Major football leagues offer fantasy football to their fans
Are you looking for a fantasy football league to enter?
You are not the only one. In recent years (daily) fantasy football and fantasy sports have become more popular. There are multiple fantasy sports companies that let you play fantasy football around leagues such as the Premier League and Champions League. In return for an entry fee there are monetary prizes up for grabs.
Major football leagues have seen the opportunity fantasy football presents and have entered the market. With often free entry and non-monetary prizes they give fans a fun interactive gaming experience.
So which major football leagues offer fantasy football to their fans and how does it work?
|League||Fantasy Football||Entry Fee||Prizes||Prizes Awarded|
|Bundesliga||Yes||Free||Non-monetary||Match day & season|
|Premier League||Yes||Free||Non-monetary||Weekly, monthly & overall|
|La Liga||Yes||Free||Not yet||–|
|MLS||Yes||Free||Non-monetary & gift cards||Match day, stages, leagues & overall|
|UEFA Champions League||Yes||Free||Non-monetary||Match day, stages & overall|
Whether fantasy players play in a public or private league, they have to pick a team of 15 players with a 150 million budget. Before a match day players choose the starting 11. In between match days up to three transfers are allowed.
Players can win match day and seasonal prizes. The overall winner for example receives five tickets to the SuperCup. While the 34 match day winners receive a signed jersey (these are some of the 2017/18 prizes).
Official Bundesliga Predictor
Besides the regular fantasy football league, the Bundesliga also offers fans the chance to win prizes with the Bundesliga Predictor.
Players have to predict the scoreline for all fixtures in either the first or second Bundesliga. Points are awarded for the exact scoreline and the right margin.
Just as for the fantasy league, players can win match day and seasonal prizes. The overall winner for example receives two tickets to a Bundesliga game of choice. While the match day winners receive a signed jersey (these are some of the 2017/18 prizes).
The Fantasy Premier League has over five million players and is the official fantasy league of the Premier League.
Free to play, fantasy players can pick 15 Premier League players from a virtual starting budget of £100 million. Before each match day limited changes are allowed with ‘The Scout’ giving strategy tips.
Players can also create private leagues so they can compete against their family and friends.
There are weekly, monthly and overall (season) prizes up for grabs. The overall winner for example receives, among other things: VIP hospitality at two Premier League matches, TAG Heuer connected watch and a games console including a copy of FIFA (these are 2017/18 prizes).
Fantasy Premier League Draft is a new version
In 2017 the Premier League launched the Fantasy Premier League Draft. It is complementary to the regular Fantasy Premier League and solves ‘the problem’ of many fantasy players having the same players. A Premier League player can only be in one league squad, so fantasy players have to draft their choices.
Since 2016 LaLiga Fantasy MARCA is the official fantasy league of the Spanish league.
La Liga fantasy football is provided in collaboration with Spanish newspaper MARCA and replaced Liga Fantástica MARCA.
Available in both Spanish and English, there are public leagues (open to anyone), private leagues (invite only) and sponsored leagues (both public and private).
So far there are no prizes available, but “LaLiga Fantasy MARCA plans to launch a series of global competitions whose winner will benefit from exclusive prizes”.
MLS Fantasy is the official fantasy league of Major League Soccer.
Free to play, fantasy players can pick 15 players from a virtual starting budget of $100 million. In contrast to many other fantasy leagues, unlimited transfers are allowed (max. four players of one club).
Players can enter classic leagues or go head-to-head with friends, family or others from their favourite club.
Prizes are awarded based on match days, leagues and at different stages of the competition, but only to American and Canadian residents. Most of the prizes are either a trip to a specific match or a (MLS store) gift card.
MLS Fantasy is only accessible on the MLS website.
MLS Cup Bracket Challenge
The MLS also has a free Cup Playoff Bracket Challenge, like is custom in many North American sports. Multiple (public and private) leagues can be entered with one bracket with prizes like a VIP trip and premium-level season tickets up for grabs.
UEFA has its own fantasy football league around the Champions League.
Free to play, fantasy players can pick 15 Champions League players from a virtual budget of €100 million. The ‘News Hub’ gives strategy tips about transfers, captaincy and more.
Players can also create private leagues so they can compete against family and friends.
Match day, stage and overall prizes are awarded. The overall winner for example receives, among other things: a PlayStation 4 Pro, PES 2018, PS camera and Sony Xperia phone. The PS4 and PES 2018 are also awarded to match day winners, while UCL final tickets are part of one of the major stage prizes (these are 2017/18 prizes).
UEFA Champions League match predictor
Like the Bundesliga, the Champions League also has a match predictor. Participants can predict the match results during the whole tournament and from the round of 16 predictions for first team and first player to score are added. It is free to play for both anonymous and registered players. Registered players can win prizes including an Xperia handset from Sony.
So have you played any of these fantasy football leagues? Are you planning on playing them? Let us know in the comments below.