While there are plenty of fantasy football games available online, the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is undoubtedly the most popular and offers users the chance to battle it out with their friends and rivals across the globe.
So, whether you're a seasoned veteran of FPL or a beginner just starting to get to grips with the game, GOAL's guide offers everything you need to new ahead of the new campaign.
How do you register a team for Fantasy Premier League 2023-24?
To register a team for the 2023-24 Fantasy Premier League head over to the game's official website and, if you don't already have an account, click 'Sign Up Now'.
Once you've entered the necessary information and, if applicable due to age restrictions, arranged access with a parent or guardian, you'll be able to choose a team name and then it's time for the most enjoyable part - picking your players!
Each FPL manager is then assigned a budget of £100 million 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 6:30pm BST (1:30pm ET) on Friday, August 11 - an hour-and-a-half before the first Premier League game of the new season - and there is an 'Auto Pick' option if you want the game to select a full squad for you.FPL
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 2023-24 season.
From your squad of 15 players, you must select a starting XI for each 'Gameweek' - more on that later - and they will receive points based on their performance in each fixture.
You can 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.
You will automatically be entered into various 'general leagues', including a fan league, based on the team you support, a country league, a 'Gameweek' league depending on when you signed up, and an overall league.
There is also the possibility to create an invitational mini-league, both in classic or head-to-head style, to allow you to play against friends and family.
Alongside the standard league format, FPL teams are automatically entered into the cup, with the start date determined by the total amount of players that enter the game.
There are no restrictions as to when you first enter your team although, in the interests of fairness, you are limited to having one team per person.
How is fantasy football 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|
|For playing 60 minutes or more (excluding stoppage time)||2|
|For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender||6|
|For each goal scored by a midfielder||5|
|For each goal scored by a forward||4|
|For each goal assist||3|
|For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender||4|
|For a clean sheet by a midfielder||1|
|For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper||1|
|For each penalty save||5|
|For each penalty miss||-2|
|Bonus points for the best players in a match||1-3|
|For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender||-1|
|For each yellow card||-1|
|For each red card||-3|
|For each own goal||-2|
Best fantasy football tips for a strong season
No need for two expensive goalkeepers
As only one of your two goalkeepers will be able to play each week, aim for your regular starter to be a player worth £4.5m+, such as Alisson (£5.5m), Ederson (£5.5m), or Aaron Ramsdale (£5m), and ensure your back-up is one of the cheapest £4m players.
Have a strong bench
Make sure you have at least two decent players on your bench, goalkeeper aside. There will be times when members of your starting XI are unexpectedly injured or dropped, so it's important to have players in reserve that you can be confident will be picked in a Gameweek and can automatically step in.
Beat a price rise
After each Gameweek, certain player prices will increase or decrease depending on their popularity among the FPL community, related to transfer activity. If you're certain you want a player in ready for their next game, it's best to make the transfer early to avoid them going up in price and thus eating away at your budget.
Leave transfers & team changes as long as possible
As much as beating a price rise can be important, it's arguably a better idea to wait until the last possible moment to make your team changes before a Gameweek starts. That allows for team updates from managers in press conferences and gives you a clearer idea of which players from your team, or those that you plan to transfer in, will be playing or not.
Take note of bargain players
Over the first few Gameweeks it will become clearer who's starting, and who's in form, in the Premier League. There may be some surprises and a bargain or two to be had a result, with Marcus Rashford (£9m) being a perfect example having been priced at just £6.5m at the start of last season before he delivered a hugely impressive 205 points.Getty/GOAL
Know your set-piece takers
It's useful to know who takes free-kicks and penalties in the Premier League.
Defenders are particularly appealing here, with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8m) being a prime example of a player who regularly takes set-pieces and is thus capable of big point-scoring Gameweeks.
Carefully select your captain
If you're serious about doing well in FPL in the 2023-24 season then your captain picks are going to be vital. Your skipper will score double points during every Gameweek and be sure to always select from your strongest players with favourable fixtures.
Use your wildcard wisely
You get two 'wildcard' chips to use over a season, one before December 30 (1:30pm GMT) and then the second after December 30 (1:30pm GMT), that remains open until the 2023-24 campaign ends.
The temptation may be to activate it straight away, potentially after a disappointing first week or two of the season, but try not to make a rash decision and only use your wildcard when you're sure you need to overhaul your squad, and certainly not when you're only looking to make one or two changes.
Don't forget about your chips
It goes without saying but don't waste the chance to use all chips available. This is particularly important if you still have some left towards the end of the season as, for example, you can't use a wildcard and a triple captain in the same Gameweek, you're only able to use one at a time.FPL
What are bonus points & how are they calculated?
