With the COVID-19 pandemic stalling various sporting competitions, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will launch its first-ever online football tournament called as the PFF eTrophy on April 15-16.
PFF will invite esports players across the country to battle it out for the right to play for the national team in various electronic football tilts and ultimately the FIFAe Nations Series 2021 later this month.
“We thank FIFA for including eFootball in its platform which will allow us not only to host esports competitions, but also send our players to international competitions,” said PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta Jr.
Using the FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4, the PFF eTrophy will feature eight players who will be divided into two groups of four and will duke it out in a single round-robin group stage.
The top two players of each group will proceed in the crossover knockout phase where matches are slated to be played over two legs.
Winners from the semifinals will dispute the inaugural PFF eTrophy but more importantly they will banner the country in the FIFAe Nations Series.
The PFF is hoping that the online competition will further boost the growth of football and encourage Filipinos to have interest in the sport through a different medium.
“As we host our first-ever eFootball competition, we hope that it will encourage football fans and stakeholders to enjoy football not just on the physical pitch but also on the digital pitch,” said Araneta, also the country’s chef de mission to the Tokyo Olympics.
“We see eFootball as one of the new and innovative ways to promote football to the public, particularly to the youth. We invite all aspiring eFootball players to join and compete in the PFF eTrophy,” said PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes.