India to be a part of the FIFAe Nations Series 2022

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India will be a part of the FIFAe Nation Series 2022 (FIFAe 2022), the flagship competitive electronic gaming series of soccer regulating body FIFA for the member associations. India currently ranks 23 out of 60 in the FIFAe nations ranking and will contest from the Asia and Oceania region.

England, Brazil, and Malaysia are currently ranked in the top 3. The playoffs for the last edition was cancelled due to Covid19 for which India could not qualify.

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The FIFAe qualifiers 2022 Play-In stage will be starting from December 2021, where FIFAe national squads from member associations that participated in FIFAe qualifiers 2021, compete for qualification to the FIFAe Nations playoffs 2022. The qualifying competition will happen over a period of four competition weeks extending until April 2022, as per an official press release All India Football Federation. If India is unable to qualify through the Play-ins, India will get another chance for qualification through the FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier 2022 main stage.

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At this point, the team will compete against newly on-boarded member associations for FIFAe 2022 and other returning member associations from FIFAe 2021 for a spot in the playoffs. The FIFAe Nations Playoffs 2022 is expected to take place in June 2022, and the pinnacle event — the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 — is expected to be hosted in July 2022.

A total of 23 national squads qualifying from the playoffs, joined by the host nation, will take part in the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022. Meanwhile, the (AIFF) will host the second edition of its national qualifying event — to select gamer athletes for its FIFAe national squad for the 2022 season.