Competitive video gaming organisation Gfinity has announced the calendar for its FIFA 19 eSports series.

The tournaments consist of one FUT Champions Cup and three Licensed Qualifiers. The first event starts today and all will be held at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.

The FUT Champions Cup features 64 of the world's best FIFA 19 players who have qualified through in-game online competitions. The Licensed Qualifiers maintain the same format but feature 32 players across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

More than 20 million players across 60 countries participated in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series.

For the 2019 season, new pathways are now available making it easier for players to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series through the introduction of a new EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points system.

The FUT Champions Cup and Licensed Qualifiers extend Gfinity's strong relationship with competitive FIFA, following its recent appointment as tournament operator for the inaugural ePremier League.

That tournament will feature eSports players from each of the 20 Premier League clubs with registration now open for online qualifications.

This will be followed by individual club tournaments in January through March, with live finals kicking off on 28-29th March 2019.

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"We are proud to extend our partnership with EA SPORTS for this season,” said Garry Cook, executive chairman at Gfinity.

“With these four events, alongside the Gfinity Elite Series and the upcoming ePremier League, we continue to be at the forefront of FIFA competitive gaming tournaments.

“We are now established as one of the world-leaders in this sector.

“FIFA is driving growth in both participation and viewership and we will deliver best-in-class tournaments which will excite, inform and entertain their legion of fans."