he risk for those organizing fantasy football leagues is that it could require a pool betting license from the Gambling Commission, as prize values are determined by the number of paying entrants.
The exception to this is where it is not run in the course of a business1, or where it is run privately, for example with residents of the same premises or between work colleagues.
One area that organizers are being told to be particularly aware of is advertising and social media.
"Advertising, when it comes to gambling, includes doing anything that encourages someone gamble, or provides information about gambling facilities so that it will increase use. This includes Twitter or Facebook posts, whether public, or private or within groups. Promoting a fantasy football league in this way could mean it is being operated in the course of a business and will need an operating license," said the regulator in an official statment.
“We want to ensure that those organizing these leagues - whether it’s between friends, work colleagues or otherwise - are aware of the legalities and do not breach gambling rules.”
Organizers of fantasy football leagues, or any fantasy competition involving other sports2, are encouraged to read the advice on our website, Haden pinted out.