In February, we took an innovative step by delving into the world of e-Sports.
The Cup was launched during the national lockdown to provide players and volunteers from local grassroots clubs with a chance to show off their gaming skills and continue to represent their club and community off the field.
56 grassroots clubs signed up, represented by over 100 individuals during the course of the competition from preliminary rounds through to the finals.
The finals saw the best eight FIFA players in Surrey go head to head for the desired title and a prize pool worth over £500, including £200+ for the winner. The main event started at 2pm and was live-streamed on Twitch with over 200 viewers tuning in to watch the action.
After the quarter finals and semi finals, the two players remaining were Tyreke representing Epsom & Ewell FC and Mick representing Addiscombe Casuals FC. After more than 70 games of FIFA, we were able to crown our first-ever e-champion, Mick from Addiscombe Casuals FC.
Both players showed an impressive attacking display with the match ending 2-4 to the Causals. Mick is not only the first-ever Surrey champion but he is also the first-ever County FA champion.
Mick, the e-County Cup 2021 Champion, said: “It’s a good feeling. It’s quite a big thing. I was watching some of the people earlier and thought I had no chance against this lot with the skills they were doing. Kept it simple, boring possession football but also got in a few goals. I’ll take it.”
The matches were live-streamed on Twitch thanks to our official content partners Capital Content, as we continue to utilise the latest technologies to increase engagement with younger players. The stream can still be viewed here.
The e-Sports format has allowed male and female players to compete against one another for the first time in a Surrey FA competition and forms part of our wider efforts to increase inclusion and equality in grassroots football participation.