17 November 2022 – At the DFL Members Assembly on Thursday, the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs passed a resolution to incorporate the regulations for the club competition of the Virtual Bundesliga in the league statutes of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. This will thereby create an important basis for the further professionalisation of the competition. The DFL Members Assembly had already incorporated the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) as an eFootball competition of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in the DFL statutes on 30 May 2022.
The VBL regulations are based primarily on the pre-existing VBL Club Championship regulations, specifically, the terms and conditions of participation and the tournament rules; these have now been transferred to a joint document. Divided into 18 sections, the regulations govern the legal foundations and preconditions in particular for the participating clubs and their teams/players and other club officials. The VBL regulations encompass a range of aspects, such as the protection of the integrity of the competition, the organisation and broadcast of matches as well as sponsoring and marketing.
The VBL regulations, which were jointly formulated by the DFL and the clubs, already constitute – on a contractual basis – the legal foundation for the recently started VBL Club Championship season.