The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 (FIWC 2014) officially kicked off today, marking the beginning of an epic 6-month journey that will see millions of virtual footballers from all over the world battle for a qualification seat at the FIWC 2014 Grand Final – FIFA’s official virtual World Cup Finals.
The tenth edition of the largest videogame tournament in the world promises an unforgettable tournament with the announcement that 2014 FIFA World Cup™ hosts Brazil will also host the FIWC 2014 Grand Final. That’s right, the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™!
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Do you want to be among the 20 Grand Finalists enjoying a 2014 FIFA World Cup experience in Brazil? Visit the How To Play section of FIFA.com/FIWC to familiarize yourself with the FIFA Interactive World Cup. The section walks you through every aspect of the competition, from how to sign up, to the tournament format and, most importantly, how to qualify! Your FIWC journey to the heart of the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins now!
Standing between you and the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 (FIWC14) Trophy are six online qualification seasons and the main event – The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final. The FIWC14 champion will receive an invitation to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala and USD 20,000 in prize money. More information about the fantastic prizes up for grabs in FIWC14 can be found on the Prizes page.
There are two phases to the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014—The qualification phase and the tournament showpiece, the FIWC 2014 Grand Final. At the Grand Final, 20 players will battle it out to be crowned virtual world champion.
There are six online qualification seasons for FIWC14. Each season, the top two players on the Leaderboard will qualify for the Grand Final. Each season, one additional qualification seat will be awarded to the online player that wins the Community Qualifier. Much like a FIFA World Cup, the players that qualify for the main event will be joined by the defending FIWC champion and a champion from the host nation of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final. The host nation champion will be decided at a live qualification event held prior to the 2014 Grand Final!
All matches for the FIWC14 online qualification seasons will be played over the PlayStation® network.
|Online Season||Date||Season start time||Season end time|
|Season One||1 October to 1 November 2013||11:00*||10:59*|
|Season Two||1 November to 1 December 2013||11:00*||10:59*|
|Season Three||1 December 2013 to 1 January 2014||11:00*||10:59*|
|Season Four||1 January to 1 February 2014||11:00*||10:59*|
|Season Five||1 February to 1 March 2014||11:00*||10:59*|
|Season Six||1 March to 1 April 2014||11:00*||10:59*|
*All times are CET
Each online season kicks off at 09:00 (GMT) on the first day of the respective month and finishes at 8:59 (GMT) on the first day of the next month. There will be no break between online seasons. Points will be automatically reset when a new online season kicks off (9 am GMT) ensuring everyone gets a fresh chance to qualify with every new season. You only have to register once to take part in all six seasons.
Twenty finalists will compete at the FIWC14 Grand Final: The defending champion, the host nation champion, the 12 players that finish in the top two places for the six online seasons, and the six winners of the community qualifiers.
Win a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup!
To celebrate the six online qualification seasons for FIWC 2014 they’re giving away six trips to the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Each online season, the FIWC is giving away a trip to watch a game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to the winner of the Country Challenge! To find out everything you need to know about competing in the Country Challenges visit the Country Challenges page in the How To Play section.
Do you have what it takes to win the FIFA Interactive World Cup? Our FIWC14 champion will talk away with USD 20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d’Or! Sign up now!
To stay up to date all the latest news, tournament information, videos and announcements follow @FIWC on Twitter and become a fan of the official FIWC Facebook Page. You can also watch FIWC videos on YouTube by visiting FIFATV on YouTube.