How to play

How to play

1. PERSONALISE YOUR SHIELD AND YOUR COLOURS

1. PERSONALISE YOUR SHIELD AND YOUR COLOURS

You'll be able to customize your badge, choosing its shape, form and pattern. Make sure your badge strikes fear into the heart of your opponents! Improve your ranking and become an outstanding ADRENALYN XL™ player to move up a level. Levelling up unlocks more options for changing the colour and shape of your badge. Also, the ELO system will be mapped to 20 ranking levels. You start at level 20, aiming to reach level 1. Every month, ELO levels are reset to level 20, but the best level you've reached is stored in your profile. Try to match your top level again!

2. LEAGUES RANKING FOR CLASSIC MODE

2. LEAGUES RANKING FOR CLASSIC MODE

Adrenalyn XL has a game ranking system based on hierarchical league levels where users are compared by their XP. You can gather XP by playing competitive matches against other users.

There are leagues in 5 levels:

  • Serie A-drenalyn: with a unique group 20 users. This is the élite of the Adrenalyn online game.
  • First Division: three groups with 20 users each (60 users)
  • Second Division: nine groups with 20 users each (180 users)
  • Third Division: twenty-seven groups with 20 users each (540 users)
  • Amateurs: a unique group with all other users.

Every 2 weeks, Panini will freeze the rankings inside each league and group to determine which users will move to an upper league and which users are relegated down to a lower league.

Leagues are calculated every 2 weeks as per the following schema:

  • Serie A-drenalyn: The lowest 3 users descend to the First Division.
  • First Division: The highest user of each league ascends to the Serie A-drenalyn (3 users). The lowest 3 users of each league descend to the Second Division (9 users).
  • Second Division: The highest user of each league ascend to the First Division (9 users). The lowest 3 users of each league descend to the Third Division (27 users)
  • Third Division: The highest user of each league ascend to the Second Division (27 users). The lowest 3 users of each league descend to the Amateurs (81 users)
  • Amateurs: The highest 81 users ascend to the Third Division

After the leagues are calculated everyone’s XP is reset, but your best placement will be stored in your profile. During the initial 2 weeks of the season (from August 25st to September 7th 2021) all users are placed in the Amateurs division. After two weeks, the highest 800 users will form the initial division. Important: during a 2 weeks session, users can challenge users of any league and group. Of course, in case a user with a higher XP will challenge a user with a lower XP, the points he will gain in case of win are quite low, and, at the same time, the opposite is true.

3. HEAD TO HEAD MODE, XP and LEVEL RANKING

3. HEAD TO HEAD MODE, XP and LEVEL RANKING

In the HEAD TO HEAD MODE you start at level 20 and aim to reach level 1. You can gather XP by playing competitive matches against other users. All users are ranked by their XP in a global level ranking. Every two weeks the XP and levels are reset, but the best level you have reached is stored in your profile. Try to match your top level again!

4. ACTIVATE THE CARD

4. ACTIVATE THE CARD

Enter the code on the back of your trading card to add it to your virtual collection. You can also enter the code to earn COINS, which you can use to activate special virtual cards and improve your team and your chances of winning.

Every 30 activated codes, you will also receive a Standard Digital Pack and 2 training cards.

Create your squad

5. CREATE YOUR SQUAD

Before starting an ADRENALYN XL™ match, you have to put your squad together. You need 14 players – 11 of which will make up your first team and three subs. Each team must have a goalkeeper and a maximum of five players for each position. Put together your strongest team using your cards. Adapt your team and playing system to your winning game plan. Plus, to help you pick the best players, you can order extra cards according to their position, their club, and their scores in attack or defence. There's also the 'virtual trainer' button, which will help you to put together your squad.

6. CHOOSE YOUR GAME SYSTEM

6. CHOOSE YOUR GAME SYSTEM

After selecting your players, you have to decide on a formation (eg 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 3-5-2). Choose the best system for your players. If you have lots of good defenders, use a more defensive system, but if you have excellent forwards, adopt a more offensive system.

7. LOBBY

7. LOBBY

The lobby is the online ADRENALYN XL™ players’ meeting point where you can challenge an available user within your level range chosen by the system. All available users in the matchmaking-area can be marked as friends and challenged for a friendly match as well.

