UPDATE: The draw took place at 3 p.m. ET. We’ll have a more specific rundown in a bit, but for now, here’s the bracket.
Most sports leagues have suspended play for the near future due to the coronavirus, and they are starting to come up with some unique ways to engage their fans. La Liga is using FIFA 20 to provide fans some entertainment, according to Kotaku, while also giving some of the league’s players a chance to engage their own competitive juices.
Earlier this week, the Seville Derby was played via FIFA 20 with Sevilla FC’s Sergio Reguilón and Real Betis’ Borja Iglesias squaring off. Spanish esports announcer Ibai Llanos called the game on his Twitch channel. Following the game, Llanos tweeted an idea for a broader FIFA 20 tournament featuring players from each team participating, and it quickly went viral.
Os molaría un torneo de FIFA entre los 20 equipos de primera?— Ibai (@IbaiLlanos) March 16, 2020
Buscamos un futbolista de cada club, como el Sevilla-Betis de ayer pero con todos los equipos
Podría llamar también a narradores de fútbol para que lo comenten. Y todo lo generado en el streaming lo donamos.
Kotaku is reporting the draw will happen today based on current actual league standings. The top 12 teams would get a bye and teams 13-20 would play to advance. The first round of games would take place Friday, followed by a Round of 16 and quarterfinals on Saturday, and then the semifinals and finals on Sunday.
Some of the La Liga players expected to take part, according to AS, include Borja Iglesias (Real Betis), Sergio Reguilón (Sevilla), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Pedro Porro (Valladolid), Adrián Embarba (RCD Espnayol), and Rubén García (CA Osasuna). Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and Marco Asensio are facing off against each other to represent the club.
Once the draw is in, we’ll have a rundown of it to get people prepared for what could be the first of many such contests.