Key storylines to follow in E-League Season 3

The E-League 2020 season kicks off this weekend, and there’s a number of key storylines surrounding this campaign to follow as all the action unfolds.

With a brand new tournament format in place for season three the competition is set to go to the next level as each competitor fights for a place at the place FIFA eWorld Cup.

Read on to see all the key storylines ahead of the E-League 2020 season!

READ: Five key fixtures - E-League Match Day 1

Can Sydney make it three in a row?

On the back of Mark ‘FUTWIZ_Marko’ Brijeski’s Championship-winning performance in 2019 Sydney FC head into the 2020 E-League campaign with a chance to win their third title on the bounce.

Brijeski will be accompanied by Jamie ‘FUTWIZ Jamie’ O’Doherty on Xbox at the Sky Blues; O’Doherty is joining forces with Brijeski after spending the past two seasons at Adelaide United.

Both Brijeski and O’Doherty approach the competition with some velocity; they’re both professional players with esports team ‘FUTWIZ’, and are the only Australian duo to have both qualified for the eClub World Cup.

With Brijeski and O’Doherty forming a formidable partnership the Sky Blues could well be in for another successful season as they chase a three-peat of E-League Championships.

Mark Brijeski
Brijeski is looking to defend his title in 2020

Pathway to FIFA eWorld Cup opens up for competitors

The E-League 2020 season will get underway on Saturday, February 15 with the stakes well and truly raised.

An announcement from EA Sports confirmed the E-League is now a legitimate pathway for competitors to book a spot at the FIFA eWorld Cup.

The E-League has become a League Qualifying Tournament II of the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series which will result in the E-League 2020 Champion receiving 450 Global Series Points, an increase of 250 points from the 2019 campaign.

The alteration of the competition’s framework means there’s so much more on the line in 2020, and the players that rise highest to the challenge will reap great reward.

New format changes the game

With an exciting new season of E-League action about to unfold it was only fitting the tournament would follow an equally exciting new format to match.

A revamp from the previous two seasons has seen the E-League 2020 Season campaign transform into a two-day competition played over 11 rounds split on Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 7 at the ESL Studios in Sydney. 

The E-League 2020 Finals Series will then be held on Saturday, 9 May 2020 at the newly developed Fortress Melbourne, the largest gaming and esports venue in the Southern Hemisphere.

With all the action boiling down to three match days, the way each competitor will approach the 2020 campaign will be different to anything we’ve seen in previous E-League instalments, making this campaign - and the way each player approaches it - more intriguing than ever.

Another Gomes joins the fray

His brother Marcus is an international esports star, and now 18-year-old Dillon Gomes has joined Perth Glory for E-League 2020 with the aim of following in his footsteps.

Marcus Gomes was the first professional esports player in Australian football; the Melbourne City Xbox player competed in the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Finals in London in 2019 as well as the E-Leage 2019 Grand Final which he lost to Champion Brijeski. 

Joining Glory to compete on PS4, Dillon Gomes is getting his first taste of action at the highest level in Australia, and will be eager to show the league he's more than ready to forge a similarly successful path in esports as his older brother has done before him.

Marcus Gomes
Marcus Gomes will compete for Melbourne City once again this season

All matches throughout the E-League 2020 Season and E-League 2020 Finals Series will once again be streamed on Twitch

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Further details regarding the E-League can be found at a-league.com.au/e-league

Click here for more information regarding the FIFA eWorld Cup

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E-League 2020 - EVENT DETAILS

What: E-League 2020 Season – Match Day 1

When: From 10.00am (AEDT) Saturday, 15 February 2020

Where: ESL Studios, 4/199 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW

About the E-League 2020 

E-League 2020 Season - Match Day 1: Saturday, 15 February 2020 @ ESL Studios, Sydney

E-League 2020 Season - Match Day 2: Saturday, 7 March 2020 @ ESL Studios, Sydney

E-League 2020 Finals Series: Saturday, 9 May 2020 @ Fortress Melbourne

Key Points

  • Each Hyundai A-League Club will have two representative competitors (1 x PS4 and 1 Xbox One)
  • Each club will play against every other club once over 11 Rounds (two event days)
  • Points during the regular season will be calculated based on the aggregate results over the two console legs (PS4 + Xbox One) for the points table to determine the E-League 2020 Premiers.
  • Individual console results will then be used to determine the seedings structure for each console for the E-League 2020 Finals Series
  • Each Fixture in the E-League 2020 Finals Series will be over two legs.
  • The console winners will then play-off, over two-legs, for the title of E-League 2020 Champion
  • The E-League 2020 Champion will receive 450 Global Series Points 

E-League 2020 – Fixture Schedule

Match Day 1 - Saturday, 15 February 2020

Match Day 2 - Saturday, 7 March 2020

Round 1

Round 7

Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Melbourne City FC v Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Roar FC v Wellington Phoenix

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC

Newcastle Jets v Western United FC

Melbourne City FC v Perth Glory

Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets

Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix

Western United FC -Bye

Central Coast Mariners-Bye

Round 2

Round 8

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City FC

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory

Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Newcastle Jets

Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar FC

Western United FC v Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United

Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Western United FC

Brisbane Roar FC v Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Victory-Bye

Sydney FC-Bye

Round 3

Round 9

Brisbane Roar FC v Western United FC

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar FC

Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix

Perth Glory v Adelaide United

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC

Sydney FC v Western United FC

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Adelaide United -Bye

Melbourne City FC-Bye

Round 4

Round 10

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Sydney FC

Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC

Western United FC v Perth Glory

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne Victory

Western United FC v Adelaide United

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City FC

Newcastle Jets-Bye

Wellington Phoenix-Bye

Round 5

Round 11

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United

Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix

Melbourne City FC v Western United FC

Adelaide United v Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory v Sydney FC

Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar FC-Bye

Western Sydney Wanderers FC -Bye

Round 6

 

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Melbourne City FC

Western United FC v Central Coast Mariners

Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar FC

Perth Glory-Bye

E-League 2020 Finals Series

 

E-League 2020 Finals Series - Saturday, 9 May 2020 @ Fortress Melbourne

Play-offs - Console

Play-Off 1 (PO1)

8 v 9 - First Leg

8 v 9 - Second Leg

Play-Off 2 (PO2)

7 v 10 - First Leg

7 v 10 - Second Leg

Play-Off 3 (PO3)

6 v 11 - First Leg

6 v 11 - Second Leg

Quarter Finals - Console

Quarter Final (QF1)

1 v (PO1) - First Leg

1 v (PO1) - Second Leg

Quarter Final (QF2)

4 v 5 - First Leg

4 v 5 - Second Leg

Quarter Final (QF3)

2 v (PO2) - First Leg

2 v (PO2) - Second Leg

Quarter Final (QF4)

3 v (PO3) - First Leg

3 v (PO3) - Second Leg

Semi Finals- Console

Semi Final 1 (SF1)

Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 - First Leg

Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2 - Second Leg

Semi Final 2 (SF2)

Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 - First Leg

Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4 - Second Leg

Console Final

Final

Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2 - First Leg

Winner of SF1 v Winner of SF2 - Second Leg

E-League 2020 Grand Final

GF

Winner of PS4 Final v Winner of Xbox One Final - First Leg

Winner of Xbox One Final v Winner of PS4 Final - Second Leg

 

NOTE: Match details are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.a-league.com.au/e-league for updates.