We have the last Gameweek coming upon us on Sunday 23rd May where all games will play at the same time; 16:00 GMT.
Firstly, we hope you’ve had a great FPL season and finish on a high!
That being said, when the Premier League finishes, we have something else to look forward to before the start of next season for those who can’t get enough of the Fantasy banter! As you probably already know, Euro 2020 was supposed to have taken place last season but has been postponed to 2021. For the lovers of FPL, they have released a Fantasy Football for Euro 2020 which you can already start building your team. The first match of the Euro 2020 is on Friday 11 June where Turkey face Italy at 21:00 in Rome.
So how can I get started with the Euro 2020 Fantasy League?
Simply click the button below to get started and create your first draft team:
You have a lot of time to submit your team so don’t worry about that. Your team will be locked in on the 11th of June at 20:00.
The rules are pretty similar to the Fantasy Premier League; Spend €100m on 15 players and earn points based on their real-life performances in EURO 2020.
If you want to have a look at the rules in detail, continue reading this article, we have all of this covered below! It has similarities to FPL, but it does have some notable differences. Make sure to understand the rules fully to give yourself a better chance of succeeding in the tournament!
Join The FPL Way League!
We’ve already created our league for Euro 2020. You can join using the code below:
We will have a prize for the winner of our league which we will later announce the specifics before the start of Euro 2020. All you have to do is simply join our league with the code; 38MAGV4Q02 – and you will in with a chance for the prize.
Note: Only entrants who joined the league before the competition started will be counted.
As much as we will miss FPL, at least we have something to occupy us until next season!
Here are the Group Stages
So how does it work exactly?
EURO 2020 Fantasy Football works in a similar fashion to our truly beloved FPL, however, it consists of only seven matchdays in total. This starts with the three rounds of games in the group stage, plus the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the final.
Selecting your Team
You’ll start with picking your squad of 15 players which consists of:
- Two Goalkeepers
- Five Defenders
- Five Midfielders
- Three Forwards
What is the Squad Budget?
You start your Fantasy Football in euro 2020 with a team budget of €100 to spend on your team. This then rises to €105 million from the round of 16 and onwards.
How many players can I have from each team?
There is a limit of how many players you can select from each team, however, this does change as the tournament progresses. Essentially, this works as follows:
- For the group stage, you can pick a maximum of three players from the same team
- For the round of 16, you can pick a maximum of four players from the same team
- For the quarter-finals, you can pick a maximum of five players from the same team
- For the semi-finals, you can pick a maximum of six players from the same team
- For the final, you can pick a maximum of eight players from the same team
Your starting XI
For every game, you will need to pick a starting 11 from your selected 15 man team.
Like the FPL, you will need to save your selections before the match deadline.
Your points accumulated will only be for the players you pick in your starting XI. However, should a player not start, there will be an automatic substitution from your bench (as long as it sticks to the formation rules).
You have a list of formations that you can select for your team which you can change each Gameweek. This essentially consists of one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least two midfielders and at least one forward for your starting XI.
For each Gameweek, you will need to select one captain from your starting XI. The player’s points you choose will be doubled for that game.
Once all matches are completed for the first Gameweek, and before the next Gameweek has kicked off, you can change your captain to another player of your choice.
Should your captain not play, your captain will be subbed out. Do remember though, the replacement won’t have double bonus points.
If your captain doesn’t play in a matchday where you’ve made other substitutions, your captain won’t be subbed out – and none of your players will score double for that matchday.
TIP: Select a captain from a team playing on the first day of a matchday. That way, if he doesn’t score as many points as you would have liked, you can switch captain to one of your players who is playing later in the matchday.
Inbetween Gameweeks, you can make as many substitutions as your like with your squad.
After all matches on a single day have finished and before the next matches within that matchday kick-off, you can:
- Sub out a maximum of 4 players (unless they’ve been sent off), and replace them with any of your substitutes whose teams are yet to play within the Gameweek. Any players that you sub out will score 0 points for that matchday
- Change your captain to another player from your squad whose team are yet to play. Your original captain’s double-points bonus will be lost, and your new captain’s score for that matchday will be doubled.
Do take the following into consideration:
- Once you confirm your subs or change of captain, those changes can’t be reversed!
- Once the games on the final day of the matchday have kicked off, you can’t make changes to your team. Any changes you make will only be applied to the next matchday
- Once you’ve made manual substitutions or changed your captain within a matchday, if any of your starting XI doesn’t play, they won’t be automatically subbed out.
TIP: With the fact that you can make subs mid-matchday, the best thing is to pick a squad with a balance of players that will start over the various days within the matchday. That way, if your initial players underperform, you can sub them out for players who you think will have a better chance of earning you some more points.
If you don’t make any substitutions or change your captain within a matchday, some of your players might be automatically subbed out.
