Sports institutions are taking the sport’s potential within Esports very seriously. We now have very prominent sports teams, such as the Paris Saint-Germain, having their own divisions dedicated solely to Esports. Following these steps, the Football Association of England has announced the formation of England’s first Esports team.
The team will be named eLions and will feature a FIFA 19 team. At the moment, the FA is looking for FIFA 19 Pro Players to join their ranks and represent in April when the team in the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup and on every upcoming event.
ESL Organized Qualifiers
This endeavor will not be an alone effort. The FA has also announced that they have partnered with ESL to host their qualifiers from March 9th to March 10th. At the end of this event, the 4 finalists will progress to a live final event, taking place on March 14th, against the best players in England in Central London.
All England players aged above 16, on both Xbox One and PS4, are welcomed to participate. There’s currently no monetary price but winning this event will give each player the shot to represent their nation in international events. If you meet the previously mentioned requirements, you can apply to the England qualifiers for PS4 here and for Xbox One here.
Mark Bullingham, FA’s Chief Commercial and Football Development Officer said:
“This presents an exciting opportunity for Three Lions fans to help form a new chapter in England’s history…” “FIFA 19 is played by hundreds of millions of players daily with many selecting our male and female players so we have a great chance to engage with these as part of our efforts to continue to grow the game in England.”
The FIFA eNations Cup
The FIFA eNations Cup, an invite-only event, will feature a total of 16 national teams against each other in the FIFA 19 Ultimate Team mode. This event has no gender or age restriction, although, each player should qualify through their respective associations though, which might have specific restrictions. This will be one of the eight major events of the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series that would lead to the FIFA eWorld Cup in August of this year.
On FIFA’s behalf, Luis Vicente, their Chief Digital Transformation and Innovation Officer said:
“The involvement of our member associations with a dedicated nations tournament is another significant and exciting step forward for FIFA and the development of eFootball globally. After the successful introduction of the FIFA eClub World Cup™ in recent years and the new team mode, we are looking forward to integrating this nation vs nation competition into our eFootball portfolio.”
Even though the contest is open to both female and male players, the eventual winner will see represent the England men’s senior team. The FA promised to continue working alongside FIFA to extend the opportunity to women’s national teams.