Six of the nation’s best grassroots FIFA 22 players win a spot at the live final to battle it out, challenge England players and EXCEL esport games at Wembley Stadium connected by EE Full Fibre.
England Football, together with EE, has announced the finalists of the Connected Club Cup, a new esports FIFA 22Ô competition played between grassroots gamers across England. The six finalists will play against England footballers and EXCEL esports gamers at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, the home of England Football, on 23rd August 2022.
Brad Colston from Burnley; Alfie Calder from Nottinghamshire; Luke Downing from Norwich; Harvey Waters from Salisbury; Lolingo Weye from London; and Ben Evans from Aylesbury were amongst eighteen of the nation’s best football gamers that battled for a coveted spot at the Connected Club Cup final. The semi-final tournaments were hosted at EE’s Connected Clubs, grassroots football club whose clubhouses were turned into game houses using EE Full Fibre.
The semi-finalists competed in a round-robin tournament, at one of three semi-final tournaments – Merseyrail Ladies FC, Chasetown FC and Worthing Town FC – with matches played on both Xbox and PlayStation, proving EE Full Fibre can handle anything.
The live final will be hosted in The FA Club Box at Wembley Stadium on 23rd August. Following the same round-robin format, the six finalists can also test their skills against England footballers and EXCEL esport gamers.
Powered by EE Full Fibre, the live final will be streamed on England Football’s Twitch channel (Twitch.tv/England), where esports fans will be able to watch players trick, flick and spin it out to be awarded the Connected Club Cup trophy – and a host of amazing prizes including tickets to an England Football match, Wembley Stadium concert tickets and a yearly EE Full Fibre subscription.
Navin Singh, Commercial Director at the FA, said: “The Connected Club Cup is giving the six gamers a chance to show off their skills and build a future in FIFA esports from the home of English football, Wembley Stadium.
“This new initiative will bring together football communities through esports and promote improved digital connectivity at grassroots clubs across the country.”
Pete Jeavons, Director of Marketing Communications at EE, adds: “The Connected Club Cup brings together the unbeatable performance and reliability of EE’s Full Fibre broadband and the passion and skill seen at grassroots level gaming.
“Connecting grassroots clubs is vital in this digital age and joining up with the exciting world of esports is a brilliant opportunity for these six gamers to show their skills and compete to be crowned the Connected Club Cup champion at Wembley, in front of England footballers and EXCEL esport gamers”
EE’s Full Fibre has the strength to connect 100 devices with an ultrafast gigabit connection powered by BT. Offering lag free gaming through a seamless and reliable connection. EE Full Fibre allows you to watch a 4K show online, while playing games online, while in a discord call with friends or livestreaming on Twitch to your audience or community – all using less than half of what the connection could handle.
As lead partner of the Home Nations Football Associations, EE is focused on improving the lives of millions of players, coaches and fans across the UK. With grassroots clubs, the focus is to create closer football communities and opportunities through new digital and football skills initiatives. Connected Clubs is just one of those initiatives, and our ambition is to connect over 200 grassroots community football clubs across the Home Nations with a package of EE products and services, including wi-fi, broadband and landline.