Champions League Fantasy Football is Back!
The most popular fantasy football game is Fantasy Premier League. However, that doesn’t mean the start of the official Champions League fantasy football game isn’t a welcomed distraction. We go over the main differences between the two variants of fantasy game focusing on the strategic differences between the two.
Fantasy Football Pundit Champions League Code
Before we get into the tactics behind the Champions League game, here is the Fantasy Football Pundit code to enter our league. Create a team at https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uclfantasy/create-team and enter the league with the code below, FCXRUIYKFD, or by clicking this link: https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uclfantasy/leagues/FCXRUIYKFD/Fantasy%20Football%20Pundit/
For those doing this year’s Champions League Fantasy Football game, here is the league code to join the Fantasy Football Pundit league!
— FPL Fantasy Football (@FantasyFPundit) September 18, 2018
Champions League Fantasy Football – Rules
The basic rules for the official Champions League fantasy game are as follows:
- Select 15 players
- €100m budget
- You can select three players from each club – this allocation increases throughout the tournament
- Same formations eligible from FPL
Champions League Fantasy Football – Scoring
For the most part scoring is very similar to Fantasy Premier League. However, there are a few notable differences which include:
- No bonus points
- Points for earning a penalty
- Minus points for conceding a penalty
Champions League Fantasy Football – Transfers
Transfers work in a similar way to Fantasy Premier League whereby you have a limited amount to use per matchday (round). If you exceed the transfer limit then you are deducted 4 points per transfer. Number of transfers allowed throughout the Champions League are listed below:
|Before Champions League||Unlimited|
|Between group stage rounds||2 per matchday|
|Before last 16||Unlimited|
|Between 1st and 2nd leg knockout games||3|
|Between rounds (i.e. last 16 to quarter finals)||5|
Champions League Fantasy Football – Substitutions
Substitutions play an imperative role in the Champions League fantasy game. It can’t be overstated how important this is to have a successful team. Automatic substitutions will still apply when a player in your starting 11 doesn’t play.
What’s the difference?
Substitutions play a far less important role in Fantasy Premier League as they are automatic. They only apply when a player doesn’t play. Champions League fantasy football works very differently. At the end of a single day’s play (an actual day) you are allowed to make substitutions. This allows you to switch any player (unless they have been sent off) with a player from your bench who hasn’t yet played. Obviously this gives you the opportunity to transfer out players who under-performed in terms of points. Naturally players who are substituted out will score 0 points and they will be unable to be put back in your team for that round.
Making the most of substitiutions
Managers who utilise substitutions effectively will undoubtedly have the most successful teams. The group stage matchdays are divided into two – Tuesday and Wednesday night games. Groups A to D take place on one of those nights with groups E to H taking place the other. This means you can pick “riskier” players from teams who are playing on the first night. This is because you are able to transfer them out if they don’t perform yet get to reap the benefits if the differential does perform. This strategy allows you to take greater risks with players playing on the first night of a given matchday. It also makes sense to have your team divided fairly equally between the two nights. This won’t always be possible though due to the groups switching over between matchdays.
Pro tip: make sure your two goalkeepers are playing in different matchdays. One of your goalkeepers should be from groups A to D and the other E to H. This allows you to see how your first goalkeeper does and ensures you have the opportunity to replace him.
Captains are also important
Captains work the same work as substitutions do. Between days you can change your captain. Therefore, in the case of matchday 1, you can choose a captain from any team in groups A to D, and if you want to, can change your captain to someone who plays on the second day (groups E to H). This will also play a vital role in a successful Champions League fantasy team. Don’t get too greedy though!