Main collectors, who appointed the agents, delivered the forms and payments to a regional office, which were then dispatched to the companies' central offices. Legally the football pools collectors were agents of the entrants, not the pools company. Business for pools collectors was sustained by periodic canvassing, where company agents knocked on doors in an area of a town or housing estate.
Many large factories had at least one employee, who as a sideline, collected coupons from fellow workers. Nowadays, a variety of football pools games can be played on the Internet. These include the classic pools game that traditionally includes a large number of fixtures, spanning the weekend. This is the same as the old Treble Chance which has been renamed and rebranded under new ownership.
New pools game variants include Jackpot 12, Premier 10 and Soccer 6; these are all games in which the player must correctly predict home win , draw or away win for 12, 10 and six mainly Premier League football matches. These new pool games all offer large estimated pool sizes with low stakes; it is possible for people to win tens of thousands of pounds, staking as little as 50p.
Scoring schemes have varied over the years. The current Classic Pools game, based on the old Treble Chance game, uses a scoring scheme which awards three points to score draws matches where both team scored the same, strictly positive, number of goals , two points to no-score draws matches where neither team scored a goal and one point to both home wins matches where the home team scored more goals than the away team and away wins matches where the away team scored more goals than the home team.
The most famous historical scoring scheme differentiated between home wins and away wins, awarding one and a half points for games resulting in away wins.
A scoring scheme used for only one year, split score draws into two categories, awarding three points only for matches ending 1—1 and two and a half points for higher-scoring score draws. The total score of each line would be calculated, up to a maximum of 24 points. The highest scoring line achieved by any player in that particular week's competition would be declared to be worth the top dividend , with a large proportion of the prize pool awarded to the players responsible for submitting the highest-scoring lines.
Large football pools would award second and subsequent dividends, splitting smaller proportions of the prize pool among players who had submitted lines scoring nearly as many points; at its peak, the Littlewoods Treble Chance game would offer up to six dividends. During the northern hemisphere summer, when football leagues were not in operation in the United Kingdom, competitions were based on the results of football matches taking place in Australia.
The other pools games currently provided by The Football Pools are based on entrants predicting the outcome; of results, scores and events in a variety of matches; rather than the awarding of points. Matches which were postponed would often have their results adjudicated, for the sake of the football pools results, by a board known as the Pools Panel; which was formed in when a particularly cold winter scrapped football for three weeks running.
It was rumoured that their remuneration was considerably in excess of the national wage of the time. The panel meets in private session each Saturday from November to April.
Its decisions are released once all ongoing matches have entered half time, but before any final results are known. Until recently [ when? Grids marking the points totals per game were sometimes published, against which a pools coupon could be aligned to read off the scores.
The BBC television programme Grandstand used to broadcast the winning match numbers and any Pools Panel verdicts as part of its Final Score segment in the late afternoon. Only three people have so far announced the classified football results on the programme since its inception in Len Martin until his death in and since then, Tim Gudgin ; Mark E. With scores being read out on radio and television it was also common to relay the message "claims by telegram" for days when around eight score-draws occurred and thus few players expected to achieve maximum points , through "claims by registered mail only" for days when rather more winners were expected, to "no claims" when there were likely to be so many claimants that the mail would have been overwhelmed.
With the arrival of internet-based pools games, the need for players to score their own coupons was removed. Automatic scoring and payout is now standard on all internet-based pools games. Typically a fraction of a penny would be charged for each line entered, though players often had the option to play each line at a higher stake and so receive a higher share of the pool should their line prove a winner. Accordingly, players would usually submit many different lines in a single entry.
Popular ways to do this were "full perm" entries, where 10 or 11, or more matches were selected and every possible combination of eight matches selected from the total was entered as a single line. Note that the term "perm" was used despite the relevant mathematical operation being combination rather than permutation , as the order in which the eight matches were selected was irrelevant.
