April 16th 2020, London: The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organization set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, has partnered with further education body AoC Sport to run a FIFA tournament for college students.
The FIFA 2020 College Lockdown Championships will be for teams of three on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to compete nationally every week from May.
Players from member colleges will have the opportunity to play against the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) national team footballers and compete in a showcase final on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020. The winner will receive a trophy, plus AoC Sport and British Esports are planning on getting a pro-FIFA player to involve in this, announcing at a later date.
With students across the country learning from home as well as potentially caring for family members, self-isolating, volunteering and wanting to socialize over the summer, British Esports and AoC Sport see this competition as an ideal activity for students to involve themselves in.
Gamers will form teams of three, each playing a 12-minute match in the Ultimate Team mode (six minutes per half) against opposing teams. There will be nine matches per round to determine the final score.
Rounds will take place every week from Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, with the competition adopting a swiss tournament format. Colleges should encourage to appoint a student as captain to take charge of their team, arrange match times with other teams and enter their scores online.
Colleges have until Thursday, May 7th, 2020 to enter their team and submit their top players’ names/gaming IDs.
At a time when students are not able to develop skills through playing sport physically, esports competitions can have a vital role in improving the same aspects such as teamwork, communication, and sportsmanship.
British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE comments:
“We’re excited to be launching this new competition in partnership with our friends at AoC Sport. In these strange and uncertain times, it’s great to bring the community together virtually and allow students to get involved in something stimulating and inspiring.”
Dean Hardman, AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience, add:
“We are really pleased to be offering member colleges this competitive esports opportunity over the next few weeks.
“Many colleges have participated in esports over the past two years as part of our valued partnership with the British Esports Association and this FIFA lockdown tournament presents a further opportunity for even more colleges and students to get involved, playing one of the most popular video game titles among students.”
There are plenty of resources and support available from British Esports to enable college tutors to understand the new FIFA tournament, whether they are familiar with esports or not, such as how to run internal competitions to find their top three players.
The tournament will be run under a dedicated code of conduct to ensure the values of fair play and respect are adhered to throughout.
Please note this tournament is not affiliating with or sponsoring by Electronic Arts Inc. or its licensors.
About the British Esports Association
The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organization establishing in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.
As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and is not a governing body.
The Association helps educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Its three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.
About AoC Sport
AoC Sport is the membership organization for further education and sixth form colleges in England and Wales, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education.
AoC Sport manages regional leagues and national knockout cups in eight sports, with more than 1,100 teams taking part in a 16-20 week season of competition.