Bonus points are awarded to the three 'best'-performing players in each Premier League match.
The official definition provided by the FPL website reads: "The Bonus Points System (BPS) utilises a range of statistics to create a BPS score for every player.
"The three best performing players in each match will be awarded bonus points. 3 points will be awarded to the highest scoring player, 2 to the second best and 1 to the third."
In the event of a tie, between either first, second or third place, the points will be divided accordingly. For example, a tie for first place will see Players 1 and 2 awarded three points each, with Player 3 receiving one point.
For a full explanation of what happens in the event of a bonus-point tie, as well as the Bonus Points System used by FPL and how it works, a full breakdown can be found via the 'Rules' section of the official website.
What is Fantasy Draft and how is it different?
There are 15 draft rounds in total to allow each player to have a full 15-man squad, with a random order initially generated which will then 'snake' from round to round, with the draft pick order reversed each time.
During each round, the FPL manager will have between 30 and 120 seconds, with the default being 90 seconds, to pick a player to join their squad. A failure to pick a player within the time limit will result in a player automatically being assigned.
After the draft has taken place there is the opportunity to bring in unassigned players via waiver requests. Depending on the settings assigned to your league, there is also the chance to trade players with fellow FPL managers.
For a full explanation of Fantasy Draft, the rules and how it works you can head over to the official Fantasy Premier League website.
Who are the best players to pick in fantasy football?
- Best fantasy football goalkeepers for 2023-24
- Best fantasy football defenders for 2023-24
- Best fantasy football midfielders for 2023-24
- Best fantasy football forwards for 2023-24
Each registered Premier League player from the 20 teams in England's top-flight league is assigned a price, with the top-value players considered to be the 'best' and most likely to score the most points over the season.
The most expensive player on the game is Manchester City forward Erling Haaland, who is available for £14 million - an increase of £2.5m from 2022-23.
Indeed, midfield and forward players make up the bulk of the most expensive assets on the game, with the highest-valued defender once again being Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8m). Indeed, he is likely to be a popular pick, given he has been utilised in a midfield role for both club and country.
As for the highest-priced goalkeepers, there are three who are valued at £5.5m; Alisson, Ederson and Nick Pope.
Behind Haaland, the most expensive forward in the game is Harry Kane at £12.5m, while Mohamed Salah is the costliest midfielder and is also valued at £12.5m.
What is a 'Gameweek' & when are the deadlines for transfers & changes?
A Gameweek essentially refers to the Premier League matches that will be played during a specific timeframe, with the most common gameweek seeing 10 matches played, and all 20 Premier League teams involved.
There are, however, exceptions, with there being specific weeks where a team may have more than one match counted as part of a gameweek, while other sides may not have a match to play at all.
There will be a total of 38 gameweeks played over the 2023-24 Premier League season, with the first getting underway on August 11.
Associated with gameweeks are deadlines, where you must have all your transfers and team changes made before a set day and time.
The deadline for the very first gameweek of the 2023-24 campaign is 6:30pm BST (1:30pm ET) on Friday, August 11.
What are 'Chips' in Fantasy Premier League?
Each team is allocated chips that can be used during the 2023-24 Premier League season to aid and enhance performance and point scoring. They are:
- Bench Boost
- Triple Captain
- Free Hit
Bench Boost allows a team to receive points for their starting XI and substitutes, and can be used once a season. Free Hit, meanwhile, gives the FPL manager the chance to make unlimited transfers to their team for one sole gameweek.
A Triple Captain chip can also only be used once in the season and means that the player selected as your captain will score three-times the amount of points for a single gameweek.
The Wildcard chip can be used twice in a season - the first before before December 30 and then the second immediately after that date - and allows unlimited transfers to be made.
What prizes can you win in Fantasy Premier League?
There are various prizes available across the 2023-24 season for those teams who perform well.
The grand prize for finishing in first place in the overall Fantasy Premier League standings of all global players is a seven-night break in the UK including VIP hospitality at two 2024-25 Premier League matches.
Other prizes are also awarded to that individual including a Hublot connected watch, a copy of the EA SPORTS FC game and a laptop computer or SIM-free smartphone.
There are also an assortment of prizes given to the overall runner-up - and those that place in the top 20 - as well as the 2023-24 FPL Cup winner and runner-up, and those that win the Manager of the Month and the Manager of the Week.
Who won the Fantasy Premier League last season?
The overall winner of the 2022-23 Fantasy Premier League was Arsenal supporter Ali Jahangirov, who amassed 2,776 points, 36 more than he managed in the previous season that saw him finish in 215th in the world.
The 2021-22 winner, meanwhile, was Jamie Pigott, who recorded an incredible 2,844 total points.