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How to Create a League in Fantasy Premier League

After submitting your team into the FPL, a lot of managers wonder how to create a league in Fantasy Premier League so they can team up and compete with friends and other people around the world. In this article, we will explain how to start a fantasy football competition with friends. We will also dive into the leagues and scoring rules variations. Read on for complete instructions on how it's done. 


FPL Guide: Create a League in Fantasy Premier League


After registration, your fantasy team will be automatically included into several global leagues:

  • The world overall league involving all registered teams
  •  League for the managers from your country
  • A League for supporters of your favourite Premier League team (if you specify that when registering)
  • League for managers starting playing the same game week as you
  • The Fantasy Cup (starts in Gameweek 17)

The country's league entry is in accordance with your profile settings at premierleague.com.

To update your country, go to the User profile page on the Premier League website. Take note that your country's league will not change until the first deadline has passed.

Read more: Fantasy Premier League: What Type of Manager Are You?


Fantasy Premier League: Create League With Your Friends 


Private Leagues

Private leagues are the heart and soul of the game. It is the place where you can compete with your friends and rub salt into the wounds of your football buddies. Work league, your poker club league, church league, everything goes, really. FPL private league becomes a talking point every time you gather with friends or colleagues. Some people even set up leagues to compete against their girlfriends!  

All you have to do is just create a League and send unique codes so your friends can join. In order to create a private league in Fantasy Premier League you have to click on Leagues >Create and Join New Leagues >Create a League.

You can compete in 20 private leagues. There are no restrictions on the number of teams in a single League. Some of them are comprised of only 2 members. A good way to challenge your buddy to an epic season-long fantasy football battle.  The ones with thousands of participants are usually started by prominent websites or football stars themselves. But you can join those using the League code, which only the League administrator can provide you with it.

Public Leagues

Join another public League of randomly assigned teams if you want some extra competition. You can compete in up to 3 public leagues per season. You can join directly without any special code provided that there is an opening for your team in the leagues that have already been created. You can't create a public league yourself since they are created automatically.


Scoring Differences


There are two types of scoring available for selection when creating a League. You must choose between either classic or head-to-head scoring when creating a league.


Classic Scoring

In the League with a classic account, teams are ranked based on their total number of points in the game. You can join or leave the League with a classic score at any time during the season.

In the event of a tie between the teams, the team that made the fewest transfers will be positioned higher. Any transfers made using a wildcard or free hit will not be counted in the total amount of transfers made.

Classic scoring leagues go through several stages:

Fantasy Premier League Gameweeks

Any transfer point deductions during the game week prior to the start of the phase will not be deducted from the phase score. For example, any transfers made in Gameweek 4 (preparing for Gameweek 5) will not be deducted from your September score.

Head-to-head scoring

In a head-to-head League, each team plays a match against the other team in the League every game week. The result of the match is based on the score for each team, minus all transfer points spent preparing for that week.

3 points are awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw. Then teams are ranked by points earned in head-to-head matches.

At the beginning of the first game week of the League, the season-long schedule of head-to-head matches is generated. Once these matches are generated, the League is blocked and other teams will not be able to join or leave it.

If there is an odd number of teams in a Head-to-Head League, then an average team will join the League to ensure that each team has a h2h-game every game week. This added team will always get the average score of the Round.

In the event of a tie between the teams in overall standings, the team with the highest number of game points will be positioned higher.

Head-to-head knockout stage

If desired, a h2h-league can end with a knockout stage for up to 3 game weeks with the winner of the League determined by a match during the final game week of the season. The automatically generated average team will not enter the knockout stage, its place will be taken by the next best-placed team.

In the event of a tie between the teams in a head-to-head knockout match, the following tiebreakers are used:

1. most goals scored in the Round

2. the least number of goals conceded in the Round

3. a virtual coin toss

Your opponents' teams can only be viewed after the start of their first game week so that managers can keep their team tactics secret. Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, the 'Bielsa' strategy of spying on your opponent and changes he makes is not available to managers. 

To view a team once you are allowed to do so, simply click on its name in the League table.

Renewing a FPL league 

If you were a League administrator in the previous season of fantasy football and your League was a Classic one, you will have the option to "renew your leagues" when you click on the "leagues" tab.

If your League was a h2h-league, you need to create a new League every season, since you cannot update this type of private League.


Where To Find FPL Leagues To Join

Every year, a wide range of organizations, websites, and companies create public leagues and promote them through their social media accounts. This is a great way to increase brand awareness, advertise your products, and attract customers in an exciting and competitive way.

Prizes usually include cash, free bets, sports memorabilia, hotel packages, power tools, travel vouchers, gadgets, and many others.

In leagues with big prizes, you will face a lot of competition. There is a good chance that you will be ranked very high in all your leagues if you manage to finish first in a league like that. Smaller prizes come with less competition, which usually means you don't have to score as many points to win.

We are delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting the first-ever Draftgym mini-league for the upcoming 2020/21 season with some great prizes to be won! Swag pack of football goodies (worth at least €200) for first plus Draftgym merchandize for top finishers. Keep an eye on the Draftgym twitter account (@DraftGym) for further details in the near future!


Mini-league code to join: aaddze


We hope you found this article useful and you are fully armed to join any league in the format you prefer. If battling with friends and colleagues is your cup of tea, don't hesitate to create leagues of your own. Have fun no matter what option you choose, that is the primary goal of any fantasy competition.



Sports fan and fantasy sports fanatic. Loves statistics and tries to find the right way of applying it in fantasy sports. Winner of Fanteam Premier League Experience Tournament in 2018.