Season 2 of online qualification for the FIFA Interactive World Cup got off to a confusing start and would like to clarify the situation for our FIWC community.

Registration for Season 2 of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 opened five days early in error, causing confusion amongst gamers. The false start meant that some players were able to register and compete with one another before the official start to the second season

To ensure fairness for all FIWC competitors, the inaccurate leaderboards caused by the false start were reset. Online Season 2 began, as scheduled, on 5 January 2012. Online Season 2 will now progress as planned until its conclusion on 25 January 2012 at 23:59 (GMT).

Season One a huge success
Once again the FIWC has proven to be a huge success with more players than ever before taking part in the first online season of the world's largest virtual football tournament. The race for places at the next Grand Final has captured the imaginations of thousands of fans around the globe.

We will be introducing the two winners of Online Season One in the near future, so keep an eye on's dedicated FIWC section. And remember, follow @FIWC on twitter to stay up to date on all the latest, news, announcements and tournament information.

We wish all participants the best of luck for Online Season 2 of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012. We hope to see you standing next to defending champion Francisco Cruz at the FIWC 12 Grand Final!