Fantasy Premier League (FPL)

FPL 2022/23: Everything you need to know

Jude Summerfield
Salah and Son are pricey options in FPL 2022/23
Salah and Son are pricey options in FPL 2022/23 / Tottenham Hotspur FC / Andrew Powell | Getty Images

We barely feel removed from the end of the 2021/22 Premier League season, but times pushes onwards and a new campaign is almost upon up. And with more football comes more Fantasy Premier League.

It's not always the most rewarding experience - remember that time you triple captained Harry Kane for a whopping three points - but there's no denying it adds an extra layer of entertainment for your average Premier League fan.

We're back, and ready to do it all over again. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new FPL season.

Fantasy Premier League squad size

Managers pick squads of 15 in FPL, consisting of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. The budget is £100m and you can select three players maximum from any single Premier League team.

Managers then select their starting XI, captain - who scores double points for the team - and vice-captain. If a captain doesn't play in a gameweek, the vice-captain picks up double points. If neither play, no player's score is doubled.

How to make transfers in Fantasy Premier League

Once the squad has been picked, managers can then make transfers throughout a gameweek. Unlimited transfers can be made up until the first gameweek.

Once the season is up and running, managers are given one free transfer per gameweek. Any more and they cost four points per transfer.

To make a transfer in FPL, hit the cross next to the player you wish to sell. The position will become blank and a replacement can then be chosen. Once that is done, hit 'Make Transfers' and 'Confirm Transfers'. Congratulations, you've made a transfer!

What is a Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League?

The Free Hit chip in FPL allows managers to make unlimited transfers for a single gameweek. Once that gameweek is over, squads return to their status prior to the Free Hit being used.

The chip can be used once a season and can't be cancelled once confirmed.

What is a Bench Boost in Fantasy Premier League?

The Bench Boost chip in FPL allows points scored by substitute players to be included in a final score for a gameweek. It can only be used once a season.

A lot of managers tend to wait until a double gameweek to play the Bench Boost, as naturally it means a player can play twice in the same week and maximise the chip. It does not matter which players get benched as all 15 players record points with Bench Boost, but a captain still needs to be chosen before the deadline.

What is a Triple Captain in Fantasy Premier League?

The Triple Captain chip in FPL gives your captain triple the points for a gameweek instead of double. It can only be used once a season.

If a selected triple captain does not play, the chip carries to the vice-captain. If they don't play, the bonus is lost and not returned.

How many Wildcards are in Fantasy Premier League?

The FPL Wildcard allows players to make unlimited free transfers throughout a gameweek. It is an option when players wish to make multiple changes to their teams for various reasons, be it double gameweeks or when injuries hit.

The FPL Wildcard chip can be used twice a season. The first is available from the start of the season until Saturday 12 November and the second comes into play from Monday 26 December.

How will the World Cup affect Fantasy Premier League transfers?

The World Cup will interrupt the Premier League season for just over a month, with games resuming on Boxing Day after pausing in mid-November.

Fortunately, FPL have recognised that injuries could severely disrupt player's teams, and there will be unlimited transfers available throughout the duration of the competition.

How to change formation in Fantasy Premier League

Managers can use any formation they like, providing it uses at least one goalkeeper, three defenders and one forward. That narrows the choices down to the following systems:

  • 3-4-3
  • 3-5-2
  • 4-3-3
  • 4-4-2
  • 4-5-1
  • 5-4-1
  • 5-3-2
  • 5-4-1

To change your starting XI's formation, you need to swap a player of one position for one of the other.

For example, if your team is currently set up in a 4-4-2 but you want to swap to a 4-3-3, a midfielder would need to be substituted off for a forward. To do this, click the player you want to remove, hit 'Switch' and select the player from your bench you wish to sub on.

Fantasy Premier League 2022/23 scoring

For the 2022/23 FPL season, points are awarded for the following:

  • For playing up to 60 minutes - 1
  • For playing 60 minutes or more (excluding stoppage time) - 2
  • For each goal scored by a goalkeeper or defender - 6
  • For each goal scored by a midfielder - 5
  • For each goal scored by a forward - 4
  • For each goal assist - 3
  • For a clean sheet by a goalkeeper or defender - 4
  • For a clean sheet by a midfielder - 1
  • For every 3 shot saves by a goalkeeper - 1
  • For each penalty save - 5
  • For each penalty miss - 2
  • Bonus points for the best players in a match 1-3
  • For every 2 goals conceded by a goalkeeper or defender -1
  • For each yellow card -1
  • For each red card -3
  • For each own goal -2

All rules can be found on the official FPL website.

Fantasy Premier League deadlines

FPL deadlines are always 90 minutes before the kick-off of the fist match of the gameweek. For example, Arsenal's visit to Crystal Palace for the Premier League's curtain-raiser is an 20:00 kick off, meaning the deadline for Gameweek 1 is 18:30.