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News Release : Japan Professional Football League December 1, 2021

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 - 18:00 JST
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News Release : Japan Professional Football League December 1, 2021

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 22 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE 

The J. League is again hosting an esports competition starting from 25th December 2021 which will award 2 valuable places in the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFAe World Cup™ 2022.

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 22 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE will be played at 2 stages; “Club Champions Cup” on J. League mode and “FUT Champions Cup” based on FIFAe WORLD CUP™ regulations, on EA SPORTS FIFA 22, the game produced by Electronic Arts (EA).

The champion of the “Club Champions Cup” on J. League mode will be awarded prize money of one million yen. The runner-up will be awarded three hundred thousand yen, and the third-place winner will be awarded one hundred thousand yen.

The champion and the runner-up of “eJ.LEAGUE FUT Champions Cup” will be granted with a place for the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series playoffs hosted by EA.

The J. League seeks to give everyone diverse opportunities to experience sport close up as a part of their everyday life, regardless of gender. The EA SPORTSFIFA 22 Global Series allows this 5th time eSports competition since 2018 to have the dual aims of sending players out to the world and spreading awareness of the joys of football.

Although the tournaments take place online basically, the final round on 29th and 30th January 2022 will be played offline.

*All tournaments might be played online depending on the situation of COVID-19.

This time, eJ.LEAGUE will stream live on our official International YouTube channel for fans overseas - you can enjoy listening to the English live commentary from guest celebrities. See OFFICIAL RULES for details.


TheFIFA 22 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

Overview

■Title : EA SPORTS FIFA22 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

■Host : Japan Professional Football League

■Special Cooperation : To be decided

■Top Partner : To be decided

■Date :

Preliminary Round: December 25th (Sat) and 26th (Sun), 2021 (without streaming)

Final Round: January 15th (Sat) and 16th (Sun) and 29rd (Sat), 2022《FUT Champions Cup》 January 30th (Sun), 2022

■Broadcast : J.League official YouTube, LINE LIVE, Twitter LIVE Etc.

J.League official International YouTube channel.

■Videogame : EA SPORTS FIFA22

This football computer game was developed by EA SPORTS and released by Electronic Arts in

October 2021. The players of all J1 teams in 2021 season are listed using their real names.

■Terminal : PlayStation 5

PlayStation and PS4 are registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

■Clubs : 2021 J1 20 Clubs

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, Vegalta Sendai, Kashima Antlers, Urawa Reds, Kashiwa Reysol, F.C. Tokyo, Kawasaki Frontale, Yokohama F・Marinos, Yokohama FC, Shonan Bellmare, Shimizu S-Pulse, Nagoya Grampus, Gamba Osaka, Cerezo Osaka, Vissel Kobe, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Tokushima Vortis, Avispa Fukuoka, Sagan Tos, Oita Trinita.

■Competition format 《Club Champions Cup》

- Preliminary Round

Each of the 20 J1 clubs will host a knockout tournament and either one or two players from each tournament will qualify for the final.

Each J. League club is entitled to nominate one player separately to advance to the final round. The tournament winner will advance in the case of a club which nominates a player, or the winner and runner-up in the case of a club which does not.

The match will be played as single tournaments using “Online Friendly” (over 90-rated mode). No extra time or penalty shootout will be played when a score is tied at the end of normal time - players hold the rematch and the winner is decided by the golden goal.

- Final Round

・Group Stage

The final round will be contested by 40 players (anticipated), two from each J1 club, consisting of players advancing from the preliminary round and players specially nominated by J. League clubs*.

The players will be divided into 8 groups of 5 from which 16 players, namely the top 2 finishers in each group with the best results, will advance to the knock-out tournament.

Matches at the group stage will be played as single tournaments

No extra time will be played when a total score over the 2 legs is tied at the end of normal time.

・Knock-out Stage; the first round

Matches in the single knock-out tournament (single elimination) by 16 players.

No extra time or penalty shootout will be played when a score is tied at the end of normal time - players hold the rematch and the winner is decided by the golden goal.

・Knock-out Stage; the quarter final, semi-final, final

Matches will be contested over two legs, home and away.

No extra time or penalty shootout will be played when a total score over the 2 legs is tied at the end of normal time - players hold the rematch and the winner is decided by the golden goal.

* Players nominated by J. League clubs

Eligibility applies to players registered with EA SPORTS FIFA 22 who represented one of the 20 J1 clubs during the 2021 season.

Each club may nominate one player. (Clubs may select not to nominate a player.)

《FUT Champions Cup》

Quarterfinalists of 8 players at Club Champions Cup will play in the tournament to gain a place for the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.

Matches in the knock-out tournament (double elimination) over two legs, home and away on FUT Friendly mode. No extra time or penalty shootout will be played when a total score over the 2 legs is tied at the end of normal time - players hold the rematch and the winner is decided by the golden goal.

■Prizes :《Club Champions Cup》

Champion eJ.LEAGUE Cup / Prize money of 1 million yen (extra prize; TBD)

Runner-up Prize money of 300,000 yen

Third place Prize money of 100,000 yen × 2 players

《FUT Champions Cup》

Champion Qualification for EA SPORTS FIFA22 Global Series playoffs (extra prize; TBD)

Runner-up Qualification for EA SPORTS FIFA22 Global Series playoffs


The EA SPORTSTM FIFA 22 Global Series eJ.LEAGUE

How to Participate

■ Application Period : 12:00 Wednesday, December 1 – 12:00 Wednesday, December 15, 2021

■ Application Method : ※A link is available from the special page on the J.LEAGUE.jp website.

※Online applications only.

※Only one application per person.

■Participation fee : None

■Eligibility :

※Applicants under the age of 20 must provide the signed, written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

■ Handling of Personal Information

purpose clearly and obtains the client’s consent for this by fair and appropriate means. The J. League only uses such personal information within the scope required for the stated purposes.

clients either at the J. League or by J. League subcontractors and partners for

the following stated purposes:

・The keeping, use and analysis of information within the scope of J. League activities

・ Providing requested materials and information when possible

・ Responding to questions, feedback and requests

・ Communications

・ Other purposes laid down in the terms of J. League services.

■ Inquiries: eJ.League Secretariat MAIL : [email protected]

※This outline has been excerpted from FIFA 22 eJ.LEAGUE tournament regulations. Please refer to the full regulations for further details.