COPE Galway eSports Games

Galway FA clubs in virtual Euro 2021 FIFA tournament & supporting COPE Galway Services

Join our 2021 virtual FIFA eSports Games Tournament

We are looking for Galway’s best FIFA players to join our eSports Games and be in with a chance to win a €200 Lifestyle Sports voucher and a signed Galway United jersey.

The COPE Galway eSports Games FIFA Tournament in collaboration with Galway FA will run from 9-11 July. This is a virtual tournament, to be played on FIFA 21 platform, with individual players facing each other in a head-to-head knockout exhibition.

There are 32 spaces, with one player from each Galway football club. There is no sign-up fee. However, players will each have a fundraising target of €100 which will go to COPE Galway’s homeless, domestic abuse and older people services.

If you believe you are good enough to compete, fill in the form below.

For more information, contact Luke at

FIFA Tournament Rules - Overview

The FIFA Tournament Rules for gameplay and player behaviour in our FIFA events may be found on this page. This FIFA tournament will be coordinated on PLAYSTATION (PS4 and PS5) CONSOLES ONLY. The tournament will take place from the 9th – 11th of July.

The most important thing to remember is to treat your opponent and fellow players with respect. We have attempted to include regulations for all circumstances that may arise, however if assistance is required, please send a message to a member of the COPE Galway fundraising team. Every player has to be aware of the behaviour guidelines and online tournament rules prior to entry.

  • A team will consist of 1 player representing their own Galway club.
  • A ‘match’ will see company teams of 2 players playing against each other.
  • A ‘fixture’ is one 12 minute FIFA game (6 minute halves)
  • The tournament will be played out on a knockout basis, progressing onto the next stage from each match.
  • Fixtures will be sent by email and posted in a private Facebook group before the tournament starts.
  • The COPE Galway team will work under the assumption that each participant is aware of all the rules and checks them regularly although significant rule changes will be communicated. A lack of knowledge of the rules will not be used as an excuse for rule-breaking.
  • Players who take part are required to play with the Gamer ID (PSN) they have specified. In the event another account is going to be used, submit this to the COPE Galway team at the earliest opportunity.
  • Every participant is required to be online in the chat of the tournament they are participating in. Every player is responsible for his own connection and has to have a good internet connection to avoid possible ‘lag’.
  • Players found breaking the rules will be penalised. The exact punishment will be decided by the COPE Galway team. Examples of punishments are a 3-0 loss, replay, penalty points, leaving the tournament early, a temporary ban or a permanent ban.
  • Players found to be complaining about losing a game or found to be playing out with the spirit of the game will be named and shamed as sore losers. Don’t be one of these.
  • If there are suspicions that your opponent is not playing by the FIFA Tournament Rules or serious lag occurs for a long time, report this to the COPE Galway fundraising team as soon as possible, before your opponent has taken benefit of the problem i.e. The beginning of the game.
  • Each entrant has the fundraising goal of €200. Make sure to work with your family and friends through social media and in person to push this as much as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our COPE Galway fundraising team.
  • Each participant will receive a physical FIFA pack to prepare them for the tournament.
  • Each event participant will have their own individual iDonate page which will be set up for them by the COPE Galway fundraising team. In order for each person to receive this pack, they will have to reach €25 year within their fundraising page.
  • All participants must check-in 10 minutes before play starts. Players who do not check-in within a minimum of 5 minutes cannot be guaranteed a fixture.
  • The fixture schedule will be communicated to players in advance of kick-off.
  • The player who plays ‘home’ is responsible for starting a match.
  • Both opponents are responsible for contacting each other and playing the game.
  • Both players are required to take at least one photo of the score each. This photo should contain: the score and the gamertags.
  • If both players are ready, play can start before the scheduled time however additional in-play breaks will not be permitted in-game.
  • When your next fixture is available in the schedule, you have to start directly. If the fixture doesn’t start in 15 minutes, the player who doesn’t show up in time will be disqualified.
  • Each player has to register with COPE Galway in order to participate.
  • Settings: Standard settings
  • Match duration: 12 minutes (6 minutes per half)
  • Game speed: Normal
  • Level: Legendary
  1. All matches should be played via a ´Friendly Match´
  2. Players are allowed to play with club and country teams but games should only be club v club or country v country.
  3. The Home player chooses whether to play with club or country teams.
  4. Only tactical defence is permitted i.e. defending should always be fully manual, same as attacking.
  5. Standard formations only. It´s forbidden to use custom formations i.e. don’t use the square button to change the position of players Further to this when your opponent has a custom formation, take a picture and send it in to COPE Galway’s team. Your opponent gets a warning, and you will play a rematch. When a player violates with a custom formation for the second time, he/she will be disqualified.
  6. When the EA servers are going down during a match, and all the participants of the tournament are getting kicked out of the match, the specific match of that round will be played again.
  7. When 2 players can´t connect in a private match, they will not progress. If there is a possibility, the players can try to play the match after the arranged time before the next round. The COPE Galway team will make every effort to ensure there is time enough for the replay.
  8. When the connection is lost, the match will be resumed at the remaining time and the current score. Should a player refuse to complete the fixture then 3 goals will be added to the current total of the opposition player i.e. if the player disconnects at 5-0 down and refuses to complete the match then an 8-0 victory will be awarded. Should an individual disconnect on purpose mid-game on more than one occasion he or she may be disqualified from future fixtures.
  9. Should a match finish as a draw for the knock out rounds a one off fixture between two elected players will be played, should that fixture finish as a draw, penalties will decide.
  10. It is allowed to change your team during the tournament but not during fixtures
  11. All matches have to be played with the online squads.
  12. If a player does not show up for his or her fixture a 3-0 walkover will be awarded to the opposing player.
  1. At least one of the players must notify COPE Galway of the score after finishing the game. This can be done via a post on the Facebook Group OR through a direct message to the COPE Galway page.
  2. Players are encouraged to take a picture of the result. This photo should contain: the score and the gamertags.
  3. Players need to report the scores within ten minutes after the end of the match.
  4. Players disputing a match score must have a picture to evidence their claims.
  5. When both players report no score or when needed proof of the score, both players may be disqualified.
  6. When the score of the players does not match there will be an investigation. Once the investigation has been completed the decision about what score is awarded ultimately rests with the COPE Galway. We take conflict seriously and want to provide the best experience for all of our players.
  7. If someone deliberately passes the wrong score, the player in question may immediately get excluded from the event.
  8. When only one of the two participants reports the score (or when proof of the score is necessary), that player will be designated as the winner of the contest.
  9. When there is no COPE Galway admin is present at a match conflict in one of the mini-cups, the solution to the conflict between two participants will be postponed until another admin will be online.
  • All COPE Galway FIFA participants must treat each other and the organisation with respect.
  • When a participant has displayed hurtful, offensive or racist expressions towards his/her opponent, they may be immediately disqualified and disciplinary measures will be taken.
  • Bad language and/or threats against the COPE Galway FIFA participants results in an instant disqualification.
  • In cases of fraudulent activity or players caught cheating, a participant will be disqualified immediately and disciplinary measures will be taken.
  • All participants are treated the same way by the COPE Galway. When found breaking the rules, it will be at the discretion of COPE Galway as to the punishment and will be delivered consistently and fairly to all players whilst be dealt with on a case by case basis.
  • Should a player purposefully disconnect during a game on more than one occasion disciplinary measures will be taken.
  • If you have any questions and/or problems about the FIFA Tournament Rules, you can contact a member of the COPE Galway fundraising team in the following ways:
    Phone: 091778750
  • The COPE Galway Admin has the right to make decisions when exceptional situations occur.

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