Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Fri 6 July 2007 Fantasy League 2007/08

As you may have by now worked out, we here at Some People Are On The Pitch never take Football too seriously, so when the chance comes along to have a bit of fun, we welcome it with open arms.

To prove our point, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to the very first official SPAOTP Fantasy League competition!

If you'd like to take part, here's what to do. First, visit the FA Premier League's Fantasy League site and register yourself as a competitor. Once that's done, you need to create a team, give it a name and pick some players for it.

The premise, of course, is that the players you pick will receive points if they score goals in an FA Premier League match or stop goals from being conceded. They can even get bonus points if their overall performance is particularly noteworthy.

The thing is, each player you pick for your squad has a pre-determined hypothetical value in millions of Pounds Sterling. Your job will be to select a set of players who are good enough to earn lots of points while still being valued at £100 million or less in total. Oh, and you can't have more than three players from any one Premier League club either.

It’s a tricky business, managing a team of burgeoning talent and reputation to be better than all the others in the league while keeping one eye on your budgetary constraints, but that is the challenge you must face. In your favour at least will be the fact that you're allowed one free transfer every week, so you can at least replace one individual who isn't pulling his weight. You can make more transfers each week if you so desire, but that'll knock four points off your total score for each extra one you make.

It's a game of tactics, luck, skill and above all fun, so why not join us for a season of Fantasy Football frivolity? The FA Premier League's site is now open for 2007/08 with all the latest up-to-date player information and team line-ups, so once you've got your team selected, all you need to do is affiliate yourself with our 'Private League'. To do that, click on the 'Manage Leagues' link and choose the option to 'Join a Private League'. When prompted, enter our special entry code: 5204-2417.

When you've done that, you'll be all set for a season of emotional highs and lows as you strive to become our first SPAOTP Fantasy League champion! Full information about how to play the game is available on the Rules page of the FA Premier League Fantasy League website ( and remember, once you've picked your team, you can make as many changes to the player line-up as you like before the season starts without losing any points.

Good luck to all those of you who decide to enter, and may the best man or woman win!

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