Qualifiers open to find New Zealand’s best FIFA players

Alex Leckie-Zaharic
March 16, 2020

While it won’t be as prestigious as starting in the Premier League, Kiwi FIFA players can achieve football glory by fighting their way through open qualifiers to be New Zealand’s representative at the 2020 FIFA eNations Cup.

Similar to 2019’s competition, one of New Zealand’s premier esports organisations, LetsPlay.Live, has partnered with NZ Football to find the best FIFA talent the country has to offer. Players can enter on Xbox or PS4 in an attempt to reign supreme and earn their ticket to the 2020 FIFA eNations Cup.

Previous winners of this event have gone on to massive things in the world of FIFA esports. After an impressive performance at the 2019 edition of the eNations Cup, Harry “Honey Badger” Blackmore is now playing alongside former world champion, and legend of the game, Mosaad “Msdossary” Aldossary.

Players finishing in the top two places on their respective console will fly to Auckland and play the final qualifying match live on stream. The overall winners will secure a spot in the New Zealand side heading to the official eNations Cup qualifiers in April. 

The FIFA esports scene in New Zealand has gone from strength to strength, as shown by a particularly successful National Championship in 2019. NZ Football’s Competition Manager Keegan McCauley also noted that “NZ Football is thrilled to be working with FIFA and LPL two years running to support pathways for esports athletes to represent New Zealand.”

LPL’s founder Duane Mutu was similarly enthusiastic about the collaboration, saying “I see this partnership as crucial for the country’s FIFA players to make their dream a reality. I’m excited to see the growth in the global event this year and look forward to seeing our Kiwi players rise to the challenge”.

For those looking to test their mettle against New Zealand’s best FIFA players, registrations for the qualifiers are open on the letsplay.live website and close at midnight on March 18th