EA SPORTS Introduces New Era of Football Esports With EA SPORTS FC PRO
Electronic Arts introduces the esports program for EA SPORTS FC, EA SPORTS FC Pro. FC Pro will bring one-on-one gameplay to EA SPORTS FC players and fans through a new global competition circuit and League Partner programs. Registration is now open.
“FC Pro will redefine the way our millions of Ultimate Team players engage with EA SPORTS FC,” says Sam Turkbas, Senior Director & Commissioner, Football Esports, EA. “FC Pro is built with our Ultimate Team fans and players in mind and enables them to forge stronger connections with their favorite athletes on the virtual pitch. In collaboration with our League Partners, our season-long FC Pro journey is the ultimate platform for our Ultimate Team enthusiasts to showcase their passion for FC.”
A New Era with FC Pro
With new paths for players to join in, a streamlined competition format, and in-person events throughout the season, FC Pro is set to be EA’s biggest-ever program of football esports. The league is divided into two regular season competitions: FC Pro Open – an open circuit for competitive players – and FC Pro Leagues – an ecosystem that fully harnesses the global world of football with League Partners. FC Pro is partnering with many of the world’s top football leagues and federations– including the Premier League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, LALIGA, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, MLS, and more – to offer domestic tournaments that bring each league’s iconic teams and players to the forefront of competition.
The Road to the FC Pro World Championship
FC Pro’s streamlined structure makes it easier than ever for fans and competitors to follow the flow of competition. The inaugural season of FC Pro kicks off in October with the FC Pro Open and concludes with the FC Pro World Championship in June 2024, where the top 32 EA SPORTS FC players – four from FC Pro Open and 28 from FC Pro Leagues – will face off to be crowned the first FC Pro World Champion. Throughout the season, unique rule sets and teambuilding will create fresh in-game metas and force players to get creative as they assemble their rosters.
FC Pro Open (October 2023 – February 2024)
Up-and-coming players and veteran competitors will battle through the FC Pro Open and follow a clear path to pro, with a USD $1 million cumulative prize pool across five months of competition in ten regions. Players begin by climbing the online FC Pro Open Ladder, with top competitors qualifying for regional online events. From there, top seeded regional players will be brought together in London to battle against one another for their chance to compete in the FC Pro Open, an eight-week competition showcasing the best players in the world. Viewers can tune into weekly broadcasts on the official EA SPORTS FC Twitch channel.
FC Pro Leagues (February 2024 – May 2024)
FC Pro Leagues kicks off with a series of tentpole tournaments presented alongside FC Pro’s Football League Partners, each offering opportunities to earn prize money and qualify for the FC Pro World Championship. Leveraging EA SPORTS FC’s global ties to traditional sports organizations, players will compete under the banner of familiar football clubs as they showcase the upper echelon of EA SPORTS FC gameplay.
FC Pro World Championship (June 2024)
The pinnacle of FC Pro competition, the FC Pro World Championship pits 32 proven competitors from the FC Pro Open and FC Pro Leagues against one another in a battle for glory. Players must navigate group play and a single-elimination bracket to take home their share of the USD $1 million prize pool and claim the title of the first ever FC Pro World Champion.