The information below is an attempt to keep managers informed of changes to the game of Mystify Soccer.

It will not contain information relative to the match engine or any aspects of the game that managers need to work out for themselves.

It should, however, be a log of changes to game rules and amendments to the web site.

Planned changes

  • System to mail managers their weekly results, if wanted.
  • Ability to expand transfers to include 2 or maybe 3 players in a transfer agreement.
  • Verification of managers to give extra benefits to those that are.
  • Set match days to play automatically.

Updates to the game

  • 11/09/2020 - Scouting page & Mailbox.
    Scout page updated to new code base with suitable improvments to user experience.
    Attempted forward/back options within mailbox.
  • 22/06/2020 - Youth system.
    Altered the youth player system to add players to academies as soon as they are requested, if possible.
    Corrected/Added various page links and text around the game to make it more meaningful and fix typographic errors.
  • 30/05/2020 - Tweaks around the game.
    Fix to loanable players so they can't be loaned the same week as being transferred or promoted.
    Loan request page updated to new code base with suitable improvments to user experience.
    Change to home page to display next match dates higher on the page for the benefit of smaller screens.
    Fixed Morale to sort correctly on squad players page.
  • 13/05/2020 - Tweaks around the game.
    Corrected the divisional top players listings.
    Removed links to make a transfer request for a player when player is retiring or out of contract.
    Added 'hide' functionality to transfer requests and forum posts to the manager interaction system.
    Updates transfer & Contract rules to align with the new system.
    Fixed various contract rejection issues that shouldn't have been occurring.
  • 01/05/2020 - Tweaks around the game.
    Corrected the yellow card message on player details page to state a 1 match suspension.
    Player valuation correction for old players.
    Removed the link to make a transfer request from players who have no manager.
    More corrections to transfer related mail messages.
    Removed code specific for IE8.
    Mailbox option added to the main menu.
    Added link to transfer details within message when requesting & negotiating.
    Created a system to assign youth players to some teams when a new manager joins.
    Some work done to link contracts and retirements a little better. Will be completed when full match playing is automated.
  • 24/04/2020 - Transfer details improvements.
    Added contract status information to transfer request details.
    Corrections to mail sent upon the transfer of a player.
  • 22/04/2020 - Transfer details improvements.
    Added notifications to shortlist when a player if offered as part of the transfer request - previously it was just the main player.
    Added valuations to player details on transfer screen.
    Changed negotiate transfer fee to be a pop-up so it can be closed without removing accept/reject options.
  • 21/04/2020 - Changes to underlying transfer code.
    Large changes to the base code around transfer requests and contracts.
    Added the ability for transfers to be cancelled by both teams after acceptance.
  • 08/04/2020 - Fixes and new transfer request page.
    Various fixes after the code base move including missing tactical options and invalid site timeout.
    Implementation of new transfer request page to trial new form validation and set up for an easy(ish) change to have more than 1 swap player at some point in the future.
  • 05/04/2020 - Shortlist addition and code base movement.
    Added shortlist message when a player is transfer listed.
    Background site code fully moved to new code base and old code fully removed.
  • 23/03/2020 - Tweaks and code base movement.
    Changed default contract length for a promoted youth player to be 2 seasons at £800 per week.
    Changed cookies to use a stronger encryption technique.
    Changed process that compares colours for match reports to a newer (hopefully better) system.
    Moved various non transfer shared aspects to a new code base.
    Changed site password encryption.
  • 16/03/2020 - Fixes and moving of game engine to an automated system
    Moved all transfer aspects to a new code base.
    Stored sent mail seperately to received mail to allow better management.
  • 02/03/2020 - Fixes and moving of game engine to an automated system
    Started storing TV games along with match history.
    Fixed long term bug regarding manager award calculations.
    Changed suspensions for yellow cards to be 1 match instead of 2 for the next season.
    Managers will now not be told when the recipient has blocked them from sending messages.
    Moved some transfer processes over to a new code base.
  • 07/12/2019 - Site improvements
    Moved creation of new mail to be within the mailbox.
    High level scouts can now search based on contract weeks remaining.
    Players will now start having thier skills decreased as they get older.
    Added team information to shortlist messages.
    Fixed an issue with contract acceptance messages containing a faulty link.
  • 11/10/2019 - Contract additions & mailbox change
    Added limitations to salaries being offered based on current squad salaries and division of team.
    Added limitations to contract lengths for older players.
    Altered mailbox to let mails be replied to within the same screen.
    Fixed various bugs regarding messaging around accepting transfer offers.
  • 04/10/2019 - Tweaks
    Added contract offer notes to 'Shortlist'.
    Youth players will now be automatically promoted upon reaching the age of 20, rather than released, providing there is room in the squad.
    Improved display of transfers involving swapped players within the completed transfers list.
