Fantasy Premier League

FPL basics explained: Leagues and cups

By The Scout 1 Jul 2024

The Scout outlines all you need to know on classic and head-to-head mini-leagues and the cup competitions

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After creating their squad in Fantasy Premier League, managers will automatically be allocated to global leagues.

But it is also easy to join and create mini-leagues to compete with friends, colleagues and others across the world.

All of your individual leagues and cups are housed in the "Leagues & Cups" tab.

FPL leagues and cups
Global leagues

New managers are automatically entered into the following global leagues:

  • Overall league featuring all registered teams
  • League for fellow managers from your country
  • League for supporters of your favourite Premier League team
  • League for managers starting the same Gameweek as you
  • The Second Chance League (starts in Gameweek 21)
  • The Fantasy Cup


Private leagues

Private leagues are where you compete against your family, friends and colleagues.

As well as joining a league that someone you know has already set up, you can also create a league of your own and then send out a unique code to allow your friends to join.

You can compete in up to 30 private leagues. There is no limit on the number of teams in a single league.

Managers can also join a public league of 20 randomly assigned teams. You can compete in up to five public leagues.

Head-to-head leagues

As well as the "Classic" mini-league, creating a "Head-to-Head mini-league" adds an extra level of enjoyment to FPL.

In "Head-to-Head", managers play directly against another team in the league each Gameweek.

The match result is based on the Gameweek score of each team minus any transfer points spent preparing for the Gameweek.

Three points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw. Teams are then ranked on points earned in Head-to-Head matches.

This format, in particular, can add an extra edge to rivalries and ramp up the competition. Managers only therefore need to beat their opponent to have a successful Gameweek. 


Managers are also automatically entered into a cup competition for every league they are in. These start later in the season.

Each qualifying team will be randomly drawn against another in the first round. The team with the highest Gameweek score, minus any transfer points, will progress to the next round and another random draw.

This process continues until the final Gameweek, when the two remaining teams contest the final.

Also in this series

Part 1: How to register
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 8: How to use the statistics menu

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