Differences between UCL Fantasy and FPL
There are several difference between UCL fantasy and FPL.
Ignoring the obvious, we pick out some poignant differences.
The manual substitution is by far the most poignant difference between UCL Fantasy and FPL. That is why we have dedicated a whole article on it.
In summary, for UCL 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 UCL Fantasy.
Number of players from the same team
In FPL, you can have three players maximum from the same team – the rule stays the same for 38 GWs.
In UCL Fantasy, the three player rule applies during the Group Stages (MD1 – MD6) but increases as the game progresses to the knock-out stages.
|Stage||Maximum number of players per club|
|Round of 16||Four|
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 UCL 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.
|Matchday||Number of free transfers|
|Before group stage||Unlimited|
|During group stage||2 per matchday|
|Before round of 16||Unlimited|
|Before round of 16 second leg||3|
|Before quarter-finals second leg||3|
|Before semi-finals second leg||3|
Technical Free Wildcard on MD7
In UCL Fantasy, all managers get a technical free wildcard on MD7, 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 UCL Fantasy, there are just two chips, the Wildcard and the Limitless Wildcard.
The wildcard works the same in FPL and UCL 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 UCL Fantasy. With just 13 matchdays in UCL Fantasy, maybe it is wise to utilise the Wildcard as early on, in the Group Stages.
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 UCL Fantasy – a correct usage on a correct matchday will have devastating effect on your rivals.
BPS / Player of the Match Award
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.
New to UCL Fantasy this season, is the introduction of the “Player of the Match” points. The player named the UEFA official Player of the Match will get 3 more points, akin to 3 full BPS in FPL.
This new scoring does add a different dimension to the season, more on that later.
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 UCL Fantasy it is more straightforward with less ambiguity. A player gets 2 points for earning a penalty, regardless of the outcome.
- example 1 – Kane 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 was brought down for a penalty, De Bruyne takes the spot kicks but misses. 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.
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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