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EA SPORTS FIFA 19: The new season of the Virtual Bundesliga starts in December

EA SPORTS FIFA 19: The new season of the Virtual Bundesliga starts in December

The Virtuelle Bundesliga becomes the Virtual Bundesliga, adding the new VBL Club Championship competition.

Cologne, 22nd October 2018 – Electronic Arts and the Deutsche Fußball Liga (German Football League) announce the start of the seventh season of the TAG Heuer Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) on 1st December 2018. This year the search for the German Champion in EA SPORTS FIFA 19 has been expanded to include a total of four components: the VBL Open, VBL Playoffs, VBL Grand Final and, for the first time, the VBL Club Championship. Furthermore, the competitors* of the Virtual Bundesliga will also be eligible to collect points for the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series. These points are used to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs.

The free in-game mode, VBL Open, will be unlocked for all FIFA 19 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in time for the launch of the competition. Participants can choose their favorite Bundesliga team, which will all have the same overall strength. Between December 2018 and February 2019, the participants’ aim is to achieve the best possible monthly balance. The top players each month will qualify for the VBL Playoffs, maintaining their chances of reaching the VBL Grand Final.

Additionally, players will have a new way of qualifying for the VBL Playoffs and the VBL Grand Final through the newly founded VBL Club Championship. Each club in the first and second division of the Bundesliga can nominate its own squad for this. With each team consisting of a minimum of two and a maximum of four players. The teams then play in a closed league system for the title of VBL Club Champion, with direct qualification for the VBL Grand Final across the top teams, and further teams qualifying for the VBL Playoffs. The VBL Club Championship takes place between January and March 2019.

At the end of March 2019, the VBL Playoffs twill see the qualifiers from the VBL Open and the VBL Club Championship on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One going head to head. The winners will qualify for the VBL Grand Final, where they’ll meet the teams that have qualified directly from the VBL Club Championship.

The VBL Grand Final is the showpiece culmination of the VBL season. The qualifiers from the VBL Playoffs and the players who have qualified directly from the VBL Club Championship will determine the winner.

For the first time, participants of the VBL can collect EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series points. All players who want to participate in the VBL and collect points to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series must register at FUTChampions.com and be verified as a FUT Champion by 31st October 2018.