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AIFF goes the e-sport way; set to conduct national tournament to select teams for FIFAe Nations Series 2021

India is set to join the FIFAe Nations Series 2021 and will conduct a national tournament to select the Indian team.

It is time for official e-football in India. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that it will conduct a national tournament from 20 March to 4 April, 2021 to select the Indian team for its maiden appearance in the FIFAe Nations Series.

A new milestone is set to be achieved as India is set to join the Series, which is FIFA’s flagship tournament for Member Associations and is contested by eNational Teams using the EA Sports FIFA 21 game.

To facilitate the selection process, the AIFF will host a national tournament ‘AIFF eFootball Challenge’ wherein the top 16 eligible PlayStation gamers of the country will contest to decide the winner. The two finalists will represent India in the next stage of the global competition.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das termed it as a “brilliant initiative”, saying “the opportunity to nominate eAthletes from India for the event is a unique opportunity to engage with the gaming community in the country and help to promote the concept of eSports as a career and provide global exposure to Indian eAthletes.” The dates for the registration of the tournament are from March 1-10, 2021.

The FeNS21 will feature a multi-phase structure including online qualifier stages which will eventually culminate in the FIFAe Nations Cup – the final event.

The FIFAe Nations Series 21 will feature a multi-phase structure including online qualifier stages which will eventually culminate in the FIFAe Nations Cup – the final event. India will participate in this format of football from the Middle East and Africa server region.

“Gaming has always been a great engagement tool for football fans across the world. Owing to the current pandemic situation the interest in eSports has increased manifold globally. Be it on the field or on a virtual platform, football generates passion and excitement among fans.”

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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