The Premier League season might be fading into the distance but the World Cup is on the horizon, bringing a completely different dimension to fantasy football.
For those of you who have been hiding under a rock, the tournament kicks off in just over three weeks in Russia.
How does World Cup fantasy football work?
If you’re already a Dream Team fan you’ll recognise the setup.
The game is completely free to enter and will run from the opening game on June 14 right up until when England inevitably lift the trophy in the final on July 15.
Because that’s definitely what’s going to happen, right?
You will be given 20 transfers at the start of the tournament to use across the duration, with a maximum of three transfers per match day.
Our expert friends over at WhoScored – as they have for the Season and Weekender games – will provide all the statistics that generate the points scoring.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
How do I sign up?
As mentioned before the game officially launches on June 1 – but you can get ahead of the game by pre-registering here.
Alternatively you can sign up through the Dream Team app if you’re an existing customer, and if you’re not just follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
How many teams can I enter and what can I win?
Each manager can enter a maximum of 10 teams while there is no option to buy more teams.
One extremely exciting new feature is the expansion beyond a UK audience, with fantasy football fans worldwide now able to enter.
Only UK players will be eligible to win the tasty £175,000 prizepot, with £100,000 going to the winner and the rest divided between the next nine highest scores.
When can I enter?
The last few details are being finalised by the Dream Team World Cup game officially launches on June 1.
If you are an existing Dream Team player you will be able to register before that, with the World Cup game appearing on the Dream Team app next to Season and Weekender.
What new features are there?
Aside from the introduction of non-UK players, we’ve also got a snazzy new formation to try out.
As well as the traditional 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, Dream Team World Cup will also see 3-4-3 become an option to maximise more attacking players.
Which players will I be able to pick?
Yep, all your favourites are in there.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jordan Henderson… you name them, they’re all included.
Every manager will have a budget of £50m to spend which means they’ll need an eye for a bargain to accommodate all the big boys.
And we’ve just revealed that Messi – not Ronaldo – will be the most expensive player on the game at £8m.
Who were the best players at the last World Cup?
Remember last time? Germany were great, James Rodriguez was brilliant and England were… let’s not go there.
Brazil hosted a sublime tournament in 2014, jam-packed with entertainment right up until Mario Gotze’s brilliant extra time winner against Argentina in the final.
Colombian hero Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, but who else took the competition by storm?
Here are the top 10 points scorers from the last Dream Team World Cup.
England are winning it, aren’t they?
Of course they are.
Germany might be reigning champions, Spain might have eight world class midfielders and Argentina might have a man called Messi, but it’s time to end the 50-years of hurt.
England have some exciting young players capable of hurting anyone on their day.
And, although we wouldn’t recommend it, you can actually submit a Dream Team consisting entirely of England players if you fancied it.
Bring back the trophy, lads.