Ted Lasso is coming to a game console near you via FIFA 23
EA Sports has confirmed the inclusion of Ted Lasso and the made-up AFC Richmond for FIFA 23.
Ted Lasso tells the Story of an American football coach who moves to the United Kingdom to take over the helm of a struggling soccer team (AFC Richmond). The series premiered in August 2020 on Apple TV.
The beloved American coach on FIFA 23
In Career Mode, fans of Jason Sudeikis’s Ted Lasso will be able to use him as a manager, and players of all skill levels will be able to take on the role of the Richmond Kickers in Online Seasons, Online Friendlies, and Online Kickoffs. Moreover, EA adds that “a number of AFC Richmond items including kits, tifos, Manager items, and other content will also be available to unlock across FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) and Pro Clubs where applicable.”
You may find Richmond in the Rest of the World section of the game when playing Kickoff, Online Friendlies, or Online Seasons, as you might expect because they are not a Premier League team. The team will feature made-up names like Roy Kent and Jamie Tartt and real-life names like Sam Obisanya and Dani Rojas, and the stadium will be called Nelson Road.
Jason Sudeikis on being on FiFA 23
An excerpt from a press release from Sudeikis reads, “I am truly fortunate and deeply grateful to have had many special moments in my career thus far, and I consider this experience among the best of them. As long-time fans of EA SPORTS FIFA, having Ted Lasso and the whole AFC Richmond squad incorporated into the newest version of the game is truly a dream come true for myself and the Rest of the fellas. Our cast and crew work tremendously hard on this show, and we are flattered that it resonates with so many folks. We look forward to our fans having the opportunity to play with, play as, and even play against their favorite AFC Richmond characters.”
Is Ted Lasso only to be played virtually?
This raises the question of Ted and AFC Richmond’s role in the action in FIFA 23. This looks really unlikely. After all, there is no such thing as AFC Richmond. However, its players might find a place in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Some gamers have been able to play FIFA 23 early this month due to a pre-load error, despite the game not being officially released until September 30, 2022.