With more than six million players worldwide, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) plays an important part of the football experience for fans in all corners of the globe, and that was certainly the case for 2018/19 winner Adam Levy.
In his sixth season playing the game, the 53-year-old West Ham United supporter who hails from Wellington, New Zealand, amassed an impressive 2,659 points to be crowned champion. Adam acknowledges that FPL allows him to forge a deeper connection with the Premier League.
"It plays a crucial role," he states. "It's easy to know about the 'big' teams because there's plenty of focus on them.
"FPL ensures you know about the other teams as well. The game is really popular in New Zealand - there are plenty of workplace mini-leagues - and hopefully I've made it more popular here!"
Adam will be rewarded for his superb season with an all-expenses paid trip to the UK, where he will attend two 2019/20 Premier League matches of his choosing as a VIP guest, as well as receiving a host of other great prizes.
"It all feels genuinely unbelievable," he said. "I'm really looking forward to watching Premier League football in person next season, what an opportunity!"
The total number of 6.3m FPL managers in 2018/19 was higher than the entire 4.8m population of New Zealand!