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Fantasy Premier League Rules For The Season

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Fantasy Premier League Rules For The Season

The start of the 2021-22 Premier League season is just days away and excitement is building for a new term of fantasy football.

With a budget of just £100m, managers will need to spend wisely in order to sign the best players to maximise their team's chances of achieving Fantasy Premier League glory.

The new season officially gets underway on Friday when Arsenal travel to Brentford to face the newly-promoted Bees and managers will need to submit their teams before the deadline shuts, but exactly are the rules?

Rules for the upcoming Fantasy Premier League season have been revealed
Rules for the upcoming Fantasy Premier League season have been revealed

On the face of it, the official FPL game rules are simple and straightforward, especially when you compare it with other fantasy football games.

However, you still need to know them thoroughly if you want to have that edge over your mini-league rivals.

So, whether you're a seasoned veteran of FPL or a beginner just starting to get to grips with the game, SPORTbible takes a look at the rules you need to know ahead of the new campaign.


How do you register a team for Fantasy Premier League?

To register a team for the 2021-22 Fantasy Premier League head over to the game's official website.

Once you've entered the necessary information, you'll be able to choose a team name and then it's time for the most exciting part - picking your players and your club's name.


Each manager is then assigned a budget of £100m and must pick a total of 15 players; two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards.

You are limited to a maximum of three players from each Premier League team.

You have unlimited transfers right up until 18:30 (BST) on Friday, August 13 - an hour-and-a-half before the first Premier League game of the new season.

How do you play Fantasy Premier League & what are the rules?


The basic aim of Fantasy Premier League is to accumulate as many points as possible across the entire 2021-22 season.

From your squad of 15 players, you must select a starting XI for each 'Gameweek' and they will receive points based on their performance in each fixture.

You put your team in any formation although there must always be one goalkeeper, at least three defenders and at least one forward selected at all times.


It is also important to arrange the order of your substitutes' bench, as the game will automatically substitute a player in if one of the players in your starting team doesn't play in the gameweek.

You are also required to select a captain, and vice-captain ahead of each gameweek.

The captain of your team will receive double the amount of points, while the vice-captain is a back-up choice in case your original selection doesn't play, and thus the double points will be awarded to the alternative pick.

How is point-scoring determined?

Points are awarded to each player based on their performance in a match, with the following criteria being applied:

  • For playing up to 60 minutes: 1 point
  • For playing 60 minutes or more (excluding stoppage time): 2 points
  • For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender: 6 points
  • For each goal scored by a midfielder: 5 points
  • For each goal scored by a forward: 4 points
  • For each goal assist: 3 points
  • For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender: 4 points
  • For a clean sheet by a midfielder: 1 point
  • For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper: 1 point
  • For each penalty save: 5 points
  • For each penalty miss: -2 points
  • Bonus points for the best players in a match: 1-3 points
  • For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender: -1 point
  • For each yellow card: -1 point
  • For each red card -3 points
  • For each own goal: -2 points

Featured Image Credit: Fantasy Premier League

Topics: Fantasy Premier League

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