10 March 2022 – The finals of the VBL Club Championship by bevestor will take place on 26 and 27 March. In the current 2021-22 season, a total of 26 clubs from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have taken part in the eFootball competition organised by the DFL together with ESL Gaming. With the top four clubs having already qualified for the finals through the final tables in the division phase, four further teams succeeded in securing their participation via the playoffs. These eight clubs will now vie to be the German Club Champion in eFootball:
- F.C. Hansa Rostock
- FC Ingolstadt 04
- 1. FC Heidenheim 1846
- 1. FC Köln
- RB Leipzig
- Hamburger SV
- SV Werder Bremen
- FC St. Pauli
Within the groups, all teams play each other once. The first- and second-placed teams in both groups will qualify for the semi-finals.
All matches will be held at the “Strassenkicker Base” in Cologne. While the players will meet there in person, there will be no spectators on-site in the interests of protecting against infection. The matches will be broadcast in Germany by the media partners #dabeiTV and SPORT1 as well as eSPORTS1. As usual, all games will also be available to watch on the Virtual Bundesliga’s Twitch and YouTube channels as well as on the ESL FIFA TikTok profile.
- On Saturday 26 March, the matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. (CET).
- On Sunday 27 March, the first kick-off will be at 11:30 a.m. (CEST). The final to decide the German Champion in eFootball will begin at 5:30 p.m. (CEST).
For the first time, prize money will be paid as part of the VBL Club Championship, with a prize money pool totalling €65,000. The payout will be based on both position in the final table of the division phase and performance at the finals of the VBL Club Championship. In addition to the DFL’s payment to all participating VBL clubs, the German Club Champion in eFootball can win up to €18,000 in prize money.
We are really looking forward to the players who will decide the fate of the German Club Championship in eFootball going head-to-head on the consoles in person again for the first time in quite a while.Jörg Höflich, Head of Virtual Bundesliga at the DFL
Jörg Höflich, Head of Virtual Bundesliga at the DFL, said: “This season, the VBL Club Championship by bevestor is once again offering high-quality matches and a great deal of excitement. The finals are bringing together clubs that have already made a name for themselves in previous years on the one hand, and absolute newcomers on the other. We are really looking forward to the players who will decide the fate of the German Club Championship in eFootball going head-to-head on the consoles in person again for the first time in quite a while.”