Tournament format for FIWC12

On 1 December 2011 the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 kicks off much to the delight of the global gaming community. The FIWC12 Grand Prize includes USD 20,000 in prize money, the FIFA Interactive World Player award and a VIP trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.

Six online seasons, six chances to win
Take on players from all over the world and show them what you can do in any of the six online seasons for FIWC12. Each online season kicks off at 09:00 (GMT) and finishes at 23:59 (GMT).

The top two players from each online season will qualify for the FIWC12 Grand Final. Of course, one of the key elements of the FIWC is fair play, so all players will start each online season on zero points, ensuring all competitors have six chances to secure one of the 12 coveted online qualification seats for the FIWC12 Grand Final.

Owing to the huge demand for places in Online Season 1 there will be an extra six days to qualify via the opening online season. Season 1 will run from 1 to 31 December. After a short break the qualification action will resume with Online Season 2 kicking off on 5 January 2012 and ending on 25 January. All further seasons will run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, except for May which finishes slightly earlier on 18 May.

 Online Season 1
 1-31 December, 2011
 Online Season 2
 5 January-25 January, 2012
 Online Season 3
 1 February-25 February, 2012
 Online Season 4
 1 March-25 March, 2012
 Online Season 5
 1 April-25 April, 2012
 Online Season 6
 1 May-18 May, 2012

Live Qualification Events
Last season's FIWC Live Qualification Events proved to be a fantastic experience for both participants and spectators. There were spectacular shows, prominent guests and, best of all, plenty of thrilling matches! Gamers will once again have the chance to go head-to-head with the best virtual footballers from around the world in an attempt to secure a precious Grand Final seat. There will be eleven Live Event Qualification seats for the FIWC12 Grand Final. All information regarding venues, dates and the registration process will be made available under the 'Live Events' section.

Are you ready?
Six online seasons and 11 Live Events around the globe, the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 is guaranteed to be another showstopping football experience! Fancy your chances of ascending to the virtual football throne? All the information you need to get involved in the FIWC12 can be found right here. You can also follow the FIWC on Twitter for all the latest news on the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012.