Below is an outline of the FIFA 19 competitive eSports ecosystem, known as the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series, from the release of the game on PS4 and Xbox One all the way through to the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. This page will be updated regularly as firm dates and locations are confirmed and we will also be listing the winners of each event as they take place.
FIFA 19 players will need to have followed the below steps (taken from fifa.com) in order to take part in the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series:
EA have altered the qualification process this year so that year-long consistency is now rewarded, as opposed to an exceptional one-off performance. An example of this is the exclusion of the Last Chance Qualifier - which accounted for a sizable number of participants in last year's Global Series Playoffs - from the FIFA 19 eSports calendar. Instead, strong performances in offline tournaments throughout the year could earn players enough Global Series Points to make the playoffs. Click here to see the latest Global Series Points rankings.
Additionally, the Weekend League will no longer earn competitors direct qualification into offline events, but will offer Global Series Points which could be crucial come the playoffs.
The FIFA 19 eSports scene is set up so that everything ultimately feeds into FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final qualification. Last year, over 20 million players competed throughout the year before Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary was crowned FIFA 18 world champion at the O2 Arena in London, taking home a cool $250,000 in the process. After the success of the FIFA 18 cycle, there has been a considerable expansion in the ecosystem this time around. Here are the various qualification routes to the Grand Final, including a breakdown of the Global Series Points available in each:
There will be a total of six offline FUT Champions Cups this year (compared to two during the FIFA 18 cycle), with one taking place each month from November until April. Players must first qualify online to participate, and each event will feature a minimum of 32 players per platform.
The Global Series Points on offer at each FUT Champions Cup are as follows:
The FIFA eClub World Cup - which sees eSports teams competing against each other - returns this year and has now been classified as a 'Major', which is also the case for the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup. Details on this new addition to the calendar will be released in due course.
The Global Series Points on offer at these two tournaments are as follows:
Seven Licensed Qualifying events will take place throughout the year. These will be on a smaller scale and will vary in size between 16 and 32 players per platform, but will offer the opportunity for eligible players around the world to compete via online qualifiers. Further details on these events will be released in due course.
The Global Series Points on offer at Licensed Qualifying Events are as follows:
Once again, there will be FIFA eSports versions of football leagues around the world taking place, with Global Series Points on offer in each. The leagues that have so far been officially announced as forming part of the Global Series ecosystem are as follows: Virtuelle Bundesliga, eDivisie, eSuperliga, eLiga, Virtual La Liga esports, eLigue 1, eMLS, ePremier League, E-League, eAllsvenskan, Ekstraklasa and the eJ.League.
The Global Series Points on offer at each Official League Partner are as follows:
There is also the potential for future leagues to get involved, and if that is to be the case, the following Global Series Points will be on offer:
Sony will be hosting a succession of PS4-only tournaments at various locations around the world, which may have country or region restrictions attached to them.
The Global Series Points on offer at PlayStation Country Tournaments are as follows:
Although these no longer offer direct qualification to offline tournaments, eligible players can earn Global Series Points by competing in every FUT Champions Weekend League between November and April.
The Global Series Points on offer - in addition to the number of wins required - in FUT Champions Weekend Leagues are as follows:
The FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs will be the final opportunity for eligible players to collect Global Series Points for qualification to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019. The participants will consist of the top 64 players on each console (the top 60 from each Global Series Points leaderboard, and the top four players from each FIFA Online leaderboard).
The Global Series Points on offer at the Global Series Playoffs are as follows:
Most FIFA 19 tournaments do not yet have exact dates and locations but we will update the section below as soon as details are released. To find out when the online qualification dates are for each tournament, click here.
EA Champions Cup - FIFA Online 4 (South Korea, November 10th - 17th)
Winner - Team Mineski Flash (Fardinho / RippedJean / Amraan)
FUT Champions Cup #6 (London, April 5th - 7th)
Winner - Msdossary
FIFA eNations Cup (London, April 13th - 14th)
Winner - France (DaXe / Maestro)
eChampions League Qualifier (Manchester, April 26th)
Winners - TBC
EA Champions Cup - FIFA Online 4
Winner - TBC
Licensed Qualifier (Atlanta, May 11th - 12th)
Winner - TBC
PGL FIFA 19 Masters (Bucharest, May 18th - 19th)
Winner - TBC
eChampions League Final (Madrid, May 31st)
Winner - TBC
Global Series Playoffs (TBC)
Winner - TBC
FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final (TBC)
Winner - TBC
In addition to the above tournaments, several domestic leagues are currently part of FIFA eWorld Cup qualification and award Global Series points to successful players. The dates for those are as follows:
Australia - E-League (February 21st - May 9th)
Denmark - eSuperliga (November 5th - December 17th)
England - ePremier League (January 5th - March 29th)
France - eLigue 1 (October 22nd - May 13th*)
Germany - Virtual Bundesliga (December 1st - May 12th)
Japan - eJ.League Samsung SSD Cup (April 6th - April 29th)
Netherlands - eDivisie (November 13th - May 10th*)
Poland - Ekstraklasa (March 5th - May 26th)
Portugal - eLiga (April 15th - May 11th)
Spain - Virtual La Liga (December 3rd - May 11th)
Sweden - eAllsvenskan (March 2nd - May 25th)
USA - eMLS Cup (January 22nd - March 30th)
*Not officially confirmed yet
Finally, this year will also see the inaugural eChampions League take place, with the final set to take place in Madrid on May 31st:
eChampions League (Madrid, March 2nd - May 31st)