The A-Leagues are bringing a fresh new look and a revved-up format for the E-League, which they’re hoping will excite EA SPORTS FIFA 22 players everywhere.
Under the stewardship of the A-Leagues, the E-League is an Official League Qualifying Partner of EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series.
In a first for the competition, any eligible EA SPORTS FIFA 22 player can now enter for the chance to call themselves Oceania’s best, and make it all the way to the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.
In another first, this year’s competition will be run exclusively on PlayStation.
As part of the shake up in format, the event also comes with a suite of new partners for the league to deliver a new broadcast experience. The A-Leagues have partnered with the teams at eGEN esports and Disorder Media House (DMH) to produce and deliver a world-class E-League tournament in 2022. The A-Leagues existing partners in McDonalds, Isuzu UTE Australia, Liberty Financial and NEDS are also supporting as partners of E-League 2022
The E-League finals, which are set to take place in May, will bring the competition calendar closely aligned with the A-League men’s finals — also scheduled in the month of May.
“The build up to the E-League Finals in May starts now, with the best EA SPORTS FIFA 22 players in the country getting ready to don their A-League club shirt, excite their fans and compete for glory,” said A-Leagues Chief Commercial Officer Ant Hearne.
“For the first time in the competition’s history we are running a Path to E-League tournament for any eligible EA SPORTS FIFA 22 player to try and get a slot in the E-League Finals, compete against the best in Australia and New Zealand, and star in Australia’s biggest FIFA event.”
“EA SPORTS and FIFA 22 are a major part of the football fan journey and at A-Leagues we see great potential in the E-League to connect football directly to the fan, wherever that fan may be, with entertainment & fan obsession at our core.”Ant Hearne, A-Leagues Chief Commercial Officer
Disorder Media House (DMH) Chief Executive Officer Marc Edwards said: “We are excited to be partnering with the A-Leagues to bring operational excellence in gaming production and broadcast to the E-League across Oceania.
“DMH has a rich history in Oceania esports through our professional team ORDER, and collectively with eGEN, we look forward to building an ecosystem that gives players more opportunities to compete, brings fans closer to the action, and supports a deeper engagement with football’s next generation.”
Players will battle it out over four days between March 29 and April 6, with a handful of qualifiers being considered for spots with A-League clubs in the E-League Group Stages in early May.
In this way, the E-League in 2022 is marrying the best EA SPORTS FIFA Pro Players with selected Path to E-League qualifiers from across Australia and New Zealand to compete for the E-League Finals at the end of May.
The top two players in the E-League Finals will qualify to represent their A-Leagues club and country in the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.
Entries for the Path to E-League tournament are open now and the competition kicks off on Tuesday 29th March.
Players can register for the Path to E-League 2022 event directly via their PS4 console by heading to the ‘Events’ menu and selecting ‘Tournaments’.