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Dream Team World Cup: Transfers explained and how best to use them

The best thing about the World Cup is that it means us fantasy football junkies don’t have to go cold turkey over the summer.

By now, hundreds of thousands of you have signed up for our World Cup game.

Before the tournament gets underway, we wanted to clarify how transfers work and also give you a few tips about how best to use them…


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Messi as No18? Nope, not for us

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Messi as No18? Nope, not for us

How many transfers do I have?

You get 20 transfers to use from the start of the tournament (when Russia v Saudi Arabia kicks off) until the end (when the final kicks off).

When can I use them?

You get unlimited transfers up until the tournament begins, so feel free to tinker away like an early noughties Claudio Ranieri until Thursday afternoon.

However, once the tournament is underway, you can only use a maximum of three per day.

“Here’s Ronny!”

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“Here’s Ronny!”

How does lockout work?

This is the part that requires your full attention.

The only players who are locked out, and therefore unavailable to transfer, are those who represent a team playing on the day in question.

For example, take the first Saturday of the tournament.

11am: France v Australia

2pm: Argentina v Iceland

5pm: Peru v Denmark

8pm: Croatia v Nigeria

Say you’re team is stacked with France players, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, and each of them score in a 3-0 win.

Once that game is finished, you CAN’T then transfer them out for Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Luka Modric, in hope of cashing in on the later kick-offs.

You haven’t actually got Pogba in your team though, right?

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You haven’t actually got Pogba in your team though, right?

However, you can transfer the Frenchies out for Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Mesut Ozil, as Brazil and Germany don’t play until the Sunday.

The transfers would be pending until the go through at midnight, when they are replaced by the Brazil and Germany players.

This way, you keep the points from Griezmann and co, and you’ll benefit if Neymar does a madness.

Happy days, right?

When you understand transfer lockout and the mates in your mini-league don’t

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When you understand transfer lockout and the mates in your mini-league don’t

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What’s the best way to use transfers?

While it’s tempting to make use of the tactic stated above, you should be wary of spunking all your transfers too early.

If you used your three daily transfers to tailor your team to the day’s fixtures at the start of the tournament then you give yourself a chance of getting off to a flyer.

But you would also have used nine of your 20 transfers three days into a month-long tournament.

You’re better off keeping your team pretty much as it is until every country has played at least one game — unless you have to react to injuries of course.

Not digging you out, Vinny, but you are partial to rehab session

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Not digging you out, Vinny, but you are partial to rehab session

Come the second round of group games, you will have a better idea of the preferred starting XIs and the dynamics of each group.

We advise that you save at least half of your transfers for the knockout stages, to ensure you have as many active players for as long as possible.

Additionally, it’s probably wise to use a few transfers at the back end of the group stages to get rid of any players facing elimination.

Use them then abuse them

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Use them then abuse them

Can I reverse transfers if I change my mind?

Yes, but only if you act quick.

As previously stated, transfers go through at midnight once the tournament is up and running.

So, if you make a transfer at 7pm then find out the player you want to bring in has been sent home in disgrace for getting on the beers, then you have until midnight to reverse the transfer.

Doing this won’t use up any of your total transfers.

However, if you make a transfer at 7pm and find out the player you want to bring in has done his metatarsal in training the next morning, then that’s tough luck.

Wrap him up in cotton wool

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Wrap him up in cotton wool

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