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Using test mode in the game client

Test mode allows you to play a one-off game with no strings attached that is not recorded anywhere and does not affect the teams that are used. You can even play a game between 2 of your own teams just to learn how things work. Reasons for doing this include:

  • Learning how to use the client
  • Playing head to head on the same computer
  • Playing a practice/training game with another coach, that "won't count" for anything.
  • Prepare, save and update your team kick-off setups
  • Testing out skill combinations and tactics
  • Testing out tabletop tournament teams
  • Using other coaches' teams
  • Testing pitch logos and player images load correctly

Please note do not use teams from the “Test Division“, this is a separate concept from “Test mode”.

To play a standalone game in Test mode you first need to decide which 2 teams you would like to use. If they are your own teams then:

  • Click on play next to the two teams that you would like to use.
  • When it asks you to type the game name in, type 'test:gamename'. The word gamename in the example must be replaced with the name you have given your game. It will work only if you write test: before your gamename.

You will end up with two Java windows open, and will alternate between the two windows.

Note: You cannot use the same team twice! You have to use two different teams or this will not work.

You may also use another coach's team. To do this, click on the team and look at the address bar. The last six digits of the address are the Team ID. To play with the team copy this URL - https://fumbbl.com/ffblive.jnlp?id=#### into your address bar, but replace the #### with the team's ID number that you would like to use. This will launch the client with that team.

If all you want to do is play a one-off game, or use another coach's team, then that is all you need. However, there are other options available. To find out more, visit the Test mode advanced options page


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Last update: November 11, 2022