    Began the work to limit salaries when submitting contract offers in an effort to keep things sensible.
  • 31/08/2019 - Mailbox changes
    Merged 'sent mail' into mailbox page and made it more user friendly.
  • 29/08/2019 - Fixes
    Fixed information displayed on player pages if they are unhappy about match time.
    Started work on displaying transfers involving a swap, as individual transfers.
  • 27/08/2019 - Fixes & tweaks
    Added a button to unmanaged team pages to join the game.
    Changed player page to have a contract offer option if a transfer has been accepted.
    Added information to player pages if they think they should be playing in a higher division.
    Added information to player pages if they are unhappy about match time.
    Change to free transfers so that cost depends on contract rather than valuation.
  • 02/08/2019 - Mailbox page rewrite
    Altered the mailbox page to work more dynamically within the browser. Added a link on 'accepted transfer' details to the contracts page.
  • 29/07/2019 - Player contracts live
    Forced all players to require a contract
    Stopped team skill resets on new managers joining.
  • 24/07/2019 - Dynamic page updates
    Improved player training page to run within the browser.
    Improved player selection within transfer request page.
  • 22/07/2019 - Contracts
    Removed the option for the loaning team to be able to offer a contract to loaned players.
    Added expiring contracts to the contracts page. Added players who are out on loan to the squad availability list of injuries and suspensions.
    Limited loan lengths to be no longer than the number of weeks a player is contracted for.
    Added functionality for purchasing team to cancel a transfer after it has been accepted.
  • 19/07/2019 - Contracts
    Added the ability to offer (and withdraw) contracts to players on the free transfer list.
    Added contracts to rules. This needs more detail as features are implemented.
    Added default salary and contract weeks to new players promoted from the youth academy and a reset of contract weeks to new managers.
  • 16/07/2019 - Contracts
    Added the ability to offer (and withdraw) contracts to players out of contract at other teams.
    Removal of transfer pool/Implementation of free transfer list.
    Removal of file extensions for site pages (to assist with SEO)
  • 12/07/2019 - Contracts
    Added a page where all contract offers can be viewed and managed.
    Added contract weeks to list of players in squad. Added contract weeks to scouting resports.
  • 09/04/2019 - Transfer pool
    Removed the functionality to add players to the transfer pool.
  • 04/02/2019 - Dynamic mail updates
    Site now updates the mail count at the top of the site every minute if you don't switch pages.
  • 02/01/2019 - Loan rule change and sorting additions
    Players can no longer be loaned out the same week that they have been transferred.
    Modified the ordering of forum messages and mail to consider clock changes.
    Added the display (and sorting option) of the date when a player was added to a shortlist. Any additions prior to the 4th May 2018 did not have the date logged so they have been set to that date.
    Players, not on loan, can now be offered a contract by their manager. This won't currently be processed.
  • 21/08/2018 - Fixes and GDPR changes
    The manager name has been removed from forum posts when a manager leaves the game.
    Fixed a bug with the shirt number changing system.
    Fixed a bug with the rendering of league tables.
  • 17/08/2018 - Tweaks and minor additions
    Standarised checkboxes throughout the site.
    Option added to receive an email reminder even when a valid team is selected.
    Option added to cancel a secondary team application.
    Addition of recently signed in times to the 'manager' page.
  • 13/08/2018 - Site standardisation
    Changed confirmation dialogs to use the same system throughout.
    Fixed checkbox style on mail listings.
  • 10/08/2018 - Functionality changes
    Changed the scout management and team selection pages to a new display system.
  • 06/08/2018 - Functionality changes
    Changed the tactics, extra team application, player shirt, transfer listing and loan request player systems to new display system along with finances.
  • 05/07/2018 - Bug fix and Archive Fixtures system
    Fixed a bug when sorting the youth academy players on skill values.
    Changed the archive fixtures page over to a new display system.
  • 21/05/2018 - Privacy updates
    Updates to the privacy policy and cookie information.
  • 10/05/2018 - Transfer details and shortlist removal functionality
    Modifications to the transfer request details page to change functionality so that it works within the browser and provides a better user experience.
    Addition of the ability to remove a player from the transfer shortlist whilst on the player details page.
  • 03/04/2018 - General tweaks
    Spellchecking added to relevant text boxes.
    Slight change to transfer request page to improve performance when retrieving player valuations.
    Captcha added to contact page for users who aren't signed in (implemented due to the increase in robots using the form to submit rubbish).
    Amended URL management of league fixtures and results pages to include the week number.
  • 18/03/2018 - Youth academy update
    Major modifications to the youth academy page to change all functionality so that it works within the browser and provides a better user experience.
  • 21/10/2017 - General bug fixes
    Fix to make week selection within league fixtures and results work correctly.
    Fix within youth academy to show information correctly on disabled promote/release options with reasons why they can't be used.
    Fixed issue within Rivals page where not all managers were displaying.
  • 19/10/2017 - Authentication system changed
    The system used to authenticate managers signing in has been updated.