The 2012/13 English Premier League football season kicks off this weekend, so now is the perfect time to set up your fantasy team.
The best fantasy league is the official competition offered by the English Premier League at http://fantasy.premierleague.com. Last year it had 2.8 million players, making it the biggest fantasy football game in the world.
How to play
You create a squad by selecting two goal keepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers while remaining under the budget cap of £100 million. You can have no more than three players from the same Premier League team. Each week you select a starting eleven, and set a substitute priority for the bench players. The starting eleven can take the formation of your choosing, within reasonable limits. You also select a captain and vice-captain. The captain’s points are doubled each week.
Player values will fluctuate depending on their performance each week and you are given one free transfer each round. Points penalties apply if you make additional transfers. You receive two wildcards during the course of the season which enable you to make unlimited transfers during a game week. One wildcard can be used anytime during the season while the ‘January Wildcard’ can only be used after game week 21 (starts 1 Jan) until game week 24 (ends 2 Feb).
The intricate scoring system is one of the highlights of this fantasy game. It is based on numerous measures, and varies depending on the player’s position. Below is an outline of the point scoring for the 2012/13 season.
You can sign up and play for free here: http://fantasy.premierleague.com.