As we near the end of the virtual season, 24 nations from around the globe will face off to be crowned FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 champions.
The FIFAe Nations Cup is back for the second edition, this time in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. Over 60 nations competed in the first round of qualifiers, however, only the Top 24 FIFA Nations from around the globe have earned the right to battle it out to become world champion.
The first edition of the eNations Cup took place back in 2019 in London where France, like they did in the 2018 World Cup, took the silverware home. The Cash prize for the eNations cup is a staggering $400,000 spilt across the 24 teams.
But, who’s involved and how does the FIFAe Nations Cup work? We asked our FIFA expert Josh Buchanan for the lowdown.
Josh Buchanan – who you can find on Twitch here – is a FIFA Ultimate Team Verified Player on Xbox who has twice achieved a Top 200 finish on FIFA 21 Weekend League, regularly hitting Elite by recording 23 wins or more.
How to qualify for the eNations Cup
First of all, each country must select two players to join the elite club representing their country on the big stage, one for Xbox another for PlayStation. Earlier in the season, depending on the country, domestic 1v1 competition took place looking for the best of the best, for example, the eLions qualifiers.
Once each country found their respective players, they were then eligible to compete in the online qualifiers for their designated country and zone. The online qualifiers got under away on the April 23, starting with the South America and Central America regions, and finished with Europe on May 23.
The online qualifying starts with the group stage, where each country plays each other twice, once on Xbox and once on PlayStation. The top teams from each group will then move onto the knockout phase of the tournament.
Like most eSports tournaments, if a country loses in the knockout stages they are given a second chance to qualify through the loser bracket.
Where each country finishes in the knockout phase will determine where they are seeded at the live event. Seeding is used to separate the top players and country in a draw, so that they will not meet in the early rounds of a tournament.
Over 60 nations will participate in the FIFAe Nations Series 😍🔥 But only 24 will meet at the #FeNC 2021 🎮
🗓️ 20-22 August ➡️ FIFAe Nations Cup
🇩🇰 Copenhagen, Denmark
Who are you rooting for? Post your flag below 👀 pic.twitter.com/7WSfjcLnzZ
— FIFAe (@FIFAe) April 15, 2021
How many teams qualify per zone for the eNations Cup?
As the host nation, Denmark automatically qualified for the final tournament, leaving 23 spaces up for grabs. Similar to the eClub World Cup, the qualifiers are split into five zones: South America, North and Central America, Asia and Oceania, Middle East and Africa, and finally Europe.
Each zone has been allocated with a number of spots for the live event, with some receiving significantly more than others. Europe were allocated the largest amount with 11 (not including Denmark), six more than Asia and Oceania’s five. South America were given three, with North and Central America, and the Middle East and Africa allocated just two each.
Who has qualified for the 2021 eNations Cup?
Europe: Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden.
Asia & Oceania: Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea.
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay.
North & Central America: Mexico, United States.
Middle East & Africa: Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
🌎 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐈𝐄𝐃 𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 🌍
After fierce competition in each of the #FeNC Online Qualifiers, all nations who will be competing in the FIFAe Nations Cup have been found 👇
Congratulations! 👏 See you in Copenhagen! 🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/SgzqTdMD3g
— FIFAe (@FIFAe) May 24, 2021
How to watch the 2021 eNations Cup
This will be the first live event since the eClub World Cup in Milan back in early 2020. It can be watched across the weekend of 20-22 August on FIFA.gg.