22 teams start in the virtual Bundesliga VBL created by the DFL. Who are these teams and what is worth knowing about mode and title fight in the new eSports league?

The virtual Bundesliga explained briefly

The premiere season of the virtual Bundesliga, officially called the “VBL Club Championship”, is imminent. The VBL is a national club championship organized by the German Football League (DFL) for first and second division clubs with eSports offshoots. “FIFA 19” will be played on the XBox by Microsoft and on the Sony Playstation The first of 21 matchdays will take place on the 16th and 17th of January 2019. The season will run until mid-March, which leads to a rather compact schedule in the VBL. 

The field of participants of the VBL

A total of 22 teams from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga fight for the first edition of the new league for the title. There are 13 first division and the teams of nine clubs from the lower house. The 22 VBL teams in detail: 

Bundesliga – Werder Bremen | Hertha BSC | RB Leipzig | Eintracht Frankfurt | FC Augsburg | Hannover 96 | Bayer Leverkusen | Mainz 05 | Borussia Mönchengladbach | 1. FC Nürnberg | VfB Stuttgart | Schalke 04 | VfL Wolfsburg  

2nd Bundesliga – VfL Bochum | 1. FC Cologne | Arminia Bielefeld | Hamburger SV | Greuther Fürth | FC Ingolstadt | Darmstadt 98 | SV Sandhausen | Holstein keel 

This is how it is played

The VBL Club Championship will be played on 21 matchdays. Eleven matches with three games are played per match day. All teams compete against each other, there is no second round like in professional football. Two games are played one-on-one (one on PlayStation and one on XBox). The third game in two-on-two is played on a console chosen by the home team.

All pieces have the same level of 85 in order to ensure equality of opportunity. In the normal FIFA context, there are sometimes big differences between teams and players in terms of playing ability. 

The highlight of the prelude

Virtual Bundesliga (picture-alliance / dpa / G. Kirchner)

Final 2018 and opening match 2019: Cihan “Cihan” Yasarlar (r.) Of RB Leipzig in the match against Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen and RB Leipzig – two of the title contenders in the VBL – contest the top match on the premiere day. 

Cihan “Cihan” Yasarlar, German FIFA Champions in 2017 and top talent Alex Czaplok start at Leipzig’s side. Especially Yasarlar is in the scene an absolute top star and probably the biggest name in the ranks of the virtual Bundesliga side. 

The Bremer have with Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, number three in the PlayStation world ranking and Michael “MegaBit” Bittner, who is on the same rank of the XBox ranking, about the strongest duo in the league. The two Werderaner are the best placed German players in the world comparison – even if this rating applies to the FIFA Ultimate Team mode, which does not apply in the VBL Club Championship.

Final tournament and playoffs 

Through the final table of the VBL Club Championship, the players of the first six clubs qualify directly for the VBL Grand Final in May 2019, in which the overall title “VBL Champion” is played as a German championship among the individual players. Players in the seventh to eighth place will take part in the VBL playoffs to qualify for the VBL Grand Final.

Already in 2012, the DFL, in cooperation with EA SPORTS, had founded the eFootball Competition as the first professional football league with the VBL. This was also the first competition of a professional league directly integrated into the game EA SPORTS FIFA. Since its introduction, the VBL has enjoyed a steadily increasing popularity with more than 150,000 participants.

These Bundesliga teams are not there

The spectators at the virtual Bundesliga offshoot must forego the eternal top duel between record champions Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund. In addition to the two largest German clubs missing from the top flight also SC Freiburg, TSG Hoffenheim and Fortuna Dusseldorf. 

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