Differences between Euro Fantasy and FPL
We look at some key differences between the upcoming Euro Fantasy and the well-loved FPL game. We will not be listing the obvious, such as the differences in the players to choose from and the number of matchdays.
Euro Fantasy is brought to us by the good people at UEFA.com, so it is very similar to UCL Fantasy, for those are familiar.
Differences between Euro Fantasy and FPL
The manual substitution is by far the most poignant difference between Euro Fantasy and FPL. That is why we have dedicated a whole article on it.
In summary, for Euro Fantasy, you have the opportunity to actively manage your selection after half of the matchweek is over. You can substitute any player who did not perform with any of your player on the bench while the matchday is still in progress, subject to some restrictions.
Learning to maximise the effect of manual substitutions is key for a good finishing in Euro Fantasy.
Number of Transfers
In FPL, transfer rules are simple – 1 Free Transfer (FT) a gameweek with the ability to roll forward a maximum of one FT. Every other transfer cost -4.
In Euro Fantasy, you get different number of FTs at different stages of the tournament. The logic is simple, at knockout stages, there is a need for more transfers to get rid of players from teams which have been eliminated.
|Phase||Number of free transfers|
|Before tournament starts||Unlimited|
|During group stage||2 per matchday|
|Before round of 16||Unlimited|
Technical Free Wildcard on MD4
In Euro Fantasy, all managers get a technical free wildcard on MD4, the round of 16.
Suffice to say, this means that your initial selection of players prior to MD1 are only for the Group Stages, you get to refresh your whole team at the round of last 16 (at no cost)
In FPL, there are five chips to be used over the course of 38 weeks – 2x Wildcards, 1 each of Free Hit, Bench Boost and Triple Captain.
In Euro Fantasy, there are just two chips, the Wildcard and the Limitless Wildcard.
The wildcard works the same in FPL and Euro Fantasy – an opportunity to change your whole team at no cost.
Likewise, if you’ve already made transfers ahead of a matchday and you then play your Wildcard, the transfers you’ve made previously will be cancelled, along with any points deductions.
Considerations are however different in FPL in Euro Fantasy. With just 7 matchdays in Euro Fantasy, maybe it is wise to utilise the Wildcard as early as MD2. More on that in our later coverage.
Limitless gives you the chance to change your squad for one matchday only. When you play it, you get unlimited free transfers for that matchday with no budget restrictions.
In a nutshell, you are free to pick the strongest possible team with no restrictions on one matchday. Suffice to say, Limitless is likely to be defining chip of Euro Fantasy – a correct usage on a correct matchday will have devastating effect on your rivals.
FPL managers will be familiar with the Bonus Points System (BPS), which awards top performing players with additional FPL points ranging from 1 to 3.
No such system exist for Euro Fantasy.
Winning a Penalty
In FPL, players get an assist for earning a penalty, subject to some caveats:
- the subsequent penalty is scored
- the player earning the penalty is not the player who scored the penalty kick
In Euro Fantasy it is more straightforward with less ambiguity. A player gets 2 points for earning a penalty, regardless of the outcome.
- example 1 – Kane (ENG) was brought down and referee awards a penalty, which he subsequent scores. Kane is awarded a total of 6 points (4 for scoring a goal; 2 for earning a penalty)
- example 2 – Lukaku (BEL) was brought down for a penalty, De Bruyne takes the spot kicks but miss. Lukaku gets 2 points, De Bruyne gets a -2 for missing a penalty
In FPL, ball recovery is not a statistic in play.
It is, however, a point scoring factor in UCL Fantasy. 1 point is awarded for every 3 successful ball recoveries, rewarding defensive midfielders like Kante, Fabinho and Casemiro well.
Euro Fantasy has however, dropped this. This will be detriment to a huge pool of defensive midfielders who should now be again disregarded (like in FPL)
Goal outside the box
Another small difference in scoring – players get 1 addition point for goals outside the box. This includes direct freekicks.
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