The new Virgin Media ELOI season kicks off on Tuesday, February 27th with games streamed live on YouTube and Twitch.

Dundalk FC will once again be represented by Eric Finn – aka @XampL_FCwho was crowned 2023 ELOI champion at the Aviva Stadium in May

The Virgin Media ELOI will run from February to April 2024 and feature all 20 men’s League of Ireland clubs, competing in a group format with the top two teams progressing to the live Final. The winner of the Virgin Media ELOI will earn a place in the eChampions League Group Stage and a Play-Off place for the FC Pro World Championship.

Eric has been placed in Group D with Derry City, Kerry FC, Galway United, and UCD and will begin his campaign against the Candystripes on Tuesday night (February 27th).

Competitive gaming and the esports industry have grown exponentially in recent years. The industry has become a global phenomenon with millions of fans participating and consuming esports. There are around two million gamers in Ireland across all spectrums, and it is estimated there are around 700,000 Esports enthusiasts.

The FAI have recognised these developments in esports and has decided to shape the efootball landscape here in Ireland actively. The FAI’s esports programme is established to attract and engage with a younger demographic of football fans and create a new participation and supporter stream through esports.

The full list of groups and matches is available here.