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Buying Guide

Positions in Football Aid events can be purchased through our Buy Now, Sponsored to Play and Bidding schemes and are available during two separate Auction Periods. In the 1st period, positions are available in our Buy Now and Sponsored to Play schemes only and in the 2nd period positions are available for Auction Bidding, with selected positions available to Buy Now as well.

Before you can purchase a Football Aid position, you'll need to register on the website. Once you've registered and agreed to our terms and conditions, you'll be able to participate in our position auctions and, subject to terms and conditions, take part in our events.

If you haven't registered yet, simply choose the REGISTER option and follow the on-screen instructions. Once you’ve registered, login and visit our PLAY page, choose your match and you're ready to secure a position!

STEP 1: SECURING YOUR POSITION

AUCTION PERIOD 1 (FIXED PRICE) - (SEPTEMBER TO JANUARY)

During this period you can choose our Buy Now or Sponsored to Play options to secure a position for yourself (or someone else) at the event of your choice.

OPTION 1 - BUY NOW

Book a position with a single payment online and guarantee your name will be on the teamsheet.

On your chosen Event page:

  • select the available position you would like to purchase
  • double-check the details of the position and select the "Buy Now" button
  • make your online payment through WorldPay and you're now the owner of the position

Then all you need to do is confirm who is playing by allocating the position in your MY ACCOUNT section and that's you (or your allocated player) all set for the match.

OPTION 2 - SPONSORED TO PLAY

Secure a position with a £100 deposit, then fundraise your way to your Field of Dreams, or simply pay off your position in instalments.

On your chosen Event page,

  • select the available position you would like to purchase
  • double-check the details of the position and select the "SPONSORED TO PLAY" button
  • make your online deposit payment through WorldPay and you're now the owner of the position

We'll then send you a Sponsorship Pack, full of ideas to help you raise a targeted amount by a specified date. Only by raising the specified amount before this deadline date will you formally secure your place in your team. You'll be able to see the outstanding balance and make online card payments in your MY ACCOUNT page. If you prefer, you can also choose to make payment by Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Full instructions on how to make final balance payments will be included in your Sponsorship Pack and also forwarded by e-mail. Note: There is no obligation for players to raise money through sponsorship in this scheme; if you prefer you can simply make the instalment payment(s) yourself.

Then all you need to do is confirm who is playing by allocating the position in your MY ACCOUNT section and that's you (or your allocated player) all set for the match.

Please Note:

- An admin fee of £15 will be added to the Buy Now and Sponsored to Play price to cover shirt printing. This fee is compulsory and will be added to the total amount due before you make payment online.


To find out if 'Buy Now' or 'Sponsored to Play' positions are available for your Team (or chosen event), visit the PLAY page and select your Team. Click BID/BUY beside an available position for full details or choose the List View to display at a glance details for all the positions.

AUCTION PERIOD 2 (BIDDING & BUY NOW) - JANUARY - MARCH

During this period, you can choose our Bidding or Buy Now options to secure a position for yourself (or someone else) at the event of your choice.

OPTION 1 - BIDDING

For those with a competitive streak, our bidding period is for you. The thrill of the win will be all the more sweet after you’ve battled it out online for the limited positions still available.

On your chosen Event page,

  • select the available position you would like to place a Bid on
  • double-check the details of the position (paying careful attention to the closing date), enter your Maximum Bid amount and select the "BID" button

MAXIMUM BID (HOW IT WORKS) - Our automatic "Proxy" bidding feature allows you to place a single Maximum Bid and our system will then automatically bid for you (normally in stages of minimum bid increments) until a) you are the highest bidder or b) your Maximum Bid is beaten by another bid.

-    If your Maximum Bid is beaten, you will have the choice to place another higher Maximum Bid.
-    If you are the current highest bidder you can increase your Maximum Bid at any time before the auction closes.
-    In cases when users submit Maximum Bids of the same amount, the user who submits his Maximum Bid first takes precedence and is deemed to be the highest bidder.
-    Maximum Bidding normally proceeds in stages of minimum bid increments, the exception is when a Maximum Bid amount (e.g. £480) is above the current high bid amount (e.g £475) but less than the high Bid plus the minimum bid increment (e.g. £475 + £25 = £500). In such a case the bidding increases less than the bid increment and the Maximum Bid amount (e.g. £480) will be accepted as the current highest bid.)

AUCTION CLOSING: The highest bid (or 1st received Maximum Bid in the case of a tie) received by our web server before the closing date/time will be the winning bid.

Please Note:

-   Once a bid has been placed we expect you to honour it. Therefore we advise you to think carefully before placing a bid and be aware that if you are the successful bidder, you will be liable for the amount you have bid for that position.
-   An admin fee of £15 will be added to the winning Bidding amount to cover shirt printing. This fee is compulsory and will be added to the total amount due before you make payment online.

