Play Spot The Ball Online
Spot The Ball was a popular competition mechanic back in the 70s and 80s. A competition often featured in the sports section of local newspaper or accompanied The Pools. To take part you needed to mark small x's on the picture with the aim of getting the centre of your small x closest to the ajudged location of the ball.
In our view these kind of competitions are all about skill and judgement - or just good old luck. If there was a definitive approach to them then it'd be much easier to win the jackpot. The issue is that the location of where the ball is judged to be is a long standing argument.
Usually a selection of experts will decide where the ball should be in a picture. This isn't always the same spot as to where the ball actually is (or where it was removed from). This means that searching for the image online to see where the ball was doesn't always reap the expected rewards.
The Football Pools Daily Game
Each day you can play Spot The Ball at The Football Pools. Use your skill and judgement to select where you think the ball should be on the football photo. It costs 20p a cross but you must play at least £1. There's a £500 top prize if you get the centre of the ball. In addition there's £50 for the nearest to the ball, £25 for second nearest and 15 x £1 prizes. These prizes increase on a Saturday and include a £1000 jackpot.
Note that the top prize is only awarded if a selected pixel is at the centre of the ball. You can play coupons up to a week in advance. However we couldn't see any previous results on The Football Pools. Although this doesn't help with future entries it does give you an idea of where judges are placing the ball.
Win Prizes At Best Of The Best
If you'd like to win your dream car then visit Best Of The Best. Play from just 85p for the chance to win a car (the price varies depending on the prize you like). To take part you'll need to register, choose your prize, play spot the ball - and then wait to see if you're a winner.
You must use your skill and judgement to decide where you think the centre of the ball should be. Your entry will be recorded as (x,y) coordinates. BOTB give a full explanation how they judge their competitions and determine the position of the ball.
If trying to win a car isn't for you then BOTB also run a lifestyle competition. Motorbikes, holidays, cash, watches and gadgets can be selected as the prize. The lifestyle game is cheaper and costs from 25p an entry.
Winners past and present feature on the site plus you can review the results to see where the ball was judged to be located.
Hints & Tips For Spot The Ball
- Study the image and look at the lines of sight of the players.
- Concentrate your entries in one area of the image.
- Ask friends/family for their suggestions (this may help - it may not).
- Try a Google image search for the image - you never know if it's there!
- Study previous competitions - what do the judges look for? Are there any trends!
- Look back on previous entries/competitions - how close were you to the judges?
- Wager only what you can afford - you're still gambling!