Telegraph Fantasy Football 19/20: What's new this season?

Coming soon: Telegraph Fantasy Football 19/20
Telegraph Fantasy Football 19/20 Credit: GFM

Telegraph Fantasy Football is back for the 2019/20 season and you can now sign up and pick up to five teams.

This year, there's a prize pool of more than £15,000 in cash to be won and you can manage up to five teams without having to pay a penny.

The game itself has been given a fresh coat of paint and you can expect to see plenty of new features including fixture difficulty rankings, top stats and, of course, a selection of new faces that have arrived during the summer transfer window.

In this guide, we'll cover the basics: how to play the game, join a Telegraph Fantasy Football Tournament and set up a private league with your friends.

We'll also run you through the new features we've installed and suggest how you can use them to enhance your performance this season.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @TFFootball and join the debate on our Facebook page. The TFF assistant manager will be on hand throughout the season to answer your queries, share updates and provide tips.

The game is now live, so don't hesistate to get involved, create a team, join a league and invite your friends - the new Premier League season starts here.

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How to play Telegraph Fantasy Football

The game itself is incredibly easy to play. All you need to do is pick 11 players to score you fantasy points based on their Premier League and FA Cup performances.

You'll be given a £50m budget, six formations to choose from and you can make as many changes to your team until the first kick off at 8pm on Friday, August 9. From then on, you'll have 40 transfers to play with.

The aim of the game is to score as many points as you can and, more often than not, get one over your friends and colleagues.

You can personalise your team by giving it a name and then follow the season as it unfolds within TFF Live.

If you'd like to read more about Telegraph Fantasy Football, feel free to take a look around the Information Centre or drop us a note on Twitter or Facebook.

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What's new this season?

Five free teams and more than £15,000 to be won

First thing's first, this season you'll be able to manage up to five teams for free. You'll no longer have to pay for extra team credits. You can use your teams to enter into various different leagues with your friends, colleagues or rival TFF managers.

Now that the game is completely free to play, the total prize fund has come down to just over £15,000 in cash. You'd be best advised to use all five of your free teams to give yourself the best chance of winning a prize.

Cash will be awarded to the overall winner and there's also manager of the week/month prizes to be won. If you're daunted by this prospect and don't think you stand a chance, please don't be downbeat. We've also set aside a consolation 'Wooden Spoon' prize for the manager that has scored the fewest amount of points at the end of the season.

Why is the game free to play this year?

Pay-to-play fantasy sports games are classified as betting by the UK Gambling Commission. In light of recent changes to the regulatory codes for games that offer both ‘free’ and ‘paid’ entry options, we were left with a choice: charge everybody or charge nobody.

Since a very low percentage of TFF players have generally been willing to pay during recent seasons, the only viable choice was to go with the free-to-play option which has inevitably affected the amount of prize money on offer this season.

The One League

The One League gives you the chance to put your managerial skills to the ultimate test.

It's very similar to the overall league, except you can only nominate one of your five free teams to compete.

The winner will also take home a cool £1,000 in cash.

Fixture difficulty rankings

One of the most popular features we produced in last season's articles were fixture difficulty rankings. 

So we thought, why not build this straight into the game?

When you're looking to make a transfer, you'll see each player has three upcoming fixtures. We've graded these fixtures as hard (red), neutral (grey) or easy (green). 

Of course, we won't get this right every time - there will be upsets throughout the season. But you might think twice before bringing in a player that has three hard fixtures on the horizon.

A new user experience

Once you've opened up the Telegraph Fantasy Football website or app for the first time, you'll notice that we've re-designed the game for the 2019/20 season. Why, you ask? It's simple really: you spoke and we listened.

Thousands of you filled out our end of season survey and we've taken the time to evaluate each and every suggestion. Your feedback is vitally important to us so that we can bring you the best game possible.

So, take some time to explore the new site and get familiar with the layout. We hope you'll love it as much as we do!

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An adjustment in player prices

For the 2019/20 season, goalkeepers will be priced up to £4.5m, defenders will be priced up to £5.5m and midfielders priced up to £7m.

This is largely down the performance of certain players last season: most notably Virgil van Dijk (£5.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£7m).

Strikers will still be capped at £7m once again, with Sergio Aguero the standalone at this price.

Which features are returning this season?

Tournaments

These small, head-to-head leagues are completely unique to Telegraph Fantasy Football.

All you need to do is beat 15 other managers and in every Tournament there are two competitions to compete for:

  1. The League
  2. The Cup

The Cup doesn't start until the end of January so you might decide to hold back some transfers and hope to go on a run.

However, nothing beats the glory of winning a Tournament League and you can join up to five.

Please note: the deadline to join a Tournament is 23:59 (BST) on Monday, September 23, 2019.

The Three Lions League

Do you have what it takes to be the England manager?

The Three Lions League is back again for the upcoming season, with a £50 cash prize up for grabs, giving your the chance to assemble your very own England XI.

The rules are simple, pick a team within the £50m budget, but all of your players must be eligible to play for Gareth Southgate's side.

You must make your team public otherwise you'll be removed from the league and at no point can you transfer in any foreign players.

If you're the winner, you can expect a Telegraph Fantasy Football medal as well as universal TFF recognition that you're next in line for the England job.

If you have any queries, get in touch with us on Twitter @TFFootball and we'll be happy to clarify if a player is eligible or not.

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