Former Dutch football great Ruud Gullit has announced launched an esports academy. The academy, focused on EA’s FIFA video game series, will be the world’s first independent training organization centrally focused on FIFA.
Members of the academy will have access to analysis tools to help improve their play on a strategic level. The announcement follows news that Major League Soccer is entering esports with a new FIFA competition.
“I’m proud to link my name to organizations like Team Gullit that ensure that the talents are properly supervised to ensure that these boys can develop and become an even better player,” Gullit said. “Becoming an ambassador means that I can create new opportunities for these talents and share my learnings on professional sports from when I was a young talent.”
The academy will also help members navigate the world of social media and to manage their way through the public spotlight – experience that Gullit is well versed in as a former professional footballer. The academy will also be developing its own software tools for players to analyse their gameplay.
“When I visited the FIFA World Championships last year, I realized that there is such an enormous world behind the video game,” Gullit said in a statement. “The strategy and the choices that the FIFA players make have a strong resemblance to the real-life sport.”
The Dutch football manager and legendary player, Gullit has played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder and forward. He was the captain of the 1988 UEFA Euro Champion Netherlands national team. He was also a member of the squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992.
The Ballon d’Or winner Gullit has retained his interest in FIFA because of his two sons, one of whom is playing football professionally and the other is an EA’s flagship sports franchise fan.