Live stream on FIFA.com from 09:00 to 19:30 (London time) on 5 August.
19 professional teams to be represented
Official Grand Final Draw to take place live after final match
The big day is fast approaching. On Saturday, 19 professional football clubs will line up with their champion gamers in London for the inaugural FIFA Interactive Club World Cup (FICWC). FIFA.com tells you five things you need to know about this ground-breaking event. Everything you need to know about the FICWC.
The stakesThe tournament is the final qualifying event on the road to the FIWC 2017 Grand Final, to be held in the British capital between 15 and 18 August. It marks the end of a long competition that began in Paris on 4 February, with the first Regional Final, and which continued in Sydney, Miami, Vancouver, Madrid, Berlin, Doha, Munich and Los Angeles. These tournaments saw a field of millions of online participants whittled down to the best 30 gamers, with the last two tickets to the FIWC 2017 Grand Final up for grabs at the FICWC.
Watch all the action Live!The FIFA Interactive Club World Cup will be streamed live and in full at FIFA.com, from 9am to 7.30pm (London time). After the final match, FIWC fans have the added bonus of watching the official draw for the Grand Final live from London! You can also follow the competition on Facebook and Twitter, where you can tweet using the #FICWC hashtag.
How does it work? A total of 24 players will be taking part in the competition, split into two divisions: Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Most of the clubs will have players competing in just one of the divisions, with the exception of Ajax Amsterdam, AS Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, VfL Wolfsburg and Schalke 04, who will have a player in each.
Each division will comprise two groups of six, with the top two in each group advancing to the semi-finals, to be played over two legs, as will the final. The winners of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One divisions will qualify for the FIWC 2017 Grand Final.
Europe leads the wayeSport is enjoying a massive boom, which has prompted more and more professional football clubs to set up their own teams. As the list of teams taking part in the FICWC shows, Europe is at the forefront, though the presence of River Plate and New York City in London shows that the phenomenon is taking hold right around the world.
More than a Grand Final ticketOne of the 24 participants has no other goal but to go down in history as the very first FICWC champion. “AFC Ajax Dani” of the Netherlands booked his Grand Final spot at the Season 3 regional final in Munich. Should he reach the Playstation final, the rules state that his opponent there will automatically qualify for the Grand Final.