The best thing to do here is to order your substitutes in a priority order in case any of your starting XI doesn’t play in that matchday.
In general, the following will apply:
- If your goalkeeper doesn’t play in a matchday, then your replacement goalkeeper will be substituted in, but only if he has played
- If any of your starting outfield players don’t play in a matchday, they’ll be automatically subbed out. The player subbed in will be the highest-priority substitute who has played in the matchday, and whose substitution doesn’t break formation rules
- If you switch the priority order of your subs once a matchday has started, that will count as a manual substitution and no automatic substitutions will kick in for the remainder of that matchday.
Do rememberer that your XI always has to have one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least two midfielders and at least one forward. So for example, if your starting XI has three defenders and one of those defenders doesn’t play in a matchday, he’ll be subbed out for the highest-priority defender on your bench.
How do transfers work?
Making transfers can definitely help your squad to earn more points during the tournament. When players have easier fixtures, it’s always a good shout to get a player in that are facing one of those teams.
Until the Euro 2020 starts, you can make unlimited transfers as long as it stays within the €100 million budget. On top of this, you can also make as many transfers as you like between the group stage and the round of 16.
Throughout the competition, you get free transfers each matchday. The number of free transfers you can make depends on the stage of the tournament.
For every transfer you make beyond your quota of free transfers, you’ll have four points deducted from your points total. Sounds familiar right?
|Phase||Number of free transfers|
|Before tournament starts||Unlimited|
|During group stage||2 per matchday|
|Before round of 16||Unlimited|
Like in FPL, you can bank only one free transfer between matchdays. However, once the knockout stage starts, you can’t carry any free transfers forward between matchdays.
Do we have Chips?
Yes, indeed we do!
You get two chips, which you can play once each throughout the competition.
The Wildcard gives you the chance to change your squad as much as you like. When you play it you can make free unlimited transfers, and any players you transfer in will stay in your squad once that matchday has finished.
The normal rules for automatic substitutions, manual substitutions and captain changes still apply when playing your Wildcard, as well as formation constraints and the number of players you can pick from one team.
If you’ve already made transfers ahead of a matchday and you then play your Wildcard, the transfers you’ve made previously will be cancelled, along with any points deductions.
To play your Wildcard, select ‘Activate wildcard’ and then confirm the transfers you’d like to make.
This chip can be used only once. Once you’ve played it, it can’t be cancelled – so play it wisely!
Similar to the ‘Free Hit’ we all know; Limitless gives you the chance to change your squad for one matchday only. When you play it, you get unlimited free transfers for that matchday with no budget restrictions. Once the matchday has finished, your squad will return to how it was before you played Limitless.
The normal rules for automatic substitutions, manual substitutions and captain changes still apply when playing Limitless, as well as formation constraints and the number of players you can pick from one team.
If you’ve already made transfers ahead of a matchday and you then play Limitless, the transfers you’ve made previously will be cancelled, along with any points deductions.
To play your Limitless, select ‘Activate Limitless’ and then confirm the transfers you’d like to make.
This chip can be used only once. Once you’ve played it, it can’t be cancelled.
So what are the Deadline dates?
Every matchday, teams will lock as soon as the first match within the matchday kicks off. The dates are shown in the table below:
|Matchday 1||11 June 19:00 GMT|
|Matchday 2||16 June 13:00 GMT|
|Matchday 3||20 June 14:00 GMT|
|Round of 16||26 June 16:00 GMT|
|Quarter-finals||02 July 16:00 GMT|
|Semi-finals||06 July 19:00 GMT|
|Final||11 July 19:00 GMT|
Any transfers you make after the deadline will only come into effect for the following matchday.
So how does the scoring system work?
Throughout Euro 2020, your players will score points based on their performances. Some actions are rewarded the same amount of points regardless of the player’s position, others vary depending on where each player plays.
Essentially, this is how it works:
|60 mins on pitch||2|
|Winning a penalty||2|
|Conceding a penalty||-1|
|Missing a penalty||-2|
|Scoring a goal||6|
|Saving a penalty||5|
|Every 3 saves||1|
|Every 2 goals conceded||-1|
|Scoring a goal||6|
|Every 2 goals conceded||-1|
|Scoring a goal||5|
|Scoring a goal||4|
NOTE: *Points only awarded when the player plays at least 60 minutes.
Also take note that once your points have been calculated, they won’t be adjusted.
How do clean sheets work?
Players get points for a clean sheet when they play at least 60 minutes and their team doesn’t concede a goal while they are on the pitch.
If a player has already been subbed off when their team concedes a goal, that player’s clean sheet bonus won’t be affected.
What about Red Cards?
If a player gets a red card, they’ll continue to be penalised for goals conceded by their team after they’ve been sent off.
