New York 2016: New tournament format will decide next champion!

We are just a few days away from the highly anticipated FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 Grand Final! Join us live from New York on 21 and 22 March for live streaming of the Grand Final! Until then, here is everything you need to know about the main event.

The Finalists Over 2.3 million players competed for a seat at the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 Grand Final. From that massive field of challengers, only 32 of the world’s most elite EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16 gamers are still in the running for a chance to win FIFA’s official world title for virtual football.

The 32 finalists that will compete in New York are FIWC 2015 champion Abdulaziz Alshehri, the 15 players that qualified on the PlayStation leaderboards over the three online seasons, the 15 players that qualified on the Xbox leaderboards over three online seasons, and finally, Brian Jaldin - winner of the Host Country Qualifier for FIWC 2016.

Official draw On 20 March, the finalists will gather for the traditional welcome barbecue and Group Stage draw. This is where we get to find out the composition of the groups for the Grand Final! Follow the FIFA Interactive World Cup on Facebook and @FIWC on Twitter throughout the day for live coverage of the group stage draw.

Grand Final format Just like at the actual FIFA World Cup™, the FIWC Grand Final consists of a group phase and a knockout phase. The group stage will consist of 8 groups. There will four PlayStation groups (consisting of four players each) and four Xbox groups (consisting of four players each).

The top two players from each of the eight groups will move through to the knockout stage (which consists of the Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final). PlayStation and Xbox players will not compete against one another until the final match, ensuring that the best PlayStation player and best Xbox player at the tournament meet for a final showdown to decide the 2016 world champion of the world's largest gaming tournament!

The Final The FIWC 2016 champion will be the first FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion to ever win the event while competing on both of the world’s leading consoles! The final match will be a two-legged final. One leg will be played on the Xbox One and one leg on the PlayStation®4. The higher ranked player of the two finalists will decide which console they would like to play the first-leg of the final on. In the event of a tie after the two-legged final, the extra-time portion of the match and the potential penalty shootout will be played on the console on which the first leg was played.

Live the Experience with You can experience all the thrills live from New York with our dedicated Grand Final Live Stream for 21 and 22 March. Join us for live commentary, surprise celebrity guests and so much more! We have a massive live show planned, bigger than you have ever experienced for the FIWC! You can watch the live stream on, and on FIFATV. Are you in New York? You can purchase tickets to the Final Showdown which takes place at the Apollo Theater on 22 March.