With the celebrations in Brazil underway now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ has kicked off, a World Cup of a different kind edges closer. On 2 and 3 July in Rio de Janeiro, the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final will decide virtual football’s next world champion! As we prepare for the world’s 20 best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 players to descend on the 2014 FIFA World Cup host city, FIFA.com takes a look at the tournament format for the two-day tournament.
The 20 Grand Finalists have been seeded according to the FIWC World Ranking which takes into account player performances over the past four editions of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, including both matches in qualification and games at the Grand Finals.
Over the years, FIWC Grand Finalists have collected ranking points which count towards their world ranking. The ranking depreciates on a yearly basis, meaning that more recent performances accrue stronger points than older editions of the FIWC.
|**FIWC World Ranking for FIWC 2014 Grand Final***|
|**World Ranking**||** Player**||**Grand Final Seeding**|
|23||Steven van de Vorst||11|
*For players with the same world ranking, a world ranking tie-breaker was used. The player who qualified earliest in FIWC 2014 was given the better seeding.
Grand Final Draw
On 1 July, on the eve of the 2014 Grand Final in Rio, the FIWC will hold the tournament draw for the Grand Final. There are five pots, comprising 4 players each. The players will be drawn from the pots into four groups of five players each.
|**Pot 1**||**Pot 2 **||**Pot 3 **||**Pot 4 **||**Pot 5 **|
|Bruce Grannec||Ty Walton||Farid Diffallah||Irving Velazquez||Tihomir Kolev|
|August Rosenmeier||David Bytheway||Anders Bollerup||Johann Simon||Adrien Viaud|
|Ovidiu Patrascu||Adam Johnston||Steven van de Vorst||Jorrick Boshove||Julien Dassonville|
|Krasimir Ivanov||Alban Xhemajli||Michael Ribeiro||Marian Avram||Rafael Fortes|
GroupsFour groups (A, B, C, D) of five players, that’s the challenge for our Grand Finalists! The top two finishers from each group will progress to the Quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals will be:
Q1: Winner of A vs. Runner-up B
*Q2: *Winner of B vs. Runner-up A
*Q3: *Winner of C vs. Runner-up D
*Q4:Winner of D vs. Runner-up C*
The semi-finals will be:
*S1: Winner of Q1 vs. Winner of Q2
S2: Winner of Q3 vs. Winner of Q4
*And, of course, the Gold Medal match to decide the new world champion will be:
*Winner of S1 vs. Winner of S2
*Follow our Grand Finalists’ World Cup adventure! Follow the FIWC on twitter (@FIWC) and the FIFA Interactive World Cup on Facebook! *