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Lineups, Swaps, And Substitutions


Initial Lineups consist of 11 players and must include players from at least 2 different teams playing in two different matches.  For example, if a Contest Day includes two matches: Manchester United v. Liverpool and Arsenal v. Spurs, a lineup cannot contain players from Manchester United and Liverpool only.  A lineup must include players from both matches, even if only from two different teams.

Users may use up to 14 players in their Active Lineup during the course of a contest, as users are permitted to make up to three in-game substitutions during live play.

At no point will more than 11 players be within a user’s Active Lineup; that is, the group of players who are accumulating points for a user during a contest will not exceed 11 players at any one time.

Users must choose players from all four positions and according to the following restraints: 1 Goalkeeper, 3-5 Defenders, 3-5 Midfielders, and 1-3 Forwards. 


Initial Lineups may be edited at any time leading up to games kicking off.  Each individual player will become a member of the user’s Active Lineup at the scheduled start time of their team’s game if the individual player has not been swapped out of the Initial Lineup. 

At the beginning of live game play, when the Initial Lineup converts to the Active Lineup, users may being to make up to three player substitutions by substituting one player for another in the user’s Active Lineup.  

Players will only earn points while in a user’s Active Lineup.  A player who has been substituted out of the Active Lineup will stop accumulating points for the user once the player has been substituted.  Once a player is substituted out of an Active Lineup, that player may not be substituted back into an Active Lineup.



General Rules


For each contest, users will create an “Initial Lineup” by selecting players listed in the “Initial Player Pool”. The Initial Player Pool consists of all players whose teams are scheduled to play on the “Contest Day.”  The Contest Day is a single day, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (GMT -5), and includes all real-life matches scheduled to begin therein.

An Initial Lineup consists of an 11-player roster selected by a user prior to the start of the contest.  An Initial Lineup converts to an “Active Lineup” at the time the contest begins.  An Active Lineup refers to the 11 players who are earning points for a user’s entry in a contest at any one time.  A user may make up to three substitutions to his Active Lineup during live game play each Contest Day.  At no point will an Active Lineup contain more than 11 players; every time a player is substituted in to an Active Lineup, a player must also be removed from the Active Lineup by being substituted off by the user.

The players available to come on as a substitute in an Active Lineup consist of the “Active Player Pool.”  The Active Player Pool is made up all the players whose teams are scheduled to play in the same “Match Flight” as the player that the user desires to substitute.  Matches are considered to be a part of the same Match Flight if they begin within 10 minutes of each other.  

Occasionally a player may be missing from the Player Pools due to transfers, loans, or other unforeseen circumstances.

In most circumstances, once the Initial Player Pool is established for a Contest Day, including positions, the Initial Player Pool will not be adjusted. In the rare event that there is a mistake within the Initial Player Pool that would significantly impact game quality, Starting 11 reserves the right to correct the mistake after contests for that Contest Day have become available. This may result in valid lineups becoming invalid. This would most likely occur shortly after the Initial Player Pool becomes available, far in advance of the contest start time, and users who have entered contests for the Contest Day prior to the adjustment will be notified. 

Contest results will be determined by the total points accumulated by each Active Lineup entry.

Participation in each contest must be made only as specified in Starting 11's Terms of Use. Failure to comply with these Terms of Use will result in disqualification and, if applicable, prize forfeiture.  


Player positions are determined at the sole discretion of Starting 11.