CHICAGO (March 26, 2021) – The 2021 U.S. Soccer eNational Team will be determined during the U.S. Soccer eNT Open, a fully online qualifying tournament which will be played from April 1-9.
The 2021 U.S. Soccer eNT Open will be the first, official selection tournament to select the U.S. eNational Team representatives that will compete in the FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier 2021, which will occur later this spring.
The U.S. Soccer eNT Open 2021 is a notable change in the qualifying process from 2019, where the winner and runner-up from the 2019 eMLS Cup comprised the U.S. roster at the FIFAe Nations Cup 2019.
In an effort to open the door of entry to a broader group of players, U.S. Soccer will host the open portion of the competition from April 1-3. Both PlayStation and Xbox players at all levels are welcome to participate in the open competition, and registration is now open.
Registration for U.S. Soccer eNT Open 2021 runs through Thursday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
The PlayStation and Xbox winners from the April 1-3 open competition will advance to the closed finals, which will be played on April 9. The closed finals will consist of the top 7 American players on PlayStation and the top 7 American players on Xbox per the FIFA Global Series Rankings. The closed finals will be streamed on the official U.S. Soccer Twitch channel (@ussoccerofficial).
The total competitors in the closed competition will be 8 per console. The closed final will be seeded based on the FIFA Global Series Rankings as of March 26. U.S. Soccer will be extending invites to the closed finals over the next few days and will release the listing of pros prior to the registration end date.
The PlayStation and Xbox winners of the closed finals on April 9 will form the two-player squad which will represent the United States during qualification for the FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 and other eNational Team events during the year.
“This is another step forward for us in our eFootball initiative,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Commercial Officer, David Wright. “We are excited to open a pathway to the eNational Team for the broader community of players and fans across the United States, while also recognizing the commitment and success by those at the top of the FIFA Global Series rankings. Esports continues to provide us with an opportunity to connect with new fans and grow interest in the sport of soccer here in the United States. We’re looking forward to a thrilling competition and determining our two eNational Team representatives for this year.”
As non-U.S citizens are ineligible to represent the United States in the FIFAe Nations Series 2021, the competition is open only to U.S. citizens located in the United States.
April 1 – April 3: Online, Open Competition
Two-Legs (Aggregate), Single Elimination
Game Mode: 90-Overall
April 9: Online, Closed Finals
Two-Leg (Aggregate), Double Elimination.
Game Mode: FUT (with Unlocked Accounts)
FIFAe Nations Cup 2021™
With national pride and global glory at stake, FIFA’s official inter-nation competition will feature the world’s best countries in EA SPORTS FIFA 21 with its second edition following the inaugural event in 2019. The best eNational teams on the planet will represent their country in the FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 later this year. The FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier will determine the line-up for the FIFAe Nations Cup 2021. The specific date for the online qualifying tournament will be announced by FIFA in the near future.