FFA's e-League sparks huge interest among gamers

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today reveals the top 50 competitors who will be eligible for the first ever e-League draft.

The top 50 were drawn from a field of more than 670 people who registered their interest in becoming competitors for the 10 Hyundai A-League clubs in the new e-League which kicks off next month.

FFA’s Head of Commercial, Digital and Marketing, Luke Bould, said everyone involved had been delighted with the response.
“EA SPORTS FIFA18 is the most popular sports videogame in the world so we weren’t surprised by the response but it does validate our belief that an e-League will be popular and act as a bridge between the gaming world and the Hyundai A-League,” said Bould.

Competitors have been ranked in the list based on their performance in the FIFA Ultimate Team online competition run by EA Sports.

Each club will have two competitors, one playing FIFA 18 on Xbox and the other on PS4. One competitor can be contracted directly prior to the draft, but clubs must take at least one competitor at the draft.

Melbourne City FC, Brisbane Roar, and Sydney FC have already contracted players, while Central Coast Mariners are currently conducting a tournament to select their directly contracted player.

Clubs are in the process of finalising their draft submissions, with a formal draft to be run by the league next Thursday evening, February 1. Results of the draft will be released to clubs thereafter.

How the Draft Works

  • Clubs have reviewed their draft picks including most recent rankings and achievements
  • Clubs can also nominate to use the “home grown talent rule”, which gives them priority over an interstate team when signing a local competitor in smaller catchments
  • Clubs can choose a draft pick at their discretion based on performance or organisational fit
  • “Draft picks” are based on where Clubs finished on the ladder after Round 12 of the Hyundai A-League (see table)

Ladder at Round 12

Draft pick

Sydney FC

1

Newcastle Jets

2

Melbourne City

3

Adelaide United

4

Melbourne Victory

5

Perth Glory

6

Central Coast Mariners

7

Western Sydney Wanderers

8

Brisbane Roar

9

Wellington Phoenix

10

 

Broadcast (Draft)

  • The e-League Draft will be a ‘Facebook Live’ broadcast conducted through the Hyundai A-League Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aleague/
  • The Draft will be held Live in Sydney on Thursday, 1 February commencing at 18:30 (6:30 pm) AEDT
  • The first round of e-League will take place on 15 February. Broadcast arrangements for the draft and League and other details will be announced in the near future.

e-League – draft list

  • The top 50 competitors as ranked by the e-League draft.

Draft pick

First name

Last name

Gamer handle

Comment

1

Mark

Brijesk

xMarkoHD

Signed by Sydney FC

2

Harry

Blackmore

HoneyBadgers2134

 

3

Joseph

Nassar

OhNoAGoat

 

4

Zachary

May-Burgess

vDreaMz--Shooter

 

5

Christian

Bartolillo

Fweshest

 

6

Campbell

Knowles

honurbly airbrn

 

7

George

Cleaver

gcchelsea

 

8

Joel

Andruszkiewicz

JAz cb

 

9

Kiran

Gupta

KyrenFIFA

 

10

Justin

Josevski

Justmanutd12

 

11

Storm

Noa

MrSkuxxtacular

 

12

Jamie

O'Doherty

FUTWIZ Jamie

 

13

James

Hayes

TacticsHazey

 

14

Andrew

Dilabio

Dilabiio-

 

15

Rick

Tran

RDOUBLETTT

 

16

Josh

Wood

joshingwood

 

17

Glenn

Gallagher

thebigdog2525

 

18

Nathan

Kennedy

The Nabsta

 

19

John

Orban

Johnny Atilla

 

20

Joshua

Gresham

joshawaa

 

21

Dylan

Banks

aussiefifahd

 

22

David

Cook

HighFly357

 

23

Pablo

Vicioso

Mr Pablo V

 

24

Ryan

Bongetti

ChlorineBomb

 

25

Ben

Puckeridge

Bilbaobaggins7

 

26

Dino

Flocco

ol_Mate_

Signed by Brisbane Roar

27

Christopher

Ward

ward_c_J

 

28

Steven

Chapman

Taboo UK

 

29

Dane

Crow

Bossierhickory8

 

30

Boon Shin

Lim

FDG_Shige

 

31

Mathew

Zalewski

MatyBoy98

 

32

Justin

Hilliard

striVe Shrapnel

 

33

Matthew

McKinnon

CommunistCookie

 

34

Cameron

Fairbairn

IZ_Pu1s3_ZI

 

35

Mitch

Austin

ALCATRAZZ_2025

 

36

Jake

Vlatko

o MR JaKEY o

 

37

Trevor

Meehl

Superstar655

 

38

Bohdan

Ling

Grim_rap_er

 

39

Mouad

Zwed

MuadZwed

 

40

Ryan

Naylor

theninjaskrteis

 

41

Ben

Takos

Takos_11

 

42

Jack

Kehoe

UvealClient6579

 

43

Samer

Elbadar

Samer96_

 

44

Louis

Hadfield

Haddzy

 

45

Serge

Halas

Sergehalas

 

46

Liam

Walker

Solar Camo

 

47

Antonio

Arnaiz

washedupkais

 

48

Panayiotis

Saisanas

saisanas

 

49

James

Sgouras

Avant D 1 M 1

 

50

Alex

Blundell

DictatorDweeb