Friendlies are played quarterly, over several weekends, in preparation for the four major tournaments of the 4chan Cup. While friendlies do have a slight bearing on team rankings, they are generally used as a means of readying a team for coming matches of greater importance, or to experiment with new tactics. Friendly matches are of the most importance to teams looking to improve their seeding for coming tournaments, as rankings directly affect the pots for group stage draws. The rules regarding friendlies have changed over time.
Exhibition matches have occasionally been played during tournaments to showcase new teams.
The first set of friendlies played were the friendlies of the 2012 4chan Winter Cup. Participation in the friendlies was not total, and of the teams that did participate, some played many more games than others. Due to the sketchy records for these friendlies they were not used in ranking calculations.
Friendlies for the following Babby Cup used good conditioning for all teams and matches were set to be thirty minutes long (fifteen minutes per half), a slight extension on the standard twenty minute match length for most official matches. Teams were now limited to playing in a maximum of three friendlies, and matches ended at full-time regardless of draws.
The 2012 4chan Summer Cup friendlies saw a return to twenty minute-long matches. Participation was now at a maximum with all teams competing in three friendlies each.
Stricter regulations on managerial alterations and scheduling were introduced for the 2012 4chan Autumn Babby Cup friendlies. Teams could now be punished for incomplete or missing rosters. The three-matches-per-team rule remained.
Due to complaints regarding schedule-bloating and the redundancy of multiple friendlies, the number was reduced to one match per team.
The limit for number of matches was increased to two after discussion about the long periods of downtime resulting from lack of friendlies before the Winter Cup. These were the first official matches hosted by Gracen Ivorinne !SyespadaHQ. These friendlies also saw the first official matches for /lgbt/ and /vr/.
These friendlies were the final official friendlies hosted during a babby season.
These friendlies were hosted by GermanBro !!i9X8R/z42Rt to give Boris a break in between cups. These friendlies also saw the best performing club /ck/ challenge /4ccg/ in the final game. These friendlies were the final friendlies that counted towards any official statistics.
Due to the decision of the 4CCC to no longer host friendlies, these were organised and executed by SuppaTenko, Ved and Nepgear as additional streamers. These friendlies saw the best performing club /asp/ challenge /4ccg/ in the final game, only losing 1-0 to them.
Hosted by SuppaTenko and streamed by many others including carmastrikes, Nepgear, and Captain Planet. These friendlies saw /4ccg/ continue to show why it will never compete ever by destroying /merit/ 4–1, among other things. /e/ were these friendlies' best team, with a 6–3 win over /jp/ and a 4–0 win over /d/.
Yet again hosted by SuppaTenko. This time without fucking ponies ruining everything (except for Smugleaf obviously). Included, among other things, /tv/ losing 10–2 in /hr/'s last match to date, /e/ losing 8–2, Pleasure Horn managing to lose to San Marino's national team, a Polish degu failing to score a goal, and a PES match to decide the 2016 4chan Winter Cup logo. /wg/ beat /g/ 4–2 and /f/ 5–2 before getting Bra7i1'd by the final boss.
This event marks the return of friendlies organized by the 4CCC, although the matches will not count toward any official statistics. Hosted by Ved during the first weekend, and Kekkels during the second weekend.
Hosted by Old Man Sou during January 12–14, 19–21.
Hosted by Old Man Sou during September 28–30, October 5–7, 12–14. Played in PES 2013.
Hosted by Andy during August 25th. Played in PES 2017.
Hosted by Old Man Sou during March 6–8, 13–15, 20–22. Played in PES 2019.
Played through the dates of September 11–13, 18–20, 25–27. Played on PES 2019.
Played through the dates of April 30th, May 1–2, 7–9, 14–16, 21–23 and will be played on PES 21. Host: Old Man Sou
Played through the dates of September 16–18, 23–25, 30–October 2. Played on PES 2021.
Played through the dates of April 7–9 and 14–16. Played on PES 2019.