The Canadian Premier League and Electronic Arts have announced the second annual eCanadian Premier League (eCPL) tournament, offering Canadians the chance to compete and represent CPL clubs in EA SPORTS™ FIFA 21 with the chance to qualify for the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 21 Global Series competition.
The top eight players from both qualifiers earn spots in the eCPL Finals on April 14 (Xbox) and April 21 (Playstation) set to be streamed at twitch.tv/ecpl. These two champions will win $2,000 CAD each and the right to represent Canada at the North America Playoffs on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup.
The entirety of the 2021 competitive eCPL season will be online.
eCanadian Premier League tournament key dates:
March 10-23, 2021 – Registration March 23-24, 2021 – Online Trials (Xbox) April 6-7, 2021 – Online Trials (PlayStation) April 14, 2021 – Final (Xbox) April 21, 2021 – Final (PlayStation)
“We are looking forward to partnering with EA in this online format for the eCPL 2021 season and are excited to participate in our first full tournament,” CPL commissioner said David Clanachan said.. “While the global pandemic may have interrupted our first year of competitive gaming, we are excited to offer Canadian Esports talent a platform on which to shine in 2021. We can’t wait to see our two eCPL Champions represented at the North American Regional Playoffs and potentially the FIFA eWorld Cup.”
The eCPL launched in 2020 and held two qualifying events – hosted by Pacific FC and Cavalry FC – before COVID-19 restrictions shuttered qualifiers and the EA SPORTS™ Global Series. A CPL-hosted “Home to Play” series followed with eight CPL players joining top FIFA players. HFX Wanderers FC won that first eCPL title with goalkeeper Christian Oxner and FIFA pro Pedram Malakiam.