We know, we know, this is early.
England are yet to lift the European Championship trophy/suffer penalty heartbreak (delete as you see fit) and we’re already yapping on about Dream Team 2021/22.
The thing is, it’s kind of necessary since there’s such a short break between the end of Euro 2020 and the new Premier League season’s curtain-raiser between Brentford and Arsenal on August 13th.
So, while you’re plotting for the climax of Dream Team Euros, please be aware a new edition of our regular Season game we be set live next week and will once again be available to play via the app or our website.
Dream Team will function in much the same way as recent seasons.
Season game managers will have a £50million budget to select eleven players who will score points via goals, assists, 7+ match ratings, Star Man awards, and clean sheets (goalkeepers and defenders only).
However, players are subject to minus points for yellow cards, red cards, missed penalties, and one for every goal they concede after the first in each game (keepers and defenders only).
Our player ratings, and by extension Star Man awards, will once again be provided by WhoScored, who use a stats-based algorithm to ensure complete objectivity.
Players are eligible to score points in the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Champions League – though the qualifying rounds of European competition don’t count.
You will be given five transfers per month to make any neccessary changes.
This allotment should allow you react to injuries, suspensions and fluctuations in form.
Variable pricing will impact proceedings as events unfold, meaning players performing above expectations will increase in price while those under performing will decrease.
You can play in mini-leagues against your mates, colleagues, family, or whoever you usually play Dream Team against, while also competing in the overall league against everyone that signs up.
The standalone winner will take home the £75,000 jackpot at the end of the season, with a further £25,000 in prize money to be awarded to the other top gaffers.
Dream Team Draft is also returning for 2021/22.
This format sees bosses compete in mini-leagues after taking part in an initial draft in which participants take turns to pick players.
For example, if the first person picks Harry Kane that means only they will benefit from any points he may score – and the same for the second person who might pick Bruno Fernandes, and so on…
Draft provides an extra challenge for gaffers but also rewards them with immense satisfaction – there’s nothing quite like knowing you are the only one in your mini-league who benefits when your player scores a screamer.
It’s early days yet so don’t feel like you have to nail down an XI anytime soon but just keep an eye out for more Dream Team communications very soon.
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