For those who relish challenges, crave adrenaline, and claim to have a deep understanding of football, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is the ultimate game for you.
Fantasy Premier League is the official fantasy game of the Premier League, inviting viewers to become more engaged in the sport. Despite the term “fantasy,” the excitement is very much real.
For those new to the world of fantasy football, fear not, as we will guide you through the rules and gameplay. Please read attentively.
An Overview of FPL
Fantasy Premier League is a game that projects reality into play. In this case, the reality referred to is the outcomes of matches in the English Premier League. The objective of FPL is to assemble a team that can accumulate as many points as possible over 38 weeks of Premier League matches. Points are earned based on the performance of players in your team, including goals scored, assists, yellow cards, and more.
To gauge your FPL prowess, you can join various leagues, whether they offer prizes or not. At the end of each matchweek, the points accumulated by players in your team will be ranked against those of other players in the leagues you participate in.
The total points earned each matchweek are aggregated at the end of the season to determine the final ranking of each team. Information about these leagues is easily accessible on social media. Our suggestion is to join as many leagues as possible to heighten the adrenaline rush and increase your chances of winning prizes.
Exciting, isn’t it?
Now, let’s delve into the detailed rules and gameplay.
How to Play
After registering on the official website at fantasy.premierleague.com or through the mobile application, you’ll be prompted to assemble a team with a budget of £100 million. This team consists of 15 players, including substitutes, comprising 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders, and 3 forwards. The total value of your squad cannot exceed £100 million, based on the listed prices. You can select a maximum of 3 players from a single team.
Once your team is formed, the next step is to select 11 starting players and designate four as substitutes. Only starting players will earn points based on their performance. Substitutes automatically replace starters who didn’t play, according to their positions. The order of substitutes (from left to right, except for the substitute goalkeeper) determines the order in which they replace non-playing starters.
Additionally, you must choose a captain and a vice-captain from the 11 starting players. The points earned by the captain are doubled, while the vice-captain acts as a stand-in captain. This means if your chosen captain doesn’t play at all (zero minutes played), the points of the vice-captain will be doubled.
Hence, the selection of your captain each gameweek is extremely important. We emphasize, extremely important. Why? Because the captain has the potential to earn the most points. Choosing the wrong captain could result in falling behind the majority of other managers.
All of these steps must be completed before the deadline for each gameweek, which is one hour before the kickoff of the earliest match in that gameweek. However, your squad of 15 players remains fixed and can only be altered through the player transfer process.
Transfers can be made once per gameweek or twice every two gameweeks (if you don’t transfer this week, you can make two transfers next week); but the total transfers cannot exceed this limit (no more than three transfers can be made).
If you exceed the transfer limit, your total points will be deducted by 4 for each additional transfer, and this penalty accumulates. Player prices will also fluctuate based on their performance on the field.
Points Calculation System
As mentioned earlier, the most crucial aspect of FPL is accumulating points. However, not all player actions yield points. Therefore, refer to the table below:
|Played 0-60 minutes||1|
|Played more than 60 minutes (excluding stoppage time)||2|
|Goal scored by goalkeeper or defender||6|
|Goal scored by midfielder||5|
|Goal scored by forward||4|
|Clean sheet for goalkeeper and defender||4|
|Clean sheet for midfielder||1|
|Every 3 saves by goalkeeper||1|
|Every penalty save by goalkeeper||5|
|Bonus points for best player*||1-3|
Note: Bonus points are calculated based on other statistics not listed in the table above.
To boost your points, you can utilize available chips. However, since their use is limited, they must be strategically employed.
|Bench Boost||Once per season||Points earned by substitutes in the next gameweek are counted.|
|Triple Captain||Once per season||Points earned by the captain are tripled in the next gameweek.|
|Wildcard||Once per half-season||Free transfers without cost.|
|Free Hit||Once per season||Free transfers without cost for that gameweek. Your team will revert to its previous state the following gameweek.|
Note: When activating a wildcard or free hit, any saved free transfers (if any) will be lost. Therefore, you will have only one free transfer for the subsequent gameweek.
Joining or Creating Leagues and Prizes
After completing the aforementioned steps, the final step to playing is joining a league of your choice. Essentially, every registered manager is automatically part of various leagues within the Global League. These leagues include overall FPL player leagues, leagues based on participating countries, favorite teams, the starting gameweek, and the Fantasy Cup.
In FPL, there are also Private Leagues that you can join. You can join existing communities by requesting their join code. Another option is to create your own league and invite friends; there is no limit to the number of participants in each league.
The FPL organizers offer abundant prizes, ranging from tickets to watch the Premier League along with accommodation, FIFA 22 games with consoles, tablet computers, and more. In addition to the overall season winner, there are also weekly and monthly winners. Please visit the FPL website to view the complete list of prizes.
To make it even more exciting, you can establish your own prizes within the community of the Private League you join. However, larger communities usually have prizes set by their organizers.