FanFooty Tutorial: How to Join
Creating an AccountYou are quite free to browse through the FanFooty site without registering by clicking through the links above, but if you want more out of your experience at our site then we hope you will create an account. Creating an account allows you to join leagues and even create leagues, and also to receive regular email news updates. You can choose Account / Create Account in the menu above, or just use this Create Account link. The form is pretty straightforward - only the username, password, name and email address fields are necessary. Test out some of the colour schemes while you're there!
Joining a Private LeagueThe Join League page is accessible from the Account menu above, or by this Join League link. There are two types of leagues: private and public. Private leagues have both a long name which can be anything at all, and a short name of between 3 and 8 letters which must be unique. If you're participating in a private league, enter in the league's unique short name and the password in the boxes provided, as well as nominating what your team name and mascot will be. Be careful to spell everything correctly - there is no way for you to look up the names of private leagues, so make sure your league commissioner has given you the correct spelling of both the short league name and password. Joining a private league is free, as the commissioner has already paid for your participation on your behalf. The commissioner has already set up all the options too, such as how long the season runs for. You'll be taken straight to your league's home page (bookmark it!) and you'll see a whole bunch of new options light up on the menu bar.
Joining a Public LeagueTo join a public league, you use the same Join League link, but this time you only enter your team name and mascot, and specify whether you want to pay A$10/US$8 to participate in a full season of 18 rounds and 3 weeks of finals (this option is only available until March 23, the Wednesday before the AFL season starts) or pay A$5/US$4 to coach in a half-length season of 9 rounds and 2 weeks of finals (this option is only available until June 7, the Tuesday before AFL Round 12). You will also have to specify whether you want your draft to start in the morning (10am, 11am or 12pm), afternoon (1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm) or evening (6pm, 7pm, 8pm or 9pm). Be warned that times on FanFooty are shown in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). AEST is the time in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra... and Geelong!
Your team will be randomly allocated to a public league with 9 other teams. You will probably not be allocated immediately, as you will have to wait for 10 coaches to join you in the queue. After you are accepted, you will be notified with an email to the address you specified in your account details. Even if you do not see this email, the next time you access FanFooty a message above the menu will tell you that you have been accepted, along with a link to your new league's home page (bookmark it!).
Even before you are accepted into your public league, however, you will see a Draft option in the top menu, and it is advisable to go to the Pre-season Draft page [not implemented yet] even before you are accepted to spend a good amount of time setting your draft preferences. Drafts in public leagues, which happen the day after you are accepted into the league, tend to be rather frantic affairs since coaches only have a maximum of 2 minutes between each pick to decide who to choose! Once you have been accepted, coaches may also lock in picks before the draft goes www. You will read more about setting your preferences in the draft tutorial.
Creating a LeagueThis is discussed in one of our later tutorials, How to be a league commissioner.