Ted Lasso and his AFC Richmond are officially coming to FIFA 23. After a tweet from series starter Jason Sudeikis, EA Sports has now confirmed the crossover with a trailer.
Update September 21, 2022 5:00 p.m.: After the rumors and leaks, it is now officially clear that Ted Lasso will actually appear in FIFA 23. You can see how the crossover will play out in the new trailer:
EA also explained in more detail what form Ted Lasso and his team will appear in:
Here’s the original article that covered the rumors and leaks ahead of time.
What series is it? Running on Apple TV+, “Ted Lasso” features eponymous American football coach Ted Lasso – played by Jason Sudeikis. He ends up at the fictional Premier League club AFC Richmond in England and is supposed to train the football team there without having much experience in the field.
The comedy series has so far produced two seasons and is not only very popular with football fans: it has collected numerous awards, including for its actors. Jason Sudeikis, for example, won the Golden Globe for his role, and Ted Lasso was also honored at the Emmys.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Ted Lasso also has a strong 95% critic rating, 80% viewer rating (via rottentomatoes.com).
What does this have to do with FIFA 23? It could be that Ted Lasso and his AFC Richmond actually show up in the game. The series’ official Twitter account shared a picture of Jason Sudeikis apparently being scanned for a video game. EA Sports, in turn, commented on this with a big googly-eyed emoji:
In addition, leaks are shared in the FIFA subreddit (via reddit) or on Twitter (e.g. on FUTZone – via Twitter) that refer to AFC Richmond and Ted Lasso as managers. So it would be conceivable that “Ted Lasso” actually appears in the game after the release of FIFA 23.
This is how fans react to the crossover in FIFA 23
What fans say: On reddit, Ted Lasso in FIFA is already being discussed in the Games and FIFA subreddits, and some fans are also giving their opinions on Twitter. Some Ted Lasso fans suggest that this would actually be a reason for them to look into FIFA and take over AFC Richmond. The FIFA community is also excited. Many are talking about a cool crossover that could be fun:
In fact, it wouldn’t be the first time that non-soccer characters have ended up in FIFA. For example, you could play Dua Lipa, Anthony Joshua or other stars in Volta.
At the same time, some players are critical of the possible crossover:
In FIFA, realism has always been an important point. So there are many fans who want a realistic representation of the football world in FIFA. However, FIFA is moving further and further away from “realism” when it comes to Ultimate Team – from completely crazy special maps for players to colorful, customizable stadiums with crazy choreographies.
What do you think of the possible crossover? Would it suit FIFA for you, or is it rather not for you? Tell us in the comments!
By the way, many players are waiting for the FIFA 23 Web App. You can find out everything about the start of the FIFA 23 Web App here.