New season, new games

You're serious, passionate and knowledgeable about your football; your presence here on proves that. Many among you will also fancy that you know a little more about the beautiful game that the average aficionado, and plenty will be ready and willing to prove it on the world's football website.

That's why we at are offering two brand new games aimed at testing our users' ability to spot talent and predict results: McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy and McDonald's FIFA World Cup Predictor. With our exisiting and hugely popular World Leagues Predictor also limbering up for its second season, the possibilities for showcasing your knowledge and competing in a global football community have never been greater.

The prospect of pitting your wits against fellow football fanatics not sufficient to tempt you? How about if we throw some FIFA World Cup™ tickets into the mix? Seats at the greatest show on earth are, after all, the fantastic prize on offer to the winners of both our newest competitions, while a trip to the star-studded FIFA World Player Gala 2009 awaits the World Leagues Predictor champion.

The race for that particular prize begins this weekend, while our new FIFA World Cup games will both kick off in conjunction with the South Africa 2010 qualifiers taking place at the start of September. Veterans of last season's World Leagues Predictor will know exactly what to expect from the McDonald's FIFA World Cup equivalent, which runs along identical principles: correctly tip the outcomes of a pre-selected list of matches and watch the points rack up.

Pick your XI
The McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy game is new to but, again, the principles will be familiar to thousands of fans across the world.

Essentially, your challenge is to prove yourself as a manager and talent-spotter by building a team of 11 players, three substitutes and a coach from our database of over 7000 international players. Then it's simply a case of sitting back and hoping that your collection of stars shine brightly in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, earning you the opportunity to travel to the main event itself.

Can't wait? Then roll up your sleeves and get stuck in right away by registering for World Leagues Predictor on the link to the right of this story. As well as offering the prize of a trip to rub shoulders with the stars at the FIFA World Player Gala 2009, up for grabs on every single matchday is a shirt signed by a FIFA World Cup winner.

You've got to be in it to win it, so play now - and land some of the best prizes in football!