Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup: everything you need to know and FAQs

Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup: everything you need to know and FAQs

Updated: 1 month, 12 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes, 19 seconds ago

What’s new for Qatar 2022?

If you haven’t played Telegraph Fantasy Football since Euro 2020, there are a few updates you’ll need to be aware of, all of which have proven to enhance the competitiveness and enjoyment of the regular Premier League game for the last 18 months.

Gameplay

Last year we introduced save points for goalkeepers and tackle points for midfielders, which really widened the player pool, making certain players viable options that would once have been overlooked.

In the same season we made sure we had every logical formation available so you had more flexibility when lining up your squad.

On top of this we made following Telegraph Fantasy Football and making transfers even easier with our shiny new app.

Transfers

Talking of transfers, we have even managed to scrap the two-hour rule, simplifying the transfer deadlines.

Previously, any matches that started within two hours of each other would treat the earliest kick-off time as the transfer deadline. It didn’t happen very often but caused a bit of confusion from time to time so now you can make transfers for players right up until every scheduled kick-off time.

This gives you ample time to consider every starting XI and you are free to substitute a player once their game has started and receive their points for that game.

Players

We welcome 20 countries to Telegraph Fantasy Football that didn’t feature in the Euro 2020 edition, providing a whole host of superstars as well as some unknown gems for the eagle-eyed manager to discover.

This year you’ll have the chance to select forwards like Neymar and Lionel Messi in your starting XI as well as some players that we have moved from midfield to attack (Gareth Bale and Dries Mertens, for example) and this will create lots more squad variety between managers.

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Expert analysis

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As the 2022 World Cup progresses in Qatar the reigning champion of Telegraph Fantasy Football’s Euros edition, Owen Johnson, will continue to provide the best fantasy football players and expert tips for the tournament. An experienced Telegraph Fantasy Football player, you can find more in-depth fantasy football knowledge on his site: TFF Tips.

FAQs

When will Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup start?

The World Cup 2022 edition of Telegraph Fantasy Football launched on 27 October 2022. The scoring will commence on Sunday 20 November 2022 at 4pm (GMT) when hosts Qatar face Ecuador.

If you have missed the start of the tournament, don’t worry. You can still enter up to five free teams, you just won’t score any points for games that have already started.

How will the World Cup affect Fantasy Football Premier League?

The Telegraph Fantasy Football Premier League game will continue to run until the last fixture before the World Cup on Sunday 13 November 2022 before restarting on Boxing Day. Be careful not to make any transfers in this time by mistake as they will still count and are non-reversible.

How do I register for Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

If you are new to Telegraph Fantasy Football and do not already have a Telegraph Fantasy Football login, signing up is quick and easy. Simply visit fantasyfootball.telegraph.co.uk, enter a few personal details and you’ll be ready to select teams, create your own private leagues and join public leagues.

If you played the 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 or Euros editions of Telegraph Fantasy Football you can login using your existing details.

How many players can I pick in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

You only have to pick a squad of XI players in Telegraph Fantasy Football. With no bench to rely on, finding players who get minutes on the pitch is key and we help you out by allowing transfers right up until every kick-off.

How many teams can I pick in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

You can create up to five teams in Telegraph Fantasy Football for the World Cup with a budget of £50m for each, meaning you have the best possible chance of being in contention for the prizes come the end of the tournament if some of your selections prove to be unsuccessful.

How many transfers can I make in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

Up until the very first game, which starts on Sunday 20 November 2022 at 4pm (GMT), there is a transfer amnesty, meaning you can make as many changes as you like. After the tournament has started you have 50 transfers for the whole campaign with a maximum of eight per round in the Group Stages (Phase 1) and 10 per round in the Knockout Stages (Phase 2). Rounds reset at midnight after the last game has been played.

Additionally, between the two Phases (shortly after 3 December 2022 00:00 until 15:00 the same day), there will be another transfer amnesty. You can make as many transfers to your teams as you wish during this period. Transfers made during the amnesty do not count towards your tournament total. 

How do I join a private league in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

Joining a private league couldn’t be easier. Once you have selected at least one team you can go to the Leagues tab, click the “Join a league” button and enter the private pin the league chairman can provide you (be careful as this is case-sensitive and zeros can easily be mistaken for Os).

Alternatively you can set up your own private league by clicking the “Create a league” button in the Leagues tab. From there you can give your league a name, a starting date and a closing date for entries. Finally, you will be provided with your private league pin to share with your friends, family and colleagues or if you know their email addresses simply enter them and we will send the invite for you.

How many players are in Telegraph Fantasy Football?

You can expect to compete against over 100,000 other teams in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup - a vast but tight-knit community of players where you have every chance of winning one of our many prizes.

How do I score points in Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup?

You score points based on what your XI players achieve in their matches during the tournament. While extra-time does count towards your tally, penalty shootouts do not.

All players: 

Starting XI appearance (2 pts)  Substitute appearance (1 pt)  Goal scored (5 pts)  Assist (3 pts)  Red card (-3 pts)  Yellow card (-1 pt)  Missed penalty (-2 pts)  Own Goal (-3 pts) 

Goalkeepers/defenders only: 

Full Clean Sheet - player plays 60 mins or more (5 pts)*  Part Clean Sheet - player plays fewer than 60 mins (2 pts)*  First goal conceded (0 pts)  Each additional goal conceded (-1 pt) Points are not awarded for penalty shoot outs. 

Goalkeepers only: 

Saves (1pt per 2 saves) Penalty save (5pts) 

Midfielders only: 

Tackles (1pt per 2 tackles)

Having technical issues with TFF?

Check our World Cup Troubleshooting page for help.

What else do I need to know?

Get your strategy right. Getting the balance of your team right can be a tricky business, especially with limited funds, but there are a few tried and trusted methods that will stand you in good stead:

Pick regular starters

Okay, so this isn’t always straightforward in the world of rotation where world-class players routinely find themselves sitting on the bench. That said, there are certain players who, if fit, are almost always the first name on the team sheet. Think Son Heung-Min for South Korea, Virgil van Dijk for Netherlands and England’s Harry Kane.

Find a couple of budget ‘enablers’

These players are hard to find and often come out of the woodwork once the tournament has begun, but so far during the Premier League season José Sá, William Saliba and Joao Palhinha, are among a crop of players who began the term in the ‘unfancied’ category and are now must-have ‘enablers’. If you’re able to identify one or two of this type of player early in the tournament, you could be onto a winner.

Be transfer savvy

Unlike the Telegraph Fantasy Football Premier League game there are transfers aplenty for the World Cup. The most important thing is to pay close attention to the schedule and which games and teams you would like to target.

See our complete guide to Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup transfers

Read our expert Selection Guide

The best advice comes from experts and this year we have enlisted the winner of the Euros edition of Telegraph Fantasy Football to help us all thrive during the World Cup.

If you subscribe to the newsletter this will hit your inbox after each round. Alternatively, it can be found on our social channels or Telegraph Fantasy Football Content Hub.

Telegraph Fantasy Football Player List

The players available upon release of the game (27 October 2022) are provisional, and may not be reflective of the final 26-man squads submitted by each country. Once all squads are confirmed, the Telegraph Fantasy Football World Cup player list will be updated to reflect this. If you have selected a player that does not make the final squad, this will be indicated via an icon on the 'Team' page and you will have to remove them prior to the first game of the tournament. 

Download the Telegraph Fantasy Football App

Never miss a chance to make a transfer and download the Telegraph Fantasy Football App which is available on iOS and Android.

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