MIAMI (Monday, March 4, 2013) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that it is launching the inaugural CONCACAF Interactive Gold Cup. The competition, being held in conjunction with FIFA and EA SPORTS™, will give fans from all of CONCACAF’s Member Associations the opportunity to represent their National Association and play for a chance to be crowned champion of CONCACAF.
Online qualification will take place on the SONY PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system through Season 6 of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2013 (FIWC13) played on EA SPORTS FIFA 13, which kicked off on March 1.
CONCACAF will host each of the twelve finalists in the United States for the finals in an on-site tournament play. The two finalists will then play for the virtual title on the stadium screen in front of tens of thousands of people at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.
In addition to the title, the winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two (2) to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, which will be played on July 28 at a venue to be revealed next month. After the completion of the championship game, the first-ever CONCACAF interactive champion will be presented with a trophy in front of the crowd at the closing ceremony.
“The passion for football takes shape in many different ways throughout many different platforms.” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “The first-ever CONCACAF Interactive Gold Cup is a unique way to provide a platform where our premier National Team competition merges with the video gaming space and allows the virtual athletes to compete for the glory of the 2013 trophy in front of thousands of people inside of a real football stadium.”
To enter the tournament and obtain its rules, participants must visit www.concacafinteractive.com.
The following twelve national teams have qualified for this year’s tournament (in alphabetical order): Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.
Taking place every two years and showcasing the confederation’s best players, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of television viewers.
This year’s Gold Cup – the 12th edition – will open on July 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with a doubleheader featuring six-time champion Mexico.
Follow @CONCACAF on Twitter for all CONCACAF Interactive Gold Cup news.
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CONCACAF “The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football” is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.
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