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September 26, 2022
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced the arrival of AFC Richmond to EA Sports' ‘FIFA 23', with fans able to authentically take control of the fictional club from the streaming series "Ted Lasso" across multiple game modes, including Career Mode, Kickoff, Online Friendlies and Online Seasons. Several AFC Richmond items, including kits, manager items and other content will also be available to unlock across FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) and Pro Clubs where applicable.
Actor Jason Sudeikis' Ted Lasso character will be available as a selectable manager of AFC Richmond, or any team of the player's choosing, in Career Mode. Players can also create their manager, select a real-world licensed manager to take control of AFC Richmond, or create a player and join the AFC Richmond squad in a league of their choosing.
"I am truly fortunate, and deeply grateful, to have had many special moments in my career thus far, and I consider this experience among the best of them," says Sudeikis. "As long-time fans of EA Sports' ‘FIFA,' having 'Ted Lasso' and the whole AFC Richmond squad incorporated into the game's newest version is a dream come true for myself and the rest of the fellas. Our cast and crew work tremendously hard on this show, and we are flattered that it resonates with so many folks. We look forward to our fans having the opportunity to play with, play as, and even play against their favorite AFC Richmond characters."
Fans will also be able to play as AFC Richmond as part of the 'Rest of The World' league in Kick Off, Online Friendlies and Online Seasons with Roy Kent, Jamie Tartt, Sam Obisanya, and Dani Rojas all featuring as part of the Greyhounds' squad. AFC Richmond's home stadium, Nelson Road, will also feature in "FIFA 23."
"In a short time and with limited prior experience, 'Ted Lasso' has become a cultural phenomenon, bringing the passion of football and the power of belief to life for millions of fans across the globe," says David Jackson, vice president, brand, EA Sports FIFA. "We're thrilled to welcome both Ted and AFC Richmond to 'FIFA 23.'"
Related content in FUT and Pro Clubs will be available through objectives, challenges and rewards, designed to be attainable by all players from launch. This includes "Ted Lasso" and Coach Beard manager items, AFC Richmond kits and other FUT club and stadium vanity items, including badges, flags and more, in addition to Nelson Road Stadium being included in Pro Clubs.
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