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***THE 7046 FORMATION CHALLENGE - COMING SOON!***

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Introducing the Formation Challenge, just an idea I've had kicking around for some time now. I wanted to do this through a custom, but it is a lot of work policing it. I figure I'd try and run it here in 7046 first to see how it goes.

The basic idea is this: Ever get sick of playing people who use the same boring old formation, week in, week out? Or maybe you're actually one of those 'if it ain't broke then don't fix it types', just too scared to change from your safe old 3-5-2? Well the Formation Challenge is a league within a league, a chance to test out new stuff with nothing to lose in a tactical battle of wits.

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For instance, here is the spread of formations used by all managers in 7046's

season 1, the bigger the formation, the more frequently it was used...

The format will depend on how many people are up for it, but once the teams have been decided then everything will be run through friendlies, hopefully starting at the beginning of season 3. The precise details can be worked out later, but basically the golden rule is that for each of the games you play in the challenge, you are only allowed to use each formation ONCE. If you use 4-4-2 in a game, it's then off the menu for later games. So as the challenge progresses, your tactical options, and those of your opponent, become less and less, forcing us to start seeing some interesting match-ups.

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Err, so that's about it for now. I'm just putting it out there to see what interest there is. I'm happy to try and run this with just 1 other manager, all 80, or anywhere in between, so if you're interested then let me know. Either post in the comments here, or drop me a message on my wall or over PM. If there's enough of you who want to give it a go then I'll set-up a dedicated thread. Hopefully it takes off, I mean, not only will it test your tactical skills (I'm dubious whether there are actually any out there at all! Go on, prove me wrong), but it will allow managers from different divisions to compete against one-another, always a good thing.

Looking forward to your response!

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SOP setting up his 3-5-2

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Re: The EC 7046 Formation Challenge

The challenge

Do you think you are the tactical champion of 7046? Well now is the time to step up and prove it! Here's how it works:

All managers who take the challenge will be allocated fixtures against the other managers (precisely how this works will depend on how many managers are involved). These games will be played through friendlies, with the home side initiating the friendly. There will be no set order for the games to be played, but you MUST accept a friendly request if you are able to do so.

In these games you will be allowed to use any one of the 24 formations, but once this formation has been used it cannot be used again, forcing you to increasingly step out of your comfort zone, while also trying to match your remaining formations against those left of your opponents. A more detailed description of what this entails will be posted once we have the final numbers involved. The remaining formations available to managers will be posted in post #3 here, as will the updated league tables.

EDIT: And by popular consensus the whole thing will be ran through EC7046...

So yeah, that's about it for now. Please post your interest on the thread and we can decide on final numbers and fixtures in time for the new season. Please though only take part if you are committed to staying the course. People dropping out will really affect how well this thing works. Let's hope we can make this thing work! :)

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Okay, so here will house links to all you need.

First up, here's where you can find the full fixture list. There's still more fixtures to come when (if you ever! :rolleyes:) put your teams formations down... :)

Then, here's a link to each team's fixture list, results (to be updated as games are played with score and formations used), and formation tracker (also update as games are played).

Participating managers

Ahmad Rivai - Charlton

Alurcard - Carlisle - UPDATED LINK

Craig - Millwall - UPDATED LINK

Dom Latouche - Fulham

Elton - Sheff Utd

Gurnak - Blackpool

Hazrboi - Burnley

Jooles - Middlesbrough

Kapitan Kloss - MK Dons

Nikidinho - Derby

Rob Walshe - Man City

StephenMUFC - Hull

The Inferno - Leeds

League Table after Week 6

1st: Millwall P5 W3 D2 L0 F10 A4 Pts11

2nd: Middlesbrough P4 W3 D0 L1 F7 A5 Pts9

3rd: Man City P5 W4 D1 L0 F14 A6 Pts8**

4th: Carlisle P3 W2 D0 L1 F9 A4 Pts6

5th: Leeds P5 W3 D1 L1 F11 A9 Pts5**

6th: Derby P4 W2 D0 L2 F7 A7 Pts5**

7th: MK Dons P5 W1 D1 L3 F8 A8 Pts4

8th: Charlton P4 W1 D0 L3 F7 A6 Pts3

9th: Burnley P4 W1 D0 L1 F3 A12 Pts3*

10th: Fulham P5 W1 D2 L2 F6 A7 Pts0**

11th: Blackpool P3 W0 D0 L3 F2 A11 Pts0*

12th: Hull City P4 W1 D1 L2 F4 A6 Pts -1**

13th: Sheff Utd: P5 W2 D0 L3 F9 A12 Pts - 4**

* = had warning

** = points deducted for various infractions

*5 points will be deducted from any team that uses a formation more than once.

** 5 points will also be deducted form any team that fails to post a previously used formation and update it's formation tracker BEFORE then next game is played

Results/Formations/Tables by Week:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Here's a blank formation tracker in case you're looking for one (hint hint Rob and Dom ;)):

PUT YOUR NAME HERE Formation Tracker

3-2-2-2-1

3-3-4

3-4-1-2

3-4-2-1

3-4-3

3-5-2

4-1-3-2

4-2-2-2

4-2-3-1

4-2-4

4-3-1-2

4-3-1-2

4-3-2-1

4-3-3

4-3-3(W)

4-4-1-1

4-4-2

4-4-2(D)

4-5-1

5-2-3

5-3-2

5-3-2(D)

5-3-2(S)

5-4-1

Key: Green = can use , red = no longer available at start or during game. Simply change a formation from green to red when you've used it.

Remember, you can use each formation just once, and while there can be tactical changes during a game, there can be NO formation changes.

***Any formation changes during a game will also result in in a 5 point penalty.

After each game you will simply update the result and formations used on your tracker. I will also endeavor to update them too on the fixture thread and will also try to post formation trackers below for each of you, but the ultimate responsibility of keeping everything current lies with you, with the appropriate penalties applied if you don't. Lastly, the fixture list is intended to be a guide but please let's all do our best to stick to it as much as possible and to have the courtesy to PM your opponent if it must be cancelled for any reason :)

(Given that there's a lot to take on board I'll probably give everyone one pass on a penalty, probably ;)

Let me know if you have any questions...

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Re: The EC 7046 Formation Challenge

Thanks Craig, Gurnak, I was just waiting for reconfirmation on this thread and you're now added to the list.

I think I'm going to cap this at either 9 or 13 teams as that goes nicely into 24. When we get 9 confirmed the next 3 will go on a wait list until the 12th comes in and then we'll run with that (I don't see that we'll be getting 25, but you never know..) :)

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Re: The EC 7046 Formation Challenge

I'd join this if I was in the setup' date=' great idea!

In fact, might steal a part of the concept later on for our setup :D[/quote']

Thanks! Sure, steal away. I might run it as a custom if it works out, it's just hard to police so friendlies helps that way. Besides, I like the cross set-up part of the friendlies, gives it an added dimension don't you think? :)

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Re: The EC 7046 Formation Challenge

Okay how many you need for this Experiment?

I will take part if you need me to but leave me as a reserve just in case needed as I would rather just watch the results of it come in from afar as friendlies setting up is not one of my specialists subjects lol .

But I will take part if you are short though .

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Re: The EC 7046 Formation Challenge

Yeah i'm up for this as well.....

Brilliant' date=' so that 8 so far :)

Okay how many you need for this Experiment?

I will take part if you need me to but leave me as a reserve just in case needed as I would rather just watch the results of it come in from afar as friendlies setting up is not one of my specialists subjects lol .

But I will take part if you are short though .

It doesn't look like we'll be short, but would still love to have you in anyway, you're call mate :)

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