The Association of European Professional Football Leagues has announced plans for a new esports competition, Stay2Score, launching this week.
With domestic leagues across Europe only just beginning to get back underway after the Covid-19 pandemic – Germany intends to begin playing fixtures this weekend – the European Leagues, which represents football competitions from across the continent, has outlined a competition that will see eight leagues compete for supremacy on EA Sports’ FIFA 20.
The tournament will get underway this week, on Wednesday May 13, and conclude 10 days later, on May 23, with matches to be broadcast via the social and digital channels of the participating leagues in their respective countries.
European Leagues has partnered with leading esports agency DreamHack, which will handle the operational and organisation aspects of the competition, while PR firm Omnicom will handle the communications and public-facing elements.
The top divisions from Austria, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden will face off, each putting forward four contestants – two professional footballers or celebrities, and two professional FIFA players. No information has yet been released on the identity of the competitors.
The announcement follows similar initiatives launched by Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga, both of which have already run FIFA 20 competitions since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.