FPL vs. UCL – Difference in Rules and Gameplay

UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football can be a good additional item in our daily life to carter to the unquenchable thirst for Fantasy Sports and Football. Most of us (around 8 million) register for and play the Fantasy Premier League, but quite a few of us also partake in the UCL version of the same.

It’ll be an obvious presumption that all Fantasy Football games work alike, however, the same is not true. In this article, we discuss the major differences between the Rules and Game Structure of FPL and UCL Fantasy.

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1. Matchdays vs Gameweeks

In FPL, the whole season is divided into 38 Gameweeks (GWs) based on the 38 matches all teams play in the entire season. These 38 gameweeks, for the majority, contain 10 games each. However, due to fixture rescheduling, sometimes there are gameweeks with lesser games (blank gameweek) and to compensate for these weeks with lesser games, we get gameweeks with more games (double/triple gameweeks).

However, in UCL Fantasy, the structure is not amenable to change and remains fixed throughout the game. The season in divided into 13 matchdays – which are loosely the set of two midweek days (Tuesday/Wednesday) whereby the UCL matches are played.

1 match day = 1 set of Tuesday/Wednesday

These 13 matchdays are divided into group stages and knockout stages – whereby the 6 matchdays are during the 6 games each team plays in the group stages and the remaining 7 matchdays are spread across the knockout stages – 2 in the Round of 16; 2 in the Quarter Finals; 2 in the Semi-Finals and the 13th matchday being the Finals.

2. Team Budget

Whilst both FPL and UCL Fantasy need the Manager to select 15 players for the squad and both games give 100 million €/£ to start with, the UCL fantasy increases the budget to €105 million from the round of 16 onwards.

This is done taking into consideration the fact that weaker teams (with cheaper players) get usually knocked out after the group stages and therefore the price of an average player in the game rises.

3. Team Composition

While the general team size remains the same, with 2 goalies, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders, 3 strikers – all to be bought by the €100m. The difference in the rules for team composition comes regarding the maximum numbers of players per club a Manager can own.

While in the FPL, all 38 gameweeks, a Manager may own up to 3 players from a single club. However, the UEFA CL Fantasy takes into account the reduced number of teams in the advanced rounds.

4. Transfers

FPL grants us a free transfer every gameweek, whereby the Manager can swap out 1 player from their team that will enter the next gameweek. Accumulating transfers can be done for a maximum of 2 transfers. Therefore, at once, a Manager can do two free transfers. Any transfers above that number attract a negative marking of 4 points.

Transfers in UCL on the other hand are a lot more complicated. Different stages of the tournament give us different number of free transfers. Deeper into the tournament, more number of free transfers are available to Managers in acknowledgement of the fact that players in your team might even be knocked out.

A Manager will only be able to carry only 1 (one) forward to the next matchday, therefore the rules on saving transfers are the same.

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5. Scoring points

After the teams and transfers, come what scores points and what does not.

The major differences between the two systems are –

  • No BPS/Bonus Points – As opposed to FPL whereby 3 (sometimes more) players are awarded extra points based on the match performance.
  • Points for Man of the Match Award – 3 full points. Big difference maker.
  • Ball Recovery Points – the DMs and CBs have something extra with this one.
  • Scoring from outside box – Free kicks and Worldies deserve some extra love.
  • Winning a Penalty = 2 points (Against 3 points as an assist in FPL – But conversion of penalty is immaterial in UCL Fantasy)
  • When an attempt on goal is blocked on the goal line by an opposing player, the player who takes that shot will get points for an assist.

We have listed all the point makers in two portions. First common to all players –

And second portion – specific points based on player position classification –

6. Auto/Manual Substitutions

One of the biggest differences between the FPL and UEFA CL Fantasy.

In FPL, the role of the Manager ends after transfers and first XI selection. If a player plays 0 minutes, the player gets auto subbed out by a player from the Bench (depending on whether the player on the bench played and the formation rules)

Whereas, in UEFA CL Fantasy, a Manager gets much deeper control over their fantasy team with changes in between match days. Essentially, whereby the full match day is split between two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), a Manager can sub out a player manually that played on the first day of the Match day for a player that is yet to play in the Match day. Similarly, even the captain can be changed.

The UEFA CL Fantasy gives a much more active role to the Managers, whereby smarter planning and vision can help the Manager to score more and climb up the ranks. If you player or Manager does not play, or play up to your expectation, you may substitute them for a player that is yet to play in the match day.

7. Chip Usage

While FPL provides the Managers with four chips (of which Wildcard can be used twice a season). UEFA CL Fantasy only provides the Managers with two chips.

The Wildcard works in the exact same manner as it works in the FPL. While the Limitless is a Free Hit chip with unlimited budget.

8. Prizes

While the weekly and monthly winners (and top 10/20) managers in FPL win attractive goodies, it is only the FPL Cup winner and the top 3 managers of the overall season that win the real big time prizes.

In UEFA CL Fantasy, on each matchday there will be a draw to win a Playstation 5 console for Fantasy managers. Further, the winner and runner up of each match day will receive attractive prizes.

Similarly, the winner of the Group Stage and the winner of the knock out phase will receive separate awards including all paid trips to UEFA CL Matches and PS5 consoles.

In the Overall rankings, up to 16 players will be awarded based on their final position.

In total, the variety of prizes that is up for grab include a €100 voucher to spend in the UEFA store, an Official UEFA Champions League match ball, Shirts of teams participating in the UEFA Champions League, Playstation 5 console, tickets for the 2023 UEFA Champions League final (including flights and accommodation), Two tickets for the 2022 UEFA Champions League final (including flights and accommodation) and a copy of FIFA 22.

All the best for your UEFA CL Fantasy League Season! Click here to make your own team in the UEFA CL Fantasy league. You can read the detailed rules guide at the official UEFA page here.