After announcing the new sport last week, the first FanDuel soccer contests are live and ready for players to join at FanDuel. Like FanDuel UK, FanDuel soccer contests center around the English Premier League with contests that run every weekend (Saturday through Monday).
Now that the first FanDuel soccer contests have been added to the FanDuel lobby, the rules and scoring are now available. Let’s take a look at what players can expect from the new FanDuel EPL contests.
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FanDuel Soccer Rules and Scoring
To start things off, DFS fans are given a fictional $60,000 to draft the best lineup they can with the salary cap. When creating your FanDuel soccer lineup you must draft a roster of eight players consisting of two forwards, three midfielders, two defensemen and a goal keeper.
There are a large amount of stat categories from which players can earn points in FanDuel Soccer EPL contests:
|FanDuel Soccer Scoring (EPL)|
|Scoring for All Players|
|5 Successful Passes||5PASS||0.25|
|Shots on Goal||SOG||5|
|Additional Goalkeeper Scoring|
|Saved Penalty Shots||PENSV||6|
Goalkeepers are eligible to score all of the points that regular players can. In addition, they are also able to score points in four unique stat categories: Clean Sheet, Goals Against, Saved Penalty Shots and Saves.
A Look at FanDuel Soccer Contests
FanDuel Soccer contests slates begin on Saturdays at 10 AM ET.
Guaranteed contests during the first week ranged from $1,000 to the $10,000 premier tournament – EPL Sweeper. Players could buy-in to this contest for $3 or enter through FDPs. Satellites are not currently available for this event or any others.
In addition to guaranteed tournaments, players can join 3-100 entry leagues, head to heads, 50/50s and multipliers (limited to double-ups at this point).
Here is a look at the FanDuel soccer interface.
FanDuel Soccer Lobby:
FanDuel Soccer Drafting:
How FanDuel Compares to DraftKings
As a site that has offered daily fantasy soccer for awhile, DraftKings has had a head start from FanDuel. The more established product has allowed DraftKings to offers contests for a variety of leagues including from the MLS, LIGA, and UCL.
Another big difference between both sites is how they score their soccer contests. DraftKings soccer scoring has fewer categories and generally awards less points than FanDuel, resulting in higher scoring games. The FanDuel scoring system seems to have at least a few fans so far. If you are used to soccer on DraftKings, you will definitely want to make adjustments for FanDuel EPL scoring.
In addition to the larger variety of contests, DraftKings also offers a larger premier event ($25,000 with a $4 buy-in) and more variety with the contests that it offers. We expect the gap to close over the coming weeks as FanDuel soccer contests gain more traction. While we don’t anticipate that FanDuel will offer other leagues yet, the amount of contests and prize pools could certainly increase.
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