Champions League

UCL Fantasy is back: Rules, prizes + unlimited transfers

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) returns this week – and so too does the official, free-to-play Fantasy game.

The knockout stages get underway on Tuesday evening, with Manchester City and Real Madrid among the teams in action.

Even if you didn’t get involved in the group stage, there is still an incentive to sign up to play UCL Fantasy for the round of 16 and beyond.

From unlimited transfers to the prizes on offer, we’ve got all you need to know in this article.

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WHY SIGN UP NOW?

UCL Fantasy prizes

Fair enough, you’re not going to win any mini-leagues or top the overall leaderboard after missing the first six Matchdays (the equivalent of Gameweeks).

But: there are still prizes on offer for anyone signing up now.

Matchday prizes

For each of the remaining seven Matchdays, UEFA are giving away a PlayStation 5.

Doing well isn’t even a requisite: all you need to do is make a sub or transfer and you’ll be entered into the prize draw automatically.

Knockout stage prize

Finish as the highest-scoring manager in the knockout stage only and you’ll also win a PlayStation 5.


We’ve got some essentials below but if you’re completely new to UCL Fantasy, have a read up on how the scoring system works and our basic overview of the rules.

WHEN IS THE NEXT DEADLINE?

UCL Fantasy prizes

There’s no 17:45 GMT kickoff this week, so Matchday 7 gets underway with FC Copenhagen v Manchester City and RB Leipzig v Real Madrid at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday 13 February.

Team leakers can put their feet up for the night: UCL Fantasy managers will get to see the teamsheets from both matches before finalising their squads.

In fact, UCL Fantasy managers can make transfers and changes to their teams right up to kick-off in these two games.

HOW DO TRANSFERS WORK IN THE ROUND OF 16?

If your squad is full of dead wood and eliminated players from the group stage, have no fear: unlimited transfers are here.

Unlimited transfers also apply to anyone signing up to play UCL Fantasy for the first time.

You can pick whoever you want up until 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, providing you:

  • Stick to the €105m budget
  • Select a squad of 15 players (2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders, 3 forwards)
  • Adhere to the following limits:
StageMax. players per club
Round of 164
Quarter-finals5
Semi-finals6
Final8

Free transfers are then awarded as follows throughout the rest of the knockout stage:

MatchdayNumber of free transfers
Before round of 16Unlimited
Before round of 16 second leg3
Before quarter-finals5
Before quarter-finals second leg3
Before semi-finals5
Before semi-finals second leg3
Before final5

CAN I MAKE CHANGES BETWEEN THE ROUND OF 16 TIES?

Yes, you can.

There are two types of changes that UCL Fantasy can make even after a deadline has passed: manual substitutions and captaincy.

MANUAL SUBS

Between the end of one night (eg Tuesday) and the start of another (eg Wednesday) within a Matchday, a maximum of four players can be switched for ones on your bench – unless they’ve been sent off.

For example, if Phil Foden (€8.1m) disappoints on the Tuesday of Matchday 7, you can replace him with a substitute who is yet to play.

It’s slightly different in the round of 16 as the first leg ties are spread out over two weeks, but the same rules apply:

As is the case with FPL, autosubs also replace non-playing names in your starting XI.

CAPTAINCY SWITCHING

Similarly, a poor choice of captain can easily be corrected by changing it to someone who has yet to play.

This new captain will be the only one whose points get doubled.

CAN I PLAY A CHIP BEFORE THE ROUND OF 16 STARTS?

No.

If you’ve still got a Limitless chip intact, you can play it any time apart from Matchday 7 (the upcoming round).

Limitless, for the uninitiated, is effectively a Free Hit with no budget restrictions.

As for the Wildcard, you also can’t play it in Matchday 7 as everyone gets unlimited transfers anyway.

Beyond that, it’s available to use – if you haven’t already.


WHERE TO FIND MORE UCL FANTASY CONTENT

There’ll be more UCL Fantasy articles to come on this site before Tuesday’s deadline.

In the meantime, there is lots more to read up on over on our sister website, Fantasy Football Community.

Make sure to catch our regular podcast via the linked image below, too:

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152 Comments Post a Comment
  1. waltzingmatildas
    • 13 Years
    11 days, 23 mins ago

    If the situation with Trent stays the same, would you do:
    A) TAA to Gabriel/Pau/Utd
    B) TAA, Pedro to Reguilon, Toney (-4)

    Flekken
    TAA Doughty Saliba
    KDB Foden Jota Rich Palmer
    Haaland Watkins
    (Areola Estu Gusto Pedro)

    1. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 9 mins ago

      B is better for the long term, if you're building a team for GW29 blank then definitely.

    2. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      I like B for 25/26.

  2. The Mentaculus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 21 mins ago

    Anyone follow Real Madrid closely enough to predict Jude's likely replacement v RBL? Brahim Diaz?

    1. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 16 mins ago

      That's a pretty safe assumption, Rodrygo, Vini and Diaz have played as a three when Jude hasn't played.

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 days, 16 mins ago

      Jude is out? What

    3. Il Capitano
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 15 mins ago

      Should be Diaz, we'll get lineups in any case

  3. Wılly
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 9 mins ago

    I'd be grateful for a bit of help and some thoughts please.

    I have been set on BB for this week but wavering with TAA news.

    Doublers:
    Toney
    Jota
    Haaland
    Bernardo
    Foden
    TAA*

    Singles:
    Moreno, Watkins (ful)
    Saka, Raya (bur)
    Estupinan (shu)
    Porro (WOL)
    Dubravka (bou)
    Palmer, Gusto (mci)

    2 FT, plan was to remove Palmer & Gusto to Barkley & Doughty with exact money.
    Also bearing in mind I don't want too many blankers in 26 (or 29).

