The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011 (FIWC11) is all set for kick off! The world’s biggest virtual football tournament is back and looking to break new records. With a record number of gamers in FIWC10 - over 775,000 registered players - FIWC11 has the potential to take the tournament to the next level. Gamers, prepare to battle it out on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11 for PlayStation®3.

The seventh edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup has undergone some radical changes since FIWC10 and will give players more flexibility and even more opportunities to qualify for the Grand Final.

Radical new online format
On 1 Dec 2010, FIFA will open the first qualifying round for FIWC11 together with tournament partners EA SPORTS and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). There will be a total of 6 online qualification rounds for FIWC11. Each round will run from the 1st to the 25th day of the month, and will be open to all registered players. Round 1 will start on 1 December and end on 25 December 2010. The sixth and final round will begin on 1 May and end on 25 May 2011. The top two overall players for each of the 6 online seasons will qualify for the Grand Final. That’s right, no more zone qualification! It’s all or nothing as you battle virtual footballers from all over the world! You can register for each of the six online seasons, that means six chances to win a ticket to the FIWC11 Grand Final!

Live Events
In keeping with past editions, There will be 10 FIWC11 Live Qualification Events, which will be held in various countries. As always, players from all over the world are welcome to travel to Live Events and attempt to qualify. The winner of each of the 10 Live Events wins a seat in the FIWC11 Grand Final.

Reigning champion Nenad Stojkovic automatically qualifies for the FIWC11 Grand Final. Joining the champion at the FIWC11 Grand Final will be the 12 online winners and 10 Live Event winners. The last available seat for the FIWC11 Grand Final will go to the winner of a last-minute live qualification battle - this ‘wildcard’ challenge will take place at the location of the Grand Final. In total 24 players will contest the FIWC11 Grand Final.

The FIWC11 winner will walk away with USD 20,000 in prize money, the FIWC title and a trip for two to the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, where the best players in the men’s and women’s games will be crowned. At the gala, the new FIWC champion will receive their award in the company of some of the world's greatest footballers. The will also have the opportunity to chat with the stars behind the scenes, and maybe even challenge one or two of them to a game of FIFA 11.

For information on how to take part in the online and live qualifying events, as well as for the dates and venues of upcoming tournaments, please visit the 'How To Play' page.

Keeping up to speed
Follow the FIWC11 on twitter (@FIWC) to receive notifications on all the latest leaderboard updates and news. Visit the FIWC11 on daily to get updates on all things FIFA Interactive World Cup.

We hope you have been practicing your EA SPORTS FIFA11 skills, because it’s almost time to show them off!