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FPL and FIFA World Cup: All you need to know about free transfers

19 Nov 2022
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Read our FAQs about what you can and cannot do with free Fantasy transfers during the tournament in Qatar

The advent of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, starting on 20 November, brings a pause to the Premier League, and so to Fantasy Premier League, as well. 

However, FPL managers have the opportunity to take stock of their 2022/23 seasons so far and overhaul their teams. This is because they can make unlimited free transfers after the Gameweek 16 deadline at 13:30 GMT on 12 November and the return of the Premier League on Boxing Day, for Gameweek 17. 

Here is what managers need to know as they plan ahead.

Will player prices rise and fall during the FIFA World Cup 2022? 
No, player prices will be frozen during the World Cup.

What is the date of last price changes?
The last set of price changes will occur on 13 November as a result of transfers that occurred ahead of the GW16 deadline at 11:00 GMT on 12 November. Any transfers made after the deadline will not affect player prices. 

Player prices will be frozen from after the GW16 deadline until the GW17 deadline at 11:00 GMT on 26 December. Player prices will be "unfrozen" after the GW17 deadline. Any transfers made after the GW17 deadline will contribute to player price changes.

Can I roll a free transfer from GW16?
Yes, you can roll a free transfer in GW16 or GW17 and have two free transfers going into GW18. If you make two or more transfers in GW17 then you will lose your saved transfer.

Are the number of transfers made between GW16 & GW17 added to our number of "total transfers"?
Yes

How does the total transfers impact my team? 
The total transfers made will impact your team in the event of a tie-breaker if you’re level with another manager in a classic-scoring league at the end of the season. This doesn’t impact head-to-head leagues or Cups.

Will transfers made during the World Cup cost me any points?
No, all transfers made after GW16 and ahead of the GW17 deadline will be free transfers and won’t cost you any points.

Is there a limit on the amount of transfers I can make during the World Cup?
No.

Can I play any chips in GW17?
Yes, you can play your Bench Boost, Free Hit or Triple Captain if available. But, you won’t be able to play your Wildcard.

Can I roll my Wildcard into GW17 and have two Wildcards from GW17 onwards?
No, if you still have an available Wildcard, you must play that ahead of GW16 deadline or you will lose it.

Does the 50 per cent sell-on still exist? Will I have to pay the difference if I sell a player and then get him back in?
The price shown on your transfers page is a player's selling price. This selling price may be less than the player's current purchase price as a sell-on fee of 50 per cent will be applied on any profits made on that player.

This remains in effect for the World Cup period. For example, Erling Haaland’s current cost is £12.1m. If you owned him at his £11.5m starting price and transferred him out, you’d receive £11.8m. However, if you then decided to bring him back, Haaland would cost you £12.1m. 

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