Tactics to help you climb the ranks: Emergency + VC loophole explained

Knowing how to implement the emergency and vice-captain loophole is vital to SuperCoach success, Charlie Dadds shows you how.

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Focus up ladies & gentlemen, this could change your life.

One of the most underrated facets of the game is the Emergency + VC loophole.

While one of the key components in SuperCoach is cash generation, it can certainly be an advantage to have the luxury of picking and choosing between scores. To do this though, you need to have non-playing-players (NPP’s) on your bench (you only need one for the VC loophole, but if you want to experiment with the emergency loop you may need more).

It can definitely be a tricky path to navigate without any proper understanding, but it can be so beneficial when it pays off, so here’s a guide to help you gain an advantage on the rest of the competition.

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Emergency Loop

Typically, this is only used in the latter stages of the season when your side is borderline “fully premo”, but there is merit for using it early on with your rookies instead.

The idea behind it is that you can’t decide whether to put “Player A” or “Player B” on field. “Player C” (let’s call him Will Gould) is a basement price rookie who is unlikely to get a game. AKA, an NPP.

I’ll run through this in further detail but basically, “Player A” plays early in the round while “Player B” doesn’t play until later on, but “Player C” HAS to play after “Player A”. Capiche? Capiche.

For instance, we can use Round 1 as an example and pretend we are using Charlie Dean (Collingwood play Friday night) and Corey Wagner (Fremantle play Sunday afternoon), with our NPP (Will Gould) who plays Saturday night (most importantly, AFTER Charlie Dean). All you have to do is one thing:

  1. Place the Emergency (big E next to T) on Charlie Dean

Now after this, one of two things will happen:

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Charlie Dean scores well

Perfect! Your loop has scored well! You have points in the bank!! You don’t have to take a gamble on Corey Wagner!

All you need to do is:

  1. Put Will Gould on your field in place of Corey Wagner

Gould won’t play, and Charlie Dean’s emergency score will be counted instead!

Bing bang bosh, you have successfully looped.

But there is another scenario that could play out:

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Charlie Dean does not score well

Well, that’s annoying… But hey! It’s not the end of the world.

If Charlie Dean did not score well, or you simply just didn’t like what he scored, or you simply just don’t like him as a person, that’s ok! You still have a back-up option. You still have Corey Wagner!

So, listen up because this is the extremely complicated part of all this.

All you have to do is:

  1. Absolutely nothing

Yep, that’s right! Just leave your team as it was before with Wagner on field, and Dean & Gould on your bench.

All you really have to do is just pray that Wagner outscores Dean.

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VC Loophole

Ok, now that the most complicated part of this is out of the way, let’s get into the VC Loophole!

Once again, we’ll use Round 1 as a good example.

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Step 1: Place VC on Docherty

Once again, one of two things will happen:

Docherty plays well


  1. Sub one of your NPP’s onto your field in place of a playing player
  2. Put the emergency on your playing player
  3. Put the Captaincy on your NPP

Because your NPP won’t play, the captaincy won’t count, and the VC will be used instead! Then, your playing player’s emergency score on the bench will replace the NPP.

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Docherty does not play well

That’s all good too!! Just leave your team as it was and hope that Macrae scores better than Doc!


I understand that this is actually really confusing, I’ve been playing SuperCoach for a long time and even I need a refresher course on looping at the start of every season.

If you’re still confused about anything, or if you just want to chat about SuperCoach, follow me on twitter: @charlesjdadds

If you can manage to pull off these loopholes efficiently, it may well be the difference between 100th and 10,000th.

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