Football Index has been dubbed as the world's first football stock market, providing an exciting new way to bet on football.
Instead of the traditional way of betting on the outcome of football matches at the bookies, Football Index allows you to buy and sell shares in footballers with the aim of trading them later on for a profit.
We tried Football Index ourselves, buying £283.10 worth of footballer shares. In a matter of months, our portfolio was worth £406.87 which meant that we had made £123.77 profit for very little effort. The ROI was an impressive too at 30.4% (not including extra dividends received).
In this Football Index review, we are going to explain how it works and show you how our own portfolio of players performed.
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How does Football Index Work?
The general idea of Football Index is to a try and spot players who have the potential to have a great season or future career, buy shares in them while their price is low and sell them later on for a profit.
Imagine taking a punt on Mo Salah when he first joined Liverpool. Back then, his shares could have been bought for less than £2 each, but by the end of his first season they were worth more than £10. That's a 5x increase in less than a year!
Unfortunately we missed that boat, but it's a good example of just how lucrative Football Index can be.
It seems like a great opportunity for those who have a good knowledge of football players to make a profit from it. However, we made money having done hardly any research at all!
Football Index is easy to use and you can access it on any device. There are even apps for Apple iOS and Android devices.
Buying and Selling Shares
Player shares (also known as "futures") can be found in two ways. The first is to check the 'Top 200' list and the second is to look through 'Squad Players' lists.
The 'Top 200' is a list of the highest priced footballers from the previous day and it is updated at midnight every day. Here is where you will find the most popular names in football, such as Neymar and Messi.
The 'Squad Players' list is where the remaining players that haven't made the Top 200 list can be found. At the time of writing, there are more than 1700 players listed here and Football Index are adding up to 50 new players each day.
The easiest way to find a player is to type their name in the search box above the list. To buy or sell shares in the player, you simply choose the buy or the sell price next to the player's name and then select how many shares.
For example, the screenshot above shows that 1 share in Gareth Bale would cost £5.33. If you wanted to buy 10 shares, it would cost £53.30. The maximum amount of shares that can be bought or sold in one transaction is 100.
The 'Portfolio' tab shows how many shares are held for each player, how much they were bought for, their current value and profit/loss. Shares can be bought and sold from this screen too.
It's important to note that Football Index is not the same as fantasy football, where success is determined on a player scoring lots of goals or if they are playing well. The price of shares is purely based on demand, so more people buying a player will push the price up as demand increases and more people selling will bring the price down.
However, it stands to reason that a player that is performing well is more likely to gain interest from other traders which could then impact the price.
Football Index Dividends
Aside from buying and selling players for a profit, the other way to make a profit on Football Index is by earning dividends. Dividends are paid out on players that make it into either the Media or Match Day ranking lists collated each day.
The Media rankings are based on how much a player is featured in articles taken from a large list of football news websites including Talksport, BBC and Sky Sports.
Players are given a score based on how much coverage they have received in the press and where they are ranked on the Football Buzz table.
Below, you can see the live Media rankings at the time of writing, which shows Neymar is top of the list with 330 points.
Based on this list, if Neymar still had the highest score by midnight tonight, a dividend would be paid out on each share. On a match day it is only the top player that earns a dividend, but on non-match days it is the top three.
The dividend amount is subject to change and can sometimes vary if there is a promotion, but the current dividend table shows it would be paid out at 5p per share on a match day and 8p, 5p and 2p per share on a non-match day for the top three footballers respectively.
Match Day rankings are based on the player performance statistics compiled from OPTA on each match day and they are split into Top Goalkeeper or Defender, Top Midfielder, Top Forward and Star Footballer.
Dividends based on the performance of players was introduced to the site last year and it seems to be a great opportunity to earn extra money from players that are actually playing well and not just making the headlines.
The dividend amount can range from 2p to 12p, depending on how many eligible games are being played on the day.
Our Football Index Portfolio
We chose to invest £100 in our first Football Index portfolio, but you can go in with as little as £10. There are players with shares priced at less than £1 each, so you can invest a small amount of money to see how the site works.
You can also click here and take advantage of a £500 risk-free offer. Build a portfolio and trade footballers for 7 days then, if you decide it isn't for you, losses will be refunded up to a maximum of £500 (see Football Index for full terms and conditions).
With our initial £100 we chose to buy shares in players that we thought would rise in value during the 2018 World Cup.
We are not experts in football players, so it was a case of doing a little bit of research.
Portfolio Update One
Things got off to a good start. After the first month - and before the World Cup had even started - the majority of the shares we'd bought had risen in value.
We also had eight buzz wins which gave us dividends adding up to 59p. This topped our balance up enough to be able to buy another share, so we decided to buy one more share in Toni Kroos as he was the most recent buzz winner for us.
The total cost of shares now added up to £100.56 and they were valued at £110.95, which was a profit of £10.39. This worked out as a 10.3% increase - a great start for very little effort!
Portfolio Update Two
Once the World Cup finished, the value of our portfolio had dipped to £105.73 but we were still in profit by £5.17 overall. It was a 7.4% increase since we started the review a couple of months previously.
We had been doing quite well with buzz wins and in total we had received £2.23 in dividends from these.
|19/06/2018||Kevin De Bruyne||£0.12||£0.71|
|03/07/2018||Kevin De Bruyne||£0.24||£1.55|
|07/07/2018||Kevin De Bruyne||£0.24||£1.87|
|15/07/2018||Kevin De Bruyne||£0.12||£2.11|
Portfolio Update Three
Another month on and our return stood at a healthy 18.1% with a profit of £51.31.
There's no way that anyone could have considered us to be Football Index experts, but we were very happy to see that every share that we had bought so far had risen in value!
We decided to make another deposit in order to purchase shares in players who looked promising for the upcoming season.
We invested in a mixture of young players as well as a few of the bigger names. The latter obviously came a bigger price, but they were more likely to give dividends from buzz wins, whereas the younger players had the chance to rise in value considerably if they were to have a good season.
This brought the total amount invested to £283.10 and we had bought 125 shares in 23 different players.
When we started our review, we couldn't help but feel excited about Football Index.
It turned out to be a fun way to make a bit of money and didn't seem very risky at all. In fact, it almost seemed too easy to make a profit!
We don't have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to individual football players so it shows that even a novice can do well with a simple portfolio of players.
Being the first of its kind, Football Index could be one of next big things to hit the sports betting world and as more people sign up, prices of shares are set to rise in line with the increase in demand. It's a great time to get involved.
This is how our portfolio looked as of September 2018. As you can see in the image below, every single player we purchased shares in had risen in value!
In addition, dividends trickled in and gave us an added profit of £5.64 (2% ROI). It's a nice little bonus and there's potential to earn more dividends by buying shares in some of the more mainstream players.
We're very happy to award Football Index a pass rating.
Other Systems and Services which Passed
Football Index is the world's first football player stockmarket. We tested it out with our own portfolio and made a profit of £123.77 with very little effort.