Is this actual football with real players?

Yup! This is real football featuring guys who have been on NFL rosters, been through NFL training camps, and played high-level college ball. We have several key members of the FCFL with direct NFL experience, including co-founder Ray Austin, who played safety for the Chicago Bears and New York Jets, and is a proud Tennessee Volunteer. In addition, our COO Andy Dolich is the former Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco 49ers, and senior advisor Manish Jha is the former General Manager of Mobile for the NFL.

The FCFL’s prototype was the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, a team in the Indoor Football League whose offense was run entirely by fan voting that ended the 2017 season ranked third in the league. The quarterback of the Screaming Eagles, Verlon Reed, was named offensive rookie of the year. We are now taking this experience and applying it to an entire league. Real football; real fan engagement.

To learn more, check out this blog post introducing the FCFL to the world. Additionally, please see this piece on our proof of concept team in Breaker Magazine.

Where will the FCFL play its games?

The FCFL is heading to Las Vegas! While we have not formally announced the venue, all 8 teams will play the first season on the Strip in Sin City. Each team will have its own style and identity, so fans favorite team won’t just be a random squad from their hometown but will be the team they most want to root for. Think of it kind of like PGA, Nascar or UFC – the athlete you root for in those sports is probably not from the same city as you, but you like them because you dig their game.

How does fan voting work?

Fans will call all of the plays in real time for the 8 teams in the new league either directly on Twitch or via the FCFL mobile app. The outcome of each fan vote will be relayed to the quarterback and executed on the field. In addition to play calling, the FCFL is putting fans in the General Manager role for the first time in sports, allowing them to determine each team’s name, logo, coach, and the players that make the roster. Each of these votes, and the fan-run draft, will be in the FCFL app.

FAN Tokens are the lifeblood of the fan-controlled sports engagement engine, and like a video game, your tokens can be used for a variety of transactions, including unlocking additional content, procuring merchandise, or gaining access to exclusive events including sideline viewing of games. We will even maintain a public leader board where fans will compete to see who is objectively the most successful owner/GM/coach.

When do we get to start calling the shots?

We are preparing to launch the first season of the FCFL in Summer 2020, but there is a lot of work to do before we kick off our first games. In the coming months fans will be helping to name the teams, design the logos and jerseys, hire the coaching staff, draft the players and construct the playbook.

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What if I want to write a story about the FCFL?

We are always excited to chat with members of the media and get all their questions answered. Our Co-Founders are all available for interviews – you can check out their bios here. They are great in person, in studio, on skype, in print – get ‘em how you want ‘em! Just contact us at pr@fcfl.io to get your questions answered or to schedule an interview.

How do I become a sponsor?

If you’ve got a business, product, service or brand you’d like to share with fans of the FCFL, we’d love to hear from you. Just as we take pride in the innovative approach we are taking to live sports, we’d be excited to innovate with you in creating unique, fan-centric engagements. You can reach us directly at sponsorship@fcfl.io.