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Start a Free League:

Think you have what it takes to be a Commissioner? Then get started by creating a league and inviting your friends and family. You will have several options to choose from to tailor a league that meets the needs of your friends. Here are the details.

League type: Private or Public
First, you choose either a private or public league.

  1. A private league is only open to those you invite to play with you. You can invite your friends and family directly through PFU, and they will receive an email with a unique link that they simply click to join.
  2. A public league is open for anyone to join until it reaches the maximum number of players the commissioner sets. Once set, your league will be listed on the public leagues page for others to join. It’s a great way to make new friends – or foes.

No matter what league type you choose, PFU makes it easy to set it up a league, invite others and share details on Facebook and Twitter.

Establish rules for your league:
If you are going to be the Commish, you will tailor your league with six options..

  1. League format: Determine if you want the traditional head-to-head format or a one vs. all format.

    In head-to-head, PFU will randomly match up one person vs. another person in your league each week through the end of the regular season. In this format, if Player A’s roster of teams wins more games than Player B’s roster of teams, Player A wins for this particular week.

    In the one vs. all format, the primary objective is to have the most overall team wins by the end of the season. It’s that simple. We will track how many wins each person’s active roster of teams gets each week and add each week’s wins to the season’s cumulative total.

  2. Number of people in league: Determine how many people you want in your league. Keep in mind that there are 128 FBS teams to draft. So, if you have 10 people with access to all 128 teams, that’s still 12 teams per player (with eight teams going unpicked.) So we strongly suggest inviting 6 or more players in your league. Only invite the cool kids though.
  3. Number of teams per roster: Determine how many teams you will allow each person to have on their roster. The more people in your league, the fewer teams each person can draft. And vice versa. When you make this selection, remember that you will also have the option of starting / benching teams from week-to-week.
  4. Starting / benching options: PFU defaults to a set 70/30 ratio (minimum) based on the number of teams per roster. In other words, if each player drafts 10 teams, at least 3 teams need to be benched with 7 teams in the active roster. A commissioner can only adjust this ratio to add more teams on the bench (e.g., a 60/40 ratio). It’s up to each person in the league to keep up with their teams to know who might have a bye week, injury issues, coaching changes, player arrests, and so on. It’s always fun trash talking the player who starts a team when they aren’t even playing!
  5. Trade options: Determine if you want to allow trades in your league. Do you see potential in a team that’s owned by another player? Have some inside scoop? Offer up a trade. If you allow trades, the Commissioner sets his/her league’s trade deadline upon setting up the league. After this date/time, the trade feature will no longer be available for the rest of the season.
  6. Draft date / time: FFinally, as a Commish, you need to select the date and time of your draft. You can draft online as a group of people that are together in one place, or you can log in remotely to join. We’re festive folks at PFU, so we like to make the draft into a party. We also realize that it’s not always easy to find a date and time that works for everyone to be online at the same time. No problem, you can build out your draft order ahead of time, or just select the best available team based on PFU rankings – see our draft kit for more information.

There ya have it! We tried to keep the options pretty simple, yet allow for a customized experience. Create as many leagues as you want, Commissioner! You have the power!!

Join a League:

PFU has cracked the code for college fantasy football where you draft teams, not individual players. Just remember that individual statistics don’t matter. Neither do the number of yards a QB throws for, or how many tackles-for-loss a defense has. It’s all about team wins, plain and simple.

Private League Format
Have you been invited by a league commissioner to join a league? If so, you have two ways to join:

  1. Click the link in the invitation email that was sent to you by your Commish.
  2. If you have somehow lost access to the invite, you will just need to know the league password. Then you can sign up at, click your confirmation email, and go to the Leagues page. If you know the league name and/or commissioner's user name, search for the league, click join and enter the password. After that, you are good to go.

Public League Format
Are you here to make new friends, or maybe foes? Either way, you're in luck because we created public leagues for anyone to join. Search the list of open, public leagues and we’re sure you will find one you like. Be sure to mind the established draft date / time and other league rules before you join.

Whether you’re joining a private or public league, your league commissioner has already established and customized league rules, including the number of participants in the league, starting / benching, trades, number of teams each participant can draft, and so on.


PFU cannot overstate the importance of draft day. The draft can make or break your season, so it’s a good idea to do a little research ahead of time. See our PFU Draft Kit for expert opinions, news, schedules, pre-season rankings, and much more. We will arm you with all the information you need to make sure your draft is a success.

