In Fantasy Sports, you compete in a tournament (also called a league) against other players.
Here you have to draft a sports team of your choice with a limited budget.
When your players perform the best, you win. We present you a chronologic order of the steps of a Fantasy Sports- league.
Because football is the most popular sport in Europe and the most offered one in fantasy sports, this presentation is related to Fantasy Football.
Firstly, you have to register for a provider of Fantasy Football. The registration is simple and not binding at all.
The price pool will be paid out to the winner of the league at the end of the season.
You can put money on your players account with different payment methods.
Therefore, you need money on your player account in many cases because every participant of a league has to pay a specific amount into a price pool in many leagues.
After the registration, you can choose a league, in which you compete. These leagues differ in many points so that everyone finds his ideal league. There are the following aspects:
• Entry fee (normally between 0€ – 200€)
• Duration of season (one matchday, a whole season, etc.)
• Type of league (Bundesliga, Premier League, etc.)
• Size of teams (number of assembled players)
• Budget frame
The following screenshot shows the tournament overview of the Fantasy Sports- provider Fanteam. On the left side, we have chosen to display only German Bundesliga, Premier League and Turkish Süper Lig.
You can find such a tournament overview on the provider FanTeam. Click on the screenshot to get directly to FanTeam. You can see all important data and facts for the several leagues. With a click on the specific league, you will see all essential information (distribution of price pool, number of players/matchdays, etc.) for the tournament. You have got the possibility to create our own league. This could be a public or private , in case you just would like to compete against friends.
After the selection of your Fantasy Football- team and the beginning of the matches, you just have to wait for a good performance, scores and no stupid cards of your players. You can follow the performance of your team live - excitement and thrill guaranteed.
When the matchday is completed, the performances of your players will be judged by a standard scoring system. In case of misunderstanding: the points for your team will be set by the actions of the players in the real matches. If your player X is in your fantasy team, he would gain points, as long as he is doing specific things (player X scores, player X gets a yellow booking, etc.).
The following table shows the scoring system of FanTeam.
The players will be judged by these criteria. An example: We look at a selected striker.
He played 70 minutes (2 points) and scored 2 goals (8 points). Before the end he missed a penalty (-2 points) and receives a yellow card (-1 point).
His team drawed during his performance (0 points). As a result, he gained 7 points. As a captain, he would have gained 14 points. The performances of all other players will be added.
If you are the player with the highest total score, you will win the league. (There are different payment methods for paying out your profits. The payoff is fast, secured and uncomplicated.)
If the explained fantasy league takes more than one matchday, you would draft your team for multiple matchdays.
You can change and transfer players, but it is limited. You need a long- term view (talents with potential, etc.)
There is an issue that Fantasy Football describes American Football and Football (British English: Football= Fußball). Sometimes the term Fantasy Soccer is used.
In Germany, for example the provider FanTeam, the term Fantasie Football is common. So, there are four terms which have got the same meaning: Fantasy Football. Another point is the use of the term Daily-Fantasy-Sports (DFS). It describes Fantasy Sports- leagues that take only a few days.
We hope that you have understood the basics of Fantasy Sports, especially of Fantasy Football.
You probably have some questions that should be solved by the provider or at our column Background Knowledge. If you want to start right now, these links to FanTeam will help you.