Major League Soccer Enters Esports With a New FIFA Competition

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

MLS, the top level of professional soccer in the US and Canada, joins Australia's A-League as real-world leagues that have pledged to create esports counterparts for the road to the Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup.

North America's most prestigious soccer competition, Major League Soccer, is joining the trend of national soccer leagues launching their own Federation Internationale de Football Association esports competitions. The eMLS Cup, taking place this April at PAX East in Boston, will help determine the victor. The organizers of eMLS are leaving that process up to the individual clubs; each one will figure out its own method of selecting a Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 pro "from its region". The three Canadians teams have yet to make an announcement about their pro gamers.

MLS setting up a competitive gaming league follows the lead of a number of soccer leagues that have already done the same.

There's no word on whether eMLS pros are being set up as full-time jobs, like spots in the National Basketball Association 2K League or Overwatch League.

This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA Sports to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and millions of Federation Internationale de Football Association players around the world.

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Further details on the eMLS league structure and team player signings will be revealed in the coming weeks. The Philadelphia Flyers have already partnered with WorldGaming for the Snider Hockey Cup, a North American championship whose finals are in March.

Out of the 23 MLS teams, 19 will participate in the inaugural season. NYCFC has since signed a second player, Joey Calabro for Xbox One, and announced plans for its own "FIFA 18" tournament in February.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is entering the world of esports in a big way, introducing a new Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league in partnership with EA Sports.

Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on January 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs. "With the eMLS we accelerate our growth as players compete on the road to the Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup 2018." .

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