Have you ever wanted to know the level of pressure felt by the Premier League managers? Then you have to understand what the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is all about.
If you are a fan of the English Premier League, you must have wished for or dreamt of a dream team, having all your favorite players. The FPL gives you a huge opportunity to set up a team that includes these players.
The FPL is the closest thing to feeling like a manager of an English Premier League club. You’re up against millions of managers around the world, and everyone fights for the top spot – sounds interesting, right?
The beautiful thing about FPL is that you not only get to watch the league, but you also cheer for the players in your (FPL) team. As a manager in the Fantasy Premier League, you get to participate in several global leagues of interest to you.
Now here’s the catch, you can also create a league with your friends, and you all fight for the top spot (I can hear the bants already). However, before you embark on the journey to becoming a manager, there are important things you need to know about the FPL.
Here’s where the real journey starts. I know fans of some Premier League teams know what it is like to work on a stringent budget and try to get the job done. For the Fantasy Premier League, you get an initial budget of £ 100 million to set up your team.
Every week, your team value increases or decreases based on the number of transfers made, and the value of the players in your team.
So, you must always try to maintain a good value for your team by not keeping an out-of-form player for a long time. If you keep such player(s) for a long time, your team value reduces rapidly.
You might already be licking your lips at the mention of a £100 million budget. While it is more than the budget of certain Premier League teams, you have to use it on 15 players. You need 15 players on your team, and this includes;
- 2 goalkeepers,
- 5 defenders,
- 5 midfielders, and
- 3 forwards.
However, you can only have a maximum of 3 players from a single Premier League team.
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For every Match Day, you can only have 11 players in your starting line-up, with 4 players on the bench. The following formations are valid to set up your first 11.
Defence – Midfield – Forward
You deploy a formation based on what you the kind of players you want on the pitch to start the game.
The price of players is dependent on the position they play and their expected performance. The price of a player can change every week based on his performance, as it can increase or reduce. A player with consistently great performances will constantly increase in value.
You can only make substitutions before the start of the first match of a premier league game week. The portal for substituting a player is closed at about 1 hour before kickoff of the first match of a game week.
However, a non-playing player in your first 11 will automatically be replaced by a player of the bench at the end of the game week. If the non-playing player is your captain, captaincy will be moved to the vice-captain.
Every Game Week, you are allowed one free transfer for your team. Any additional transfer done will attract a 4-point deduction for each transfer. Also, you have two wildcards available throughout the season, one in the first half of the season (before 29th of December), and the other for the second half.
The wildcard allows you to make unlimited transfers in your team. You can change the entire team, and bring in new players without any point penalty.
The FPL has a scoring system to grade every player for their performance in each matchday. Here’s a breakdown of how the scoring is done.
The FPL rewards its winner handsomely. The winner gets to attend 2 PL matches the following season, and gets a 7-night VIP UK trip among other prizes. The runner-up and FPL cup winner also get prizes and gets to attend 1 PL match on the UK. Managers that have the best performance weekly and monthly are also rewarded. To read more on prizes, visit here.
Now that you are ready to smash it as an FPL manager, you will need some competitive leagues to join. You can participate in FOR THE GOAL FPL League using this code – (ydnlx6).
To read more on how to join or create a private league, visit here. To sign up for fantasy league, visit https://fantasy.premierleague.com
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