FIFA 23: Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond have officially joined EA’s new football game


Ted Lasso has officially joined FIFA 23. As part of a collaboration between EA Sports and the Emmy-winning Apple TV+ show, the studio has released a trailer, featuring an in-game CGI depiction of lead actor Jason Sudeikis, as the titular football coach. The crossover also takes place in the fictional club AFC Richmond, alongside the Greyhounds stadium in Nelson Road. The news follows a series of leaked screenshots hinting at the club’s inclusion in the upcoming football simulation game. FIFA 23 drops on all major platforms including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, and PC.

The official Twitter account of Ted Lasso teased on Tuesday night that the Sudeikis would be included in FIFA 23. For the uninitiated, Ted Lasso is a sports comedy series, which follows an American college football coach, who is hired to coach a second-tier English football team, AFC Richmond. His arrival in the country is met with skepticism, although Major League Soccer (MLS) coaches such as Wayne Rooney have faith in him – as the trailer shows. The winner of four Emmys this year is now set to make an appearance in the game, along with his lead characters.

Ted Lasso will be included as a usable manager in FIFA 23 Career Mode, while his club AFC Richmond can be selected for Career Mode, Kick-Off, Online Friendlies and Online Seasons. While the series assigns the team to the English Premier League – and then the Premier League in Season 2 – AFC Richmond will instead be seen in the Rest of the World section. According to the EA Sports blog, the crossover would also bring the team’s biggest stars, including Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster), Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernández), Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh), Isaac McAdoo (Kola Bokinni) and loudmouth Captain Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein). Currently, there is no word on their in-game ratings.

In FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, fans will be able to show their love for AFC Richmond through customization items including authentic kits and TIFOs. Not to mention, Lasso or Coach Beard can be chosen as your club’s manager, which is the game’s latest feature, allowing you to choose world-renowned manager models, built with their likeness in mind. Details are scarce, but EA Sports notes that all AFC Richmond content in FUT will be available through ‘objectives and challenges’.

FIFA 23 will be released on September 30 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. Purchasing the Ultimate Edition or subscribing to EA Play Pro gets you three-day early access starting September 27. EA Play is giving you limited access starting September 27. FIFA 23 Legacy Edition will be available on Nintendo Switch.


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