The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 is just around the corner, with Online Season 1 set to kick off on 1 December. Before the battle for the FIWC crown begins, we want to remind all gamers that fair play should remain at the heart of the competition. Good sportsmanship and respect for your fellow players are what make the FIFA Interactive World Cup such a fantastic global experience uniting players from around the world. Just like in real football, the rules are clearly defined. Here are some of the most important rules to keep in mind:

Play the duration
Just like in real football, matches last for 90 minutes and don't end until the final whistle is blown. The same goes for the FIWC 12. Ending a game prematurely is unsporting and therefore not allowed.

One account per player
The FIWC is a competition between individual participants: Each participant can therefore only take part in the tournament using one account. Implicitly, each account can only be used by one participant.

Play against who you match up with
Variation not only makes the tournament more enjoyable, it also ensures everyone has an equal chance of success. Therefore every participant is asked to play against the opponent that he is randomly matched up with. A series of matches against the same opponent is therefore prohibited.

Adherence to the rules is monitored
Along with our partners EA SPORTS™, we'll be keeping a close eye on the tournament to ensure the rules are being obeyed. Any contravention of the rules will result in disqualification from the FIFA Interactive World Cup.

Get ready!
The new FIFA Interactive World Cup season begins on 1 December. There are six online seasons in which the finest EA SPORTS™ FIFA 12 players in the world will battle it out for a place in the Grand Final and the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Haven’t started training yet? Fire up your PlayStation® 3 and start preparing now!