DFL forces clubs to participate in virtual Bundesliga

The DFL obliges clubs from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 to participate in the virtual Bundesliga.

In order to push the e-sports scene, the German Football League (DFL) has decided that in future teams from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga will have to set up their own e-sports team in order to compete in the “Virtual Bundesliga” (VBL). compete against each other to determine the “German Club Champion in eFootball”. The competition and the associated rules were anchored in the league statutes, as the DFL explained in a press release.

The DFL writes:

“From the 2023/24 season, the participation of clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in the Virtual Bundesliga Club Championship is planned.”

The licensing regulations stipulate that maintaining an eFootball team consisting of three to five players, including

“a full-time employee with eFootball responsibility and the operation of a room declared as the main eFootball venue with the necessary technical equipment.”

In this way, the DFL wants to stay at the forefront of the international comparison, similar to the way it did when the “Virtual Bundesliga” was founded about 10 years ago.

Failure to do so will result in sanctions

The game played is Fifa developed by EA Sports (from 2023: EA Sports FC), which could cause problems for one or the other club. For example, FC Bayern Munich is the official advertising partner of Konami, whose football game is also called “eFootball”. Whether clubs like FC Bayern will play in the league remains to be seen. One thing is certain: those who do not play along will be sanctioned. However, not to the extent that it would affect the game operations and competition in the Bundesliga or Bundesliga 2. The DFL also allows “temporary” justified exceptions.

This year’s “Grand Final” of the Virtual Bundesliga will take place on June 4th and 5th, 2022 in Cologne. You can find more information about the Virtual Bundesliga on the official website of the e-sports league.


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