Champions League Fantasy Guide 2020/21 – How to play, rules, more

The world’s best club competition returns on Tuesday, October 20th – the UEFA Champions League. Fantasy football managers will be delighted that the popular UCL Fantasy game also returns.

What is UCL Fantasy?

As the name suggests, UCL Fantasy is fantasy football for the Champions League. Largely, it is very similar to the most famous of fantasy games, Fantasy Premier League.

You select a squad of 15 players, of which you choose 11 to play. Those players score points based on various in-match events. We will discuss the specific scoring below.

Teams can made on the official UEFA Champions League fantasy page.

Much like FPL you are given a 100 million budget to fill your squad with. Players differ in price based their perceived ability to get your team points. That budget rises to 105 million when the knockout stages begin (Matchday 7).

Squads can be made up of a maximum of three players from any team. However, this does increase as the final approaches:

  • Group stage: Maximum of 3 players
  • Last 16: Maximum of 4 players
  • Quarter-finals: Maximum of 5 players
  • Semi-finals: Maximum of 6 players
  • Final: Maximum of 8 players

Is it different to FPL?

There are more similarities than not. The main difference comes in the nature of the competition itself.

This is because there are far fewer fixtures in the Champions League than a Premier League season. The competition is divided into 13 Matchdays, where Matchday 1 to 6 are the group stage games.

This makes each Matchday and fixture even more important. It seems UEFA have note this and as a result are more flexible with changes during a Matchday. Conversely, teams in Fantasy Premier League, when a Gameweek deadline has passed, cannot be changed.

This is where arguably the biggest difference comes into play – manual substitutions. While you can’t transfer in the middle of a Matchday, you can make substitutions.

A Matchday is comprised of two days – the traditional Tuesday and Wednesday that Champions League fixtures take place on. So, if a player from the Tuesday doesn’t perform, you can substitute them out and replace them with another that plays on the Wednesday.

The same applies for the captaincy whereby if your captain doesn’t perform on Tuesday, you can give the armband to another on the Wednesday.

Doing these manual substitutions and maximizing your captain opportunities is absolutely essential if you’re to have a successful season in UCL Fantasy. Without fail any player you have playing on the Tuesday should be in your starting 11. Your captain’s armband should also be given to a Tuesday player, so you can switch if necessary.

Changes for the 2020/21 season

Previously Champions League campaigns would have the group-stage Matchdays played over two weeks. This would actually three opportunities to substitute and more importantly up to four captains.

Due to the condensed fixture schedule though, each Matchday will take place within a two day period.

Several of the early Matchdays also take place within a week of each other. This means you’ll need give extra consideration to rotation as these teams will be playing at least two games a week. Pep roulette could be stronger than ever!

Champions League chips

There are two chips you are given in UCL Fantasy. These are a ‘Wildcard’ and ‘Limitless’.

The Wildcard works exactly like it does in FPL. Between any given Matchday you can make unlimited transfers to your team, which remain once that Matchday concludes.

Unlike Fantasy Premier League though, a free transfer is carried over.

It is also important to note you can make unlimited changes following the group-stage anyway. So, use your Wildcard wisely!

The Limitless is something unique to Champions League fantasy. It works a little like a Wildcard but with two key differences:

  • You have an unlimited budget
  • Changes only apply to that one Matchday

That means you can select the likes of De Bruyne, Mbappe, Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo without worrying about their expensive price tags. It is best to use this when there are a lot of advantageous fixtures to make the most of.

Your team will revert back to what it was before the Limitless was used, once that Matchday is completed. Think of it as a one-week Wildcard with no budget constraints.

Scoring points

There is nothing more important than points in UCL Fantasy, and any other fantasy game for that matter. After all, it is the points that determine the winning manager.

Here are all the actions that lead to scoring points in Champions League fantasy football:

Action Points
All players
Appearance 1
Playing at least 60 minutes (includes appearance point) 2
Goals scored from outside the box (in addition to points for scoring) 1
Assist 3
Every three balls recovered 1
Winning a penalty 2
Conceding a penalty -1
Missing a penalty -2
Yellow card -1
Red card (includes yellow card deduction) -3
Scoring an own goal -2
Goalkeepers
Scoring a goal 6
Saving a penalty 5
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes) 4
For every three saves 1
For every two goals conceded -1
Defenders
Scoring a goal 6
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes) 4
For every two goals conceded -1
Midfielders
Scoring a goal 5
Keeping a clean sheet (must play at least 60 minutes) 1
Forwards
Scoring a goal 4

This guide should put you in good stead for UCL Fantasy. There’s a lot more advanced tips to take advantage of but we’ll cover them elsewhere.