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Game Rules and Regulations

Understanding the framework of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is essential for both seasoned players and newcomers. As with any structured competition, FPL is governed by a set of detailed rules and regulations that guide every aspect of play, from team creation to scoring points.

Getting to grips with the regulations ensures you can optimize your strategy and avoid any pitfalls that could impact your team’s performance. It’s important to know how to wisely select your initial squad, manage it throughout the season, and make tactical transfers.

Additionally, understanding how player prices fluctuate and the strategic use of chips can greatly influence your overall success.

Constant vigilance is also required to adhere to game week deadlines to make the most of each round’s potential points.

1. Initial squad selection

Crafting your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team begins with knowing the essentials of team compilation.

It’s imperative to strategize within the constraints of budget and player availability to optimize your starting line up.

Squad size

You are required to select a total of 15 players for your FPL squad.

This ensemble includes precisely two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders, and three forwards.

The composition of your squad is a crucial first step in competing in the FPL.


You will be allocated a £100 million budget to assemble your initial squad.

Managing this budget effectively is a pivotal element of FPL strategy, as it determines the caliber of players you can afford.

Players per team

Be mindful that you can select no more than three players from a single Premier League team.

This restriction ensures diversity in your squad and compels you to explore talent across the entirety of the Premier League.

2. Team management

Crafting your FPL team is both an art and a strategy.

Decisions on who makes it to your starting XI, wears the captain’s armband, or sits ready on the bench could be the difference between winning and losing a Game Week.

Choosing your starting line up

Each week, before the FPL deadline, you’re responsible for selecting a starting lineup from your squad of 15 players.

Ensure that your line up includes 1 goalkeeper, at least 3 defenders, at least 2 midfielders, and at least 1 forward, not exceeding a total of 11 players.

Judiciously assess fixtures and player form to make informed choices.

For instance, choosing defenders who are up against lower-scoring teams could increase your clean sheet points.

Selecting a captain and vice-captain

The roles of captain and vice-captain are pivotal; your captain’s points for the gameweek are doubled, making this choice critical to your team’s success.

In the event your captain doesn’t play, the vice-captain’s points are doubled instead.

It’s often wise to captain a player with a strong track record of scoring or assisting who is facing a weaker opponent.

Prioritising your bench for automatic substitutions

If a player in your starting lineup doesn’t play in the gameweek, automatic substitutions will replace them with a player from your bench.

Your bench should be ordered based on priority, with the first player being the first to come on. Pay attention to the likelihood of bench players starting, as well as their potential to score points, to optimize your chance of a successful substitution.

3. Making transfers

When participating in FPL, managing your team effectively involves making strategic transfers.

At the start of the season, you have the freedom to make unlimited transfers.

However, post the first deadline, you are allocated one free transfer each gameweek.

If you do not use your free transfer in a gameweek, it carries over, giving you the capacity for two free transfers the following gameweek. It’s crucial to note that you can only bank a maximum of one transfer; beyond that, any additional transfers will not be rolled over.

Transferring players beyond your free quota will cost your team points. Each extra transfer equates to a 4 point deduction from your total score. This means careful consideration is key when deciding whether to make additional transfers.

In the case of requiring a more significant overhaul of your squad, you have the option to play your Wildcard. This chip allows you to make unlimited free transfers for a single gameweek. The Wildcard can be a game-changer when used wisely; however, its usage is limited to twice a season, once in each half.

Planning Transfers:

  • Assess your current team structure and upcoming fixtures.
  • Keep an eye on player performance, injuries, and suspensions.
  • Monitor your budget to avoid overspending.

When you’ve decided to make a transfer:

  1. Select the player you want to transfer out.
  2. Choose a replacement player within your budget.
  3. Confirm your transfers carefully to ensure they align with your strategy.

Successful FPL managers often strike a balance between making necessary immediate changes and planning for the future gameweeks. Therefore, your transfer decisions should always be shaped with both short-term and long-term team performance in mind.

4. Player prices

Understanding player prices in FPL is crucial for effective team management. Player prices fluctuate based on market activity within the game.

When you buy a player, the buying price is their current market value. This is the cost to add the player to your team.

It’s important to monitor these prices, as they can increase if a player is performing exceptionally well and is being bought by a large number of managers.

ActivityPrice Change
High Transfer InIncrease
High Transfer OutDecrease

Your players’ selling prices may differ from their buying prices.

When you sell a player, the profit is calculated based on half the difference between the selling price and the purchase price, rounded down to the nearest £0.1m. However, if a player’s price has not increased by at least £0.2m since you purchased them, you’ll not make a profit when selling.

Additionally, a player’s value can rise or fall by £0.1m per day, depending on their transfer in and out activity in the FPL market. Be aware that their value cannot change by more than £0.3m between gameweek deadlines.

