The Premier League is delighted to announce a new multi-year partnership extension with EA SPORTS FC as a lead partner and official licensee.
EA SPORTS has been a lead partner of the Premier League since the 2016/17 season, while the licensing agreement with the League for its popular football video game series goes back to the 1998/99 campaign.
Last week, Manchester City striker and 2022/23 Golden Boot winner Erling Haaland was joined by Premier League executives at FC Club House in Amsterdam to unveil the new EA SPORTS FC™ 24 game, which will be released on 29 September.
This will see all 20 Premier League clubs – including every club, player, manager, stadium, kit and more – authentically represented in-game.
The partnership also includes a long-term commitment for the Premier League and EA SPORTS to work together on the creation of community programmes, including school football initiatives and investment into grassroots facilities, with the launch of EA SPORTS FC FUTURES.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Through our long-term partnership, the Premier League and EA SPORTS have inspired generations of football fans and we look forward to developing this in the years to come.
“The new EA SPORTS FC 24 game is a significant evolution which we are proud to be a part of. Beyond this, we will continue to develop existing projects as well as introducing exciting new ones.
“Thanks to EA SPORTS’ support, the ePremier League tournament has been a major success over the last five seasons and we are now developing community initiatives together across the country and in other locations globally.”
Earlier this year, the Premier League and EA SPORTS joined forces to provide funding for the Rocky and Wrighty Arena, a state-of-the-art 3G football pitch at Turnham Academy.
The facility is a tribute to former Arsenal striker David Rocastle, who grew up with Premier League legend and EA SPORTS ICON and FC Futures ambassador Ian Wright, on the Honor Oak estate overlooking the pitch. David sadly passed away after a battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2001, aged 33.
During this month’s Premier League Summer Series in the United States, the partnership takes its community investment overseas to New Jersey. Alongside the US Soccer Foundation, the Premier League and EA SPORTS will open a mini-pitch at Washington Elementary School in Kearny, New Jersey, providing free access to football for the local community.
Last season marked the fifth instalment of the ePremier League, an esports tournament which has given Premier League and EA SPORTS FC fans a chance to win silverware representing their favourite clubs.
This will continue under the new partnership, with the competition forming part of the FC Pro ecosystem.
“EA SPORTS FC is built on a platform of authenticity and innovation, and our renewed partnership with the Premier League will bring fans closer to their favourite clubs and players,” said Cam Weber, President, EA SPORTS.
“Across the entire EA SPORTS FC ecosystem, the ePremier League, and our shared commitment to investing in community-level football, we’re proud to call the Premier League our partner both on and off the pitch.”