No matter how long it is before the start of a Premier League season, the shrewder Fantasy Premier League managers register their teams early to gain a possible advantage.
That is because the speed with which managers create their Fantasy squads can affect their chances of winning prizes.
If managers have the same points total at the end of the season, the higher rank is awarded to the one who has made the fewer transfers.
And if they have both made the same number of transfers, the managers will share the same rank.
However, when it comes to awarding the weekly and monthly prizes, if managers are level on rank, the one who was first to register their team is deemed the winner.
The same rule applies for deciding the overall winner, the world No 1, in case of a tie.
FPL is a game of the finest margins, so get your team in early to avoid ultimate disappointment.
Just signing up and setting an auto-pick now could be the difference between mini-league agony and glory.