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Fantasy Premier League Formation Rules

In your quest to dominate Fantasy Premier League (FPL), understanding the dynamics of formations and squad structure plays a critical role in how you’ll strategize and pick your starting XI.

Your decisions here affect your overall team balance and can significantly impact your weekly points haul.

Fundamentals of Fantasy Premier League formations

When you’re setting up your FPL team, the formation essentially dictates the distribution of outfield players.

FPL allows you to choose from several formation options, each with a specific number of defenders, midfielders, and forwards:


A popular choice, giving a balance across the pitch.


Midfield-heavy, providing more players who have scoring and assisting potential.


Classic formation, balanced with equal midfield and defence.


Focused on defence, with potential for clean sheet points.


Heavy on attackers, aiming for higher goal-scoring opportunities.

Each week, you’re tasked to field a complete team while adhering to these set-up rules.

Choosing the right formation is instrumental, and can be leveraged according to the fixtures and form of your players.

Squad composition and position Roles

A well-structured squad is the backbone of any successful FPL manager’s strategy. Your squad should consist of:

  • Goalkeepers
  • Defenders
  • Midfielders
  • Forwards

The primary goal is to maximize the potential points with the players you have. For example, loading up on attacking defenders in a 3-4-3 formation can be beneficial, as these players have a chance of scoring or assisting in addition to getting clean sheets.

Moreover, selecting midfielders who play closer to the forwards, or even as part of the attack, can increase your goal involvement potential.

It is essential to understand the roles within these positions:

  • Defenders: More than just a clean sheet, the right defenders can offer goals and assists.
  • Midfielders: The heart of your team; they get points for goals, assists, and sometimes clean sheets.
  • Forwards: Your main goal-scoring threat, crucial in the 3-4-3 and 5-2-3 systems.

Your team structure and budget allocation must be strategic to allow for in-form players and to respond to the ever-changing dynamics of the Premier League. Flexibility is key, as injury, suspension, and rotation can force changes to your best-laid plans.

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