Missing the thrill of seeing live football? Well EFL, Mind UK and Football Manager have collaborated to come up with perhaps the next best thing.
Following the postponement of live action on the football pitch, alongside the English Football League and the Mental Health Charity, Mind UK, Football Manager has decided to launch the EFL Football Manager Cup, an online tournament that kicks-off this week.
So far fans have been able to see Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley lead his team to a 2-1 win against Leeds United fan, Rob Callery’s side. While virtual boss James Moulding’s Preston North End enjoyed a remarkable 10-1 victory over Crawley Town!
Elsewhere there have so far been wins for Middlesbrough, Mansfield Town and Leyton Orient.
The tournament is due to take place over the next month and involves 54 clubs from across the English Football League, with each being represented by a virtual manager who is part of that club either as a player, backroom staff or a supporter.
Football players featuring in the competition include goalkeeper Lee Camp, who is in charge of his current club Birmingham City, Ollie Kensdale is the man calling the shots for Colchester United and Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong is making the key decisions for his club.
The tournament is a straight knockout competition with the final due to take place in mid-May. After each round is completed there will be highlights uploaded onto the FM YouTube channel for you to catch up on.
Crucially throughout the tournament you can also show your support for Mind UK by donating on this JustGiving page, which is open throughout the tournament.
The first round is due to finish on Thursday with games being played throughout the next few days, so you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful game.
- Round one match dates – Monday April 20th to Thursday April 23rd
- Round two – Week commencing April 27th
- Round of 16 – Week commencing May 4th
- Quarter-finals – Monday May 11th to Thursday May 14th
- Semi-finals – Saturday May 16th
- Final – Sunday May 17th