match Day Rankings. Match Day Rankings are Football Index’s way of monitoring footballing performance across Europe’s top leagues, Europe’s top club tournaments and the two biggest competitions in international football.

Here is a list of the eligible competitions that FI use to compile their Match Day Rankings:

  • Premier League
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga
  • Seria A
  • Ligue 1
  • Champions League
  • Europa League
  • World Cup (not qualifiers)
  • European Championship & Qualifiers

On days when there are matches occurring in these competitions the players you own are eligible for Match Day Dividends. Football Index uses a points system (table below) similar to what you may be used to in fantasy football leagues to create their rankings. 

At the end of each ‘Match Day’ Football Index will pay out dividends on the Top Forward, Top Midfielder, Top Defender/Goalkeeper, as well as the Star Player (top overall player) for the day.

How much will you win? This is where it gets slightly more complex. Football Index break ‘Match Days’ down into three subcategories:

  • Bronze Match Day

A ‘Bronze Match Day’ occurs when there are 1 – 4 eligible matches being played on that day.

If one, or more, of your players is the highest ranked player in their position for the day then they will earn you 0.02p a share.

For example, if you own 100 Tammy Abraham and he wins Top Forward on a Bronze Match Day then he would earn you £2.00 (100 x 0.02p = £2.00). If he was to also be awarded Star Player then he’d earn you a further £2.00 (100 x 0.02p = £2.00). This would give you a combined Match Day Dividend of £4.00.

  • Silver Match Day – 5 – 14 matches

A ‘Silver Match Day’ occurs when there are 5 – 14 eligible matches being played on that day.

If one, or more, of your players is the highest ranked player in their position for the day then they will earn you 0.04p a share.

For example, if you own 100 Virgil van Dijk and he wins Top Defender on a Silver Match Day then he would earn you £4.00 (100 x 0.04p = £4.00). If he was to also be awarded Star Player then he’d earn you a further £4.00 (100 x 0.04p = £4.00). This would give you a combined Match Day Dividend of £8.00.

  • Gold Match Day – 15+ matches

A ‘Gold Match Day’ occurs when there are 15+ eligible matches being played on that day.

If one, or more, of your players is the highest ranked player in their position for the day then they will earn you 0.08p a share.

For example, if you own 100 Bruno Fernandes and he wins Top Midfielder on a Gold Match Day then he would earn you £8.00 (100 x 0.08p = £8.00). If he was to also be awarded Star Player then he’d earn you a further £8.00 (100 x 0.08p = £8.00). This would give you a combined Match Day Dividend of £16.00.

All players in the Index are eligible for Match Day Dividends but you must own that player before 15:00 GMT on that particular match day and still own them at the end of the day. As with Media Dividends, the Football Index payout between 0:00 and 3:00 GMT the following day.

In-Play Dividends

In-Play Dividends are probably the most self explanatory form of dividends by name you will come across in the Football Index, but this doesn’t mean they’re the easiest to get a grasp of. Firstly, here is a breakdown of the In-Play Dividends criteria.

  • 1p per Goal for a Forward or Midfielder
  •  2p per Goal by a Defender or Goalkeeper
  • 1p per Assist by any position
  • 1p for a Starting Goalkeeper Clean Sheet over the full game

There is one big stipulation you must be aware of when it comes to In-Play dividends though, you can only earn these dividends for the first 30 days that you own that particular share in a player.

This often confuses Football Index traders, particularly those new to the platform, so lets create a scenario to try and better explain In-Play Dividends;

You buy 10 shares in Cristiano Ronaldo on the 1st December 2019. These 10 shares you own in Ronaldo are eligible to win you In-Play Dividends until the 30th December 2019. 

Ronaldo was in fine form in December and bagged himself 6 goals. Therefore you have made 0.60p in In-Play Dividends for that 30 day period (6 goals @ 0.01p per goal x 10 shares = 0.60p).

You are still in possession of those 10 shares in Ronaldo once the 31st December comes around and you are indeed still able to earn Match and Media Dividends on him, but not In-Play Dividends. 

You want to keep earning In-Play Dividends on Ronaldo? There are two different ways you can achieve this.

On the 31st December you buy another 10 shares in Ronaldo taking your total holding in the player to 20 shares. 10 of these are then eligible for Match Day Dividends, Media Day Dividends & In-Play Dividends (until 29th January). The remaining 10 shares you bought at the beginning of December are still eligible to win you Match & Media Dividends.

Or

On the 31st December you sell your 10 shares in Ronaldo. You then rebuy the shares you sold in the player and you’re effectively back to the same position you were in at the beginning of the month. 10 shares in Ronaldo that can earn you In-Play DIvidends for the following 30 days.

Without complicating this scenario too much, please bear in mind that the players price may have fluctuated over the 30 days you’ve owned him so factor this into your decision when deciding what your next move is.

One cool aspect of In-Play Dividends is that you can buy shares in players after they’ve earned them as long as you buy them on the same match day (by 23:59:59). This is essentially an instant win!

In-Play Dividends are able to be won in all the following competitions; Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Champions League, Europa League, World Cup, UEFA European Championship, UEFA European Championship Qualifiers and Nations League.

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