The Premier League and Electronic Arts (EA) are launching the ePremier League (ePL), offering UK-based players the chance to represent their favourite Premier League club for the first time in competitive gaming.
The ePL will start in January 2019 with the final played in London in March, and broadcast live on Sky Sports and the Premier League’s social media channels.
The competitive gaming tournament will see players aged 16 and over compete for three months across three rounds: online qualification, live club playoffs and the eventual live ePL Final.
All 20 Premier League clubs will have a live playoff round allowing two FIFA 19 competitors, one per platform (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), the chance to advance to the ePL Final.
Registrations for the tournament will open in December.
“EA SPORTS is a fantastic partner for the Premier League and we are looking forward to launching ePremier League with them,” said Richard Masters, Premier League Managing Director. “We know that millions of fans play FIFA and this new esports competition will provide our clubs with an exciting opportunity to engage with them. We can’t wait to get started with the opening online rounds in January 2019.”