What is the FIWC?
Since 2010, The FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) has been official recognized by the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition as the biggest gaming 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.

The twelfth edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, FIWC 2016 kicks off on 1 October 2015. The tournament is run together with partners EA SPORTS.

How can I participate in the FIWC?
To participate in the FIWC you need a Sony PlayStation®4 or an Xbox One and a copy of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16. Go to the online game mode in the FIFA 16 game menu, click on the FIFA Interactive World Cup and follow the on screen instructions.

What are the rules for the FIWC?
Before playing, read the official Terms and Conditions for the FIWC16. Please note that Xbox One and PlayStation®4 are referred to in the FIWC Ts and Cs as the “Supported Platforms” (PlayStation®4 is “Supported Platform 1” and Xbox One is “Supported Platform 2”).

Is it available on Xbox and PlayStation?
Yes!  The FIWC 2016 Online Tournament is available on the PlayStation®Network (PS4) and on Xbox Live. You must have either a PlayStation®4 or an Xbox One to compete in FIWC 2016. You can register via the In-Game mode on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16.

When will the FIWC take place?
The FIFA Interactive World Cup is an annual tournament. The 2016 edition (FIWC 2016) runs from 1 October 2015 to 1 January 2016.

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 16 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’ 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. (Please make sure the nationality you select matches your current passport). Next, accept the Terms and Conditions. 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 FIWC 2016?
No, once you have registered you can take part in all three online seasons.

Why is the menu item "FIWC" in the game currently unavailable?
Registration for the FIWC 2016 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 2016 will win USD 20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

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 three online seasons or through one Host Country live qualification event.

How do I qualify through the online seasons?
In total, there are 30 Online Qualification seats for the 2016 Grand Final. There are 15 available online qualification seats for PlayStation and 15 seats for Xbox. Five players will qualify from each monthly season per console. For more information visit the Tournament Format section.

How do I qualify through live events?
There is one Host Country live qualification event for FIWC 2016. The event will take place in the host nation for the FIWC 2016 Grand Final and will be played on Xbox One only. The winner of the event will earn a seat at the Grand Final.

What is the maximum number of games I can play in an online season?
The Games Cap for FIWC 2016 is 90 matches. No points will be counted after you reach 90-matches in a single season. Players who reach the cap must wait until the next online qualification season begins before rejoining online qualification for FIWC 2016. In-game, once a player reaches the 90-matches cap they will still be able to enter the FIWC hub, view their stats and the leaderboard and see the countdown clock to the next season. However, players won’t be able to advance to Team Select, in order to search for a match.

Where will this year’s Grand Final be held?
The host city for the 2016 Grand Final will be announced at a later date on FIFA.com.

Where can I find the latest tournament news?
Breaking news, tournament information and announcements about the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 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. Please ensure the country that you select is one that you hold a valid passport for.

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.

For the full FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 Terms and Conditions please see the Official Documents page.