E-League returns in 2024 with a brand new format and $10k prize pool

The A-Leagues and EA SPORTS™ have come together to launch the new E-League presented by Nivea Men 2024 season with a raft of new and exciting changes.

This year, the revamped competition will consist of a new five-week regular season format followed by two packed weekends of playoffs, beginning on March 11 and 12 featuring two divisions and 24 players. 

The E-League, the top division, will see 12 of the best local competitors go head-to-head live on Twitch each week in collaboration with our broadcast partner, Lowkii, with the top 8 competitors progressing to the E-League 2024 Playoffs. The E-League begins March 12, 2024.

E-League Challengers is our new secondary division where an additional 12 players will clash for the chance at a miracle run through the Gauntlet – a brand new do-or-die playoff bracket that will see the bottom 4 E-League players face off against the top 4 Challengers for the final two playoffs spots. The E-League Challengers kick off on March 11, 2024.

With a total of 10 players remaining, the E-League 2024 Playoffs will see the top two ranked players from the E-League regular season seeded directly into the upper semi finals. A double elimination bracket and best-of-one match format will leave a combined 8 remaining players after the first day.

From here, the final 8 players will battle it out for their share of the $10,000AUD prize pool and E-League Championship on April 27 and 28, 2024. The 2024 E-League champion will receive a direct seat in the EA SPORTS FC™ Pro World Championships later this year and will represent Oceania and their A-League club on the international stage.

Speaking on the new season, A-Leagues Chief Fan Officer, Jack Mesley said: “Year after year, we have seen the E-League continue to grow around Australia with more people engaging with the competition than ever before.

“With this new and exciting format, we look forward to our clubs being projected to more E-League fans, with the eventual winner earning the chance to represent their club on a global stage.” 

E-League Commissioner Josh Swift said: “In a time where there are more barriers for Oceanic esports to compete at international events than ever before, we couldn’t be prouder to be part of the new FC Pro program and are excited to confirm our E-League champion will receive a direct seat in the EA SPORTS FC Pro World Championships.

“We look forward to what will no doubt be our most exciting season to date as the E-League continues to grow in stature worldwide.” 

This season, fans will be able watch every E-League match live on Twitch or via aleagues.com.au/e-league.

Key Tournament dates:

MatchdaysE-League ChallengersE-League
Matchday 1March 11, 2024March 12, 2024
Matchday 2March 18, 2024March 19, 2024
Matchday 3March 25, 2024March 26, 2024
Matchday 4 April 8, 2024April 9, 2024
Matchday 5 April 15, 2024April 16, 2024
GauntletApril 20, 2024
Playoffs Day 1April 21, 2024
Playoffs Day 2April 27, 2024
Grand FinalApril 28, 2024