8. TRAIN AGAINST THE COMPUTER

8. TRAIN AGAINST THE COMPUTER

Need to train but don't have anyone to play against? You can play a friendly against the computer, with five difficulty levels. The final two levels are so tough that if you win, not only will it improve your team, but you're also unlikely to lose against a real-life opponent!

9. START THE GAME

9. START THE GAME

The player chosen by the computer to start the match selects one of their cards and decides whether to attack or to defend, or chooses the control value of their card. In turn, their opponent selects one of their cards and uses it in defence, midfield (control) or attack. If the first player attacks, their opponent has to defend themselves, or vice versa. If you play a control rating, the opposing player must also call out their control rating.

The players compare the chosen values of the selected cards. The card with the highest value scores a goal and begins the next battle. Cards chosen for this challenge cannot be selected again during the match and are placed outside the lobby.

If both numbers are the same, it goes to a tiebreaker between the total value (adding attack, control and defence) of each card. If the total value ends in a draw too, the two cards are ignored and no player wins the match. If the whole match ends in a draw, the team with less card sum wins. Just like in a real match, substitutes can snatch a win for you in the last moments, but you have to use them effectively! You have to choose your substitutes when you have the ball possession before selecting a card. The card which is replaced is discarded.

10. MARKET

10. MARKET

In the 'market' section you can:

  • redeem the COINS won during matches and tournaments, or gained by activating cards, completing the virtual binder (some items can be redeemed only after X product code activations);
  • buy special digital cards that will give you a better chance of winning your next match;
  • get virtual packs with the cards of the collection;
  • buy exclusive Online Challenger and Online Stars cards.

11. USE THE SPECIAL FEATURES

Strengthen your attack or defence with COMBOS. Playing two combo cards together gives their attack or defence scores an extra boost.

The BONUS CARDS, LUCKY CARDS and PENALTY CARDS also give your game an extra dimension. Thanks to these special features, you don't need to have the strongest team to win a match – just the best strategy and the best use of your COINS to activate your special cards and enhance your line-up.

11. COMBO

Pick some COMBO player cards to play alongside each other to earn you extra points. Dazzle your opponent with a combo-attack or combo-defence and create your best line-up!

ID TYPE NAME ID TYPE NAME BONUS
11 Team Mate Marcos Rojo (Boca Juniors) 12 Team Mate Lisandro López (Boca Juniors) 1D
15 Team Mate Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors) 156 Team Mate Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) 3C
24 Team Mate Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras) 25 Team Mate Dudu (Palmeiras) 1C
33 Team Mate Jorginho (Chelsea FC) 150 Team Mate Nicolò Barella (FC Internazionale Milano) 4C
34 Team Mate Kai Havertz (Chelsea FC) 36 Team Mate Timo Werner (Chelsea FC) 3A
40 Team Mate Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool FC) 155 Team Mate Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) 4D
42 Team Mate Diogo Jota (Liverpool FC) 71 Team Mate Diogo Jota (Liverpool FC) 1A
44 Team Mate Sadio Mané (Liverpool FC) 45 Team Mate Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) 4A
48 Team Mate John Stones (Manchester City) 56 Team Mate Harry Maguire (Manchester United) 3D
51 Team Mate Phil Foden (Manchester City) 78 Team Mate Pedri (FC Barcelona) 2C
53 Team Mate Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) 54 Team Mate Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 4A
57 Team Mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) 58 Team Mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) 2D
61 Team Mate Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) 72 Team Mate Luis Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) 3A
66 Team Mate Mario Hermoso (Atlético de Madrid) 69 Team Mate Stefan Savić (Atlético de Madrid) 2D
76 Team Mate Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) 175 Team Mate Ryan Gravenberch (AFC Ajax) 4C
79 Team Mate Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona) 80 Team Mate Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) 3A
87 Team Mate Casemiro (Real Madrid C.F.) 88 Team Mate Toni Kroos (Real Madrid C.F.) 4C
89 Team Mate Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) 107 Team Mate Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) 5A
90 Team Mate Eden Hazard (Real Madrid C.F.) 126 Team Mate Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund) 3A
94 Team Mate Lucas Paquetá (Olympique Lyonnais) 97 Team Mate Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais) 2C
99 Team Mate Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais) 142 Team Mate Funsho Bamgboye (Mol Fehérvár FC) 1A
101 Team Mate Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain) 102 Team Mate Lautaro Martínez (FC Internazionale Milano) 3A
106 Team Mate Mauro Icardi (Paris Saint-Germain) 152 Team Mate Neymar Jr (Paris Saint-Germain) 5A
110 Team Mate Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 111 Team Mate Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) 3D
115 Team Mate Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) 160 Team Mate Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 5A
120 Team Mate Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) 123 Team Mate Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) 2C
124 Team Mate Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 170 Team Mate Zlatan Ibrahimović (AC Milan) 4A
132 Team Mate Giorgos Masouras (Olympiacos FC) 134 Team Mate Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiacos FC) 1C
135 Team Mate Tiquinho Soares (Olympiacos FC) 189 Team Mate DDentinho (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 1A
145 Team Mate Alessandro Bastoni (FC Internazionale Milano) 147 Team Mate Milan Škriniar (FC Internazionale Milano 3D
146 Team Mate Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 172 Team Mate Stefan de Vrij (FC Internazionale Milano) 2D
151 Team Mate Ivan Perišić (FC Internazionale Milano) 171 Team Mate Ante Rebić (AC Milan) 2A
159 Team Mate Federico Chiesa (Juventus) 161 Team Mate Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 3A
163 Team Mate Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 164 Team Mate Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) 2D
178 Team Mate David Neres (AFC Ajax) 179 Team Mate Antony (AFC Ajax) 2A
186 Team Mate Manor Solomon (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 188 Team Mate Tetê (FC Shakhtar Donetsk) 1A
12. TOURNAMENTS

