World Cup

World Cup Fantasy 2022: How to play, scoring + rules

The official, free-to-play Fantasy game for the 2022 FIFA World Cup went live on Friday – and we’ll be telling you all you need to know on how to play the game in this introductory guide.

Following on from this article, we’ll have team previews of all 32 countries that are taking part, line-up predictions, team reveals and much more ahead of the tournament kick-off on November 20.

READ MORE: November 19 update on the rules


World Cup Fantasy 2022: How to play, scoring + rules

Much like Fantasy Premier League (FPL), the starting point is to pick a squad of 15 players who will score points based on their on-field performances (goals, assists, clean sheets etc) during the World Cup.

  • To add a player to your team, press the + icon next to their name in the Player Pool section
  • To remove a player from your team, click the player’s shirt and hit ‘X’

The budget is £100m for your 15-man squad, while the available formations (from 5-2-3 to 3-4-3 to 4-4-2 and everything in between) are exactly the same as FPL.

So far, so familiar!


Like FPL, there are restrictions on how many players you can select per nation.

These are dependent on the stage of the tournament:

Tournament StageRestriction
Group stageMax 3 players per nation
Round of 16Max 4 players per nation
Quarter-finalMax 5 players per nation
Semi-finalMax 6 players per nation
FinalMax 8 players per nation

Scoring System

The scoring is roughly similar to FPL but differs in a handful of ways:

  • More points are awarded for goals (five for midfielders and forwards, seven for defenders)
  • Midfielders can top up their totals with tackles; forwards with shots on target
  • Winning a penalty is rewarded with points, while conceding a spot-kick is penalised
All Players
Appearance (60 minutes or more)+1
Yellow card-1
Red card-2
Winning a penalty+2
Conceding a penalty-1

Clean sheet (must have played 70 minutes or more)+5
First goal conceded0
Each additional goal conceded-1
Goal scored+9
Penalty save (not including penalty shootouts)+3
Every three saves+1

Clean sheet (must have played 60 minutes or more)+5
First goal conceded0
Each additional goal conceded-1
Goal scored+7

Clean sheet (must have played 60 minutes or more)+1
Goal scored+5
Every three tackles+1
Every two key passes+1

Goal scored+5
Every two shots on target+1


Like FPL, you must select a captain who will score double points for your team.

  • Change your captain by clicking on a player in your team and selecting the ‘C’ button

Once your captain has played in a ‘matchday’ (the equivalent of a Gameweek), you are able to change your captain once more for another player who is yet to play. 

Anyone who plays UCL Fantasy will know this rule but for the uninitiated, it basically gives you a second chance at nominating a captain if you are unhappy with the points from your original skipper.


Like UCL Fantasy, there are two types of substitutions.

The first kind is what FPL managers will be used to, ie an ‘automated’ sub when one of your starting XI doesn’t play.

The second type is a ‘manual’ substitution.

Here, you are able to sub out a player in your starting XI for an asset on your bench who has not yet played in the current matchday

As an example: if one of your original starters scored a mere one or two points on the Tuesday of Matchday 1, you could replace him with a substitute on your bench who has a game on Wednesday or Thursday.


…or chips, to you and me.

Once the tournament begins, you will have the opportunity to use one of three available boosters:

  1. Wildcard: This will allow you to make unlimited transfers within a specific round (cannot be used for the first match of the group stage or for the round of 16).
  2. 12th Man: This will allow you to select one additional player to score points for your team in a matchday. When selected, the 12th man cannot be substituted, captained or transferred.
  3. Power Captain: This will allow you to get double points from whichever player scores the most in your 15-man squad. This player will automatically be assigned the captaincy.

How many free transfers do I get?

The limits on how many transfers you can make for each stage and matchday are outlined below:

Tournament StageTransfer Allocation
Matchday 12 transfers
Matchday 22 transfers
Matchday 32 transfers
Before the start of the round of 16Unlimited
Round of 164 transfers
Before the start of the quarter-finals5 transfers
Before the start of the semi-finals5 transfers
Before the final6 transfers

You can take hits, like in FPL, with these costing you a ‘-3’ for every additional transfer you make.

