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The eChampions League Is Back For FIFA 22

The crown jewel of the FIFA esports scene is back with a bang for the latest iteration of FIFA. A primary championship in the FIFA Global Series, the eChampions League is making its return back to its offline roots after having conducted the competition online in recent times.

Champions League football always brings good times and although the UCL 06/07 video game edition, arguably one of the best sports video games ever in EA’s spin-off series, no longer exists as a standalone, UCL football still lives on in FIFA. Here are all the details:


Dates and locations confirmed

This year eChampions League (eCL) is restricted to PlayStation players who are in the top ranks of FUT Division Rivals when the first season ends, i.e., November 11th, 2021. This is where the FGS rankings will enter into play and only the top 256 rated players from each European region will be able to register for the Online Qualifiers, the first phase in the eCL.

The Online Qualifiers have been scheduled to be held on December 4th and 5th, 2021. There will be a total of 4 Qualifiers with the zones as below:

  • West: France, Iceland, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Iberia & Benelux: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
  • Germany & Austria: Austria, Germany
  • Nordics & East: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine

The qualifiers will all be held in a Swiss format, which will see the player pool decrease to just 16 players per zone. The eCL Group Stage will follow the Online Qualifiers, to be held on February 19th and 20th, 2022. The 4 groups from earlier will then be combined into two categories as follows:

  • Western Europe: West, Iberia & Benelux
  • Central & Eastern Europe: Germany & Austria, Nordics & East

Luckily, this stage will be offline and the in-person events will consist of two Swiss events. Each group will play over one day, with 16 top players from each event progressing to the next phase.


Finals and prizes

The Knockout Stage forms the third part of the eCL with the event spread over two days; April 23rd and 24th, 2022. The final 32 players will enter a double-elimination bracket, out of which only 8 will progress to the eCL finals. The Finals have been scheduled to be played on May 27th 2022. The tournament coincides with the actual UEFA Champions League final, with the esports final played a day before the actual final.

The prize pool for the eCL, along with a shiny trophy, is over 280,000 USD for 2022. The winner is set to receive 75,000 USD with 2nd and 3rd place receiving 50,000 USD and 30,000 USD respectively. The rest of the share is to be divided categorically between 4th place and the 32nd place finisher.

But that’s not all. The audience gets to be a part of the spoils too with some exclusive Viewership Rewards announced for the eCL. The following events will be broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube:

  • eCL Group Stage – February 19th & 20th, 2022
  • eCL Knockout Stage – April 23rd & 24th, 2022
  • eCL Finals – May 27th, 2022

All of these events will have FGS rewards, provided you have linked your EA and Twitch accounts. More info will be provided later.

A new season of the Champions League begins in FIFA 22. Who do you think will come out on top? Are there title favourites already for this season?

About Rudra Mehta

Content Writer for FIFA Infinity. Culé in love with FC Barcelona since 2007. Avid Career Mode player and a Football Manager enthusiast.

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