eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup kicks into regional finals stage

Announced towards the end of last year, the first stage of the eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup has concluded with unprecedented turnout figures. The amateur EA SPORTS FIFA 21 tournament is organised internationally by LaLiga and Electronic Arts.

More than 21,000 entrants from 16 countries took part in a total of 31 online tournaments as part of the national finals during November and December, with 40 players emerging who will now go head to head in the regional finals.

Representing South Africa is Kaylan Moodley (2 x FGS Africa Cup Champion), Zaakir Abdulla, Mogamad Zuhayr Abrahams (Orlando Pirates eSports Player) and Masoom Fakie (Bravado Gaming FIFA Player) who will are set to play in the African regional final.

The regional finals are kicking off this coming weekend, featuring the finalists from each nation. Eight players will then advance and battle it out for glory in the Grand Final in May in Madrid.

  • 30-31 January: North American regional final (U.S.A., Colombia and Mexico). 
  • 6-7 February: South American regional final (Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina)
  • 20-21 February: African regional final (Egypt and South Africa)
  • 27-28 February: European regional final and Middle-East regional final (Saudi Arabia, Russia and Turkey).
  • 20-21 March: Asian regional final (South Korea, China, Thailand and Vietnam).

Capitalizing on the current momentum, eLaliga has also taken the opportunity to announce it’s partnership with Galaxy Racer for this season. This partnership will firstly reinforce Galaxy Racer’s global positioning to help and foster the international ecosystem and secondly expose the competition to it’s massive audience reach (Over 50 Million Followers).

“We are beyond excited to partner up with eLaliga on this championship. Galaxy Racer’s Middle Eastern & South Asian fan base has always been one of the biggest audiences to European and International Football, so it only made sense for us to partner up with eLaliga and bring the excitement to our home turf!” – Paul Roy, CEO Galaxy Racer

As part of the partnership Galaxy Racer will exclusively broadcast the event in Arabic on the Galaxy Racer channels contributing in bringing the event to life and spreading it’s reach across the globe, specifically in the Arabic Speaking world.

On 8 May, depending on the pandemic’s evolution in Spain, the eight finalists advancing from the regional finals will face off in the Grand Final in Madrid, where they will compete for a prize of €10,000 (Over ZAR 150,000) as well as enjoying the eLaLiga VIP Experience.

The competition event will feature all of the matches that are all set to be streamed on the official eLaLiga channels on Twitch.