FIFA has announced that the 2021 FIFAe World Cup and the FIFAe Nations Cup have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement released FIFA said, “In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on travel and events beyond FIFA’s control, FIFA has decided to cancel the FIFAe World Cup 2021 and the FIFAe Nations Cup 2021”.
We are heartbroken to bring you the news that the upcoming FIFAe World Cup and FIFAe Nations Cup have been cancelled.
We are committed to protecting the integrity of our competitions and maintaining a health and safety-first approach to events.
— FIFAe (@FIFAe) July 26, 2021
More on the cancellation of the two FIFA esports events
The cancellation of both events occurs just before the FIFAe World cup begins on Aug. 6. This also makes it the second successive year where neither event will be put on. The last FIFA eWorld Cup took place in London where Germany’s Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous lifted the trophy and took home the cash prize. Moreover, France was the last country to win the FIFA eNations cup back in 2019. Since then, EA Sports and FIFA have prioritized regional online events.
The FIFAe World Cup and FIFAe Nations were supposed to be the big return back to LAN for FIFA esports. However, the travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic makes it impossible for the events to go on accordign to FIFA. Despite the cancellation of the events, FIFA will reward all qualified players and member associations with an equal share of the prize money. The players who qualified for the FIFAe World cup will receive their share individually. While the member associations will receive the prize money on behalf of the teams for the FIFAe Nations cup.
Additionally, FIFA will continue to monitor the situation of the pandemic before making decisions for the FIFA 22 season. With these cancellations, the FIFA 21 Global Series season is officially over for all qualified players. They must now look forward to the new FIFA 22 circuit.