Rules

The Basics

The rules are basically the same as the Premiership game. All you have to do is pick an 11-strong team of World Cup players. You select who you think will perform the best during the finals in Germany.

There are approximately 350 players from 32 countries broken down into Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers.

Each one of your players scores valuable points - or loses them as the case may be, each time they play in one of the 64 games that make up the World Cup. It rewards the things that you would expect: - like goals, clean sheets and good performances, and punishes those leaky weak defences, bookings and red cards.

Choosing Your Side

Study the lists of players on my Players Page or look on the official Sun website for more detailed information on each player.

Three main game rules:

1. Your team's value cannot exceed £50million.

2. You must pick no more than two players from any one country, but after the transfer window, you can potentially have five players from one country.

3. Your team must have one Goalkeeper, four Defenders, at least three but no more than four Midfielder players, and no more than three Strikers.

Six of the Best: Top tips on selecting your team


1. Take your time and study the form

There are over 350 players to choose from - broken down by position that's almost 40 keepers, over 100 defenders, more than 130 midfielders and almost 90 strikers. There are plenty of familiar names in amongst the cream of the world’s players . . . and a few exotic ones as well! Our fabulous website allows you to study each player in detail. Make use of the player pop-ups that give you a comprehensive breakdown of each player’s characteristics and form in the build up to the finals.


2. Hunt out the bargain

Even with £50m it's still a real squeeze getting an 11-man line-up that doesn’t break the bank - if it wasn't there'd be no challenge! The key is to find a bargain-basement player or two who will rack up the points. Maybe focus on the lesser-fancied nations to see if you can spot a good buy.


3. Avoid the bad boys and steer clear of injury-prone players

Bookings and sendings-off will cost you precious points – and remember, any player who collects two yellow cards will also miss a game. Each country can only play a maximum of seven matches, so players missing games will hurt! Players with injuries are not what you need in your squad, so steer clear.


4. Double Bubble – the last 16

The format of the World Cup Finals means there are initially eight groups of four teams. Only the first two teams in each group go through to the last 16 (knockout stage). With double points and appearance bonuses from this point onwards, you need to make sure you have as many of your players still scoring at this point. Some shrewd changes during the Transfer Window (see below) will undoubtedly play a big part here.


5. Goal-scoring defenders are real gems

Defenders score points for clean sheets . . . but they can boost their tallies by knocking in goals too. Defenders who score goals can be worth their weight in World Cup gold. So the likes of Roberto Carlos (Brazil), John Terry (England), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Roberto Ayala (Argentina) and even William Gallas (France) could prove popular choices if their domestic strike tally is anything to go by. A defender who takes free kicks and penalties is a real asset to any Dream Team – seek one out if you can. It could reap dividends for your overall score.


6. Use your transfer

The mid-game transfer window (which opens on June 19th – and closes at 4pm on 24th June) allows you to ditch three plyers and bring in some fresh talent. This is a vital opportunity to make sure you have as many players as possible still scoring vital points in the closing stages of the competition. This also means that you can have as many as five players from one country in your team.

Scoring Summary

Group Stages
Awarded seven or more in SunSport's player ratings:3
Star Man in SunSport's player ratings:5
Goal Scored:5
Hat-trick bonus:5
Clean Sheet (keeper/defender):5
Clean Sheet (Midfielder):2
Conceded more than one goal (keeper/defender):-1 per goal*
Booking:-1
Sent off:-3 in total
Knock out Stages
Appearance in any of the last 16 matches:3
Awarded seven or more in SunSport's player ratings:6
Star Man in SunSport's player ratings:10
Goal Scored:10
Hat-trick bonus:10
Clean Sheet (keeper/defender):10
Clean Sheet (Midfielder):4
Conceded more than one goal (keeper/defender):-2 per goal*
Booking:-2
Sent off:-6 in total
Top point scorer during tournament:20

* For example, in the group stages a defender or goalkeeper conceding 0 goals = 5pts, 1 goal = 0 pts, 2 goals = -1pt, 3 goals = -2pts and so on. Midfielders simply get a 2 points bonus for clean sheet, or no bonus at all no matter how many goals conceded. This bonus/defecit is doubled in the knock out stages.

Scoring in Detail

1. Players that appear in the official World Cup Dream Team list score points during the course of the finals. Any player who does not travel to Germany scores 0 points. Players not picked for any reason score 0 points for each game they miss. Any player whose team is knocked out of the finals has his points total frozen.

2. Three points are awarded to a player given a mark of seven or more in SunSport's individual ratings carried for every match report. A bonus five points are awarded to our Star Man.

3. Five points are awarded for a goal scored. A player who scores three or more goals per game gets five additional bonus points. A player who has been awarded points as described above will retain those points regardless of whether a goal is attributed to another player at a later date. Similarly, any player subsequently awarded a goal will not receive the points retrospectively. Own goals do not count. Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs do not count.

4. A goalkeeper or a defender who keeps a clean sheet scores five points. If they concede one goal, they score no points, two goals -1, three goals -2 and so on. A midfielder whose team keeps a clean sheet scores two points. Midfielders are not penalised if their side concedes goals. To obtain clean sheet points a team has to not have conceded any goals both in normal time and, if there is any, in extra time. Goals scored in penalty shoot-outs do not count.

5. Any player who comes on the pitch as a substitute at any time scores or loses points as if he had played all 90 minutes. Players subbed off also score or lose points in the normal fashion regardless of how long they were on the pitch.

6. Any player who is booked loses a point. A player sent off for any reason loses three points in total, regardless of whether or not he has been booked previously. Any player that loses points for a booking or sending off will not have those points reinstated if the offence is rescinded on appeal.

7. Any player who makes an appearance during the last 16 matches (i.e. the knockout stage) earns a bonus three points per appearance. During these last 16 matches, all other points, whether positive or negative, will be doubled. So a goal scored is worth 10 points, a yellow card loses a player two points, etc.

8. The rules remain the same for games involving extra time. A match that is 0-0 after 90 minutes must be 0-0 after extra time for keepers and defenders to keep clean sheets. Penalty shoot-outs do not count.

9. The top individual points scorer of the finals earns a 20-point bonus. In the event of tie, each of the tied top-scorers will get 20 points.

10. There will be a mid-game Transfer Window when you can swap up to three players. You must not break the £50m budget but at that point you can have up to five players from any one country (initially you are limited to two players from any one country).

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