FIFA, EA Sports and PlayStation Heat Up Search for Best Virtual Soccer Player

February 27, 2008

Sports and PlayStation Heat Up Search for Best Virtual Soccer Player

Chivas USA players Jorge Flores and Anthony
Hamilton to greet competitors in Los Angeles

The search for the best virtual soccer player in
North America will take place this week as the only live qualifying event of the
FIFA Interactive World Cup 2008 (FIWC) hits Los Angeles on Saturday, March 1.
The FIWC will showcase 128 of the best interactive soccer players in North
America competing for one of 32 berths in the FIWC Grand Final on May 24 in

The only FIWC 08 Qualifier Event in North America
will take place on Saturday, March 1 from 2:00-8:00 pm at GameStop, 1000
Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, CA. Up to 50 competitors can
pre-register for the event by logging on to
while the remaining 78 spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis
on the day of the event.* "The FIFA Interactive World Cup is where true world
champions are crowned,” said Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho. “I am sure the
competitors will feel the same excitement as we players do when entering the
field at a FIFA World Cup. So don’t miss the action leading up to the Grand
Final in Berlin, on the 24th of May."

Complete official rules can be found at

Two players from Chivas USA of the MLS, Jorge
Flores and Anthony Hamilton, will be on hand at the qualifier event in Los
Angeles to greet competitors and spectators between 4:30-6:00 pm. Flores, who is
also captain of the USA Under-20 national team, was the winner of Sueo MLS, a
nationally-televised player search by Chivas USA, who was invited to join the
team’s Under-19 squad and later was signed to a professional contract and added
to the full squad.

The 32 finalists will be made up of the winners
from the 20 live qualifiers which are taking place around the world and will be
joined by 12 players who have qualified through the online qualification via
PlayStation Network. Players who cannot make it to the live event in Los Angeles
have the chance to secure one of the spots in the Grand Final in the online
qualification tournament for which they can register at

On May 24 the 32 finalists will travel to Berlin
from the four corners of the world to compete at the Sony Centre for the
ultimate title of FIFA Interactive World Player 2008. The winner will receive an
invitation to the FIFA World Player Gala 2008 and a cash prize of $20,000. The
first players to have qualified for the Grand Final are Christian Lnhart from
Denmark, Roland Csszr from Hungary, reigning FIFA Interactive World Player
Andries Smit from the Netherlands, Gwan-Hyeong Kim from Korea and Sachith Reddy
from India.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup is the world’s
only officially FIFA sanctioned global soccer gaming competition with presenting
partners EA and PlayStation. Participants from around the world compete against
each other on EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 08 on PLAYSTATION 3.

* Eligibility restrictions apply.