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Welcome to Top2Bottom FM10!
Top2Bottom is an FM10 sign-up where 33 users have created their own teams from the top to the bottom; they have designed the kits, chosen their stadium and facilities, created their chairman and their manager and specified the funds to be used to determine their initial squad and backroom team. The sign up thread shows just how much work went into the creation of the 33 squads and includes the Top2Bottom Trade Window, a week of mayhem where the creators got to trade players and cash to fine tune their squads ready for the start of the sign-up.
And now the teams are all created and the squads and staff are all in place. It’s time to start to sign-up. The FM09 Top2Bottom shows much of what will happen here; however, it is my intention to make some changes and produce a better quality of sign-up this time around. On FM09, we had 24 teams created; this time around, we are up to 33 with many of the first version teams returning for the second attempt. We also have a number of new faces involved from CSE veterans to CSE newbies and hopefully, they will all enjoy the Top2Bottom experience.
Top2Bottom is based in the English leagues although there is a continental flavour to many of our 33 teams. The top 33 Premier League and Championship teams have disappeared completely to make space in the Premier League and Championship for our teams. The teams moving over from the FM09 version start in the same situation as they finished the first version. For example, the FM09 champions Coedpoeth United start as champions of England with a Champions League place whereas Melbourne – losers of the Championship Play Off Final in FM09 – remain a Championship side for the FM10 start. The newcomers fill the spaces in the Premier League – and indeed Europe – left open by FM09 users who have not returned for this version.
There was a draft to determine 21 players that each team would start with. Each team received – depending on the amount of money they spent – a 4-4-2 based eleven made up of the best 33 players in England in the eleven positions. This occurred after the FM09 users had selected two players to keep from the FM09 version and the newcomers had selected two from the remaining players. Another four players – GK, DF, MF and ST – were drafted from Europe and a further four players – again GK, DF, MF and ST – under the age of 22 were drafted as the hottest prospects from around the world. Each squad started with 21 players ahead of the trade window.
The trade window meant that a lot of deals took place which reduced or increased the sizes of squads. However, all teams start with at least 19 players – one has 27 – and their created managers will be charged with putting the final touches to the squad in the July and August transfer window at the start of the game. Several players from the 33 teams who disappeared were not drafted and as a result appear as free agents. There could be some interesting free transfers in the early stages of the game.
Top2Bottom intends to make use of several other websites to make the updates as enjoyable as possible. Top2Bottom has its own channel on YouTube will be used for video hosting; many of these videos will feature the unmistakeable tones of XtraNormal – a text based video creation site; PhotoBucket will allow me to host images and embed them into the updates; and Twitter has a Top2BottomFM10 profile that may be used at times although I’m not sure yet.
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I hope you enjoy the sign-up. Good luck to all the competitors!
(Chairman of the Top2Bottom Football League)