    Should I still follow through with the plan and just take a hit for TAA if out or something different?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Tbh I think I would be more inclined to TC generally, although a -4 seems perfectly reasonable if Trent is out. You could also use the extra funds to e.g. pivot to Diaz over Barkley. There might be a hint of doubt over Estupiñan (with Veltman apparently back) and Moreno (ditto for Digne) too - I guess they're more likely to start than not though and delaying BB may make it harder to field 15 in this case...?

      1. Wılly
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        I can see that viewpoint, for sure. Veltman and Digne being back does cause concern but seeing as they've only played a couple of minutes each in the last game they may not be in line to start.

        Diaz is on my radar but it just adds extra hits down the line which isn't good.

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      If a good BB week is around 15 gain and so is the TC then with that team i would BB and set your FH and TC another week.

      It a great team. But with hits you need that BB to be 25 points really.

      Palmer still may score? If TAA is out, I'd triple captain. and go Gabriel or Regulion with 1FT

      1. Wılly
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        I'm trying to weigh that up too now and looking at the bigger picture.

        If I didn't BB, I'd likely be benching:

        Dubravka (BOU)
        Palmer (mci) / Watkins (ful)
        Moreno (ful)
        Porro (WOL)

  4. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 6 mins ago

    So can get this team for a -4 by bringing in VVD and Darwin for Watkins and Porro.
    Raya(Turner)
    VVD Tripp Gab (Guehi Gusto)
    KDB Jota Foden Gordon /Palmer
    Darwin Haaland Hojland.
    IF I do that I'll have only 9 for next GW as 3Liv and 2Che.
    To cope with that should I
    A Wildcard
    B Freehit
    CTake a couple of hits following game week to field 11
    D not make transfers above

    1. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 4 mins ago

      Plan your moves for GW26, and through to 29 too because you need to know what you will do during the bigger blank GW too.
      Porro and Watkins have good single gameweek fixtures so you're potentially sacrificing by taking them out (for a hit) with subsequent hits in the future.

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks the big blank game week is when the cup quarter finals on. Was thinking I might use free hit then, but if used a couple of hit for skeleton side when Liv Che game on, then would save wildcard for later.

        1. Wılly
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 23 hours ago

          I wouldn't opt for Darwin, possibly a Liverpool mid instead of Palmer so then you can play Watkins next GW. Would remove one of Guehi & Gusto with the other transfer for Doughty/Reguilon, likewise you'd still have Porro who plays in GW26 & 29 with Watkins.

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 23 hours ago

            Thanks very much for your thoughtful advice. I will ponder on!

            1. Wılly
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 22 hours ago

              No worries, good luck!

          2. Utopsis
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Porro doesn't play GW26

  5. Wılly
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 2 mins ago

    Guehi is also injured so you'll be down to 8

  6. Flynny
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 2 mins ago

    Planning to go into the dgw with just haaland foden, darwin and trent if fit

    Doubt kdb starts both (he as Europe midweek and won't start 3 games in 8 day)

    Jota causes issues for 26 as already have5 or 6 out

    Feels undercooked - but Hest for gw26

    1. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      If you can bring in any Brentford then they may be the cure, Toney the obvious choice but probably not possible seeing as you have Darwin

      1. Flynny
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        If trent is out I'll get reguillon....won't expect much tho

        1. Eze Really?
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 23 hours ago

          All is buts and maybes atm. No point thinking about it unless you get a doubler that plays next GW

        2. Wılly
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 23 hours ago

          Reguilon is on corners and bombs up the field, good potential for assists. The same reason people are getting Doughty.

    2. Eze Really?
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Get Toney

      1. Flynny
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Toney means losing watkins. Don't want to do that

        Reg is the answer if trent out

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 23 hours ago

          Reg or Gabriel for me, cant make up my mind (only have Raya) in Arsenal defence

  7. Men in green tights
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 23 hours ago

    Anyone else thinking about Jota as TC this week over Haaland if chasing in ml ( also got Haaland)
    Cheers

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      I am too old and template for that

      1. Men in green tights
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers, think I’m even more older as remember the glory years . But I’m still daft enough to have a punt .

    2. Aster
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      I am. The only way TC can really pay off is if you use it on someone not so obvious, but neither too risky

      1. Men in green tights
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers

          1. Men in green tights
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            Yeah remember reading this one found it really useful.
            Thanks for the refresher definitely set on Jota.

            1. Aster
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 22 hours ago

              Me too, if I decide to use TC now. Cheers

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        This isn't true.

        TC pays off most on whoever scores most in a given week.

        It washes out over 38 weeks.

  8. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 23 hours ago

    The same question I have only if Trent is ruled out.

    Reguilon or Gabriel (as i only have Raya)

    Raya (Turner)
    TAA, Moreno, Estu Doughty (Gusto)
    Jota, Saka, Foden, (Palmer, Eze)
    Darwin, Haaland, Watkins

    I think i may go Reguilon, but Gabriel is more tempting over the next 3 fixtures (Burnley, Newcastle, Sheff Utd) I missing good points because of 2 extra poor fixtures for Regulion (+4)

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      For me, Reguilon works as a means to avoid FH29 but as a regular starter or over the next 3 I'd prefer Gabriel

    2. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Reguilon too.
      Raya in goal means that you've got Arsenal defence covered.

  9. OptimusBlack
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 23 hours ago

    Who is best alternative for TAA ?
    A- Robbo
    B- VVD
    C- Bardley
    D- Save FT Play Gabriel
    Others defenders
    Trippier Doughty ( Ait-Nouri )

    1. Aster
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    2. Wılly
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Depends on rest of the team if transfers are needed later but D looks good. You won't want Liverpool defence after GW25 anyway.