The Subbuteo Cup 2020 – How it works

The Subbuteo Cup 2020 is here! We are officially launching the tournament in association with Sporting Loft, Subbuteo Collector and The Subbuteo Revival Group.

After announcing the plans yesterday we’ve had 50 players expressing an interest. That’s an incredible number.

Here is how the tournament is going to work.


Thank you to everybody who has applied to play. We’ve had a brilliant response from a huge range of players.

The matches will take place like this:

We will post the fixtures on the Subbuteo.Online website, Twitter and the Subbuteo.Online Facebook Group. I will also email fixtures to all participating players.

It’s as simple as this – we will create a spreadsheet of fixtures and you can simply place your name next to a fixture if you want to play it. It’s first come, first serve and you will not be allowed to play as your chosen team to prevent bias.

Once you’ve claimed your game I’ll send you confirmation. Then, when it’s time to kick off you simply play the game at home and add the final result to the spreadsheet.

During games, feel free to keep people updated with match commentary, pictures or video on the Subbuteo Online Facebook Group. We’ll publish the best.

Once you’ve completed a game you can then claim another, and so on until the full round of first round fixtures is complete.

How do you play the matches?

Really, however you want. You can play against somebody in your household (this is a great way to introduce family and friends to Subbuteo!).

You can also solo play. That means playing against yourself and being honest by playing your best with both teams. We will be sharing lots of advice on how to do that.

Matches should last 10 minutes each way, but if you want to be flexible please do so.

If the match ends in a draw play extra time and then penalties – we recommend doing solo penalties from the Subbuteo shooting line to make it more difficult.

When does it begin?

The first matches will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 4 April. If you need to be flexible with that time let me know and we can rearrange some fixtures.

What else can you do?

We’re going to treat this like a real cup – that means I want as much from the players as possible. We want to feature your grounds in blogs leading up to kick off so feel free to name your stadium (even if it’s just a pitch!). It would also be great to get some background on the players and anything else you want to share.

We want as many pictures and video of people enjoying Subbuteo as possible and we’re looking into doing a Subbuteo Saturday live score centre either as a live blog or a video.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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