Uefa has announced plans for a second edition of its Uefa eEuro tournament, with the final of the esports event planned to coincide with the climax of the real Uefa European Championships in London next summer.
The Uefa eEuro is a national team esports tournament themed around the Uefa Euros and featuring all of the governing body’s 55 national associations.
Participating players compete exclusively on Konami’s PES 2020 title with each national association entering a team comprised of between two and four players.
The format will be similar to the real football event and will include a qualification phase and a final tournament. Between November and December 2020, each association will nominate their team, with participants being chosen through a domestic online or ‘physical’ tournament – unless a national efootball team already exists.
The aim for all the contesting countries will be to qualify for the final tournament in London from July 9–10, scheduled just before the the rescheduled real-world Uefa Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium on July 11.
The latter event was postponed to 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, however the first edition of Uefa’s virtual tournament went ahead in May, with Italy beating Serbia in the final.
Uefa marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein said: “The Uefa eEuro has given efootball enthusiasts the chance to dream of representing their country on the biggest stage and all competing teams will be looking to emulate Italy who were victorious earlier this year.
“The inaugural Uefa eEuro was an undoubted success, with over 15 million people having watched competition footage across Uefa’s platforms. We have seen a massive growth in the popularity of efootball over the past few years and eEuro 2021 will continue to give us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national team football.”