eMLS and JLab Announce Partnership

eMLS and JLab Announce Partnership

NEW YORK, N.Y. & REDWOOD CITY, CA (December 16, 2020) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), announced the eMLS esports league 2021 season featuring a new competitive schedule and online format. The season will feature a $70,000 prize pool and will be headlined by the eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola on March 20-21. Competition will occur on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 21 and be played exclusively on PlayStation®4 (PS4).

With the health and safety of all participants at the forefront, the entirety of the 2021 competitive eMLS season will be online. Two clubs are new to eMLS next season – Inter Miami CF and Saint Louis City SC – which puts total club participation at 27, a 40 percent participation increase since eMLS launched in 2018. Each Club is represented by a professional FIFA player to represent them in all eMLS competitions in a quest to be crowned the best FIFA ‘21 player in North America. Some Clubs are retaining their FIFA player from last season while other Clubs will be signing new players. The full 2021 eMLS roster will be release on Thursday.

“With an expanded field of clubs and the return of some of our top competitors, we’re excited to announce our 2021 eMLS season,” said Camilo Durana, Senior Vice President of Properties and Events, Major League Soccer. “Our online approach will prioritize the health and safety of all participants, while maintaining a proven competition format that has enabled our talented players to shine and deliver thrilling moments for fans. Coupled with meaningful support and programming made possible by our new and returning partners, this promises to be our best season yet.”

“eMLS continues to surge in popularity as this marquee tournament is another example of FIFA’s elevation into a tier one esport,” said Brent Koning, Group Director & FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner. “Our partnership with MLS and the 27 MLS clubs provides another engaging avenue for attracting new fans, sponsors and partners to the sport through virtual competition.”

The 2021 eMLS season will be comprised of three live-streamed tournaments that each take place over the course of two-days, doubling the broadcast hours of the 2020 eMLS season. 

The season will kick off in January with eMLS League Series One presented by Coca-Cola, continue in February with eMLS League Two presented by Coca-Cola and conclude in March with eMLS Cup presented by Coca-Cola. Ahead of each League Series, all 27 Clubs will play in online qualifier games with the top 8 Clubs in points making it to the respective League Series knockout tournament. After League Series concludes, the top 11 Clubs in total points will automatically qualify for eMLS Cup. The remaining 16 Clubs will compete in a Last Chance Qualifier tournament to battle for the final 12th seed of eMLS Cup. The New York Red Bull’s eMLS competitor, George Adamou, is the reigning eMLS Cup champion from 2020.

2021 eMLS Season Schedule:

  • 16-17 – League Series One
  • 13-14 – League Series Two
  • March 20-21 – eMLS Cup


Fans can tune in to all three competitions (detailed below) on Twitch.tv/MLS, Twitter.com/MLS and MLSsoccer.com.


eMLS is an Official League Partner of the EA SPORTS™ Global Series – the global competitive FIFA ecosystem – whereby players can advance from the FIFA 21 Global Series Playoffs to the FIFA eWorld Cup. The Global Series shifted to a completely online format and will be region-based in 2021. eMLS is a Tier 1 League Qualifier for the North America region which enables the top three finishers at eMLS Cup to receive direct seats to the PS4™ Global Series North America Regional Playoffs.

eMLS players finished the FIFA 20 global competitive season in strong form and will look to keep up the momentum for FIFA 21. FC Cincinnati’s eMLS player, FCC Fiddle, and Atlanta United’s eMLS player, Paulo Neto, were champions of the North America and South America EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Summer Cups, respectively. With these two trophies, eMLS finished the FIFA 20 season with more regional titles than any other domestic soccer league in the world.

New this season, JLab becomes the official headphone and microphone partner of eMLS and competitors will wear JLab Play headphones and use Talk Microphones. eMLS competitions will also feature SCUF Gaming controllers. Specializing in high-performance customized gaming controllers and accessories, SCUF controllers enable gamers to improve their gameplay by completely redefining control.

Cheez-It® & Pringles® are returning as the Official Snack Partner of eMLS and will be the presenting partner of eMLS Player Lounges and eMLS Player Profiles, a digital series highlighting the player’s personal stories. PlayStation® continues its partnership as the Official Console Partner

For more information on eMLS, including participating clubs and player signings, visit www.MLSsoccer.com/eMLS.


About eMLS:

eMLS is the esports and gaming property of Major League Soccer. Built around the EA SPORTS™ FIFA franchise, its goal is to utilize gaming to reach global audiences, raise the profile of MLS, and grow its next generation of fans. eMLS has grown from 19 MLS Clubs in 2018 to 27 Clubs participating in the upcoming 2021 season. In addition to its core competitive season, eMLS also executes casual gaming programs like the eMLS Tournament Special presented by Coca-Cola and PlayStation which was a five episode 2 vs. 2 FIFA 20 tournament, teaming up MLS first team players with eMLS players, that aired on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

“PlayStation” and “PS4” are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

About Electronic Arts:

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. In fiscal year 2020, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $5.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

EA SPORTS, Ultimate Team, Battlefield, Apex Legends, The Sims, Need for Speed, Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Madden, NFL and FIFA are properties of its respective owners and used with permission.

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