England`s Premier League is launching an e-sports competition, allowing fans to compete on behalf of their club at the popular `FIFA` video game.
The league is collaborating with Electronic Arts, the producer of the FIFA game, and e-sports tournament organizers Gfinity will operate the league
All 20 Premier League clubs will have a live playoff round, giving two competitors, one for PlayStation 4 and one for Xbox One, a chance to advance to the ePremier League (ePL) Final.
The inaugural ePL competitive gaming tournament will start in January 2019. After registering, players aged 16 and over will compete to find the ePL champion for three months, spanning three rounds: online qualification, live club playoffs and the eventual live ePL Final.
The ePL Final will be held on 28 and 29 March, 2019, in London and broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League social media channels.
ePL key dates
3 December 2018 – Registration opens
UK players will be able to register online for the ePL from this date.
January 2019 – Online qualification
Players will compete against each other on their platforms in a cup format to determine the top 16 club playoff finalists for PlayStation 4 and top 16 for Xbox One.
February-March 2019 – Club playoffs
The top 16 players for PS4 and Xbox One will face each other in a half-day tournament to determine the club representative for each platform.
28-29 March 2019 – ePL Final
The final will take place in London over two days and be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League social media channels. Matches will take place over two legs in a group-stage format on both PlayStation and Xbox to determine an overall champion.