It has been revealed this week that some 20% of colleges in England will take part in the upcoming AoC Sport FIFA 21 Cup, an event established by the British Esports Association and AoC Sport. 52 colleges across the country will compete throughout March and May, with a total of 41 Xbox One teams and 38 PlayStation 4 teams.
Teams of three will battle it out for the main prize at national level, with matches set to last 12 minutes. Encounters during the group stage and playoffs will take place each week during the tournament. Each team is likely to have a leader, who will be in charge of arranging online matches and tracking scores.
How the Tournament Will Operate
All players involved will feature in three 1v1 matches per fixture, with each college competing in three rounds, adding up to nine games per week. Director of Sport and Student Experience at AoC, Dean Hardman, stated that: “It’s fantastic to be working with the British Esports Association in terms of increasing competitive opportunities for college students across the country. At a time when students are not able to develop skills through playing sport physically, esport competitions can have a vital role in enhancing the same attributes such as teamwork, communication and sportsmanship,” he said in a press release.”
Hardman also suggested that the tournament would be helpful to participants in what has been a period of uncertainty for all, while pointing to the success of the AoC Sport FIFA 20 College Lockdown Championships, which featured hundreds of young gamers.
What the British Esports Association Has Said on the Announcement
Having her say on the matter, Alice Leaman, Schools and Colleges Liason Officer for the British Esports Association stated that: “We are excited to once again be able to work with AoC Sport to provide further opportunities for students during lockdown to get involved in esports, join an online community, and to represent their college during this difficult time. Following the huge success of the AoC Sport FIFA tournament last year, we hope to see many new, and returning, colleges discovering esports and the skills involved.”
It was Hills Roath Sixth Form College and Priestley College who took home the spoils during the Lockdown Championships last year.