UKGC Reminds Fantasy Football League Organisers To Toe The Legal Line

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jul 21, 2017

Pool betting license may be required to organised fantasy football leagues, Gambling Commission advises

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reminded fantasy football league organisers to ensure they are operating within UK Gambling Law saying they could require a pool betting license from the UKGC as prize values are determined by the number of paying entrants.

An Exception exists for those who run private leagues between, for example, residents of the same premises or among work colleagues.

Advertising and social media have been highlighted by the Commission who says organisers need to be aware they may find themselves on the wrong side of the Law if adverts or posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media are deemed to encourage others to gamble whether they are posted publicly,  privately or within groups.

“Fantasy football is no doubt a popular pastime for many during football season and many will be thinking about setting up their own league this summer,” said Ben Haden, programme director at the Gambling Commission.

“We want to ensure that those organising these leagues – whether it’s between friends, work colleagues or otherwise – are aware of the legalities and do not breach gambling rules.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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