If you’re missing the thrill of seeing your team in action on the pitch, then we might just have the next best thing.
Football Manager have partnered with Mind and the EFL to bring you the EFL Football Manager Cup – an FM tournament that will take place over the next month and the Alex are in the hat.
The EFL Football Manager Cup
54 clubs from across the EFL, each represented by a virtual manager, will face off in a straight knockout competition with the final two teams left standing facing off in the showpiece final in mid-May.
The list of virtual managers representing the 54 clubs includes current pro footballers, backroom staff and even some famous faces from the FM community.
EFL FM Cup team round up
The draw for the first round will take place live on the FM Twitter page at 3pm today (April 19th) and those matches will take place from Monday, April 20th until Thursday, April 23rd. 10 teams will be given a first-round bye and go straight into the second round.
After each round is completed, FM will uploading highlights onto the FM YouTube channel for you to catch up on all of the action and there will be a full written round-up on the FM website.
As well as supporting your team during the tournament, you can also show your support for the EFL’s charity partner, Mind, the mental health charity. In these tough times their services are needed more than ever so while you’re being entertained by the action, please consider donating on this JustGiving page which will be open during the tournament.
EFL FOOTBALL MANAGER CUP SCHEDULE
First round draw – Sunday April 19th
First round match dates – Monday April 20th to Thurs April 23rd
The second round – week commencing April 27th
The ‘round of 16’ – week commencing May 4th
The quarter finals – May 11th to 14th
The semi-finals – Saturday May 16th
The final – Sunday May 17th
Crewe will represented by Jack Marsland in the tournament who successfully won a twitter vote to be selected as our virtual manager.
54 teams across the EFL’s three divisions compete in a knockout tournament with the aim to crown one club as the EFL Football Manager Cup winner.
Due to there being 54 teams taking part, 10 teams will be given a bye into round two. This will be determined by random during the first round draw and has been implemented to ensure 32 teams take part in round two.
- Matches to be played on FM20 Touch Versus mode, teams must play as themselves.
- This is a straight knockout tournament, with all ties comprising one game. Each tie will go to Extra Time and Penalties, if necessary, to produce a winner.
- The ‘Home’ team of each tie will host the match
- Suspensions/Injuries won't carry over to the next round