ALBUQUERQUE– The New Mexico Activities Association, in partnership with the NFHS Network and PlayVS, will be broadening the game titles offered for the 2021 Esports Season to include FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21.

Formerly, the NMAA Esports line-up included just League of Legends, Rocket League and SMITE.

Two of the most popular sports titles worldwide, FIFA and Madden, boast real professional football and soccer gamers on their actual professional teams.

NFHS Network Vice President Mark Koski

EA’s long-running sport simulation franchises represent all of the excitement sports players know and puts them in the center of the action.

These titles will now be consisted of as part of the NMAA’s Authorities Spring Esports Season, which will begin in February and culminate with State Championships in early May.

” The NMAA is delighted to partner with PlayVS in bringing FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 to our high schools,” NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez said. “Esports has actually turned into one of our Association’s fastest growing activities and the addition of these titles will just help to increase trainee participation.”

” The NFHS Network is happy to support the addition of FIFA and Madden to the high school Esports video gaming portfolio,” NFHS Network Vice President Mark Koski stated. “These are extremely popular game titles among trainees– as our very first sports titles– we will now use a brand-new kind of competition to our gamers and expand the appeal of our platform to a bigger audience. We can’t wait to acknowledge the first-ever FIFA and Madden high school state champs across the nation.”

More than 50 schools and 700 students got involved in the 2020 Esports Season, which was sadly, cut brief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 season is set to begin in February and will include an 11-match schedule and 2 weeks of state playoffs for each video game title.

Schools in 2 classifications (A-4A & 5A) will make points towards an overall Esports champion based upon involvement and success in League of Legends, Rocket League, SMITE, FIFA 21, and Madden NFL 21.

For more details referring to this statement, contact NMAA Partner Director Dusty Young at 505.977.5385.