ADDITIONAL BIDDING INFORMATION

Monitoring your Bids (My Account): To view details of your Bids visit your MY ACCOUNT page and scroll down to the MY BIDDING HISTORY section. The colour coded display for each Bid shows whether it resulted in a Position Won, Leading Bid, Out Bid or Position Lost. When logged in you can increase a Maximum Bid, make a payment for a Bidding or Sponsored to Play position and allocate any paid positions.

Monitoring your bids (Team Map): You can also monitor and update your bids on the Event page. Click BID/BUY beside a position on the Team Map to display the current bid or availability details, or choose List View to display availability details and closing times for all the positions. Remember to manually refresh the page in your browser to display the most recent bidding activity.

Paying for your Winning Bid: If you're successful in bidding for a position, details of your winning bid will appear in the MY SECURED POSITIONS section of your MY ACCOUNT page shortly after the position closes (you'll also be sent a confirmation e-mail). To make payment choose the PAY option beside the position and follow the on-screen instructions. We accept payment online from Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, Debit MasterCard or Maestro cards.

Please Note: We normally expect payment to be received within 4 days of a position closing and failure to make payment within the allotted time could result in your position being re-opened for bidding or being allocated to another player.

Bid increments: These are the minimum amount that you must out-bid the current highest bid by. The bid increments are -

£0 - £200 = £15
£201 - £500 = £25
£501 and above = £50

E-mail Notifications: We will send you notification by e-mail if your Maximum Bid has been beaten or your Maximum Bid amount has been increased. However, we wouldn't advise relying solely on these e-mails close to the end of an auction as a number of external factors beyond our control could delay an e-mail being reached by you in time. Therefore it is advisable to monitor your bids in your MY BIDDING HISTORY section or by refreshing the individual position page for updates.

OPTION 2 - BUY NOW

BUY NOW: Selected positions will be made available for both Bidding and Buy Now. If a position is available to Buy Now, you can end an auction early by choosing the Fixed Price Buy Now option as described in the Auction Period 1 section above.

To Book a position using the Buy Now option:

  • select the available position you would like to purchase
  • double-check the position details and select the "BUY NOW" button
  • make your online payment through WorldPay and you're now the owner of the position

Then all you need to do is confirm who is playing by allocating the position in your MY ACCOUNT section and that's you (or your allocated player) all set for the match.

PLEASE NOTE: When a position is available for Bidding and Buy Now, the absolute Maximum Bid amount allowed will be set to be equal to the Buy Now amount (therefore Bids won’t be able to go above the Buy Now amount). When the Maximum Bid reaches the Buy Now amount no more bids will be accepted and the only way to beat the Bidder who has placed the Maximum Bid is to choose the Buy Now option. Once a Buy Now payment has been received the user who makes the Buy Now payment will be deemed to have won the auction and secured the position.

STEP 2: ALLOCATING YOUR POSITION

However you choose to secure your position, once you've made full payment you'll need to Allocate the position to confirm who will play in the game. To do this visit your MY ACCOUNT section and choose one of the following 3 x options:

1) ALLOCATE TO MYSELF - If you’re playing in the game yourself just click the ‘Allocate to Myself’ button and press ‘Confirm’.

2) ALLOCATE TO ANOTHER MEMBER - If you’d like to allocate the position to another user you will need to make sure the person is eligible to participate (Are they over 18? If the game is male only, are they male?).

  • If they are already registered on the Football Aid website; simply click the ‘Allocate to Another User’ button and enter their e-mail address in the appropriate field and press ‘Confirm’. The user will then be the owner of the position and subject to Football Aid's terms and conditions
  • If they are not registered on the Football Aid website; ask them to Register and when they have done so submit their e-mail address as above. In order to register they will be required to have access to their own unique e-mail address

On being allocated a position the relevant player will receive a confirmation e-mail and a Player's Pack containing full details about the event will be posted to their registered address.

3) ALLOCATE TO MY ALTERNATE - If you would like to allocate a position to a non-member (e.g. if the position is a Gift) then just enter their details in the 'Alternate Person' section in your user details. You will still need to make sure the person is eligible to participate (Are they over 18? If the game is male only, are they male?).

  • To do this click the 'Edit Account' tab in your MY ACCOUNT section and complete the information fields for the player. Once their details are complete just click the ‘Allocate to My Alternate’ button to assign the position to your alternative user.
  • By allocating a position to your 'Alternate Person' you agree to the Terms and Conditions of taking part in a Football Aid event on their behalf.
  • Any additional e-mails we send about the game will continue to be sent to the e-mail address of the User who secured the position.
  • We would usually send the Player's Pack to the address of the User who secured the position. If you want us to send the Pack to an alternate address please email us at info@footballaid.com.