How to Play SmallBall Football
This Help page contains
a walk-through of all the steps you'll need to take to start managing
and training your own new SmallBall team.
Otherwise, please select the topic you wish to read:
Seasons, Leagues and Games
Reviewing Public games
Your Team Page
The Star Rating & Honor Rating
How to use Ticket codes
Setting up your
The Basic Concept
Observe your players in action
Here is where it starts
News will take you to the latest online new publication so you
can see what's going on in the SmallBall world.
Change profile allows you to change your email, password, assistant
Your players train here. By dragging your players around and using the training tools available, you can make your players practice and improve their skills. The longer the player trains in a zone the more his skills increase.
example if you want a player to run faster make him run a lot. The more
he runs the more his running skill will increase. Make a player run
by dragging him with the mouse.
Watch them play games.You need observe how each of your player's perform so you can look for clues on what kind of training your players need.
to train your player's skills
Put your players here when they are out of TP or to temporarily stop
them from training and using TP.
The Bench: Here is where the bench players rest. You can still train benched players but they do not appear on the field when you play games.
Running Zone: Players dragged into this zone will run until they burn all their TP.
Reaction Zone: To make your players more reactive and able to change directions quicker drag them into the Reaction Zone.
Zone: The place for your Goalies to train.
Dribble Zones: Drag a player to one of the two Dribble Zones to get better at dribbling the ball.
Passing Zone: Players pass the ball around here. This zone trains for aiming, kicking, and interception skills.
The Wall Zone: kicking against the wall trains in kick power and aiming.
Driving Zone: This trains the players to run faster while dribbling the ball.
Interception Zone: In this zone, players train on receiving and intercepting passes.
The Score Board and Trainer Options
When you train your players, they use the TP.
The more you train them, the more TP is used up. When the player is empty of TP, you are done training that player until he rests and accumulates more TP.
Every day each of your players will get about 1/2 a pie of TP. After two days the TP pie will be full. You can train your players anytime as long as they have some TP When your players are filled with TP (100%) then they STOP accumulating more TP.
You want to keep your players accumulating as much TP as possible and use it to train and improve their skills.
TP is a very important concept to understand to play SmallBall games!
|A player can hold only 48 hours worth of TP, if you know you will not be able to train your team for more than 48 hours, try Passive Training, this way your team trains while other other teams challenge them.|
|Seasons, Leagues and Games|
In SmallBall the season
is two weeks.
The Big League includes all teams currently in SmallBall Football. It is the free-for-all League where any team can play any other. Big League games are called Public Games. Wins and losses in these games effect your team's Big League standings ONLY.
Training games can be played against any team. These games are not recorded in any way, and therefore do not effect any standings. If Passive Training is active, this will also train your team (and use TP as a result).
The Pro Leagues are the highly competitive leagues. When a new team is created in SmallBall, it is not a member of the Pro Leagues. Pro League Games are pre-scheduled by SmallBall at the start of each season. These are games between teams who are in the same Pro League Level. Wins and losses in these games effect your team's Pro League standings ONLY. Teams who are at the top slots of their League at the end of the season (slots marked in the standings with a Blue background) will advance into the next higher league level at the start of the next season. Teams at the bottom of their league (slots with a Red background) will drop down to the next lower league level. Any team who does not play any games during its season is dropped from the Pro Leagues entirely, and must earn its way back into the Pro Leagues, reentering at the lowest League level.
Entering the Pro Leagues
New teams are only
be able to play Exhibition games and Public games until they earn membership
into the Pro Leagues. Teams
who are not part of the Pro Leagues and wish to earn membership must initiate
at least 10 Public Games, and be among the top new teams in the Big league
at the end of the current season.
|Reviewing your Games and Watching other teams|
It is possible to watch games currently in progress, or past games, by selecting Review Game from the SmallBall Start Screen. This feature can be used to review any game, including games between two teams not your own.
