FIFA and Electronic Arts (EA) have confirmed Milan in Italy as the host city for the FIFA eClub World Cup, confirming that the world’s best 24 teams will battle it out for the world title in Milan, Italy on February 7 to 9.
The first champions of the new decade to be crowned by FIFA will be determined following the conclusion of a qualification process where 190 teams were narrowed down to 24.
For the first time ever, the eClub World Cup – the pinnacle event of club team-based competitive FIFA – will take place in Italy and see three Italian teams competing among the 24 qualified sides in Milan, FIFA has stated in a media release.
Italian sides Mkers, AS Roma and Team QLASH will battle it out against 21 other outfits from all over the world, including organisations and clubs from Mexico, Germany, England, Spain, France, Japan, USA and other countries. All qualified teams can be found here.
The event will also feature some of the world’s best players including current Xbox and PlayStation world ranking leaders Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt (Fnatic) and Diego ‘Crazy’ Campagnani (Team QLASH), as well as 2017 World Champion Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing (NEO).
While the event will feature some newcomers, the following eight clubs have competed at the event before:
- Manchester City eSports (2017, 2019, 2020)
- FaZe Clan (2019, 2020)
- Olympique Lyonnais (2017, 2020)
- AS Roma (2017, 2020)
- Mkers (2018, 2020)
- Hashtag United (2018, 2020)
- FC Basel 1893 eSports (2018, 2020)
- Blue United eFC (2018, 2020)
Meanwhile, Manchester City equalled Brondby IF’s record for the most eClub World Cup participations with their third qualification, having already competed in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“We are proud that over 190 teams from all over the world took part in this season’s qualification and we are beyond excited to find the world’s best team out of the top-class field of participating teams. The introduction of team-based 2v2 matches showed a new level of excitement and competitiveness at last year’s event and will undoubtedly spark huge emotions at this year’s tournament as well,” said Adrian Rölli, Head of eFootball at FIFA.
The FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 schedule:
- 21 January: FIFA eClub World Cup Final Draw
- 7 February: Round 1 – 3 Group Stages
- 8 February: Round 4 – 5 Group Stages, Round of 16
- 9 February: Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals