For the first time in the short history of Esports sector in India, the AIFF will conduct trials to select India’s top FIFA players and form a team to participate in the FIFA E nation series to be held later this year. The tournament will be held between March 20 to April 4 while registrations are open from March 1 to March 10.
The rankings determined in the West Asia region event of the FIFA Global Series Ranking will be used to seed players and the top 16 players from there will play it out in order to fill 2 spots to represent India. The FIFA E Nation Sports 21 will feature a multi phased stage with online qualifiers being held prior to the final event.
FIFA E nation series (Source: Forbes)
The FIFA E- Nation Series is the most reputed and prestigious tournament in the world where gamers from several countries gather and play out a series of rounds to determine the best in the business. India has never taken part in this tournament despite having a few renowned FIFA players competing around the world for private FIFA teams. Given that thee are divisions for participants based on the region they come from, India will be taking part from the Middle East and Africa server for the initial stages of the tournament.
This is certainly the day thousands of avid FIFA players have been dreaming about given that FIFA and e sports have been taken up in a major way by the Indian sport market. AIFF Secretary, Kushal Das was quoted by PTI saying “ Gaming has always been a great engagement tool for football fans across the world. Owing to the current pandemic situation the interest in eSports has increased manifold globally”.
He also reiterated that this opportunity will be one of a kind given the rise in popularity of e sports. Moreover it is also a new platform for athletes to connect over the love for football and will prove to be a great opportunity to showcase talent.