The DFL has organised the "Bundesliga Home Challenge" to take place over the next two weekends. - © 2019 DFL
The DFL has organised the "Bundesliga Home Challenge" to take place over the next two weekends. - © 2019 DFL
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DFL organises eFootball tournament during football-free time

25.03.2020 - During the current football-free period, The DFL - Deutsch Fußball Liga - has organized the "Bundesliga Home Challenge" to take place over the next two weekends.

Twenty-six clubs from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 will take part in the eFootball tournament, which starts on 28 March. The games will be played on EA SPORTS' FIFA 20 video game. The teams each have two players, with at least one professional footballer from each club demonstrating their gaming skills. The second person in a team comes from the corresponding club or its surroundings.

The games are played on the PlayStation 4 and in online mode, so that participants invariably play from home. The so-called "85 mode" guarantees that all teams have a matching skill level of 85, giving them a similar chance of victory. A game lasts around 25 minutes, and two games are played individually.

The "Bundesliga Home Challenge" is not included in any official sports rating. The Virtual Bundesliga (VBL), an eFootball competition organised by the DFL since 2012, has been paused for now. The VBL Grand Final, originally planned for the coming weekend, will be postponed due to the current spread of the coronavirus.

If you would like to follow proceedings live, the stream starts on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March at 3.30pm local time on the Official YouTube channel of the Virtual Bundesliga.

Participating teams

1. FSV Mainz 05, 1. FC Köln, 1. FC Nürnberg, 1. FC Union Berlin, Arminia Bielefeld, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Dynamo Dresden, Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Augsburg, FC Schalke 04, FC St. Pauli, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Hertha BSC, Holstein Kiel, RB Leipzig, SC Freiburg, SC Paderborn, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, SSV Jahn Regensburg, SV Darmstadt 98, SV Wehen Wiesbaden, SV Werder Bremen, TSG Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart