In the wake of MLS play being suspended for at least the remainder of March due to fears related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we at Hudson River Blue recently announced the inaugural HRB FIFA Invitational — a single-elimination Xbox tournament on FIFA 20 to pass the time and keep up morale in these anxious and frustrating times.
The outpouring of support for this idea has been humbling and exciting. And soon, a full list of play days as well as participants will very soon be unveiled. But for now, it’s time to put down the rules of engagement so we all know what they are well in advance.
Without further ado, here’s a full list of rules for the tournament. Also, for any of those still looking to register, click here for more details.
1.) The FIFA tournament will be played in Kick-Off on ‘Classic Mode’. There was early talk of the tournament being held in Ultimate Team mode. But not everyone plays FUT, and those who don’t would be put at a serious disadvantage.
2.) Players are allowed to choose any team on the game. Once you’ve made your choice, you are locked to that choice for the entire tournament. There are no rules for how good/bad the team can be. It is your choice. There is also no rule for everyone having a unique team; two people can be running Barcelona if they wish. But keep in mind that once you choose a team, you are stuck with it for the entirety of the tournament. So choose wisely.
3.) No bigotry! Racism, sexism, harassment, bullying, griefing, and/or just being a dick will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament, as well as a permanent ban on any future events Hudson River Blue may host. There will be no warnings given; it’s a one-strike policy.
4.) No time wasting! Dribbling the ball in the corner or passing it along your backline with a lead will not be permitted. Any overt/unnecessary negative movements with the ball late in games will result in a DQ.
5.) Every game must have a winner. There are no ties here! If a game is still level after regulation, extra time will be played. If the game is still tied after the additional time, games will be decided on penalties.
6.) All games must be played on time. We still don’t know how many players will be involved. So to ensure everything moves along in a timely fashion, games are to be played at the scheduled times. A five-minute grace period will be permitted in the case of players needing to find each other or having to deal with a technical issue. Anyone who fails to report to, or otherwise refuses to play a game will be DQ’d and eliminated.
7.) All teams will be drawn randomly. This is done to ensure parity and avoid any kind of collusion among players. I know, “collusion” — big word for a friendly tournament. But weirder things have happened. This draw will occur on
8.) All results must be recorded as proof. You know how you can record a 30-second clip on Xbox? Following a game’s completion, the game’s final statistics must be recorded and then sent to an email still TBD to confirm the result of your game.
These rules are a baseline and could be added to as the days go on. Any changes/additions will be announced. Feel free to give us your input!