The pools companies, many daily newspapers and the sporting press also issued "plans", which were subsets of full perms: these enabled the punter to cover more matches for the same stake, with the proviso that even if eight draws were in the selections, they might not all be in a single line of the plan but well designed plans could give a guarantee, such as 'if the plan hits eight draws it must win at least a third dividend'.
The largest prizes would be awarded when only one line was entered scoring the maximum number of points; typically this would occur when only eight or nine matches ended in score draws, so only one player would have the line scoring the maximum. These biggest jackpot prizes could be several hundred thousand pounds, sometimes more than a million.
The story of her subsequent extravagance and eventual bankruptcy was eventually made into a musical named after her assertion. At the other extreme, payouts of less than a pound were quite common, as lower dividends when many entries won. Most players could expect to receive at least one low payout if they played for long enough. With the arrival of the latest online pools games such as Premier 10 and Super 6, the overall pool size is less than the Classic Pools game, but the odds of winning a major prize are increased because fewer predictions are required to complete a coupon and, also, fewer individuals play each coupon.
Some notable UK football pools winners: . Other games offered by football pools companies take the form of "8 homes", "4 draws", "5 aways" or the like, where lines consisting of a smaller number of matches are selected and a line is deemed to have won if all the selected matches result in home wins, away wins or draws irrelevant of the size of the draw respectively.
The cost per line is generally higher; because these attract far fewer players, prizes are generally lower.
Some football pools companies additionally organised lotteries , betting on lottery results or spot the ball  competitions at various points. In predicting "Homes and Aways", players typically mark more than, for example, eight homes they might mark 13 and thus their stake increases by the mathematics of combinations. Each line is called a "perm" "permutation" even though it is actually a mathematical combination not a permutation. It is also possible to reduce the number of perms by taking the most likely and marking them as "bankers" i.
Similar football pools competitions are frequently known as toto competitions on Continental Europe.
While the principle of requiring entrants to predict the results of football matches in advance remains the same, the details are fundamentally different. The name toto derives from totalisator machines which are used to process the parimutuel betting involved. Typically, a list of 13 matches for the coming week will be given. Pools entrants have to select the result of each one, whether it will be a home win, an away win or neither of these, typically by marking each match with either a 1, a 2 or an N sometimes X or 0.
All entries submitting 13 correct predictions will be declared to have won the top prize; sometimes, prizes for fewer correct predictions are also awarded. The Intertoto Cup football competition was inaugurated by the football pools companies of central Europe to provide matches for their toto coupons during the summer months. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about soccer pools. Week 23 Fixture s. Arsenal and Chelsea played out an entertaining first half at the Emirates, and it was something of a surprise there were no goals after an eventful first 45 minutes.
A bright start saw Alvaro Morata miss a glorious chance to open the scoring after Victor Moses caught the Arsenal defence napping and sent the striker clean through on goal. The Spaniard had just goalkeeper Petr Cech to beat but managed to sidefoot a tame effort well wide of the post. Has a lot of improving to do in a short space of time if Julen Lopetegui is to have faith in him on a big stage. However, the ball then broke to Alexis Sanchez who fired a shot at goal but saw it tipped on to the post by Thibaut Courtois.
The forward could only watch on as the ball then rolled along the goal line and hit the other post before being claimed by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
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Alexandre Lacazette then forced Courtois into a good save as he dived low to his right to keep his effort out before Mesut Ozil fired an effort just wide. Chelsea then went close right at the end of the half as Eden Hazard did superbly to drift from the left into a central position before teeing up Cesc Fabregas who could not find the target.
The second half started in similar style with Cech saving from Hazard and Marcos Alonso, and Courtois then blocking a Lacazette effort. Jack Wilshere started and finished the move, surging into the box and picking up possession before firing a fierce shot past Courtois at his near post. A really fantastic five minutes from Arsenal ends in Wilshere's goal.
Relentless pressing has forced three mistakes, Ozil in absolutely fine form. This is an example of the good Arsenal. However, the lead did not last long as Chelsea were awarded a penalty after Bellerin tangled with Hazard and the Belgian went down before converting the spot-kick.
Just like Wilshere, Hazard probably dived, definitely too soft.