FanDuel are the biggest Daily Fantasy Sports site in the world and FanDuel UK has now launched. Valued at over $1billion, Fan Duel have been at the forefront of the phenomenal growth of Daily Fantasy Sports and have partnerships with 15 NFL teams and 16 NBA teams as of May 2016 in the United States.
The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and FOX Sports have all published features on the business. Fan Duel UK launched ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season with software specifically designed and developed for the UK market. This review will give you all the essential information about FanDuel UK and also a user guide on how to use their UK software.
FanDuel UK essential information
Overview: FanDuel have been operating Daily Fantasy Sports contests for real money since 2009 in North America and are recognized as the biggest Daily Fantasy Sports company in the world in terms of player signups. The majority of these players reside in the United States of America and Canada with FanDuel’s biggest guaranteed contests targeting U.S. Sports. Fan Duel UK is a ringfenced gaming platform only available to UK players. This means that North American players are unable to compete in the same contests as UK players and vice versa. FanDuel UK currently only offers Daily Fantasy contests on Premier League football.
Welcome Bonus Offer: 100% up to £400 deposit bonus.
Licensing: FanDuel UK is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. Remote Operating License number: 000-043990-R-323360-002
Currency: All account balances and contest entries are in £s at Fan Duel UK.
Deposit Options: Fan Duel UK currently only allows deposits using Debit/Credit cards.
Sports that FanDuel UK contests cover:
- Football (EPL)
Although Fan Duel do not currently offer any other Sports except football for UK customers, here at Fantasy Fives we will keep you updated if this situation changes.
Signing up a Fan Duel UK account
To sign up an account with FanDuel UK, users must be over the age of 18 years old and reside in the United Kingdom. The sign up process itself is very simple and UK users can register by clicking on the ‘Join Now’ button in the top right hand corner of the Fanduel.co.uk website or on mobile or tablet by downloading the available app for Android or iOS devices. After clicking the ‘Join Now’ button, UK users can register by completing a one page form with essential information to allow for a Fan Duel account to be created.
Depositing using the FanDuel UK cashier
FanDuel UK accepts deposits from UK customers in £’s to play in £ contests so there is no currency exchange at any point. When accessing the cashier, users are able to set up deposit limits as part of Fan Duel’s responsible gambling requirements. This can be done at any time when visiting the cashierl
FanDuel UK currently supports deposits and withdrawals via Debit/Credit Cards.
Withdrawing using the FanDuel UK cashier
At the moment it is not possibly to automatically withdraw funds from FanDuel UK as there is no cashier setup for withdrawals. The current processrequires a request being made to customer support who will then process withdrawals back to the last card used to deposit. FanDuel will respond to all Withdrawal requests within 2 working days with withdrawals processing estimated to be completed within 7 days of the initial request being made.
FanDuel UK Lobby
The FanDuel UK lobby is far simpler to understand and navigate than DraftKings UK as there are less options and variables to factor in. Unlike Draft Kings, it is not possible to create yuor own contests and the only Sports being offered is Football. FanDuel also offer less ‘Game Types’ to help simplify their offering.
Our guide below will help you navigate the FanDuel lobby key sections, whether you are a first time user or experienced Daily Fantasy Sports player.
Entering a FanDuel UK Contest
Step 1: Find the contest that you want to enter.
In the example below we will be entering into the Fan Duel UK £10K Fan Favourite Contest, which has an entry fee of £5. In the image below you will see from the circled section to the right of the page we are hovering over the £5 entry tab which is highlighted in green.
Step 2: Select your Fan Duel UK Lineup
After clicking to enter your chosen contest, you then have to pick your team to represent you. For all Fan Duel football contests, there is a budget of £100m to use to select your lineup. It is down to you to select the formation that you want to use but your 11 players must include a Goalkeeper, 3 Defenders, 3 Midfielders, and 1 Forwards . You can check out full details of the Fan Duel Football rules here.
Fan Duel allows you to search for players by their position by typing in player names or teams in the search box. You can also choose to rank players from high to low based on their salary which is a useful way to to help you in your player search. Other information provided in the team selection box is the number of matches a player has played, their average points per match, and also if there are any potential injury concerns. All this information is extremely useful in identifying which players to consider for your final starting 11.
You can add players to your FanDuel lineup by clicking on the ‘+’ sign next to their name (circled in the image below). Players selected for your team will then move into the ‘Lineup’ pitch on the right hand side of the image shown. To remove a player from your team you can click on them in the pitch view, and then simply click on the ‘-’ button to the right hand side of that players name as circled in the player lists
FanDuel will always display how much of your salary budget you have left to use in the top left hand corner of the pitch view, along with the number of players selected in the top middle of the page view.
Once you have completed your lineup and are happy to enter it into the contest, simply click the green ‘Enter’ button in the top right hand corner of the pitch section. This will then take you through to a confirmation pop-up. At this stage you can chose to enter your team multiple times in the selected contest or click ‘Next’. You will then be asked for a final confirmation before your team is entered in the contest.
Step 3: Changing your FanDuel Football Team
As with traditional Fantasy Football games there will be times when you want to change your team due to injuries, team news or any other reason. With Fan Duel Daily Fantasy Football you can change your team right up until the kick off of any game that your players are involved with.
To edit your team, you just need to click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab at the top of the page which will then display all contests you are entered into.
Simply click on the ‘Edit’ button next to the team you want to change and you will be taken back to the pitch view and can make any team changes that you desire.
Further Fan Duel UK lobby options
Further options in the Fan Duel software can be viewed on the ‘Live’, ‘Settled’ and ‘How to play’ tabs.
Live Tab: Once the contest starts, you can click on this tab and view your in-play team performance under the ‘My Entries’ button. The scores update in real-time so can experience the action in real time with either the app or on desktop.
Settled Tab: This tab can be used to review the results of contests that you have previously entered.
How To Play Tab: This tab gives a simple overview of the rules and scoring for Fan Duel Daily Fantasy Football.
FanDuel UK Account options
Fan Duel has kept the additional account options on the UK platform to a minimum. The key options available for players when clicking on the ‘Account Icon’ are:
- Deposit funds
- Withdraw funds
- View transaction history
- Help section – this is a very useful resource of FAQs and general information including the sections displayed below.
- Contact Us
- Responsible Play – this section details Fan Duel UK’s Responsible Play Policy, allows players to set Timeouts and Self-Exclusion, and also allows users to set up a deposit limit