Fantasy Premier League

FPL basics: Scoring points

By The Scout 29 Jun 2023
Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal

The Scout breaks down the different ways your players earn points in Fantasy Premier League

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Managers in Fantasy Premier League earn points from their players for a number of actions.

These include goals, assists, clean sheets and saves. They can also earn additional bonus points if they are among the top-performing players in the Bonus Points System (BPS) in any given match.

Action Points
For playing up to 60 minutes 1
For playing 60 minutes or more (excluding stoppage time)  2
For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender  6
For each goal scored by a midfielder 5
For each goal scored by a forward 4
For each assist for a goal 3
For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender 4
For a clean sheet by a midfielder  1
For every 3 shots saved by a goalkeeper  1
For each penalty save 5
For each penalty miss  -2
Bonus points for the best players in a match  1-3
For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender -1
For each yellow card  -1
For each red card -3
For each own goal -2
Clean sheets

If a player has been substituted before a goal is conceded, this will not affect any clean sheet points provided they have played 60 minutes.


Assists are awarded to the player from the scoring team, who makes the final pass before a goal is scored.

An assist is awarded whether the pass was intentional (that it actually creates the chance) or unintentional (that the player had to dribble the ball or an inadvertent touch or shot created the chance).

If an opposing player touches the ball after the final pass before a goal is scored, significantly altering the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is awarded.

Should a touch by an opposing player be followed by a defensive error by another opposing outfield player then no assist will be awarded. If the goalscorer loses and then regains possession, then no assist is awarded.


If a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player, is saved by a goalkeeper or hits the woodwork, and a goal is scored from the rebound, then an assist is awarded.

Own Goals

If a player shoots or passes the ball and forces an opposing player to put the ball in his own net, then an assist is awarded.

Penalties and free-kicks

In the event of a penalty or a free-kick, the player earning the penalty or free-kick is awarded an assist if a goal is directly scored, but not if he takes it himself, in which case no assist is given.

Bonus Points

The Bonus Points System (BPS) utilises a range of statistics to create a BPS score for every player.

The three best performing players in each match will be awarded bonus points. Three points will be awarded to the highest-scoring player, two to the second best and one to the third.

Examples of how bonus point ties will be resolved are as follows:

  • If there is a tie for first place, Players 1 & 2 will receive 3 points each and Player 3 will receive 1 point.
  • If there is a tie for second place, Player 1 will receive 3 points and Players 2 and 3 will receive 2 points each.
  • If there is a tie for third place, Player 1 will receive 3 points, Player 2 will receive 2 points and Players 3 & 4 will receive 1 point each.
Also in this series

Part 1: What is FPL?
Part 2: How to pick a squad
Part 3: Managing your team
Part 4: How to make transfers
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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