Everything you need to know about signing up to MANvFAT Football

Is MAN v FAT Football for me?
What is MAN v FAT Football?


MAN v FAT Football is a football league only for guys who want to lose weight. Every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing - to enjoy football, lose weight and get healthier. Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. We give support to every player with unique resources, inspiration and 24/7 support to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game.

Read one of our player’s views on the league here
How much will I lose?
That depends on how much you put into the league and how much of the support you take (the more, the better!) In an assessed 14 week pilot scheme run by Solihull Council, players lost 22lbs on average, with 62% hitting their 5% body weight target. The maximum weight lost by one player was 67lbs and the maximum bodyweight percentage lost was 26%. 90% of players lose weight.
Why do men join the leagues?
Because they love football and hate being fat. They see all the things that their weight is cheating them of: the ability to play with their children (or how it’s embarrassing their kids), how much their body hurts with aching joints, snoring and wheezing every time they climb the stairs, never finding any clothes that fit... the list goes on. All of them join with the motivation to lose weight and do so in a way that is truly enjoyable and inspiring.
What if I am not fit enough to play?
Because the leagues are not just decided on the games won on the pitch, but also on the weight lost off it, you can join a team as a non-playing member. This means that you weigh in every week and support your team. Your weight loss counts towards your team’s success. When you’ve lost enough weight to feel comfortable joining in then you can get involved on the pitch.
Can I join on my own?
Approximately 80% of players do. We put you into teams and help you to get to know the other players. Equally, if you have friends, colleagues or family who also want to lose weight then join with them and you can be in the same team. We even pay you a fiver for every player you introduce to the league.
Where do you have leagues?
We have a number of live leagues all over the country. Enter your postcode or nearest city in the 'Find A League' tab at the top of this page to get a full run-down of nearby leagues you can register with now. We also have a number of Planned leagues where we are recruiting players and will launch a league in that area when we have enough guys signed up. Give us a call if you're a football club, company or local authority who wants to bring a league to your area - 0345 163 0042.
How do I lose weight?

Three steps:

  1. Understand why you got fat.
  2. Learn how to lose weight.
  3. Put a plan into action.

To achieve this you will need two things: information – you’ll get this from your player dashboard and handbook, your coach, from your team’s WhatsApp group and from the MAN v FAT Community Facebook group.

Finally, you’ll need support – which you’ll get from your coach, other players, your team and the other men on the forum – and hopefully from your friends and family too.

How do I know what my BMI is?
Click check your BMI to calculate yours for free, quickly and easily. MAN v FAT Football can’t take anyone whose BMI is less than 27.5 - if you fall under that level then we’d love to support you via manvfat.com and if your BMI is over 25 you will be eligible to join MAN v FAT Challenge.
Can I come and see a league in action before I join?
Go to the homepage for the league you’re looking to join and you’ll see there’s an option to email the coach to arrange a visit. We welcome players to come down and see what we’re up to and make sure they’d feel comfortable.
I work shifts so might miss some games - can I still join?
Once you pay for a month of membership, that place is yours, even if you miss games - but bear in mind you can’t get credit for games you miss. To get the benefit of the structure, we recommend missing no more than four games in fourteen weeks (the length of the average season). Each week you’re missing, we’ll send you an email to see how you’re doing. You can click a link to tell us you’ll be back the following week. If you don’t click the link, you’ll be marked as AWOL and if you’re marked as AWOL for more than three weeks with no contact, we may offer your space to a new starter, so make sure you let us know if you’re just away for a short while.
What happens if I register for a League with a waiting list?

Once all teams on a league reach capacity, we start a waiting list for another league. If anyone drops out of the league then you can join the league that is already going at any point. You won't get a reduced experience, as the leagues automatically roll on, so you will be part of the next season as well. We fill these places in first come first serve order* so the sooner you join up the more likely you are to get a place.

*When a space becomes free we'll offer it to the waiting player who registered first, but if we don't hear back from him we'll offer it to the next on the list.

