ESPN FC World Cup Predictor: Terms of Play



These are the official rules (the 'Official Rules') for ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018 (the 'Promotion'). The Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, and Singapore, who are eighteen (18) years or older as of the date of entry, and are registered members of (an 'Entrant' or 'you'). (Registration is further described below in Section 4.) The following are not eligible for the Promotion: (i) employees and agents of Sponsor and Promoter and their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, and each of their respective advertising/promotion agencies; and (ii) the 'immediate family members' and/or 'household members' of any of the persons set forth in (i) above. 'Immediate family members' shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings or spouses. 'Household members' shall mean people who share the same residence at least three (3) months a year. Participation in the Promotion constitutes Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to Sponsor's decisions. The decisions of the Sponsor regarding all matters relating to the Promotion are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. From all eligible entries received, the winners will be determined based on their ability to accumulate the most points in this Promotion during the 2018 World Cup (the 'Tournament'). This Promotion is void in all U.S. Territories, (e.g., Puerto Rico and Guam), foreign territories not specifically included herein, and where prohibited or restricted by law and subject to all applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations.


This Promotion is sponsored by ESPN Internet Ventures (the 'Sponsor'). Any advertisers associated with the Promotion shall be deemed a 'Promoter' for purposes of these Official Rules.


To access and/or enter the Promotion, log-on to the ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018 homepage during the Promotion Period to complete and submit your entry.


To play the Promotion, you must be a registered member of (or one of Sponsor's affiliated websites, e.g.,,,, and Registration is free.

  • Not yet a Member?

    You may register by clicking on the applicable link on the entry page for the Promotion, and following the instructions. You will be asked to provide your first name, last name, e-mail address (collectively 'User Information') and to select a password.

  • Already a Member?

    If you are already a member (or if you are a member of one of the Sponsor's affiliated websites), then you do not need to register again. You may enter the Promotion by logging in on with your current username and password.

  • Survey Questions or Promotional Email

    You may be asked to answer survey questions or to consent to receive promotional emails or offers. This is optional. You are not required to answer questions or to give consent to receive such emails or offers in order to become a member or to be eligible to play in the Promotion. Even if you consent, you may subsequently opt-out of receiving such emails or offers by clicking on the 'myESPN' icon on any page, then clicking on the 'Newsletters' link, then the 'Newsletters' and 'Special Offers' tabs to uncheck those updates or offers you do not want to receive.

  • Password

    You are responsible for the secrecy of your password. Sponsor, Promoters and other third parties are not responsible or liable for any actions taken using your password.


Entry in the Promotion begins on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The Promotion begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00pm Eastern Time and ends on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59pm (or upon the completion of the Tournament) (the 'Promotion Period'). For purposes of these Official Rules all times are Eastern Time (ET).


  • General

    The objective of the Promotion is to accumulate the most points by correctly answering questions associated with the Tournament.

  • How to make your selections

    You may enter your selections online by following the instructions in the How to Play section of the game.

  • Scoring

    The point value for each question will vary. The total number of possible points an Entrant can accumulate in a given round is shown below:

Question type Group Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals 3rd Place Playoff Final
Scoreline 20 pts 25 30 40 45 50
Result` 10 - - - - -
Who will progress? - 15 15 20 20 30
Bonus Question 10 (x2) 10 (x3) 10 (x4) 10 (x5) 10 (x6) 10 (x7)

The Tournament-long Predictions award the following number of points:

Question Points
Overall Winner 200 pts
Golden Boot Winner 100 pts
Group Winners (x8) 50 pts each

In the event a Tournament match does not occur (e.g., due to cancellation) no points will be awarded.

  • Lock-time

    Pre-Tournament Questions (including all tournament-long questions, e.g., who will win group [x], who will score the most goals, etc) will lock when the first match in the Tournament kicks off. Tournament Questions for each individual round will lock when the first match in that round kicks off. Entrants must make sure their answers are submitted by each scheduled lock-time. Entrants will not be able to answer questions that have already locked. Answers submitted after the deadline will be considered invalid, and points will not be counted. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion.

