As a new Premier League season approaches, we’re shifting our focus to Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

The 2021-22 game winner will be offered £ 50,000 with cash prizes of £ 5,000 and £ 1,000 to the managers who take the other two podiums.

The fourth and fifth placed managers will receive game consoles, as will the fantasy bosses with the highest score of the month.

If you’re new to the game of Sky or just need a refresher on the rules and scoring system, we’ll go over the basics of the game in the article below.

HOW DO I PLAY?

TEAM SELECTION

Just like in the Fantasy Premier League, the managers select a team of players who collect either attack, defensive or bonus points in order to achieve more than friends, colleagues and / or the rest of the world. However, this isn’t a squad-based game: you just pick a starting XI and you have no bank.

As with FPL, the budget is £ 100 million. However, there is no quota for players from the same club.

TRANSFER

Game weeks run Friday through Thursday, with managers allowing transfers between game days, which allowed potential points to be maximized by bringing in an asset to be played for a player who was already involved that week.

Instead of one free change per game week under the FPL, the Sky Sports game allocates 40 transfers that can be used anytime during the season – with a limit of five in a game week – which requires the need for longer term strategy.

CRISPS

“Overtakes” (the equivalent of wild cards) are also available in Sky Sports, with two being allocated each season in specific time periods.

The first overhaul phase begins after the completion of Gameweek 3 and lasts until the first kick-off of Gameweek 5.

There will be a second overhaul period in 2022, with the exact dates yet to be determined.

CAPTAINCY

In the Sky Sports game, you can name more than one captain in a game week, as long as the players in question are on different days. For example, if games are played on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a given game week, a Sky Sports Fantasy manager could designate a different skipper on each of those game days, provided that this was done before the deadline for that day. Managers can also schedule their captains in advance of a game week.

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE POINTS?

The scoring structure is largely similar to the FPL in Sky Sports Fantasy, but tends to award more points for the promotions mentioned below.

action Points scored
Start XI 2
Substitute appearance 1
Goal scored by a goalkeeper / defender 7th
Goal scored by a midfielder 6th
Goal scored by a striker 5
Goal assist 3
A goalkeeper without conceding a goal (must play for 60+ minutes) 7th
Clean hand by a defender (must play for 60+ minutes) 5
A penalty kick from a goalkeeper 5
Man of the game 3

CAN MY TEAM LOSE POINTS?

Unfortunately, like in FPL, there are also some ways to lose points.

action Points scored
Lack of punishment -3
Every goal conceded from the second conceded goal -1
Any yellow card -1
Every red card -3
Every own goal -2

HOW DO BONUS POINTS WORK?

Just like FPL, matches give you extra points for other events – although the structure is a little different, as you will see below:

Tier 1 promotion Points scored
3 saves made (GK only) 2
Won 4 tackles 2
60 completed passes 2
2 shots on target 2
Tier 2 Promotion 2 Points scored
5+ saved games (GK only) 3
Won 5+ tackles 3
70+ completed passes 3
3+ shots on target 3

Visit our Premium Members Area to see which players may benefit from the Sky Sports bonus on offer for saves, tackles, passes and shots on goal.

HOW DO I PLAY AGAINST MY FRIENDS?

There are several ways to compete against others in the Sky Sports game. You can start or join a Free League with your friends and colleagues, but there are also ways to win money.

Sky Sports can actually manage your money league for you to avoid post-season inconvenience. You can pre-select the entry fee (either £ 2, £ 5, £ 10 or £ 20 per person) and pricing structure and Sky Sports will take care of the rest.

We have already set up our annual free Fantasy Football Scout mini-league that you can compete in by going to the Leagues tab and clicking the “Join +” button.

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