Academy and Kicks players emulate heroes in ePL tournaments
Over 1,500 Premier League Kicks participants and youth players have taken part in FIFA 20 competitions, emulating the first-team stars who competed in the ePL Invitational.
The eyes of the world have been watching a host of well-known players and special guests go head-to-head in the ePremier League Invitational tournaments over the last month.
But two other EA SPORTS FIFA 20 competitions have given young people linked to the Premier League the opportunity to enjoy some competitive action while football is on hold.
The ePremier League #StayAtHome Cup had a total of 479 Premier League Kicks participants taking part, among a total of more than 800 players.
ePL #StayAtHome Cup winners
- PlayStation 4, 13-15 years: Luke, Liverpool
- Xbox One, 13-15 years: Owen, Burnley
- PlayStation 4, 16-18 years: Yassar, Leyton Orient
- Xbox One, 16-18 years: Moustafa, Exeter City
A total of 975 youngsters from Premier League and Category One Academies put their FIFA 20 skills to the test in the ePL Academy Cup. Manchester City and Manchester United claimed the Playstation 4 honours in the competition, while Liverpool and Aston Villa were the Xbox One winners.
ePL Academy Cup winners
- PlayStation 4, 13-17 years: Ashton, Manchester City
- Xbox One, 13-17 years: Chris, Liverpool
- PlayStation 4, 18-23 years: Anthony, Manchester United
- Xbox One, 18-23 years: Harrison, Aston Villa
The two tournaments were able to take place thanks to the support of the Premier League's lead partner EA SPORTS and operators, Battlefy.
"These tournaments are a great way to bring together and provide entertainment to the upcoming generation of FIFA players," said Sam Turkbas, deputy FIFA competitive gaming commissioner at EA SPORTS.
Both tournaments urged participants to stay home and save lives, as well as encouraging them to take regular breaks from gaming every 45 minutes.
West Ham United Foundation’s Community Sports Manager Austin Hughes said: “These are tough times for young people who usually engage with friends most days of the week. A tournament like this helps to put some of that engagement back, raising their spirits, which will have a knock-on effect on other aspects like their family.
"This is one of the many ways that we at West Ham United are continuing to connect with our community and with the Premier League hosting this tournament it adds that extra sparkle that many youngsters’ dreams are made of.”