Dream Team fantasy football is a bit different to most others formats. Firstly it has a massive cash prize for winning and secondly, not only do your players score points from their Premier League games but also Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup games too. This means more fun but also a lot more planning!
It is totally free to play and there is a £75,000 first prize. To play this game you must be at least 18 years and a UK or ROI resident.
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How do I pick my Dream Team 2021/22 Fantasy team?
So as I mentioned earlier Dream Team Fantasy Football is game is really quite different from most other formats out there.
Firstly there is a budget of £50m, but don’t worry the players are priced accordingly.
Another feature in this game you might not be familiar with is the actual squad size. In Dream Team fantasy football game, your squad will consist of 11 players only and you will not have a bench. Therefore picking nailed players is more important than ever.
Your team must include a minimum of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, and three forwards and there are only three formations available:
Picking your Dream Team 2021/22 starting 11
So with your 11 man squad, you simply pick your starting 11 and there are no captains in this game. Also in this format, there will be multiple ‘deadlines’ within Gameweeks.
For example, if there are five matches on Saturday you can transfer in and out players from each game right up until the kick-off time of each individual game. Once the game has started you cannot remove players from the games that have been played in that Gameweek. If you do then those transfers will count as pending and will go through once the Gameweek is over.
This is a very interactive game and if you want to do well in it you will have to be very attentive throughout the season. The rewards are much greater in this game too.
You are allowed to enter up to 10 teams in Dream Team 2021 and each team you enter is automatically entered into the main league for the £75,000 first prize.
Dream Team 2021/22 Gameweeks
In the Dream Team game there are 35 Gameweeks. If there are midweek games for Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League, the FA Cup or Carabao Cup then the Gameweek will also cover those games.
Qualifying matches of the Champions League, the Europa League and the Europa Conference League (excluding play-off rounds) do not count as eligible matches.
For the season, a Gameweek will run from 07:00:00 on a Friday and end at 06:59:59 on the following Friday and will include all the eligible matches during that period (Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup)
Therefore you may have players who effectively have a Double Gameweek most weeks. This is where the planning differs significantly compared to other formats also which only cover the Premier League.
Just as an example say you have Raheem Sterling and he is benched for his game on Saturday against Watford, but he also has a midweek game against Lyon in the Champions League. Then the smart play would be to keep him instead of transferring him out as he may get minutes against Watford and will most likely start against Lyon.
Another factor to note in this scenario is that you can’t transfer Sterling out for the game against Watford then bring him back for in for Lyon. Once a team kicks off in the Gameweek then their players are effectively locked until the next Gameweek.
Also, it is very important to note you can see the team sheets before you make transfers as the deadlines are the kick-off time of each match.
How do Dream Team 2021/22 substitutions and captains work?
As mentioned earlier there are no substitutions or captains in this game. You simply have your starting 11 and that’s it. It is quite simple in that sense and actually allows you to pick a fairly strong team overall.
How do my Dream Team 2021/22 fantasy players score points?
The scoring system in Dream Team is another feature that is different from most other fantasy football formats.
Due to this, you will have to adjust your style of play to this game, and players which may be good options in other formats may not be in this one and vice versa.
A few rules which are unique to this game are the Star Man, hat-trick, and rating points. Full breakdown below.
|Player Rating above 7||3|
|Scoring a goal||5|
|Saving a penalty||3|
|Every 2 goals conceded||-1|
|Every goal conceded after 2||-1|
|Scoring a goal||5|
|Every 2 goals conceded||-1|
|Every goal conceded after 2||-1|
|Scoring a goal||5|
|Scoring a goal||5|
*To qualify for a clean sheet a player only has to play. For example, if Liverpool are winning 1-0 and Nat Phillips comes in the 89th minute and only plays one minute he will qualify for a clean sheet and will receive 5 points.
Also if a defender or goalkeeper is subbed off with a clean and their team concedes after they have gone off the pitch they will not get the clean sheet points.
The player ratings and the Star Man award are supplied by Whoscored.com so if you want to check ratings and man of the match etc you can do so here in real time. The Star Man award and full player ratings are also displayed in the ‘Match Centre‘ for all the games.
The Star Man will be awarded to the player of the two competing teams with the highest player rating in the match.
The ratings for all players and the Star Man award can change up until 15 minutes after the final whistle of any match whilst more accurate player data is being collated and verified.
Players points apply equally to all eligible matches including extra time. For example, a goalkeeper or a defender will only be awarded points for a clean sheet in a match involving extra time if their team has not conceded any goals by the end of that extra time.
