To start managing a team towards glory and a share of the £500,000 prize money, all you need to do is select an 11-man team with a budget of £50 million.
Your team will score points during the season based on how well they perform in real life matches. Don’t worry if it doesn’t start too well as there are lots of chances to change your team line up through the season and over 250 cash prizes to win along the way.
For full details on how to get your team off to the best possible start expand the sections below.
Take a look at our Stat Zone section to see information on all the players you may want in your Dream Team.
We have given each player a fantasy value based on previous and prospective Dream Team performance and you need to choose 11 players for a combined total of £50 million or less.
Players are allocated a position on the list (Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, Strikers) and must fit in to either a 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and new this year, a 4-5-1 formation .
You will be able to access all the vital player stats and an overview of the selection rules when selecting your fantasy XI to make sure you’re on the right path to fantasy football success.
Your Dream Team players will gain or lose you points based on their appearances through the season. Points are scored depending on how your players perform for their club in Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League matches.
|Scoring three or more goals per match||5|
|Clean Sheet (keeper/defender)||5|
|Clean Sheet (midfielder)||2|
|Conceded more than one goal (keeper/defender)||-1 per goal|
|Penalty save (keeper)||3|
|Sent off||-3 in total|
|Star Man in Sun Sport's player ratings||5|
|Awarded seven or more in Sun Sport's Player Ratings||3|
Not many managers get there team selections right first time. Not sure your front three goalscorers are giving you enough and need fresh legs to boost your team? We’ve made it easier for you to manage your team both before the season kicks off and once you have a better idea of form and injuries during the season.
You can make unlimited changes to your team up until 23:59:59 on Friday 17th August and, from then, there are four Transfer Windows where, at each one, you can make up to three changes to your side.
The first Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 BST Tuesday 4 September and close at 11:59.59 BST on Saturday 15 September 2012 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.
The second Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 BST Tuesday 9 October 2012 and close at 11.59.59 BST on Saturday 20 October 2012 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.
The third Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 GMT Monday 28 January 2013 and close at 11:59.59 GMT on Saturday 02 February 2013 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.
The fourth and last Transfer Window will open at 09:00.00 GMT Tuesday 19 March 2013 and close at 11:59.59 GMT on Saturday 30 March 2013 or 15 minutes prior to the first kick-off if earlier with transfers scoring starting with Eligible Matches after this time.
Picking a team and pitting your wits against the rest of the football loving nation is great fun and can add interest to any football match. But the entertainment doesn’t stop there and to help you make the most of your Dream Team experience here are a few things we recommend to get the best experience:
You can create your own Mini League simply by following directions after you set up your team. This is a private league, limited to those that you want to join you in playing and you will have your own message board and private competition against each other. There is no restriction to the size of your league and now you are able to create or join up to five Mini Leagues. So if you only want to look after one team but play in leagues against your office, department, friends or family separately then we’ve made it as easy as possible.
Dream Team Predictor
Brand new this year and arriving in October – Dream Team Predictor. Each weekend we will hand pick four football matches and it’s up to you to correctly predict the scores of ALL four games for the £7,500 first prize. Guess three out of four results right and the top 100 will earn £20 of Predictor tokens to target that main prize again.
Earn Dream Team Predictor tokens throughout the season with your Captain pick. You will be asked to select a Captain when registering your team at the start of the season and you can change your selection as much as you like. If your Captain is named Star Man in The Sun’s match report then you will earn another token for a Predictor game.