During the group stage, one transfer can be carried over into the next group stage matchday.

Providing the players you are transferring in and out haven’t played, you can even make a transfer once a matchday has begun.

Matchday Schedule

MatchdayMatchday StageMatchday Dates
Matchday 1Group stage20th November – 24th November
Matchday 2Group stage25th November – 28th November
Matchday 3Group stage29th November – 2nd December
Matchday 4Knockout stage – round of 163rd December – 6th December
Matchday 5Knockout Stage – quarter-finals9th December – 10th December
Matchday 6Knockout Stage – semi-finals13th December – 14th December
Matchday 7Knockout Stage – play-off/final17th December – 18th December

Who played the most minutes over the March international break?

288 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Was planing to move my Cap off Saka onto Messi cos I thought you could move it between games. Seems locked onto Saka - is that just cos he's still playing right now?

    1. empireurn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      reading the rules, you can change after he has played but you lose his points and cant move captaincy back onto him - as he is locked. I have an issue though with KdB who hasnt played so is unlocked -but i am unable to move the captaincy from him even to another unlocked player.... so not sure if the software is working ok...... There's no 'contact' option

    2. empireurn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      bet you're glad you didnt

  2. La Roja
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Embarrassing defending tbh

  3. empireurn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    hi, I have KdB as captain, moved captaincy to Neymar then back to KdB due to the order in which they play -but the captaincy is now locked to KdB - yet as neither he nor neymar have played yet , is this right - anyone know how i can unlock the captaincy ? cheers!

    1. captaincuddles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      You can only move it once. Its now locked. You should of had a warning message pop up?

  4. Jeeez4dub
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Hello, I need help with something concerning subbing players in, I’m getting a error that says invalidsubcount_subs even though I am not doing anything wrong, did anyone see something like this. I just want to sub out weak point players in my squad for unlocked subs but they won’t let me unless they have more points than 0 for some point lmao. Subbing in perisic for 1 point hatem is ok(mid-mid) but won’t let me sub out 0 point mehseri for perisic(mid-mid), is there a restriction like that???

    1. Jeeez4dub
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nevermind I can’t sub in any player, no idea why, I’m trying to sub unlocked players for locked or unlocked ones and they won’t let me

      Please help me the games start soon

      1. Banana
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        try changing your page size. drop page size from 100% to 80% and suddenly extra buttons become visible. i really freaking hate this game.

  5. Banana
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    hi. i want to use a booster for matchday2. 12th man. i want to add Lewandowski as 12th man without removing any of my existing players. does any1 know how to do this? i am totally stumped. when i click on Lewandowski in the player pool there is zero option to put him in as a 12th man. given the debacle of the hoplessly written initial game rules, it strikes me that this is a truly badly thought out and executed game made needlessly complex by adding 'Fun Features' which don't work.

    1. lespaul
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      you can't use your booster until midnight

      1. lespaul
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        or it might be 10pm,
        or it might even be 1am ,

      2. Banana
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        hi. many thanks for the response. the rules where it says: 'All Boosters must be activated before the first fixture in the Matchday' had me. so the time to play the booster is between midnight (AST) - which is +3hr from GMT - and 10am (GMT). i'm reading this right aren't i? effectively the window of opportunity to play a booster for matchday2 is thus, 21:00 24/11 up to 10:00 25/11 in GMT. that's how it works? cheers!

  6. Aegesta
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    This game is ridiculously complicated. I have already lost 6 points due to the software refusing to let me transfer out a player who had already played for one who hadn't. I got an error message when I tried to do it. There doesn't seem to be any way to contact them to get advice or comment. The fun is draining away .............

  7. Aegesta
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Sorry, meant sub out/sub in.

  8. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Come on Serbia! Greetings from Croatia.

  9. G76
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Anyone else finding automatic sub points not pulling through? I had a non-playing defender and a sub who got points (in 3rd spot on the bench but the two in front of him didn’t play either) and they didn’t get swapped. I tried doing it manually but it wouldn’t let me as the benched player was locked so I haven’t fallen foul of that rule either…?