Our fantasy football triumphs and troubles never seem to end, do they? Just as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, and Roberto Mancini are waking up from their drunken stupor, we must now look forward to Euro 2012 – that continent’s elite international competition – and of course, to the official Euro 2012 Fantasy Football Game.
We’ll be following the tournament closely, and of course, bringing you our Studs & Duds, round by round, from the group stages to the knockout competitions.
To get started, simply visit the McDonald’s Fantasy Football Euro 2012 landing page and register. It’s all free. You can set up mini-leagues with friends, strangers, or both and challenge the competition.
The rules are similar to the official Fantasy Premier League game. Each team has 15 players, however the number of players you can select from a single team depends on the stage of the competition:
Scoring is similar to the official Fantasy PL game, with some slight modifications including “balls recovered” as outlined in the table below:
Substitutions, however, are the key to success. The international competitions are structured around “matchdays,” and managers can actually replace players who have already played with players who have yet to play – as long as it’s part of the same “matchday.” For example, if Cristiano Ronaldo only scores 4 points in his first group game and you have Ashley Young on your bench, who happens to play the next day in his first group game – you can bring in Young for Ronaldo and “roll the dice” that Young will equal or better CRon’s 4 points. It’s a gamble, of course, but active management of substitutions is often rewarded when it comes to international fantasy football management.
The rules are very similar to FIFA’s official 2010 World Cup Fantasy game, and you can play one transfer wildcard during the course of the tournament. Here’s a look at the deadlines and transfer rules:
We’ll keep you updated as the Euro 2012 tournament nears, and we’ll make sure you’re prepared before Matchday 1 on June 8th. Good luck to all Euro 2012 McDonald’s Fantasy Football participants, and an extra special good luck to each of your participating nations.