In 2012, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga became the first professional football league to have its own eSport competition when it launched the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) in partnership with EA SPORTS. The VBL has enjoyed steadily growing popularity since its launch. The Virtual Bundesliga remains to this day the only competition of a professional league to be integrated directly in the EA SPORTS FIFA game series.

In the 2018-19 season, the increasing popularity of the VBL, the growing relevance of eSport in general and the DFL’s focus on football simulations led to the launch of the VBL Club Championship. The participating clubs first compete in two divisions along geographical lines (North-West and South-East) and determine the German club champion in eFootball in a final tournament.

The Virtual Bundesliga is made up of three competition parts – here is the tournament structure for the 2023-24 season.

One to two players can qualify through each of the final tables to play for the title of German eFootball Champion in the individual player competition. At the VBL Grand Final, the players compete for a prize money pool totalling €100,000 as well as the title of German eFootball Champion.

In addition, the DFL organises the worldwide Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) International Series to get fans around the globe excited about eFootball and the Bundesliga.

More information on the VBL Club Championship.