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USL creates second esports competition amid Covid-19 shutdown

The United Soccer League has announced the development of its second esports competition it is staging to help fill the void amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The officially-titled “USL eCup: Fifa20 Edition” will feature 32 clubs from across the USL Championship and USL League One competing in EA Sports’ Fifa20 game.

The six-week tournament will feature weekly brackets across three divisions and include promotion and relegation at the end of each week. The club that finishes with the most cumulative points at the end of the six weeks of competition will be crowned the overall winner.

All games will be streamed live on Twitch, with additional coverage on the official league websites. There will also be the opportunity for fans to donate to teams’ nominated charities.

The esports competition follows the “USL eCup: Rocket League Edition” which launched in March and gained ESPN distribution.

The USL, which is indefinitely suspended due to the ongoing health crisis, recently furloughed some staff in its head office in Tampa, Florida.

The organization also announced it has cancelled its League Two season and is exploring “a variety of alternative competitive formats” in the Championship and League One.

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