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Premier League games to be held in online FIFA 20 tournament


Not a bad alternative, is it? (Pic: EA)

With the coronavirus forcing all Premier League games to be suspended, 128 teams will be competing in FIFA 20 instead.

While
there are plenty of us who can deal
with self-isolation by clearing our gaming backlogs
, football fans don’t
have much of a replacement for their now-suspended sport.

The coronavirus has forced the Premier League, English Football League (EFL), and Women’s Super League (WSL) to suspend all their matches until at least the end of April. It may be only a month, but this has left several clubs facing financial troubles.

In order to counter this, Leyton Orient Football Club put out a call to hold a FIFA 20 tournament instead, with the intention of raising money to help support these struggling clubs.

The goal is to raise £50,000, with 75% of the money to be given to the EFL and the remainder to be split between MIND, a mental health charity, and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The donation page can be found here.

At
the time of writing, it has accrued more than half its goal and 128 teams from
across the globe have signed up to take part in what is being dubbed as the
Ultimate QuaranTEAM Tournament.

16 different countries will be playing, including France, Italy, and Holland, and among them are Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, West Ham, and Newcastle.

Each
club will be represented by a single player, though some like Manchester City
have professional esports teams, meaning they will have a distinct advantage.

The Racing Post has the full list of matches, as well as betting odds. Funnily enough, Northampton will be playing against Forest Green, which they were originally meant to do in a match last Saturday before it was postponed.

Skidding across virtual grass is probably less painful than skidding across real grass (Pic: EA)

‘This is very much the brainchild of our innovative Media Team – Luke and Dan,’ wrote Chief Executive Danny Macklin on Leyton Orient’s official website.

‘This
provides a fantastic opportunity to play a small part in providing some
engaging content with football fans at this very difficult time.

‘Furthermore
and perhaps even more importantly it’s a chance to raise much needed funds for
EFL clubs and two phenomenal causes.

‘On
behalf of Leyton Orient FC we want to thank everyone for their support and we
very much wish everyone well.’

Details on how to view the tournament have not been confirmed yet, but the first matches will be taking place this Sunday, 22 March.

FIFA 20 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.

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