How Arizona high school students can win a state champion in Madden 21
Patrick Mahomes and Lionel Messi are coming back to high school, sort of.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association is including Madden 21 and FIFA 21 to its selection of acknowledged varsity title esports offerings for high school students in Spring 2021.
Registered students will have the possibility to compete for state champions in Madden 21 and FIFA 21, though competitors is restricted to the Play Station 4 console for both games.
Esports registration for Spring 2021 runs through Feb. 26 and the season begins March 1.
Here’s a clearer breakdown of the season’s structure:
High school FIFA and Madden groups will contend in PlayVS High School leagues for AIA approved varsity competition.Teams will be made up of three players. Groups will play 3 1v1 matches, and whoever wins the best-of-three series will be stated the winner.Schools can register an unrestricted variety of teams.Top teams at the end of the season will advance to playoffs and compete for a state championship.FIFA matches are played weekly on Tuesdays and Madden matches are on Thursdays.
The two additions sign up with League of Legends and Rocket League as AIA sanctioned esports.
AIA said the choice to add the 2 popular video game franchises to its esports design was based on the requirement to offer a “safe extracurricular environment” for trainees amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns and changes to the facilities of traditional sports.
Esports in AIA was first introduced at completion of 2019. The inaugural state championship were held Feb. 2020 at a Dave & Buster’s in Phoenix where Brophy College Preparatory won state titles in Rocket League and League of Legends.
The appeal of esports continues to grow in Arizona. Legacy Sports Park, an enormous 320-acre family sports and entertainment complex set to open in Jan. 2022, will consist of a 75,000 square-foot esports arena amongst lots of other indoor and outside home entertainment alternatives.