Setting up Fantasy Congress for the classroom

Fantasy Congress is an excellent tool for sparking interest in government and only takes a couple of minutes to set up. This page is a resource for setting up Fantasy Congress using the features provided in our educator’s package. If you are unfamiliar with Fantasy Congress, be sure to check out the How to Play page to learn the rules and structure of the game.

We know many educators receive limited financial support for projects. In light of this, all our data about congress is publicly available. This means students can still play and benefit from Fantasy Congress, regardless of school budgets. Get started for free with instructions on how to play offline.

Getting Started

Check out the video below for a quick overview of setting up a league, adding students, and creating teams.

Fantasy Congress was designed with flexibility in mind, so there are a variety of set up options for the classroom. The resources below provide guidance on all the features available for classroom use.

Managing Students

Students must have an account to use the website. You can create, edit, and remove student accounts as necessary. No personal information is required to create a student account, only a username and password.

Manage student accounts on the Students page.

There are two methods for creating student accounts:

Use your unique sign up page - This is the recommended method for creating student accounts. On the Students page, you will see a section titled “Sign Up Page”. This section displays a URL and passphrase. Share the URL and passphrase with your students. When students enter a username, password, and your passphrase, they will automatically be registered as a student under your account.

Create student accounts yourself - If you only need to add a handful of students, it may be easier to create the accounts yourself. In the “Add Student” section of the Students page, enter a username and password for each student. Then, inform each student of their unique username and password.

You can edit a student’s username or change their password by clicking on the student’s username. To remove a student from your list:

Managing Leagues

Any time you log in, you’ll land on the Leagues page. This page lists all the leagues associated with your account. 

Create a league by clicking the blue “New League” button in the top right corner of the page. Then, enter the settings for your league and submit. From the Leagues page, click a league name to enter the dashboard: the central resource for everything happening in this league. 

The settings page lets you make changes to your league. Access the settings page by clicking the gray “Edit Settings” button on your league dashboard. The settings page lets you add and remove teams, as well as add and remove players in your league.

Students will not be able to create a team and play until you specifically add them to a league. Using a league passphrase is the simplest way to add students to a league. Students input your unique league passphrase when registering through your sign-up page. They are automatically added to the league associated with the passphrase after registration.

Managing Teams

Students can create a team after being added to a league. This is available in the “My Team” section at the bottom of the league dashboard.

Once they are a team owner, students can not be added to any other team. They also have the ability to add other students as owners to their team. Having multiple owners for a team is useful if you’re using Fantasy Congress as a group project. 

As an educator, you can edit and delete any student team. From the league dashboard, click the team’s name and then click the gray “Edit Settings” button. This will allow you to change the team’s name, add or remove owners, or delete the team entirely.

Once teams are in place you’re ready to draft congress members and start your season. 


Fantasy Congress is a work in progress and your feedback is more than welcome! Please feel free to send in your thoughts and questions.