Football Federation Australia announced the introduction of the e-League, a new FIFA esports competition to potentially boost the global interest of Australia’s top flight football league.

The e-League will commence on February 1, 2018, running side-by-side over the final nine rounds of the 2017–18 A-League season, before concluding with a bracket-type finals system in April.

The FFA’s head of Commercial, Marketing and Digital, Luke Bould, said that the league is currently attempting to organise sponsorship and broadcast details for the league.

“FFA’s strategy is to build a competition that provides FIFA competitors with the ability to represent their favourite Hyundai A-League clubs and create more fans for the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League,” he said.

“This is also a great way to connect the League more globally and in particular, with an Asian audience who love football and FIFA, but may not yet know the Hyundai A-League.”

Two FIFA players will be chosen to represent each A-League club, which includes both Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory. Each club will be required to select one player leading up to the competition, as well as draft a second player from a pool of top FIFA 18 players, based on their scores and rankings in the Ultimate Team mode.

Melbourne City have announced that their signed esports player Marcus Gomes will be competing in the league.

Budding players can register their interest here, which includes nominating your desired A-League club, and entering your FIFA Ultimate Team profile.