Friendly

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A friendly is any game that is not a competitive match.
The main point of friendlies is to maximise training, or keeping your substitutes in a hopefuly better form. There is also some gate income, but it is quite low compared to an official league match.
A popular thing to do in friendly matches is flag chasing, where you visit a new country every week.

Effects[edit]

Players can gain a tiny amount of experience, much lower than the amount of experience from a league match (see article for the formula).
They might also get injured while playing that match.
However, the outcome of the match has NO effect on:

and suspensions do not apply in friendly games, and red/yellow cards do not carry over to league games.

Income[edit]

The income is split evenly among the two teams.
The amount of spectators who attend a friendly match is significantly lower than the amount of spectators who attend a regular league match, so it could give just a little help to your economy. It is rare to spot friendlies with over 5 000 spectators (even among teams from the top divisions).
The attendance will be slightly higher if the match is an international friendly.

Match types[edit]

The friendlies can be played using two different kind of rules:

Normal[edit]

  • If the match ends in a draw, no extra time or penalties will be played.
  • The amount of attendance is lower than a cup rules friendly.

Cup rules[edit]

  • If the match ends in a draw, extra time and penalties (if needed) will be played.
  • The attendance of the match is higher than a normal friendly.

Venue[edit]

National friendly[edit]

A National Friendly is a match that is played mid-week with another team in your club's home country. It will earn your players about 1/10 the experience they would earn in a League Match and about 1/2 the experience they would earn in an International Friendly.

It costs nothing to play a friendly against a team in your home country. However, less spectators will watch your match than if you were playing an International Friendly. Spectator income is split evenly between the visiting and home clubs (as in International Friendlies).

Neutral ground[edit]

The term "Neutral Ground" refers to an arena where a match takes place, but which neither team playing the match owns. The owner of the "Neutral Ground" does not receive any monetary compensation for allowing the other two players to use his arena.

Note that matches played on "neutral ground" will not earn a flag for either of the participating teams, unless the match is held in one team's home country (in which case the away team will earn a flag).

International friendly[edit]

International friendlies cost each 6 000 (in $ or €). These types of friendlies can have some benefits, though. Many users choose to play matches abroad in order to collect flags (many of these players belong to the Flag Chasers Community). Your players will also gain about twice the experience they would usually receive in a National Friendly. International friendlies can also provide an opportunity to meet different types of players in different countries and cultures.

The times specified below indicates the earliest possible start time for international friendlies. There can be delays for various reasons, and all the updates, as well as matches, take time to complete. Precisely how long varies depending on how many teams there are in the league and on the type of update.


