It's almost August and that means it's time to start thinking about who you want in your Fantasy Football team for the 2013/14 season. Once again Skybet are running a free fantasy football competition and, in association with Gilette, they have over £100,000 in prizes to be won.
This year you have a £75million budget and the aim is simple - put together a side that can accumulate the most points during the season. You can either choose your own players or select a random group. Once you're happy with your first XI you also need to pick a captain. You're now ready for kick off.
Skybet have implemented a number of changes for the new season in an attempt to make the game bigger and better. First off they've launched a fabulous app so that you can play on the move. There's also an Assistant Manager who is on hand to give you suggestions and advice.Both these additions are great for managers who quickly lose interest once the season gets underway.
Sky Sports Fantasy Football also gives you 40 transfers to use throughout the season. There are no monthly restrictions either so if you fancy going all Di Canio and changing your entire team in one swoop then you can. A new shortlist option has also been added - this is ideal for keeping tabs on a player who you think may be worth adding to your side. Note that you can chop/change you side as much as you like before the 17th August.
Finally, there's extra incentives to pick a good goalie and keep tabs on your captain. For the 2013/14 season, goalkeepers will be rewarded for an outstanding performance and will now be awarded +2 bonus points for making 5 or more saves in a match. Captains score double so by watching the fixtures and being up to date you can pick up valuable points as you can chop/change your captain during a game week!
All these changes should make for an exciting season. Best of all the game is free to play as long as you have an account with Sky Gaming (Skybet, Sky Vegas, Sky Poker or Sky Bingo). There are some fun leagues to play in - e.g. Soccer AM and Sky Sports Saturday leagues as well as the option to create your own private divisions. Good luck!