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MFLS Frequently Asked Questions
What is Major Fantasy League Soccer (MFLS)?
When does MFLS begin? How long will it last?
How much does it cost?
How is a player's foreigner status determined?
What's different from previous years?
My division has changed. What happened?
How does MFLS determine the field position for each player? What about Player/Coaches?
What happens if a player participates in a match at a different position (as Jorge Campos used to do frequently)?
Do MLS players earn points for matches other than the MLS regular season?
A player on my roster is not available to his MLS team. What happens?
I'm confused about how the Salary and Transfer Fees are structured. Can you explain it further?
What's a 'Roster Move'? How do I make a 'Roster Move'?
I think I've found a scoring error by MFLS. What should I do to have it corrected?
I just completed a transfer that I'd like to take back. Can I?
My email is changing soon. What should I do?
What is my favorite team designation used for? My favorite team isn't listed. What should I do?
My team page doesn't have my favorite team's colors. What's wrong?
How can I offer suggestions for improving MFLS?
The Contact Form doesn't work for me. How can I contact MFLS?
What is MFLS's privacy policy?
What is Major Fantasy League Soccer (MFLS)?
Major Fantasy League Soccer (MFLS) is a Web-based fantasy soccer league based on the results and statistics of the United States' (and Canada as of 2007 season) Top Professional Soccer League (MLS). Participants select a roster of MLS players and a coach. Points are awarded based on the player's performance in actual MLS matches. Roster changes can be made throughout the MFLS season within certain restrictions. Prizes are awarded to the top performing teams on a season basis.
When does it begin? How long will it last?
The MFLS season coincides with that of MLS. Any changes to the MLS schedule will be reflected by MFLS.
How much does it cost?
MFLS is once again free to play. We do limit each person to only one team.
How is a player's foreigner status determined?
MLS players' foreign status for MFLS is now determined by a player's eligibility to compete for the US or Canadian National team. In the past, MFLS has relied on MLS's designation of foreign status, but as MLS has progressed, the official MLS foreign status has become fairly convoluted. If their status changes mid-season we cannot change it for MFLS purposes. In some cases, we may have it wrong. In those cases, it will be changed if at all possible, but usually such a change is not possible once the player is selected on MFLS teams.
What's different from previous years?
A number of changes will be introduced this year, although the core concepts of the league will remain unchanged. These changes are detailed in the Rules.
My division has changed. What happened?
Through the course of the season we will periodically consolidate divisions with only a few teams in them into larger divisions with appoximately 25 teams each. This activity will be quite frequent during the early part of the season but will slow down considerably after the first few weeks. It simply makes no sense to have a division with only a handful of teams. If your original division gets removed and you are placed into a different division than your family or friends, please contact us and we will make every attempt to get you all in the same division.
How does MFLS determine the field position for each player? What about Player/Coaches?
We use the official MLS publications, press releases and Web sites to determine what field position a player will be assigned in MFLS. In those cases where a player is listed at two or more positions by MLS an assignment will be made as follows:
Field Position Assignments
MLS
Goalkeeper/Any other position
Defender/Midfielder
Defender/Forward
Midfielder/Forward
MFLS Assignment
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Forward
Forward
Player/Coaches are treated as two separate persons for purposes of MFLS. For example, you may have Coach Walter Zenga and/or Goalkeeper Walter Zenga on your roster. You earn points for the particular position(s) he occupies on your roster.
What happens if a player participates in a match at a different position (as Jorge Campos used to do frequently)?
A player will earn points according to the guidelines for his MFLS assigned field position; regardless of what field position they actually appeared at. For example, if Jorge Campos, who was a Goalkeeper in MFLS, appeared at Forward during all or part of a MLS match, he will earn points as a Goalkeeper.
Do MLS players earn points for matches other than the MLS regular season?
No. Only regular season MLS matches are used.
A player on my roster is not available to his MLS team. What happens?
As of MFLS 2004, nothing happens. No points are deducted for a player not appearing in his team's MLS match.
What's a 'Roster Move'? How do I make a 'Roster Move'?
What's a Roster Move?
A Roster Move is any change to your MFLS roster. There are two possibilities in MFLS:
  • Substitution: the process of moving a player from your bench to your starting lineup for the upcoming week.
  • Transfer: the process of trading one player on your roster (starter or bench) for a player not on your roster
  • Each team has a limited number of transfers they can make in the season, and an unlimited number of substitutions. Transfers are unlimited before the start of Week 1 to allow managers to adjust their rosters up to the beginning of the season and not penalize those who sign up early. When you have used up all your moves for the season, your team page's moves forms will automatically be turned off.

    How do I make a roster move?
    On your team page, we provide a form for performing roster moves on your latest lineup for the Upcoming Week.

