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May 06, 2022   |  4:39PM AET

Launch of the E-League Group Stages

Launch of the E-League Group Stages
  • The Group Stages of E-League 2022 kick off on Saturday 7th May with a who’s who of Australia esports chomping at the bit to get stuck into each other;
  • The four groups contain the best EA SPORTSTM FIFA 22 players in Australia, including multiple past winners, alongside debutants, eager to make their own mark;
  • For the first time ever, selected Path to E-League qualifiers from across Australia have won the right to challenge for a place in the E-League Finals at the end of May;
  • Players who make the finals are vying for the E-League’s first ever prize pool of $10,000 and the top two will qualify to represent their A-Leagues club and country in the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs;

The draw for the Group Stages of E-League 2022 has produced some tantalising matches and storylines which are sure to excite esports fans across Australia.

In Group A, there will be a real David versus Goliath battle when Western United’s Dylan Campbell, the number one ranked player in Oceania, faces off against Path-to-E-League qualifier and Perth Glory player Boom FC.

It’s all about the battle for Victorian bragging rights in Group B, as Melbourne City’s Naylor, Western United’s Negedetron and Melbourne Victory’s Saad look to make it out of a very tough group.

Group C has brought together three much-loved players who have been in the E-League since day one in 2018. Expect sparks to fly when Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes, Sydney FC’s Jamie O’Doherty and Melbourne Victory’s Mo Zwed go toe-to-toe. You can also expect no quarter to be given in the battle for sibling rivalry in this group, when Marcus takes on his younger brother Dillon, representing Perth Glory.

And last but not least, Group D also has the potential for a giant-killing in the match-up between E-League veteran Marko (Sydney FC), playing in his fifth year, and GinjaMan (Macarthur), another Path-to-E-League qualifier, making his E-League debut.

Only the top two players in each group qualify for Finals, which begin on May 25, with the best two players making it all the way to the live Grand Final on May 28.

So every match counts. Expect fireworks.

All the information you need to know:

The Group Draw:

The Match Schedule:

The Group Stage matches take place on May 7th and May 14th, and the Finals played on May 25th and May 28th, with all games broadcasted on the E-League Australia channel on Twitch (twitch.tv/eleagueaustralia). Viewers are encouraged to create a Twitch account, to participate live in the discussion on matchdays.

How the draw was conducted:

Prize Pool details:

  • The winner of the E-League 2022 competition will take home a $4,000 top prize and a place in the EA SportsTM FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs;
  • The second placed player will earn $2,000 prize money and also qualify for the EA Sports FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs;
  • $1,400 and $1,000 will go to third and fourth-placed competitors;
  • A further $1,600 will be shared by players finishing between 5th and 8th in the final placings

Background E-League 2022 information:

A-Leagues launched the E-League 2022 competition on 17th March and announced we were opening up opportunities for FIFA players from across Australia to compete and call themselves Australia’s best, and make it all the way to the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.

The inaugural Path to E-League tournament kicked off at the end of March and more than 100 eligible EA SPORTS FIFA 22 players have competed for slots in the E-League Finals.

Players battled it out over four days between March 29 and April 6, and a handful of qualifiers are now being considered for the few remaining spots with A-League clubs in the E-League Group Stages on May 7 and 14.

Go to keepup.com.au/news/e-league, home of the E-League for more information.

A-Leagues commercial partners McDonald’s, Isuzu UTE Australia, Liberty Financial and NEDS share our excitement about the competition and are supporting as proud partners of E-League 2022.