FCF 2021 Championship: Glacier Boyz vs. Wild Aces Odds, TV Schedule, Live StreamMarch 19, 2021
The Fan Controlled Football League (FCF) is approaching the end of its inaugural season. Saturday's championship game between the Wild Aces and the Glacier Boyz will cap the start-up spring league's six-week campaign.
During playoff week, the Glacier Boyz upset the No. 1-seed Beasts. Meanwhile, the Wild Aces knocked off the Zappers in a game that featured the reunion of quarterback Johnny Manziel and wideout Josh Gordon.
The playoffs were preceded by a four-week regular season, and while that sounds short, it helped the FCF succeed where recent spring leagues like the AAF and XFL failed. The four-week season and four-team format helped keep interest high while also allowing the FCF to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols.
In short, the FCF hasn't tried to be too big too quickly. And it's been a hit thanks to the fast-paced action, (roughly) hour-long games and fan-focused formula. Famous faces like Dalvin Cook, Barbara Dunkelman, Austin Ekeler and Rachel Lindsay have joined up as team owners along the way.
"We really think the future of sports is what we're building," FCF senior vice president of operations Cyrus Farudi said, per Arielle Kass of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Players, coaches and staff have operated in a bubble during the season. However, the inconvenience of bubble life has been worth it for the league's heavily engaged fanbase and for players looking to prove themselves—like wideout Travis Toivonen.
"I just want a chance," Toivonen said, per Kass. "It's a different type of football, but at the end of the day, it's still football."
Fan Controlled Football is indeed football of a different breed. It's an arena-style game with a 50-yard field, seven-player offensive and defensive units and no kicking. Oh yeah, and almost every aspect of the league is controlled by the fans.
During the regular season, rosters were re-drafted each week, with offensive lines and defenses serving as single units. Franchise players were added along the way, and rosters were finalized ahead of the playoffs.
Fans voted on the league's rules ahead of the season too and helped dub the title game The People's Championship.
2021 Fan Controlled Football The People's Championship
Glacier Boyz vs. Wild Aces
Where: Infinite Energy Stadium, Duluth, Georgia
When: Saturday, March 20
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Money Lines: Glacier Boyz -105, Wild Aces -125
Game will be streamed on Twitch, the FCF App and gaming network VENN. Betting info from Bovada and current as of 3/18.
It's been an interesting ride for the Wild Aces and the Glacier Boyz. Like the Zappers, Wild Aces went 2-2 in the regular season. Glacier Boyz, however, only recorded one win.
On any given Saturday, however, any team can win. Glacier Boyz led 14-6 at halftime over the top-seeded Beasts in the playoffs and never looked back. While Beasts did briefly tie the game in the second half, Glacier Boyz pulled away and iced the game on a Deondre Francois touchdown run.
The Glacier Boyz won 38-20, while the Wild Aces won in an even bigger blowout, defeating the Zappers 32-6.
Now the Glacier Boyz and Wild Aces will face off for the third time this season, with the latter having taking both of the teams' regular-season meetings.
Roster-Building and Rules
We've run down the basics of the FCF each week, but with this being such a new and different league, it's worth a quick refresher. If you're not new to the FCF, feel free to skip ahead to the championship rosters.
Rosters comprise seven offensive skill players, with three-man offensive lines and defenses each counting as a single unit. Four skill players will be on the field at any given time, along with the offensive lines for seven-on-seven football.
These rosters were redrafted each week, with fans getting to add a permanent franchise player to their favorite teams. However, the Week 4 draft was final, and teams have played in the postseason with those rosters.
While the official FCF website does not have individual defenders or offensive linemen listed among its rosters, players for the individual squads can be found on the players page.
Play-calling is controlled by fans. They can increase their voting power by successfully constructing strong rosters and effective game plans. From the FCF website:
"Call the right play? You get some FanIQ. Draft the top players? Get some more FanIQ. Your FanIQ increases the more you interact with FCF and prove to other fans just how much you know the game. When you hit certain targets of FanIQ—you level up! And as you level up, your voting power increases and all your votes count for more. The more you put in, the more you get out. So get to it!"
The fan-controlled play-calling is one of the more novel aspects of the FCF and has made the league a perfect fit for its game-oriented fanbase.
Because there's no kicking in the FCF, point-after attempts consist of a quarterback and a receiver battling one defensive back in a pass-to-score showdown.
The full list of FCF rules can be found here.
Fan Controlled Football Championship Rosters
Team Owners: Quavo, Richard Sherman, Adin Ross and Deestroying
QB: David Pindell, Deondre Francois
WR: Andrew Jamiel, Joseph Boykin, LaMarcus Caradine, KaVontae Turpin
RB: Calen Campbell, Madre London
OL: Dam Nation
DEF: Heavy Hitters
Team Owners: Greg Miller, Barbara Dunkelman, Jack Settleman, Rachel Lindsay and Austin Ekeler
QB: Ed Crouch, Jackson Erdmann
WR: Douglas McNeil III, Raphael Leonard, Richaud Floyd, James Harden
RB: LaDarius Galloway, Daryl Virgies
OL: Block Party
DEF: Shut Down Squad