  • Ties


    Entrants may, but are not required to, answer a tiebreaker question related to the final match (the 'Tiebreaker Question'). This prediction is used for tiebreaker purposes only. If no answer is submitted for an entry, it is given a default prediction of zero (0). In the event two or more Entrants are tied with the highest score, the Entrant who correctly answered the Tiebreaker Question will be the winner. In the event multiple tied Entrants correctly answered the Tiebreaker Question, those Entrants will be entered in to a random drawing to determine the winner. In the event none of the tied Entrants correctly answered the Tiebreaker Question, all tied Entrants will be entered in to a random drawing to determine the winner.


    In the event two or more Entrants are tied with the highest score in an individual round, all of those tied Entrants will be entered in to a random drawing to determine the winner for that individual round.

  • Limit



There is no entry fee required to participate in the Promotion. Only entries received online in accordance with these Official Rules will be accepted. No other forms of entry - fax, mail, email, phone or other - will be accepted. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. Winner will be determined on or about Monday, July 16, 2018.


The approximate retail value ('ARV') of all prizes is $40,000. All prizes payable via check, direct deposit or wire transfer, at Sponsor's discretion.

Overall Winner (1): US $25,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $25,000.

Group Stage Winner (1): US $3,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, during the Group Play Round and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $3,000.

Round of 16 Winner (1): US $3,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, during the Round of 16 and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $3,000.

Quarter Finals Winner (1): US $3,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, during the Quarterfinal round and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $3,000.

Semi Finals Winner (1): US $3,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, during the Semifinal round and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $3,000.

Finals Winner (1): US $3,000.00. The eligible Entrant who accumulates the most points, during the Finals round (including the Third Place Playoff) and wins any pending tiebreaker wins US $3,000.

Odds of winning prizes depend on the total number of eligible entries received. No cash or other prize substitution, assignment or transfer of prizes permitted, except at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value. THE WINNER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE.


Neither Sponsor nor Promoters are responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified. Neither Sponsor nor Promoters are responsible for any unavailability of or interruptions to any service or equipment used in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, (1) interruptions to any network, server, Internet, website, telephone, satellite, computer or other connections (2) failures of any telephone, satellite, hardware, software or other equipment, (3) garbled, misdirected or jumbled transmissions, or traffic congestion, or (4) other errors of any kind, whether human, technical, mechanical or electronic, or (5) the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information or the failure to capture any such information. Once submitted, entries become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. In the event of a dispute, the authorized account holder at the time of entry will be deemed to be the Entrant. Potential winner may be required to show proof of identification, and Sponsor may require that the potential winner provide proof that his/her identification matches the User Information associated with the winning entry (both at the time of entry and at the time of verification of a potential winner). SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY POTENTIAL WINNER IF IT DETERMINES, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, THAT ANY USER INFORMATION WAS CHANGED OR FALSIFIED IN ORDER TO MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. The decisions of the professional referees officiating the matches shall be final and binding regarding the outcome and scoring of the game.


ALL POTENTIAL WINNING ENTRIES ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL. SPONSOR SHALL SOLELY DETERMINE ANY FORM OF VERIFICATION. AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL ENTRANT'S ELIGIBILITY AND THE POTENTIAL WINNING ENTRY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND ENTRANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE. SPONSOR WILL NOT ACCEPT SCREEN SHOTS, AFFIDAVITS OR OTHER EVIDENCE OF WINNING IN LIEU OF ITS VALIDATION PROCESS. ANY ENTRY THAT OCCURS AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED FOR ANY REASON MAY BE DEEMED A DEFECTIVE ENTRY AND VOID. Potential winner will be notified via email (or overnight mail) sent within thirty (30) business days following the end of the Promotion Period. It is the sole responsibility of the Entrant to notify the Sponsor during the Promotion Period if his or her e-mail address has changed. To do so, click on the 'myESPN' icon on any page, then click on the Account Information link to update your email address. A potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be selected if (i) he/she does not comply with these rules (or is otherwise determined to be ineligible), (ii) he/she does not respond to the prize notice within five (5) days of its transmission (or receipt, if mailed), or if the emailed prize notice, after three (3) attempts, is returned as undeliverable, or (iii) the prize is undeliverable for any reason. If Sponsor notifies, or seeks to deliver a prize to or otherwise attempts to contact an alternate potential winner, and such alternate potential winner is subsequently disqualified then Sponsor shall use its reasonable business judgment to determine, in its sole discretion, the disposition of the prize (e.g., may choose another alternate potential winner in a manner consistent with these rules or donate the prize to another entity, at its sole discretion). Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Winner is solely responsible for any and all expenses, relative to participation in the Promotion (including acceptance of any prize) not specified herein.


