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FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs Overview

Posted May 25th at 6:00am.

The best FIFA 18 competitors will converge on the storied footballing city of Amsterdam to determine who will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final in August, where the undisputed FIFA 18 champion will be crowned. 128 players (64 each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) qualified via the two FUT Champions Cup tournaments, alongside a series of Official Qualifying Competitions and League Partner Events. Only 16 from each console will progress to the penultimate event later this year. The Playoffs will take place from May 28-30 and continue on June 1-3.

Why should I watch?

Out of the many players competing online in FUT Champions and at licensed FIFA 18 Global Series qualifying events around the world, only 128 remain. This grouping of the best FIFA players in the world will be narrowed down to 32 by the end of this tournament, and the exciting format will definitely produce drama and entertainment throughout the event. The FUT Champions Cup tournaments in Barcelona and Manchester  yielded a number of exciting matches, and you'll now have a chance to see the best players from those events duke it out in the Playoffs in the same format.

More information on the FIFA 18 Global Series can be found here

How can I watch?

Catch all the action of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs live from Amsterdam on the EA SPORTS Twitch ChannelYouTube Channel, Twitter, and Facebook from May 28-30 at 2:00 p.m. CEST for the Xbox Playoff and from June 1-3 at 1:40 p.m for PlayStation. And be sure to check out the full tournament schedule.

Spencer “Spencer FC” Owen, Chu “ChuBoi” Morah, and Jimmy Conrad will be back leading our broadcast. Also returning behind the microphone to call the action are Richard Buckley and Brandon Smith.

What are the prizes?

A combined US$500,000 is up for grabs at the Global Series Playoffs, including US$35,000 to the winner of each console. See the table below for a full breakdown of the tournament's cash prizes. 







# of players at each rank











9- 16




5 - 8




3- 4











Who will be participating?

Considering that only 64 players are heading to Amsterdam on each console, this tournament is absolutely packed with the top FIFA 18 players, including established veterans, talented newcomers, and fan favorites. Amongst those that qualified through the two FUT Champions Cup tournaments are the winners of those events, Donovan “F2TekKz” Hunt and Musaed “Falcon MSDosary” Aldossary. Other important players to watch for include Agge “Hashtag Agge” Rosenmeier, winner of the prestigious ESWC (eSports World Convention), and eMLS Cup champion Memo “Kid M3mito” Treviño. 

Check out the current roster of players qualified for the Global Series Playoffs. 

What is the tournament format and how does it work?

If you watched the FUT Champions Cup Manchester or Barcelona tournaments, you'll be familiar with the Swiss-style format for the group stage, which will also be used in Amsterdam. The players start the competition as one big group. After one round of play, every player will only play against other players with their same record. Four wins automatically qualifies a player for the knockout stage, whereas four losses means automatic elimination from the tournament. 

Day 1 – Survival Day

Day one of the tournament is all about survival; some players will progress early after earning four wins, while others will be eliminated from the Playoffs before the day is done. 

Day 2 – Qualification Day

The second day of the competition is crucial, because all 16 berths to the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final will be secured after the round of 32. While those 16 move on, the end of this day also signals the end of the tournament for the other 16 players.

Day 3 – Decision Day

Even though qualification to the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final will be settled before the final day of the Playoffs, the remaining knockout stage is just as important and intense as the rest of the competition. Not only does a player get more prize money the further they progress (see the above table), the final bracket results help determine the groups at the eWorld Cup. The better the Playoffs result, the more favorable group assignment. 

Make sure to subscribe to the EA SPORTS FIFA YouTube ChannelTwitch Channel, Twitter, and Facebook so you don't miss any of the action live from Amsterdam. You can also check out the full schedule, including dates and times, on our schedule page.

Plus, discover extended coverage including exclusive, behind-the-scenes content live from Amsterdam on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

* Eligibility restrictions apply.  Not all platforms are supported for qualification.  See Official Rules for details. Final terms and structure subject to change. 


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