Release on Fantasy Football by FISO Limited on 11 Aug 2006
Football - over £1 Million on offer for 2006/07!
Football, celebrating its 15th birthday in the UK this year, is going
from strength to strength with over £1.25 million up for grabs in major Fantasy
Football games based on the 2006/07 Premier League season. There are now more
games than ever with a wide variety of formats for Fantasy Football fans to
would have thought that when Fantasy Football first hit the UK market in 1991
its popularity would have soared as dramatically as it has, with millions of
people across the world rising to the challenge. Those who have reached the
pinnacle have found Fantasy Football life-changing thanks to the huge cash
prizes – up to £125,000 – on offer.
the Internet has made a dramatic improvement to most games, it is the major UK
newspapers that continue to get behind the games. The Telegraph, Times, Mail,
Mirror, Sun, Star and Metro all offer Premier League games with prize money
ranging from £40,000 to £300,000. As well as entering online you can still
register teams for some games via mail or premium rate telephone. Nearly all
games offer a free mini-league facility with which to challenge your friends,
family and work-mates.
success of the games has led to tough competition between papers to attract more
players and there is a wide range to choose from. The experts behind
www.FISO.co.uk, the popular fantasy sports community website, have compiled a
list of the leading games based on feedback from their users (based on prizes,
reliability and overall usability). These are:
Daily Mirror You The Manager
points: Easy to play, low maintenance, four transfer windows, good reliability
of website, helpful support staff.
Daily Telegraph Fantasy Football
points: Traditionally the leading game, interactive with 30 transfers over
season, popular for office leagues, subjective man of the match scoring.
The Sun's Dream Team
Points: Highest number of entries, very low maintenance, two transfer windows,
subjective player performance scoring.
points: Online only, squad based, one of the original UK games, helpful support
popularity of the FISO
Forum confirms that Fantasy Football is here to stay and continuing to grow.
year we are getting more users and posts on the forum than ever before,” said
the Director of FISO Ltd.
the World Cup and build up to the new Premier League season, the last few weeks
have been our busiest ever. We've had over 10,000 users register for our
community forum in the past 10 months, with over 200,000 posts in that period
and are on target for 2 million page views this month alone which is our best
yet. The unrivalled prize money now on offer is encouraging more and more
professional gamblers and regular football fans to enter teams."
countdown for this year’s Premiership Fantasy Football games is on as entrants
strive to pick their winning teams before kick off on 19 August.
For more information contact FISO Ltd.
Brief history of Fantasy Football:
its introduction to the UK in 1991 the concept has gone through several stages
to ensure its continued popularity. It started with specialist books for groups
of friends or colleagues to play in auction leagues (only one team in the group
could have each player, such as Ian Rush) before being picked up by the
newspapers as a great promotional and database building tool in the mid 1990's.
Baddiel and Frank Skinner jumped on the band wagon with their "Fantasy
League ™" TV programme which topped the ratings during Euro 96. Many
thought this might have been the peak but the advent of the Internet provided
fantasy sports with an incredible shot in the arm that it has not looked back
www.FISO.co.uk began in 2000 and is a focal point for fantasy sports players.
This week 5 years ago, FISO launched a forum for the fantasy sports community,
which from word of mouth has grown from strength to strength and is approaching
500,000 articles posted. The FISO Forum is where thousands of like-minded people
meet online each week to discuss a wide range of subjects, including
surprisingly Fantasy Football!