If a player gets a yellow card and then a red card, they’ll only be penalised for the red card.
If your captain gets a red card, you can transfer the captaincy to one of your other starting XI, as long as your new captain hasn’t already played yet within the matchday.
You can’t sub off players who get a red card.
How do assists work?
A player gets points for an assist whenever he plays the final pass, cross, header or shot which leads to a goal. This also applies to set plays (corners, free-kicks and throw-ins).
Players also get points for an assist if a goal is scored on the rebound when they’ve shot against the post, bar, goalkeeper or defender.
They’ll also get points for an assist when their pass, shot or cross leads to an own goal. Players that win a penalty won’t get points for an assist – instead, they’ll get two points for winning the penalty.
Only one player can get points for an assist for any one goal.
When a goal is scored from a solo run or dribble, no player will be awarded the assist.
To score points for some actions, players need to play a minimum of 60 full minutes. So if your player is substituted in the 60th minute, that will be counted as having played only 59 minutes. Should this happen, then that player won’t get the points for those actions.
Extra time and penalties
Players will keep scoring points throughout extra time. However, players can’t score points for penalty shoot-outs.
Euro 2020 Fixtures
All kick-off times are shown in UK Time
EURO 2020: Meet the teams
Group A (Rome/Baku): Turkey, Italy (hosts), Wales, Switzerland
Group B (Copenhagen/St Petersburg): Denmark (hosts), Finland, Belgium, Russia (hosts)
Group C (Amsterdam/Bucharest): Netherlands (hosts), Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D (London/Glasgow): England (hosts), Croatia, Scotland (hosts), Czech Republic
Group E (Seville/St Petersburg): Spain (hosts), Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F (Munich/Budapest): Hungary (hosts), Portugal (holders), France, Germany (hosts)
Friday 11 June
Group A: Turkey vs Italy (19:00, Rome)
Saturday 12 June
Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (13:00, Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland (16:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia (19:00, St Petersburg)
Sunday 13 June
Group D: England vs Croatia (13:00, London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (16:00, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (19:00, Amsterdam)
Monday 14 June
Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (13:00, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (16:00, St Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden (19:00, Seville)
Tuesday 15 June
Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (16:00, Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany (19:00, Munich)
Wednesday 16 June
Group B: Finland vs Russia (13:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales (16:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (19:00, Rome)
Thursday 17 June
Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (13:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (16:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (19:00, Amsterdam)
Friday 18 June
Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (13:00, St Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (16:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland (19:00, London)
Saturday 19 June
Group F: Hungary vs France (13:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany (16:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland (19:00, Seville)
Sunday 20 June
Group A: Italy vs Wales (16:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (16:00, Baku)
Monday 21 June
Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (16:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (16:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark (19:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium (19:00, St Petersburg)
Tuesday 22 June
Group D: Czech Republic vs England (19:00, London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (19:00, Glasgow)
Wednesday 23 June
Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (16:00, Seville)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland (16:00, St Petersburg)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary (19:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (19:00, Budapest)
The top two in each group plus the four best third-placed teams go through.
Rest days on 24 and 25 June
Round of 16
Saturday 26 June
1: 2A vs 2B (16:00, Amsterdam)
2: 1A vs 2C (19:00, London)
Sunday 27 June
3: 1C vs 3D/E/F (16:00, Budapest)
4: 1B vs 3A/D/E/F (19:00, Seville)
Monday 28 June
5: 2D vs 2E (16:00, Copenhagen)
6: 1F vs 3A/B/C (19:00, Bucharest)
Tuesday 29 June
7: 1D vs 2F (16:00, London)
8: 1E vs 3A/B/C/D (19:00, Glasgow)
Rest days on 30 June and 1 July
Friday 2 July
QF1: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (16:00, St Petersburg)
QF2: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (19:00, Munich)
Saturday 3 July
QF3: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (16:00, Baku)
QF4: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (19:00, Rome)
Rest days on 4 and 5 July
Tuesday 6 July
SF1: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (19:00, London)
Wednesday 7 July
SF2: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (19:00, London)
Rest days on 8, 9, 10 July
Sunday 11 July
Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (19:00, London)
Well, I guess that pretty much wraps it up, it’s pretty similar to the FPL rules with a few tweaks here and there. I guess the main differences is that:
- Your squad budget changes once you reach the round of 16
- You can change players and even your captain during the Gameweek, as long as that player hasn’t already commenced the match
- The Limitless Chip allows you to change your entire squad for one Gameweek, however, the budgets are ignored, so get all the best players in your team!
- The number of free transfers you can make differ depending on where we are in the tournament (i.e. Group Stage / Round of 16 / Quarters / Semi / Final)
There are a few other notable changes, so it’s definitely worth getting familiar with the rules.
We’re really excited to start Euro 2020, especially with it being a year late!
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