Each league Commish will pre-determine an online draft date / time for their league. The default draft format is a classic snake draft, where the person with the first pick will not pick again until the last pick of the second round. And the person with the last pick in the first round gets to go immediately again with the first pick of the second round, and so on.

If you cannot be present during the draft, or if you want to customize your draft queue rather than utilizing PFU’s pre-determined team rankings, you have the flexibility to do so in advance of the draft date. When it’s your pick, if you are absent or if time expires on the draft clock, you will instantly pick up the highest ranked team available based on your queue.

A league Commish may also perform an offline draft if players do not have access to the internet. After your offline draft is complete, the Commish will manually populate each player’s roster.

The deadline to perform an online draft will be 24 hours prior to kickoff of the first game of the season. The same holds true for the deadline in which a Commish can log in and populate rosters for an offline draft. Simply put, don’t wait until the last minute to perform your draft.


Scoring is simple. You receive 1 point for each win your roster of starting teams gets each week. There are two types of leagues, Head-to-Head and One vs. All – read on to see how the scoring is a little different. We should note that Week 14 scoring includes the five (5) regular season games and the nine (9) conference championship games. Points are awarded to winning teams just as they are during the regular season. It is also important to note that we are not including the five games on 8/26 and/or the Army-Navy game on 12/9 whatsoever, as these are the only games played in what would be a hypothetical "Week 0" and "Week 15", respectively..

Head-to-Head format:
Much like traditional fantasy football, PFU offers a head-to-head format. You will play weekly matchups against another person – your starting roster of teams against theirs. Here’s how it works:

  1. To win the week you simply need more of your starting teams to win than your opponent for the week.
  2. We don't do TIES. If you have the same number of team wins as your opponent in any given week, we break the tie by awarding the win to the player whose active roster of teams scored the most points in that particular week. If both players' teams have scored the EXACT same amount of points, we look to the defensive effort of these active teams. Fewest points allowed by your active teams breaks the tiebreaker.
  3. Your overall record is based on the number of wins and losses you get over the course of a season.
  4. Your record determines your standings in the league.
  5. When your team wins big, let the opposition hear about on your matchup screen and the trash talk page.

One vs. All League format:
In the one vs. all format, your goal is to get the most total wins from your roster of starting teams during the entire season. Have some fun from week-to-week by rewarding the player whose roster has won the most games for the week. Here’s some more details:

  1. You get 1 point for each win, and 0 points for each loss.
  2. The total number of wins dictates what place you are in.
  3. When your team wins big, let the league hear about on the trash talk page.
Each week, you must finalize your starting lineups before the team kicks offs. Once kickoff has occurred, that team is locked for the week. PFU offers e-mail notifications to remind you to set your starting lineup.

Postseason – PFU Playoffs:

And you thought the fun was ending. Nope! Each player who has a team on their roster who is “going bowling” will have a chance to continue their regular season success and try to win the league. Teams from your final roster that make it into a bowl game – no matter how insignificant the bowl might be – get you points when they win.


  1. Earn 1 point for each regular bowl game win (e.g., Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl, etc.).
  2. Earn 2 points if your team wins a National Semifinal Game (Rose / Suger Bowl).
  3. Earn an additional 3 points if your team wins the College Football Championship Game.

Head-to-Head Rules
For head-to-head leagues, the two individuals that came in 1st and 2nd place through week 14 will play each other for the league championship. 3rd and 4th place finishers will play for 3rd place. We still pair up the rest of the players, so 5th plays 6th, 7th plays 8th and so on. If there is an odd number of users in a league, the person that is in the last slot does not play anyone. If there is a tie between the rankings (to determine who plays who in the postseason), the first tie breaker is total wins of active teams each week throughout the season. If that requires a tie-breaker, we look at total points from the active teams scored each week throughout the season. Once ranking is established and the head-to-head postseason play begins, tiebreakers would work the same as the regular season to determine the winner of each match up. Scoring works the same as 1 vs. All: one point 1 for a regular bowl game, two for a playoff game, and three if a user's team wins the national championship game.

One vs. All Rules
If you are in a one vs. all format, you enter the postseason with the same amount of points you earned through the regular season. Additional points you earn in the postseason are simply added to your regular season total.

The person with the most points after the College Football Championship Game is the PFU League Champion!