From the Women’s Super League to the Romanian SuperLiga, there’s hardly a real professional football team that isn’t featured in EA Sports’ FIFA games. They have now been joined by a fictional one: AFC Richmond, from the hugely successful feel-good TV series Ted Lasso.
The lineup includes Lasso himself (modelled after actor Jason Sudeikis), grumpy veteran Roy Kent, child prodigy Sam Obisanya, the compellingly obnoxious Jamie Tartt, and all the other characters from the series. Players can take over the team, or join the team with their own created character as a manager or player, in Career mode and online multiplayer matches. The kit, Nelson Road stadium and club badge can also be unlocked in Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs modes.
The addition was suggested in a tweet from the Ted Lasso account on Tuesday, which read, “Watch out, Mario! You’re not the only pixelated man with a mustache who never knows where the tube takes him.”
In a press release, Sudeikis said: “As long time fans of FIFA, it is a dream come true for myself and the rest of the guys to include Ted Lasso and the entire AFC Richmond squad in the latest version of the game. Our cast and crew are working extremely hard on this show, and we’re flattered that it appeals to so many people. We look forward to giving our fans the opportunity to play with, play as and even play against their favorite AFC Richmond characters.”
EA Sports has been making the officially licensed FIFA games for almost 30 years, since 1993, but its relationship with the football giant is coming to an end. Starting next year, EA’s football games will be known as EA Sports FC, where FIFA will attempt to license its name to other developers to create competitive games.
FIFA 23, the latest product of the partnership, will be released next week, September 30.