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eChampions League: Schedule, format and how to watch

Virtual Football doesn’t get better than this.

EA Sports FC pro have announced details for the 2024 eChampions League (eCL) competition. The programme will see the best EA Sports FC competitors representing some of the biggest European Football Clubs in their attempt to win the eChampions League Finals.

The competition will feature several stages, including the eChampions League finals in front of a live audience in late May. Players will compete for a share of $280,000.

eChampions League Format

The 2024 eChampions League will take place over the month of May. Players will qualify to the eCL through the FC Pro Leagues that take place throughout February and May.

Top ranked competitors representing clubs from the several European Partner programmes (such as the ePremier League or Virtual Bundesliga) will look to secure a spot in the Group Stage via their domestic performance. This is essentially the same as the non virtual Champions League format.

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Photo EA/UEFA

In a change from past years, teams performance in the non virtual Champions League will also potentially secure them a spot in the virtual version. The top eight clubs in the Champions League will be directly invited to the competition.

Those qualified for the eCL Group Stage will compete in a two day, round robin gauntlet. This will determine which competitors advance to the Knockout Stage.

The Knockout Stage will feature the top 24 competitors, who will compete across a two day single elimination tournament in London. Eight players will advance to the live eChampions League Finals.

The eChampions League Finals will take place with an in person audience. Hosted by Magazine London, fans will be able to watch the finals in person. More than a thousand tickets will be available.

eChampions League Schedule

All of this eCL action takes place across the month of May. Ending just a few days before the non virtual Champions League final also takes place in London on June 1st.

Here is the schedule for the competition:

  • FC Pro Leagues (February - April)
  • eCL Group Stage (May 11-12)
  • eCL Knockout Stage (May 18-19)
  • eChampions League Finals (May 29th)

Details on how to get ticks to the Finals will release in due course.

How to watch the eCL at home

Fans will be able to follow along with all the action on both Twitch and YouTube. The eCL proved very popular in 2023, with over 4.3 million unique fans, according to EA.

Matches will be streamed live on www.twitch.tv/easportsfc, https://www.youtube.com/@EASPORTSFCPro and www.youtube.com/UEFA as well as broadcast by UCL media partners around the world.

Twitch Drops avaliable

Those choosing to watch on Twitch can earn exclusive eCL Twitch Drops. While details aren't fully finalised, EA are saying that there will be in-game eCL themed vanity items such as player kits. More information is coming in due course.

The eChampions League will be an exciting month of EA Sports FC action. Stay tuned to esports.gg for all the latest EA FC 24 news and guides.