    To perform a Substition:

  • Select the button labeled Substitution.
  • Select one bench player and one starter by pressing the button next to the respective player (these players must occupy the same position, i.e., if the starter is a midfielder the bench player must be a midfielder, labeled with 'M').
  • Enter your password (the one you chose when you signed up).
  • Press the Submit button and wait for the confirmation screen.
  • Once you see the confirmation screen, you can reload your team page to see the substitution take effect.
  • To perform a Transfer:

  • Select the button labeled Transfer.
  • Select one player on your roster (starter or bench) by pressing the button next to the player.
  • Enter your password (the one you chose when you signed up).
  • Press the Submit button and wait for the next screen.
  • The player transfer form screen will present you a list of players whom you can trade for your selected player, select the player which you want to obtain.
  • Press the Submit button and wait for the confirmation screen.
  • Once you see the confirmation screen, you can reload your team page to see the transfer take effect. Your team's financials will be updated to account for any transfer fees paid and the changes in your total salary.
  • Roster moves are recorded in 'Previous Roster Moves' page for your reference once week 1 has begun. Moves prior to week 1 are not saved as this is the pre-season adjustment period.

    HIT SUBMIT AND IT'S FINAL: Once you hit the final Submit button, your roster move is FINAL. They cannot be undone except by using another move if you have one remaining for the current week.

    ROSTER MOVES DEADLINES: Roster Moves may be submitted up to one hour before the first game of the MFLS Week. If you miss the deadline, your move will take effect on the subsequent upcoming week. It is ill-advised to wait until the last minute to make a move.

    I think I've found a scoring error by MFLS. What should I do to have it corrected?
    If you find any type of error in the league please do not hesitate to contact us using our 'Contact' form, preferably after signing in (which will give us more details which will enable us to assist you better). Explain fully what the error is and how it should be corrected. We do ask that you be as clear and concise in your description as possible; simply indicating that you think an error has occurred will only delay a resolution. We will research the information and post a correction immediately as required.
    I'm confused about how the Salary and Transfer Fees are structured. Can you explain it further?
    First, a few definitions --
  • Salary Cap: is the amount of money you may spend on your team including player salaries and transfer fees paid to acquire players.
  • Total Salary: is the sum of all of your player salaries from your current squad of 18 players.
  • Transfer Fees: is the sum of all transfer fees you have paid out.
  • Transfer Slush Fund: is a fund which can be used to pay a transfer fee. You accumulate money in this fund by selling a player with a higher transfer fee than the player you're buying. In this case, the difference between their transfer fees is added to your Transfer Slush Fund. Later, if you make a transfer that involves selling a player with lower transfer fee than the player you're buying, then any Transfer Slush Fund money you have will be used to pay as much of the difference between transfer fees as possible, the remainder is paid from your available cash and this amount is added to your Transfer Fees.
  • Available Cash: this is the amount of money you are free to spend. Salary Cap minus your Total Salary and Transfer Fees.
  • Player salaries will not change during the season. The player salaries are MFLS's best estimate of actual salaries of each MFLS player. The salary range is from the league minimum of 30 to the league maximum of 300 (in thousand). The salary cap for each MFLS team coincides with the league salary cap of 3100.

    When you trade a player during the season you must pay a transfer fee for the new player (minus the transfer fee for the player you're getting rid of). The transfer fees are counted against your team's salary cap. The transfer fee depends on the player's salary and current popularity among MFLS teams. The nominal transfer fee will be 25% of the players salary. If a player is currently on many MFLS rosters his transfer fee may grow to the league maximum of 100. If a player belongs to very few MFLS teams the fee can shrink to zero. Until the MFLS season starts all transfer fees will be zero to allow players to adjust their lineups as needed, so signing up early is not penalized.

    When making a transfer, you have to pay the difference if the player you're buying has a higher fee than the player you're selling, this is the 'net fee'.

    When the player you're buying has a lower fee than the player you're selling, the 'net fee' is negative. In past versions of MFLS, this money would disappear. When you execute a transfer which has a negative 'net fee', the fee of the player being sold minus the fee of the player being bought is placed in your Transfer Slush Fund. This fund can be used to pay transfer fees, but does not increase your Available Cash nor does it help you for salary cap purposes. It will however help you buy a new player later on.

    I just completed a transfer that I'd like to take back. Can I?
    Unfortunately, no. Once a transfer has been entered into the system, it cannot be undone. You will be given several opportunities to confirm each transaction before it is completed.
    My email is changing soon. What should I do?
    Please go to your team page and use the 'Update Team Info' form provided to update your email address and any other info you want to change.
    How can I offer suggestions for improving MFLS?
    We are very interested in all feedback - both positive and negative! If you have a suggestion please feel free to contact us.
    What is my favorite team designation used for? My favorite team isn't listed. What should I do?
    Your favorite team designation lets everyone know what club you support and is used to let you pick a color scheme that you like for your team pages.

    If your team is not listed, send us a request for that club. If we get 4 or more requests for a club we will add it to the list.

    My team page doesn't have my favorite team's colors. What's wrong?
    Your browser does not support cascading style sheets (CSS) which are used throughout MFLS.COM. You must upgrade to a recent version of a web browser which supports the CSS elements used in MFLS.COM.
    The Contact Form doesn't work for me. How can I contact MFLS?
    If at all possible please sign in before using the contact form. If you forget your password, then use the Contact form available from the header and footer menus on each MFLS page. If all else fails, you may email us at mdwheel@mfls.com.
    What is MFLS's privacy policy
    Check our privacy policy.