To review a game when another team challenges yours, you will need to know the Game ID#. When your team is challenged, SmallBall sends you an e-mail informing you who has challenged you, and what the Game ID# is for that game. Enter this Game ID# in the Game To Review window to watch the game. Depending on whether the game has been completed yet or not, you will either see the current inning of the in Live Game mode, or you will see the start of the first inning in Review Game mode.
To review past games of a rival team, do a search on that team to bring up their Team page. At the top left corner of their Team Page, you can view which teams they have played against recently, and also see the outcome of those games.
To watch any game currently in progress, go to the Live Games link on the Big League page. A web page will appear showing live games in progress, and the corresponding Game ID numbers to use. Additionally, the Recent Games link will show a list of all the games that have just been completed.
Game to Review Window
Can be used to watch your games or to spy on other teams
SmallBall.com serves a Team Home Page for every team in SmallBall. This single page can be used as the starting location to research any detail about your team, or in fact, any team in Smallball.
At the top of every Team page, is the team name, the team letters, and the team's Star rating (explained below).
On the lower left side of the page is a listing of recent games and the
game results. Clicking on any team name here brings up that team's home
page. On the right side of the page are the team's standings in the Big
League and Pro leagues. Clicking on "Big League" brings up a
listing of the top 100 teams that have initiated at least 10 Public Games
in the Big League (any team that has played less than 10 games is not
|Clicking on "Pro League"
brings up a page that lists all the active Pro League levels and a link
to the Pro Leagues Qualification list (this list displays the top teams
currently competing for entry into the Pro Leagues). Below this, is a listing
of a number of teams who have Big League rankings similar to your own. You
can click on any team name here to see their home team page.
The team page contains the complete statistics for every player on your team.
The easiest way to access your team's home page is by simply clicking on SmallBall.com at the top of the Smallball Start Screen, and then selecting My Team.
The SmallBall.com menu also contains other shortcuts. Clicking
on Home brings up the SmallBall Home page, which contains new tips and
announcements. News brings up the News page, which is updated regularly
with information on the top teams and top games in the league. The Help
shortcut brings to you to this help page.
|Star Ratings and
Statistics * * *
The Star Ratings are a simplified skills ranking system that allows you to roughly judge your team's collective skills compared to other teams. Only men on the roster is considered in your star rating. Players on the bench are not considered for the star rating. This rating only judges the skills of the team, not how intelligently the team has been managed by its owner to ensure that each player is strongest in the skills he needs most to play his position well, and help his team win. Thus, although two teams may have identical Star Ratings, one team may consistently beat the other -- the better team's players may be assigned to field positions that better match their abilities, or they may have a smarter formation.
For example, if two Team Owner's have identical teams and identical star
ratings, but only Owner #1 takes the time to discover which player on
his team learns and retains driving skill the best and assigns
that player to be a forward, while Owner #2 puts that same player as the
goalie, then Owner #1 is very likely to win every game against Owner #2.
Another example is to imagine 2 new teams, one that has been trained SOLELY
on running skills for 5 days, and another team that has been trained equally
on all skills for those same days. Even though both teams may have equal
training time (and same star ratings), the first team has NO skills in
dribbling or kicking, and although they may run MUCH faster than the second
team, its very unlikely they'd win any games against the other team.
The Honor Rating
To increase your Honor Rating you must play teams that are stronger than yours. Remember a team that is higher in Star Rating is Still be able if the players are positioned better.
How the Honor Rating is calculated:
Daily Star Leagues * * * * *
How to use SmallBall Tickets
Typically you will get a ticket code via email. To use
the ticket code select the Enter Ticket option in the Settings
Copy the ticket from the email and paste it into
this window. Once the ticket is there you can do the following:
Check - this allows you to see what kind of ticket you have before actually using it.
There are many types of tickets. Some are won in tournaments,
or some can be purchased at the smallball
shop. Tickets are often given as gifts from SmallBall inc. or other
SmallBall team owners. Keep your eyes open for contests and tournaments
that give prizes!