What is the FIWC?
The FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is the biggest virtual tournament in the world. Participants from every continent battle it out to be crowned the best EA Sports FIFA player. The winner receives USD 20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or. 

In FIWC 2013 more than two-and-a-half million players competed for a place in the Grand Final. The next edition promises even greater records. FIWC 14 kicks off on 1 October 2013.  The tournament is run together with the partners EA SPORTS and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

How can I participate in the FIWC?
To participate in the FIWC you need a Sony PlayStation® 3 and a copy of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14. Go to the online game mode in the FIFA 14 game menu, click on the FIFA Interactive World Cup and follow the on screen instructions.

Is it available on the Xbox?
The FIWC is only available via the Sony PlayStation® 3.

When will the FIWC take place?
The FIFA Interactive World Cup is an annual tournament. The 2014 edition (FIWC14) runs from 1 October 2013 to 31 March 2014.

How do I register for the online seasons of the FIWC?
Before you can begin your interactive football career, you will need to set up an EA Online account. Setting up an EA account is quick and easy. In EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 simply select 'Register with EA' from the main menu and follow the instructions.

Once you have set up your EA account, you will need to register for the FIWC. Select ‘Online Game Modes’ in the game menu and then select FIFA Interactive World Cup. Next you will be asked to fill in an email of contact and finally your nationality. After that you are all set and by clicking quick ranked match you can find an opponent and start on your journey to the Grand Final!

Do I have to register for every online season of FIWC14?
No, once you have registered once you can take part in all six online seasons.

Why is the menu item "FIWC" in the game currently unavailable?
Registration for the FIWC 2014 is only available during each running season. The exact season start and end dates can be found under the menu item mode. They can also be found under the Tournament Format section of FIFA.com/FIWC.

Where can I see my actual position on the leaderboard?
If you're ranked among the top 20,000 players you will be able to see your actual position in game or on the leaderboard section of FIFA.com/FIWC.

What is the prize for the winner?
The winner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 will win USD 20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014.

How can I make it to the FIWC Grand Final?
You can qualify for a place in the FIWC Grand Final via one of the six online seasons or via the community qualifier.

How do I qualify through the online seasons?
At the end of each season, the two players with the highest points total qualify for the Grand Final. Every online season a third qualification seat is awarded to the winner of that season's Community Qualifier.

What is the Community Qualifier?
The Community Qualifier is awarded to the player with the best winloss ratio for each online season.

How is the Community Qualifier win-loss ratio determined?
(win × 3 + draw × 1)/games played

What is the Country Challenge?
The Country Challenge will reward the country that performs the best in each season's Community Qualifier. You can help your country win the challenge by scoring an impressive ratio.

What is the prize for the Country Challenge winner?
The nation that wins a Country Challenge, receives the trip to the FIFA World Cup™. The trip will be handed to one of the lucky players that helped their nation win the Country Challenge! The lucky winner will be decided by a random prize draw.

Is there a separate leaderboard for the Community Qualifier and the Country Challenge?
Yes there is a separate leaderboard, which can be found here on Facebook.

Where will this years Grand Final be held?
The 2014 Grand Final will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

Where can I find the latest tournament news?
Breaking news, tournament information and announcements about the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 can be found on FIFA.com/FIWC, on the official FIWC Facebook page and on the FIWC Twitter account (@FIWC).

Where can I find the videos from the FIWC?
You can watch FIWC videos on YouTube. Visit our dedicated FIWC playlist on FIFATV - FIFA's official YouTube channel.

Can you choose your own nationality even if you’re living in another country?
When you register online, there will be an option for you to choose your country of origin.

Can more than one person play from one account?
No, an account can only be attached to one player. No account sharing is allowed. Players caught sharing accounts will be immediately removed from the current season.

Is there a difference between the strengths of the teams in the FIWC mode?
No, all teams are equal. Every player has the power of 85, in order to offer each participant in the tournament the greatest possible fairness.

What is the maximum number of games which can be played in an online season?
Starting from online season 2, in a single online season, players are allowed to play a maximum of 900 games. The FIWC does not expect you to come close to this number of games in a single season. After 900 games, any additional points you score will not be counted towards qualification for that online season.