As a condition of receiving a prize, potential winner may be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and, except where prohibited, a Publicity Release, within fifteen (15) days of the date stated on the prize notice. Except where prohibited, participation in this Promotion constitutes winner's consent to Sponsor's and Promoters', and any of their respective agents' use of winner's name, likeness, voice, opinions and biographical information for publicity, advertising, trade or promotional purposes in any media or manner, now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, without further payment, consideration, notice or approval.


Participation constitutes Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these official rules and to Sponsor's decisions. The decisions of the Sponsor in regards to all matters of this Promotion are final and binding. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate, and/or suspend the Promotion and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor may lock out an Entrant who, in Sponsor's sole judgment, has been disqualified, has questionable eligibility or is otherwise ineligible to enter. CAUTION: A PERSON WHO ATTEMPTS DELIBERATELY TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION OR TO ALTER OR DAMAGE A WEBSITE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND FINES; AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor may modify, cancel, terminate, and/or suspend the Promotion if, in the Sponsor's sole opinion, an incident of any kind occurs to corrupt or impair the administration, security, integrity, fairness or play (as intended) of the Promotion, including without limitation: (a) viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, fraud or technical failure; or (b) earthquake, flood, fire, storm or other natural disaster, act of God; or (c) labor controversy or threat thereof, civil disturbance or commotion, disruption of the public markets, war or armed conflict (whether or not officially declared). In the event that the Tournament is postponed, terminated early, or cancelled for any reason (such as a strike or lockout), Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on scores at the time the Tournament is disrupted, or to cancel, modify or suspend the Promotion at its discretion. In the event of a cancellation or termination by the Sponsor the Entrant who has accumulated the highest point total (and who wins any pending tiebreakers) at the time of any said action will be awarded the prizes, or the prizes will be awarded in such other manner deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.


By participating in this Promotion or receiving a prize, Entrants (and in particular, winner) agree to release and to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, Promoters and each of their respective related companies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the 'Released Parties') for any liability, injury, death, loss or damages to Entrant or any person or entity, including without limitation damage to personal or real property, caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by participation in this Promotion (or related activities) or the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of a prize.


This Promotion is strictly for entertainment purposes and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling.


The Released Parties do not make any representation, warranty or guarantee, express or implied, relating to the Promotion or prizes, and are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment, hardware, software or programming associated or used with the Promotion; (2) technical errors, defects, delays or failures of any kind, including without limitation malfunctions, interruptions or disconnections in communications lines, Internet or website access, hardware or software; (3) digital or electronic disruptions, e.g., viruses; (4) unauthorized human intervention, e.g., hacking; (5) technical or human error which may occur in connection with any aspect of the Promotion; (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant's participation in the Promotion, access to, copying or downloading materials from or any other website, or receipt or use of any prize.


Except where prohibited, each Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in New York county, New York state, i.e., Manhattan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential or other damages, including without limitation lost profits may be awarded (collectively, 'Special Damages'), and (4) Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or increased. New York law, without reference to New York's choice of law rules, governs the Promotion and all aspects related thereto.


Personally identifiable information that is submitted by Entrants as part of this Promotion will be used to administer the Promotion, select prize winner and fulfill prizes, and will be treated in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy accessible on its website at


For a copy of the Official Rules and/or list of winners, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below (Residents of VT may omit return postage). Requests must be received within thirty (30) days following the end of the Promotion (i.e., by August 15, 2018).

ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018

c/o Fantasy Game Administration

ESPN Plaza

Bristol, CT 06010


Sponsor is responsible for the Promotion and awarding of prizes. Sponsor's address is 77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023. The Promotion and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2018 ESPN Internet Ventures