When is the deadline to join a league? What if a season is already underway?
You can drop into a season at any point as long as the League has at least one Team that isn't filled to capacity. You won't get a reduced experience, as the leagues automatically roll on, so you will be part of the next season as well.
Can I join and not play football?
Each Team has the capacity for one non-playing member. You can join as a non-playing member and no one will ever expect you to kick a ball throughout the whole league. You can still get on the score sheet and be a vital member of the team if you turn up and weigh in every week to score the bonus goals available for consistent weight loss.
What happens at the sessions?
  • Weekly game

An organised game of football at your venue every week, including use of the pitch, balls and referees.

  • Qualified referees

Our referees are FA qualified and we are also partnering with the FA to provide training so that you can become a qualified small-sided football referee. Free places are limited, and any player that trains up will then have the opportunity to undertake paid work with MAN v FAT Football. Email hiring@manvfat.com for more information.

  • Trophies and medals

We offer professionally made, attractive trophies and medals to celebrate your success.

  • Weekly progress email

Get an after match email with a detailed breakdown of how you’re doing every week.

How do you support my weight loss?
  • Routine, support and accountability

These are all extremely important when it comes to successful weight loss. A peer support network has been proven to be beneficial when losing weight. Simply put, having people you can turn to when times get tough and having the routine of weighing in every week will keep you accountable and on track.
And besides, how many times have you been successful on your own?!

  • Medical grade scales and all legally-required insurance

Our scales are Class III medical-grade scales from a professional manufacturer which supplies scales to the NHS. This means our scales are as accurate as can be.

  • Qualified professional trainers and dieticians

Here on the MAN v FAT Forum we have many professional trainers and dieticians who will answer any questions you have. You can also read through past questions and answers which are full of little nuggets of weight loss wisdom. Ask a PT and nutritionist anything here 

  • Weekly 30 minute MAN v FAT TALKS webinar

The weekly TALKS session is exclusive to our MAN v FAT Community Facebook. Each week, experts in different fields give a talk and answer your questions. You can also look back through previous presentations.

  • Handbook and resources

All MAN v FAT Football players receive a player handbook, where you can track your progress as well as your food intake. Over on MAN v FAT Progress you will also have access to many other resources, such as activity challenges, recipes and goal setting tools to help you maximise your weight loss.

How much does it cost?

For live leagues (these are leagues that are currently running) it costs |RegFeeWithoutBook| to register as a player, or |RegFeeWithBook| with a copy of the five star rated The MAN v FAT Weight Loss Manual (RRP £12.99). You then sign up to a league and pay £25 per month - £30 per month, depending on location

For planned leagues (these are leagues that will become live leagues when we have enough players signed up to start them) it costs £1 to register as a player. We take this payment to reserve your place and so that we can verify your identity. When we have enough players to start the league you would be charged the remaining £8.99 to register fully and when your league started you would pay the monthly membership fee. If you cancel the payment with us then we assume that you do not want to be part of the league any more and you are deleted from the system.

If you are eligible for a funded place then you pay nothing to register or play - your costs have already been covered by a funder, most often your local authority or a national funding body such as Sport England. Sometimes the funder asks us to take a deposit for players to ensure that they turn up - if this is the case then this deposit will be refunded providing you attend at least 10 of the first 14 weeks of your membership from the date you join (which seems fair!)

The cost to your health of not signing up is potentially tragic.

When do I have to pay the league fees?

On the date you get assigned to a Team, your monthly membership subscription will begin. You won't get assigned to a Team until the same week as the first available session you can join. You pay in advance for one month of membership at a time, so your payments will come out on or near to* the same date each month unless you cancel your membership before that date.

*Collection dates may be affected by weekends and public holidays

I'd like to sponsor my team's shirts, can I?

Yes, absolutely you can. We have sponsorship options for all teams and for the leagues as a whole.

To have a sponsor brand on your Team shirts, you need to purchase official MAN v FAT branded kits through the MAN v FAT Shop and select the customisation option to include a sponsor logo. More details about how to do this can be found at shop.manvfat.com

Official MAN v FAT kit is not mandatory, but we don't allow sponsor logos on kit purchased elsewhere.

