Season 4 of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 kicked off at 11:00 CET on 1 January ensuring that the New Year began at a full sprint for virtual footballers.

In just a few months the worlds best players of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 will gather in Rio de Janeiro for a football celebration the likes of which has never been seen. For the first time in FIWC history, the virtual and real FIFA World Cup will take place in the same city at the same time! Don’t miss out on the chance to become a part of history with the FIFA Interactive World Cup. Sign up now and give Season 4 your best effort!

Ways to win
Like each of the six seasons for FIWC 14, Season 4 offers gamers 3 qualification seats at the 2014 Grand Final in Brazil. Two qualification seats will be awarded to the top two players on the overall leaderboard at the end of month-long season. The third available qualification spot for each season will be given to the winner of the Community Qualifier. The Community Qualifier gives all players the chance to win a seat at the FIWC14 Grand Final without having to play a massive number of online matches. You could win the Community Qualifier by playing as little as 30 matches. Find out more about the Community Qualifier!

Country Challenge offers incredible views
Want to experience the pinnacle of both the real and virtual football world championships? Every Season, the FIWC is giving away a trip to Rio de Janeiro where one lucky fan will get to watch the final day of the FIWC 2014 Grand Final while also getting to go to one match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. To stand a chance of winning the Country Challenge all you have to do is sign up for FIWC 2014, play at least 30 matches in a single online season and help your nation to the top of the Country Challenge ranking. Visit our Country Challenge page for all the details and track your progress in the Community Qualifier and Country Challenge via our exclusive leaderboards on Facebook.

FIFA Ballon d’Or is up next
In just a few days reigning FIWC champion Bruce Grannec will be travelling to Switzerland to attend the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or. This will be Bruce’s second trip to the Gala and the champion is ready to experience the magic of awards ceremony all over again. You can follow Bruce’s Ballon d’Or experience with the FIWC. More details soon!

Season 3 winners
The lucky and talented gamers that managed to claim their tickets to the main event this past December will be announced on in a few days. Be sure to become a fan of the FIFA Interactive World Cup on Facebook and follow @FIWC on twitter for breaking news and announcements.