Country Area Day Time
 Deutschland Europe Tuesday 18:30 and 18:25 (cup rules)
 Misr Africa Tuesday 18:50
 Italia Europe Tuesday 19:15 and 19:20 (cup rules)
 Slovensko Europe Tuesday 19:25
 Slovenija Europe Tuesday 19:30
 Angola Africa Tuesday 19:40
 Liechtenstein Europe Tuesday 19:50
 Suomi Europe Tuesday 20:20 and 20:25 (cup rules)
 Cyprus Europe Tuesday 20:15
 Israel Asia Tuesday 20:30
 Shqipëria Europe Tuesday 20:45
 England Europe Tuesday 21:00
 Cymru Europe Tuesday 21:30
 Bulgaria Europe Tuesday 22:00
 Northern Ireland Europe Tuesday 22:15
 Bolivia America Tuesday 22:45
 Paraguay America Tuesday 23:15
 Ecuador America Tuesday 23:45
 Hanguk Asia Wednesday 02:00
 Nippon Asia Wednesday 02:30
 Chinese Taipei Asia Wednesday 03:00
 Pilipinas Asia Wednesday 03:30
 Oceania Oceania Wednesday 04:00
 Singapore Asia Wednesday 04:30
 Brunei Asia Wednesday 05:00
 Malaysia Asia Wednesday 05:00
 Việt Nam Asia Wednesday 05:15
 Kampuchea Africa Wednesday 05:15
 Prathet Thai Asia Wednesday 05:30
 India Asia Wednesday 06:00
 Dhivehi Raajje Asia Wednesday 06:00
 Pakistan Asia Wednesday 06:15
 Bangladesh Asia Wednesday 06:30
 China Asia Wednesday 07:00
 South Africa Africa Wednesday 07:15
 Kyrgyzstan Asia Wednesday 07:30
 Indonesia Asia Wednesday 07:45
 Mongol Uls Asia Wednesday 07:50
 Türkiye Europe Wednesday 08:00
 Ukraina Europe Wednesday 08:15
 Rossiya Europe Wednesday 08:30
 Hrvatska Europe Wednesday 08:45
 Belarus Europe Wednesday 09:15
 Österreich Europe Wednesday 09:30
 Hellas Europe Wednesday 09:45
 Magyarország Europe Wednesday 09:45
 România Europe Wednesday 10:00
 Makedonija Europe Wednesday 10:15
 Schweiz Europe Wednesday 10:45 and 10:50 (cup rules)
 Al Maghrib Africa Wednesday 10:45
 Algérie Africa Wednesday 10:50
 Hong Kong Asia Wednesday 11:00
 Kenya Africa Wednesday 11:15
 Tanzania Africa Wednesday 11:15
 Scotland Europe Wednesday 11:30
 Benin Africa Wednesday 11:45
 Nigeria Africa Wednesday 11:45
 Sénégal Africa Wednesday 11:50
 Crna Gora Europe Wednesday 11:55
 Kazakhstan Asia Wednesday 12:10
 Eesti Europe Wednesday 12:15
 España Europe Wednesday 12:25 and 12:30 (cup rules)
 Srbija Europe Wednesday 12:45
 Lietuva Europe Wednesday 13:15
 Belgium Europe Wednesday 13:30 and 13:00 (cup rules)
 Latvija Europe Wednesday 13:45
 Česká republika Europe Wednesday 14:00
 Bosna i Hercegovina Europe Wednesday 14:15
 Sakartvelo Asia Wednesday 14:20
 Azərbaycan Asia Wednesday 14:25
 O'zbekiston Asia Wednesday 14:30
 Hayastan Asia Wednesday 14:40
 Lëtzebuerg Europe Wednesday 14:45
 France Europe Wednesday 15:20 and 15:25 (cup rules)
 Andorra Europe Wednesday 15:15
 Iran Asia Wednesday 15:45
 Norge Europe Wednesday 16:00
 Al Kuwayt Asia Wednesday 16:10
 Dawlat Qatar Asia Wednesday 16:10
 Palestine Asia Wednesday 16:15
 Saudi Arabia Asia Wednesday 16:20
 Uganda Africa Wednesday 16:20
 Al Iraq Asia Wednesday 16:25
 Danmark Europe Wednesday 16:30
 Suriyah Asia Wednesday 16:35
 Al Yaman Asia Wednesday 16:35
 Oman Asia Wednesday 16:40
 Moçambique Africa Wednesday 16:40
 Tounes Africa Wednesday 16:45
 Føroyar Europe Wednesday 16:45
 Bahrain Asia Wednesday 16:50
 Malta Europe Wednesday 17:15
 Nederland Europe Wednesday 17:20 and 17:25 (cup rules)
 Lubnan Asia Wednesday 17:40
 Moldova Europe Wednesday 17:45
 Polska Europe Wednesday 17:55
 Cabo Verde Africa Wednesday 18:25
 Ghana Africa Wednesday 18:25
 Al Urdun Asia Wednesday 18:40
 United Arab Emirates Asia Wednesday 18:45
 Cameroon Africa Wednesday 18:55
 Côte d'Ivoire Africa Wednesday 18:55
 Sverige Europe Wednesday 20:00
 Ireland Europe Wednesday 20:15
 Ísland Europe Wednesday 20:45
 Portugal Europe Wednesday 21:55 and 22:00 (cup rules)
 Barbados Europe Wednesday 22:10
 Jamaica America Wednesday 22:15
 Trinidad & Tobago America Wednesday 22:20
 Chile America Wednesday 22:50
 Canada America Wednesday 23:00
 Cuba America Wednesday 23:15
 Republica Dominicana America Wednesday 23:15
 Suriname America Wednesday 23:10
 Venezuela America Wednesday 23:30
 Nicaragua America Wednesday 23:40
 Costa Rica America Wednesday 23:45
 Brasil America Thursday 00:00
 Panamá America Thursday 00:15
 Uruguay America Thursday 00:30
 Colombia America Thursday 00:50
 USA America Thursday 01:00
 Guatemala America Thursday 01:10
 Honduras Asia Thursday 01:15
 El Salvador America Thursday 01:45
 México America Thursday 02:00
 Perú America Thursday 02:15
 Argentina America Thursday 03:00

Considerations[edit]

Profitability[edit]

For clubs of the lowest division in large leagues (e.g. Netherlands, Spain, Italy or Germany) international friendlies (away) are not recommendable. The travelling costs will be higher then the spectator income of the match. Those teams should play friendly matches against higher division teams in their own country or international friendlies in their own stadiums. The economic effect is also important here.

example (german XI. division team):

spectators in series games:
2175
1230
2247
1243
1104

Spectators in a friendly against a IV. division team:
985