Dream Team Point Scoring Explained
Dream Team assists are defined from OPTA and are final as per OPTA’s decision.
• A player making a pass with the direct intention to set up a successful goal attempt from an open play situation.
• A player taking a corner, throw-in or free kick where a goal is scored directly from it by another player.
• A player shoots or passes forcing the defender to put the ball into his own goal.
• A player who is awarded a penalty which is taken and scored by a team-mate.
Points for assists are only awarded to a player from the goal-scoring team.
Which competitions count towards points
Your players will score points for not only the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Therefore when picking your players it’s wise to target the teams with the biggest volume of games. This will predominantly be teams who play in Europe.
Goals, saves, and misses during any penalty shoot–out do not contribute any points to players however they do alter the overall WhoScored ratings.
A save or miss is defined as a goal not being scored directly from the penalty spot.
Penalty save or miss points will be awarded or deducted even if a goal is subsequently scored (e.g. from open play after the ball rebounds from the goalkeeper; or if the player deliberately passes the ball direct from the penalty kick).
How do I make Dream Team 2021/22 Transfers?
In the Dream Team game each team will be allowed 5 transfers per month. You cannot carry transfers over so you either use them or lose them. To clarify if you decide to enter 10 teams you will have 5 transfers per month, per team.
Each one of your teams will be credited with five transfers as of 07.00.01 on the first Friday of each calendar month until the end of the season. You will have until 06.59.59 of the first Friday of the following month to use all your transfers.
Eligible and Pending Transfers
There has been a change to the rules for the 2021/22 season as below:
In an update to the rules for eligible and pending transfers this season, Players will now only become locked based on their appearance and not their club.
Once a Club’s first match of the Gameweek starts, only a player that makes an appearance in that match will become “locked”.
Players that have made an appearance will either have started the match or made a substitute appearance.
All players of the two participating clubs will be temporarily locked during the duration of the game but players of each club that did not make an appearance in that match will become unlocked once the match is over.
An eligible transfer will take immediate effect and will occur if you transfer a player out for another player where neither the outgoing player nor the incoming player have played during the Gameweek in which you make that transfer.
A pending transfer will take effect from the following Gameweek and will occur if you transfer a player out for another player where either the outgoing player or the incoming player have already played or commenced playing during the Gameweek in which you make that transfer.
For example, if you transfer out Harry Kane in Game Week 4 and replace him by transferring in Sadio Mané, that transfer will remain pending until Gameweek 5 unless neither Kane nor Mane have made an appearance yet during Gameweek 4 in which case, that transfer will take immediate effect in respect of Gameweek 4.
All pending transfers will be confirmed after completion of the Gameweek at 06:59:59 every Friday.
Any transfer that is made may be reversed on the day if:
- i) it is made before the scheduled kick-off time of any eligible match in which either the incoming player’s team or the outgoing player’s team are participating; or
- ii) if (i) has not occurred, by 06:59:59 every Friday.
After this time, the transfer cannot be reversed.
In simpler terms, if for example you transfer in Harry Kane for Ollie Watkins and neither Spurs or Aston Villa are playing that day, then you have until either team play or 06:59:59 on the next Friday, whichever is sooner.
You will have unlimited transfers available to your team up until the kick-off of the first match on Friday 13th August 2021 at 8.00pm BST. Any transfers made after this point will be deducted from your team’s transfer allowance.
Dream Team 2021/22 Price Changes
There are price changes in Dream Team Fantasy Football also and they change based on a players point scoring performance.
At the end of each Gameweek the player’s point scoring performance is matched up against what was expected and this is used to either increase, decrease or keep the price the same.
The price changes will be applied at 07:00:00 every Friday following the conclusion of the Gameweek.
The maximum a player’s value may increase or decrease per Gameweek is £0.3m.
The first round of price will take place after Gameweek 1 and thereafter after every Gameweek.
Dream Team 2021/22 Mini Leagues
You can create or join mini-leagues at any point during the season and there is no limit to how many you can join or create.
Managers can create/join a public or private mini-league, as follows:
- A public mini-league is one that any manager can join. These leagues do not require a PIN to enter and can be found via a search facility in the ‘League Hub’ section of the website and/or App.
- A private mini-league is one created by an admin that a manager can join only if they have a unique PIN number for that mini-league or followed a link directly from an invitation.
Dream Team 2021/22 Final Prize Breakdown
Dream Team Fantasy Football game has one of the biggest prize pots for a free-to-play game. This game will require a lot more planning than the likes of FPL but the rewards are also much greater.
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