If you're interested in sponsoring a League, drop us an email to footballl@manvfat.com for details.

How do I update my card details?
Contact us to via football@manvfat.com or on 0345 163 0042 to request a link you can follow the link to enter your new card details.
Can I pay and play rather than pay a monthly subscription?
We don't offer a pay and play option because once you join a team, you take that spot on the team for the rest of the season and we cap the maximum number of players on each team to ensure everyone gets a game.
Will I have to pay another registration fee to return if I leave?
If you choose to rejoin MAN v FAT Football after previously opting out of renewing your monthly membership, we need to collect a registration fee from you to set up your payment method, but we will offer a reduced rate and all money collected from return registrations is donated to MAN v FAT Causes, a benevolent fund set up and facilitated by MAN v FAT Football members to contribute to charitable endeavours nominated by Players.
Next Steps
I've just joined up - what happens next?

First off, as soon as you join up the system should send you a Welcome email which answers all of your questions. If you haven’t seen that email then check your spam or promotions folder as it will almost certainly be there.

Before your season begins you’ll be added to a league WhatsApp group and given info about your first session. If you're joining in with a brand new location launch, the first session will be a group induction held an entire week before the games begin so you can meet your new team mates, get your official starting measurements logged (height, weight, etc) and ask any location specific questions you might still have (what boots I should wear, etc)

In short, don’t worry - we’ll be in touch as soon as we're able to assign you to a Team. If you want to check dates when your League is in session then have a look at the League homepage.

How do I get a mate to join my team?

In your welcome email you'll get a unique MAN v FAT Refer A Friend referral code you can share with a mate (or a stranger if you want) to save them £5 off the registration fee. Once they get assigned to a Team and make their first membership payment, we give you £5 as a scouting fee.

Get as many of your friends as you like to sign up and if you want them to be on your Team, make sure they enter the same league as you. Then drop us an email to football@manvfat.com telling us your name and your friend’s and we’ll do our best to ensure they are put onto your Team. If you don’t request any members of your team then you will be put onto a team with a balance of positions and weights.

Where can I see upcoming fixtures and latest results for my League?
Go to www.manvfatfootball.org Leagues page and then search for your league, click on the marker and one of the links is Go To League Homepage. All of the tables, results and fixtures will be on that page.
What should I wear for games?

Appropriate footwear with trainers or studs, ask at your location for full details of the best footwear for the surface. You must wear shin pads and remove all jewellery before games otherwise you will not be allowed to play. You should wear a shirt in your Team's colour (which you'll find out once you receive an email confirming which Team you've been signed to!) 

If you're attending an induction session for a brand new League location launch, you can wear casual clothes.

What if I can't attend one or more upcoming fixtures?

Let your League coach and Team captain know as soon as you know you’ll be missing and they can balance the team accordingly. We ask that if you’re well enough that you still attend the weekly weigh in which takes place before the game. This way you can still keep a track of your weight and if you’ve lost then you can still be a valuable member of your team - remember it’s about goals on and off the pitch!

If you’re wondering if it’s worth joining up because you’ll miss a few games with work, don’t worry. We can support you to lose weight even if you can’t make many games. Some players join as non-playing members (due to disability or mobility issues) - they still make a very valid and positive input without ever kicking a ball. The idea of the League is that it helps you to lose weight - the football is important but weight loss is more important. Give it a try.

What type of pitches do you play on?
This will either be indoors or outdoors depending on the venue. Most games are played on a 4G pitch, but you will be told in advance.
How do I contact my coach?
You can contact your coach by going on your home league page and clicking ‘arrange a free visit’ this will bring up your coach’s contact email address.
What does it mean when the League has a waiting list and how does it work?

MAN v FAT Football Leagues are capped at 8 Teams per League and each Team is capped at 10* Players a side.

This means there will be times when a League is full, but you can still register for that League to be put on a waiting list to get notified ASAP when a space opens up.

When a Player achieves his weight loss goals and decides to move on, opening up a space on a Team, we will contact Players on the waiting list in order of registration to give each in turn first refusal at taking the space.

