3rd version is here

3rd version of the rulebook is now published. You can download it here. The third edition is also available as a boxed version at www.upgames.fi.

The key updates to earlier version area:

  • Turn order simplified to three stages
  • Many small details simplified
  • Updated control check offers more tactical options. The current ball value has more effect for a new ball value after the control check. I.e. a good situation helps to build another good situation.
  • Actions streamlined
  • Players movements simplified, no sub-choices in a movement action.
  • More react moves (free moves) compared to 2nd edition.
  • Formation roles improved (even it feels upside down when reading the rules. Give a try and you will see).
  • New skills. Especially Italian players can now try to build their tactics around Regista, Il mediano or Mezzala.

One step again closer to the real football.

III. Basque Cup

Written by: Egoitz Campo

On Sunday, december 6, in the middle of the covid pandemic, we met 4 friends to play the third edition of the Basque Cup of Fuba in Derio (Basque Country).We played two rounds, semi-finals, 3rd and 4th position match and the big final. In the semifinals Egoitz was able to beat Oihane with a tight 1-0. In the other semifinal Aitor beat Alex 2-0. In the last round, Alex was third thanks to penalties. The final was also decided by penalties. After failures on both sides, Aitor beat him 4-3 on penalties and won the basque tournament

Next year we will get together again to play the IV. Basque Cup of Fuba and next time we will try to encourage more people and apply the updated rules.



Egoitz Campo 1-0 Oihane Laviña
Egoitz Campo 4-3-3 None yellow card.
Oihane Laviña 4-5-1 One yellow card

Aitor Armiño 2-0 Alex Martínez
Aitor Armiño 4-4-2 None yellow card.
Alex Martínez 4-3-3. None yellow card.

3º and 4º position match

Alex Martínez 0-0 Oihane Laviña (Alex won in penalties 3-1)
Alex Martínez 4-3-3 One yellow card.
Oihane Laviña 4-5-1 One yellow card


Aitor Armiño 0-0 Egoitz Campo (Aitor won in penalties 4-3)
Aitor Armiño 4-4-2 None yellow card.
Egoitz Campo 4-3-3. None yellow card.



Clash of FUBA masters

Both of the top two players of the ranking are coming to Milan to take part for the 6th FUBA World Cup. Do these guys, Jari Kemppainen and Janne Niinivaara, meet in the final match? It would sure offer a very interested game, because they have totally different playing styles. Previously Jari and Janne have played only once against each others. That match was played in 4th FUBA World Cup and at least Janne can remember still that game very well. His aggressive playing style caused three red cards, but he still managed to get a draw!

Jari Kemppainen

Jari is a real FUBA veteran. He has taken part for each FUBA World Cup and has been playing the game since from the very first version. He has won the World Cup once, played in the final twice and once got thrid place. His playing style can be described as carefully and minimizing risks. Attacks are built slowly and carefully. In the last tournaments Jari has used mostly 4-4-2 formation. The player/team skills he usually uses are supporting this type of playing style, for example goal keeper skills, defence skills and high condition to increase the movement ability of the team.

Janne Niinivaara

Janne has joined FUBA tournaments much later than Jari and has far less ranking games than Jari. But even with less number of games he has managed to reach the second place in the ranking, because only once he has lost a ranking game (before a shoot-out). Janne’s playing style is totally different than Jari’s style. Janne has nearly always chosen 4-2-4 formation. Very aggressive playing style and spending condition points in early stage of the game are Janne’s trademarks. His team is probably most tired team after the match. With this playing style it is not a big surprise Janne has chosen very often the “wide player material” skill to get higher quality substitution players to replace tired players during a match.

FUBA World Cup 2019

FUBA World Cup 2019 will be held in Milan! The event will take place in UNA Hotel Scandinavia. More information available at the event page. It will be first time FUBA World Cup is organised outside of Finland. We have also scheduled Italy – Finland test match for Friday evening.

Rulebook update

2.1. rulebook has been updated according the feedback and comments sent. Here is the list of updates. Thank you for all players who sent the comments!

  • Chapter 1.4. and 1.5: description of the half way line and the goal line (required, because these terms are used in the rulebook)
  • Chapter 4: The game turn stage numbers are updated. No changes for the order of the stages.
  • Chapter 4.1.1: Errors in the text of the offside rules fixed.
  • Chapter 4.1.2: A new rule added. The purpose of the rule is to block safe-passes far areas if the situation in the start area is poor for the controlling team.
  • Chapter 4.1.3: The order of the ball value modifications is changed to improve the game balance and reality.
  • Chapter A long pass modifier will be ignored if the ball goes through an area where the controlling team has double number of the players compared to the passive team.  Applies only if the ball goes over one area (not for a longer passes). This increase the value of the centre circle area and offers more tactical options for the game.
  • Chapter 4.8.7: A goal keeper has now a free movement to return the penalty area from an adjacent area.
  • Chapter 4.8.8: Corrections for the dribbling text. No rule changes.
  • Chapter 4.10: If the pressing die equals the ball value, nothing happens (just minor update to increase the game balance)
  • Chapter 5.1: Free kick rule text errors fixed. Unnecessary rules removed.
  • A4: Injured player substitution clarified.
  • A8: The skill list updated according the World Cup skills.