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Rachel Stringer, host of the eChampions League, on the trickle-down benefit of the FIFA tournament

WORDS Dan Poole | INTERVIEW Seb Powell

“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy CAPTION

“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

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The presenter has also been taking a personal interest in advancing participation among female fans. “I created and hosted one of the first female FIFA tournaments on International Women’s Day. I contacted people at the top of the women’s game and said, ‘Will you support me if I get some girls together?’ We had 900,000 people tuning in to watch. It’s just going to grow the game even more if females are represented in the FIFA community.”

And who’s her tip for this season’s eChampions League? “In terms of British representatives, Hashtag Tom. And I’d like it to be Tom. But I’m going to say Adriman.” You heard it here first.

Read about NYC_Chris, the previous eChampions League trophy winner.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy CAPTION

“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

Multiplayer mode
esports

Multiplayer mode

Rachel Stringer, host of the eChampions League, on the trickle-down benefit of the FIFA tournament

WORDS Dan Poole | INTERVIEW Seb Powell

“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

Penalty Pedigree

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“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

The presenter has also been taking a personal interest in advancing participation among female fans. “I created and hosted one of the first female FIFA tournaments on International Women’s Day. I contacted people at the top of the women’s game and said, ‘Will you support me if I get some girls together?’ We had 900,000 people tuning in to watch. It’s just going to grow the game even more if females are represented in the FIFA community.”

And who’s her tip for this season’s eChampions League? “In terms of British representatives, Hashtag Tom. And I’d like it to be Tom. But I’m going to say Adriman.” You heard it here first.

Read about NYC_Chris, the previous eChampions League trophy winner.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy CAPTION

“While we've all been on zoom doing quizzes or whatever, these guys have been the clever ones doing something productive with their time.” Rachel Stringer is referring to the 32 gamers who have fine-tuned their FIFA skills to such an extent that they’ve made the knockout stages of the eChampions League, part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series. From there, eight players will advance to the finals on 28 May, where the winner will receive the majority of the £200,000 prize pot.

Rachel Stringer with the eChampions League trophy (top), previous winner NYC Chris (above)

Stringer will be fronting coverage of the tournament – and has been since its inception three years ago. That means she gets to see the gaming elite going head to head on a regular basis, but she also extols the benefits of the FIFA fraternity at all levels. “I feel like the trajectory has just gone completely through the roof,” she says. “It’s really helped people through the pandemic: they can’t go out and meet their mates, but they’ve realised that you can have this community online.”

Penalty Pedigree

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