If we reach the end of a 14 week season and all Players opt in to continuing, we'll look at creating two divisions so we can add more Teams to a location and accommodate the waiting list as quickly as possible.

Can I rejoin my old Team after I leave?
If you opt out of renewing your MAN v FAT Football membership or it lapses, we may immediately offer the space you leave on your Team to a new starter, to ensure all Teams have an equal number of Players. If you later decide to register again and would prefer to rejoin your old Team, contact us and let us know and we'll try our best to accommodate your wish. 
Rules & Scoring
How long are the games?
You play 1 game per week which is 30 minutes long (14 mins each way, 2 mins half time). You have 10 players on a team and roll-on-roll-off subs. You can of course join the leagues as a non-playing member of the team, in which case you only need to come to the weigh-ins each week and to support your team! A typical season lasts 14 weeks but your membership can overlap seasons.
How do you win the League title?

The league table is made of a combination of football scores and the bonus goals from your weekly weigh ins.

You can earn bonus weight loss goals by losing as a team (the more of you who lose, the higher the goal bonus), by losing for three weeks you get a hatrick, which is worth another goal and by reaching your 5% and 10% targets.

Be warned – you can also lose your team goals by going above your starting weight or by forgetting to bring your Handbook to the weekly weigh ins.

Never forget: the football is important but the most vital thing about the scheme is losing weight and getting healthier

How do weight loss bonuses work?

Players must weigh BEFORE the game. If a player weighs after the game then they can get their weight but it will be recorded as a no-show (weight entered the same as last week’s) for the purposes of scoring – there are no exceptions for this.

Weigh in goal bonuses. Players can SCORE weight loss goal bonuses in three ways:

• Scoring Hatricks - three weeks of weight loss = one goal bonus given on the week it is achieved. This is taken from your lowest reading - e.g. if you weigh at 103, then go on holiday and go up to 106, then your weight loss bonus will start again at under 103, not 106. Another three weeks is another hatrick = one goal bonus. In total you can gain up to four bonus goals for your team in any one league this way.

• Team bonus – we count the number of players on your team who have lost weight in the current week and add a goal bonus:

1 or 2 players from your team losing = 1 goal bonus added to the score of that week’s game.
3 or 4 = 2 goal bonus added to the score of that week’s game
5 or 6 = 3 goal bonus added to the score of that week’s game
7 or 8 = 4 goal bonus added to the score of that week’s game
9/10/11 = 5 goal bonus added to the score of that week’s game

• 5% and 10% bonus - once a player hits 5% weight loss they get a three goal bonus. At 10% they get another three goal bonus.

Weight loss punishment. A player can LOSE a goal for his team in two ways:

  • MAN v FAT Football Player Handbook. This handbook is used to record a player’s own progress but also to ensure that he is filling in the information for each week. If he loses his Handbook or it is not filled in then the Coach can give the player his weight for his own records but it will be recorded as a no-show (e.g. weight is given as the same as last week’s and therefore no loss is recorded).

  • Own goal – a player whose weight goes above his registration weight will lose his team a goal for each week until this returns under the starting weight.

How is the Top Scorer table calculated

The Top Scorer table on your league homepage gives you the top 10 weight loss bonus goal scorers in your league. It is not a list of the top players by weight loss. Points are awarded for achieving percentage loss targets and for consistent weight loss, so a Player who attends every game may score more bonus points than a Player who loses more weight but misses out on bonus goals due to absence.

You can calculate your total weight loss goals by visiting the “How does the weight loss goal bonuses work?” section of the FAQ and adding all your accrued bonuses for your current season together. The total number of weight loss goal bonuses a player can receive in one season is 17. If you think that there is an error in this table then please contact your league coach.

How many teams are in a league?
This can vary by location but as standard a MAN v FAT Football League has a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 Teams.
Where can I view the full MAN v FAT Football Rules?
Go to https://manvfat.com/man-v-fat-football-rules/ to view the rules in full.
I have another question
Give us a call on 0345 163 0042 or email us on football@manvfat.com and we’ll do our best to help.


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