Fantasy Premier League

FPL basics: What is FPL and how to play

By The Scout 5 Jul 2023

The Scout explains the key points of Fantasy Premier League for new managers

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Keen to become a Fantasy Premier League manager but not sure how? We've got you covered.

A record-breaking 11.4million managers played the game last season and you can join them in 2023/24.

How to register

To play Fantasy Premier League for the first time, you must register on the FPL site.

Head over to to register your account by submitting an email address, setting up a password and then confirming your email address.  

It's never too late to play FPL!

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Play Fantasy

Once you have set up your account and chosen a team name you are ready to start playing. 

How to play

FPL is a game that casts you in the role of a Fantasy manager of Premier League players. 

You must pick a squad of 15 players, who score points for your team based on their performances for their clubs in PL matches.

Prices are given to players based on the number of FPL points they are projected to deliver and you are limited to a budget of £100.0m for your 15-man squad.   

How are points awarded?

Points are awarded to players for goals, assists, saves and clean sheets.

Players can also earn additional bonus points in Fantasy as a reward for a good performance in a match (see the Bonus Points System for more).

Your team's points for the match round or "Gameweek" will be scored by your starting XI. But if a starting player does not feature for their club in that round of matches, the points scored by the first player on your bench will automatically be counted instead.

The same process occurs if two or three starting players fail to appear.

You can also earn extra points by selecting a captain from your starting line-up. The captain's points are doubled in that Gameweek. 

Also in this series

Part 2: How to pick a squad
Part 3: Managing your team
Part 4: How to make transfers
Part 5: How FPL points are scored
Part 6: How to use chips
Part 7: Mini-leagues and FPL Cups
Part 8: How to use the statistics menu

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