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Last updated: 20/02/2024
Next update due: 01/03/2024 - February MOTM
The Freudian Dream League is a sort of 'Fantasy Football' thing originally introduced for people working at the NHS Information Authority in Exeter. These days it is open to anyone and we have quite a range of people, from those with a knowledgable and broad view of football, to those who support Manchester United. It differs from other 'Fantasy Football' games in three main respects:
You'll have £20 million to buy a first team squad of 16 players using our on-line auction facility. Your squad must be made up of 2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfield players, 3 strikers, plus an additional player of any category. You can buy any Premier League player, although no more than 3 players are allowed from the same Premier League team. Each week you will play a Dream League fixture against another team, the result determined by the number of goals each team scores.
Team scoring is simple and is based on the goals your players score over the 90 minutes of the real Premier League game that week-end (which now seems to include Friday as well as Monday). You count the number of goals each of your out-field players scores, and subtract the number of goals conceded by your goalkeeper. But don't despair if you have a rush of blood at the start of the season and buy Edouard Mendy, as each clean sheet by a defender negates one of your goalkeeper's aberrations
You will select a team of 11 players with 5 substitutes (we have none of that blatant over-staffing on the bench that the Premier League employs). Your starting 11 must be made up of at least 4 defenders, and no more than 2 strikers. Acceptable playing formations are therefore 4-4-2, 5-3-2, 4-5-1, and 5-4-1, which should satisfy most people (yes, I know, but those wing-backs in a 3-5-2 wouldn't get in the team if they weren't defenders). Your substitutes will be used to replace any player who does not play, or is substituted in the Premier League game. Team selections can be changed as often or as seldom as you like.
Bought a multi-million pound striker in the heady excitement of the auction who seems better at finding space on the bench rather than the penalty area? Don't worry. You're not necessarily saddled with him. Your squad may be changed, according to the transfer procedure, at any time during the season, subject to a fee of £1 per transfer. Which should be within even Thomas Frank's budget.
During August and September, I'll be feverishly sorting out the teams for the 2023/2024 season, but in the meantime email me if you'd like to join in, or if you'd like further details. Who knows, given an obscene amount of money to spend, some dodgy refereeing decisions, and an inexhaustible run of luck, you may even end up with a knighthood.