Football x Fortnite: Epic Games announce Kickoff Set and Pele Cup

By Harry Edwards

Published: 10:19, 21 January 2021

The worlds of football and Fortnite have been mixed for quite some time, but now there is an official collaboration.

We all remember Antoine Griezmann’s ‘L Dance’ (known as ‘Take the L’ in-game) celebrations en route to winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2018, and plenty of footballers including Mesut Ozil have streamed themselves playing the game on Twitch.

Football pitches have also found themselves being put into Fortnite maps with a hittable ball, allowing players to distract themselves with penalty shootouts, crossbar challenges and more – at least until they were caught by the storm or opponents.

However, there is now an extension of the crossover between the world’s most popular sport and one of its biggest games.

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Fortnite Kickoff Set release

Epic Games have announced the new ‘Kickoff Set’ to be included in the latest update of Fortnite. Starting on January 23, Fortnite players will be able to choose from 10 different variants of male and female in-game outfits that they can use to represent some of the biggest football clubs from around the world.

Not only that, players will also be able to earn or purchase two new in-game emotes. Joining the likes of Take the L, Red Card and Floss, will be Fancy Footwork and Pele’s Air Punch celebration.

There are also treats for fans who make the most of Fortnite Creative, with a new football-inspired Creative island in which players can use their bodies, pickaxes, power-ups and speed boosts to try to outscore their opponents in a 4v4 bracket-style gamemode.

Which teams are included in the Fortnite Kickoff Set?

There are a total of 23 partnered clubs involved in the Kickoff Set, including three Premier League sides in Manchester City, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Other European giants including Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, and current Europa League holders Sevilla. The full list (as it stands) is below:

  • AC Milan
  • AS Roma
  • Atlanta United
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Celtic FC
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • EC Bahia
  • Inter Milan
  • Juventus
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Manchester City
  • Melbourne City
  • Rangers
  • Santos
  • Schalke
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Sevilla
  • Sporting CP
  • Sydney FC
  • Western Sydney Wanderers
  • West Ham United
  • Wolfsburg
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers

What skins have been announced?

Building the excitement for the new Kickoff Set, teams have been showing fans what their skins could soon look like in-game. Scroll below for a look at those released so far.

AC Milan

AS Roma

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Celtic FC

Cerezo Osaka

EC Bahia

Inter Milan


Manchester City

Melbourne City

Major League Soccer clubs




Sporting CP

Sydney FC

Western Sydney Wanderers

West Ham United


Wolverhampton Wanderers

How to get Fortnite Kickoff Set and Pele Air Punch emote for free

Although the skins and emotes will be purchasable in-game from January 23, Fortnite players have an opportunity to get the Kickoff set and Pele Air Punch emotes for free before they hit the store, via their in-game performance.

On January 20, the Pele Cup takes place, a solo tournament in which players will compete to earn enough points to guarantee a prize. The top three in each region will also receive a signed Santos shirt, while those to win the free Kickoff Set and emote varies per region.

  • Europe: Top 3,500
  • NA East: Top 1,750
  • NA West: Top 500
  • Brazil: Top 500
  • Asia: Top 250
  • Oceania: Top 250
  • Middle East: Top 250

Man City will also be holding their own tournament, in collaboration with FaZe Clan, in which the top 50 duo teams (100 players) will earn early access to the Premier League club’s in-game skin.


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