12. TOURNAMENTS

The tournament section lets you challenge more than one team, just like in a real competition. Tournament ranking is set again to zero at the end of every tournament period. Try to be the best every time and climb the charts until you get to be the number one! The points you can win depend upon the number of participants in each tournament.

So don't be afraid to take a few risks and show everyone that you're the best at playing ADRENALYN XL™!

The points table is as follows:

Number of users

 Points for each position      

100000000
2-310000000
4-1021000000
11-2532100000
26-5053210000
51-80107532100
81-1002010753210
101-999925151075321
13. SAGA MODE

13. SAGA MODE

The SAGA Adrenalyn XL™ is one of the most interesting section of the online game. You can try your skills challenges the Adrenalyn XL™ teams in more than 20 different levels throughout the Europe.

Complete the SAGA, be the best Adrenalyn XL™ player!

The first level is available for any user. To unlock the entire game mode, users have to enter at least 30 unique codes.

14. HOW TO GET COINS

14. HOW TO GET COINS

There are several ways to earn coins:

  • Win matches
  • Burn cards code
  • Complete a section of your virtual binder
  • Complete your daily tasks
  • Complete the survey
  • Level up
  • Buy them for real money
  • Find a special card and activate it!

15. SPECIAL CARDS

BONUS CARDS

BONUS CARD

You can use these cards to increase the scores of your player cards during a challenge. There are digital bonus card that you can pick during a game to strengthen the value of your card, but you have to use them carefully since you will only be allowed to use three bonus card during the same match.

LUCKY CARDS

LUCKY CARDS

These cards are similar to the bonus cards, but the effective value can vary depending on the pack you've activated. In a MEDIUM RISK pack, you'll probably find a really positive BONUS.

The LUCKY CARDS, as the name suggests, are random, giving the game a bit of uncertainty but also making it much more exciting…

TRAINING CARDS

TRAINING CARDS

These are used to train your cards to raise their points. You can get one of these cards every 30 activated codes.

You can put it in the Training Room for 1 hour together with a player card of any player. At the end of the training, the player card will raise its points. While the training is underway, that card cannot be used in matches. There are Attack, Game Control and Defense Training Cards and they can add up to 2 points for each value.

PENALTY CARD

PENALTY CARD

This card can be used to cause a penalty in a certain match situation. When this happens, the rival player chooses a shooter and shoots the penalty.

If you stop it, you collect the point in that match; if you don’t, the other player wins it.

STADIUM CARD

STADIUM CARD

In real football matches, home advantage is one of the most important factors for a team to win. You can use the STADIUM CARD in a similar way.

These exclusive digital cards will add points (+1 defense value, +1 midfield value, +1 attack value) to each player associated to the team of the stadium that you have in your line-up. Use the power of your stadium!