This dynamic pricing strategy adds a layer of strategy to FPL, as it affects the overall team value and the money you have available for future transfers. Keep a close eye on market trends and player performances to make informed buying and selling decisions.

5. Chip usage

In FPL, utilising chips can be pivotal to maximizing your points throughout the season.

Each chip can be used only once, and your strategy in deploying them can be the difference between leading your league or falling behind.

Bench Boost

Bench Boost is a chip that adds the points scored by your substitute players to your total for one Game Week.

To get the most out of this chip, you might want to use it during a Game Week when all your players are likely to play, thus maximizing your potential points.

Free Hit

The Free Hit chip allows you to make unlimited transfers for a single Gameweek.

After the Game Week, your squad reverts to its original state. This is especially useful during a Game Week with unexpected fixtures or if a significant portion of your team is not playing.

Triple Captain

Using the Triple Captain chip means the points scored by your captain for that Gameweek are tripled, not just doubled.

Pick a week when your chosen captain has favorable matches or might be playing more than once within the Game Week for a powerful point boost.


The Wildcard chip is invaluable, granting you unlimited free transfers for an entire Game Week without any points penalty.

There are two Wildcards available during the season; one for use in the first half and the second for the latter half.

Timing is crucial – consider using it to overhaul your team when your squad’s form or fixtures necessitate big changes.

6. Game Week deadlines

When participating in FPL, being aware of and adhering to Game Week deadlines is crucial for optimal team management and success. Here’s what you need to know:

Setting your team:

  • Before the Game Week deadline, select 11 players from your 15-player squad to form your active team.
  • Deadlines are typically set 90 minutes before the first match of the Game Week begins.

Managing your squad:

  • Transfers or team changes submitted after the deadline will take effect in the following Game Week.
  • Ensure you have made necessary transfers, selected your captain, and confirmed your starting line up.

Deadlines throughout the season:

  • For each Game Week, the deadline may differ. It’s advised to check the Fantasy Premier League site regularly.
  • Special considerations are given for late changes or postponements, providing Fantasy Premier League experts offer guidance ahead of the rescheduled matches.

Strategy advice:

  • Plan your changes in advance to avoid last-minute decisions.
  • Keep an eye on player injuries and match fixtures to inform your player selection each week.

Being punctual with your Game Week preparation can make the difference between victory and defeat. Don’t miss out on the potential points by letting the deadline slip past.

Remember, always check the official rules on Fantasy Premier League for the most detailed and updated information about Game Week deadlines and other regulations.

7. League rules

When you participate in FPL, you can join several types of leagues:

Invitational Leagues and Cups: You can create or join private leagues by invitation to compete with friends.

  • Public Leagues: Open leagues anyone can join; you’ll be automatically entered into some upon team creation.
  • Global Leagues: Everyone is part of these leagues by default, including the overall league for all players.

In terms of scoring systems:

  • Classic scoring: Total points determine your rank within the league, accumulating across the season.
  • Head-to-Head scoring: You face off against another player each week, with the highest points earner winning the match.

If a head-to-head match ends in a tie, a virtual coin toss decides the winner. Important stages to be aware of:

  1. Head-to-Head Knockout Stage:
    • Occurs towards the season’s end.
    • Success here can significantly boost your standing.

To excel in FPL, understanding these league formats and scoring mechanisms is key for your strategic planning. Remember, each week is a new chance to climb the rankings, so stay proactive with your team selections and transfers.

8. Cup rules

In FPL, Cup competitions add an exciting knockout element to your fantasy experience. Understanding the Cup rules is essential to compete effectively.

Eligibility: Your FPL team automatically enters the Cup. The qualifying round takes place in Game Week 14, with your performance during this week determining your placement in the competition.

Competition format: Once qualified, you will face off against another manager in a head-to-head matchup each Game Week. The FPL Cup lasts from Game Week 15 to 38, involving several knockout rounds. As the competition progresses, the number of participating teams halves each round until the final two teams play in Game Week 38.

Tie-breakers: In the event of a tie in total points, several factors determine the winner:

  • Most goals scored
  • Fewest goals conceded

If a tie still persists after these considerations, a virtual coin toss decides the outcome.

Scoring: Points scored in the Cup follow the same format as the regular fantasy league points. It’s crucial to manage your team effectively each week, as these points are utilized in the Cup matchups.

Remember, the Cup is a chance to showcase strategic acumen, with every transfer and captaincy choice potentially swaying the outcome of your head-to-head duels. Make your selections wisely and monitor the performance of your team closely to advance through the rounds.

Stay informed by reviewing the official FPL rules and strategies for a detailed understanding of the nuances in Cup play.

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