Ted Lasso’s AFC Richmond Club Is Official In FIFA 23
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Ted Lasso joins in FIFA 23. The same goes for Sam Obisanya, Dani Rojas and the rest of AFC Richmond, the fictional English football club in Apple TV Plus’ Emmy-winning feel-good comedy-drama.
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the crossover for EA Sports’ global bestseller on Wednesday, and it’s a lot more robust than before rumors had suggested. Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is available as a manager in Career Mode for AFC Richmond or any other party. Players can also create their own pro and join AFC Richmond in Career, playing in any league they want.
Even Richmond’s fictional home stadium, Nelson Road (which in real life is Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park) will appear in FIFA 23. It and the Greyhounds roster will be available in Kickoff mode (one time matches), online friendlies and online seasons.
“It’s so f***ing cool to be in FIFA,” Brett Goldstein, who portrays the famously foul-mouthed Kent, said in a statement censored by EA, not us. “I’m not sure if this will help dispel the CGI rumors, but darn it, totally worth it.”
Goldstein refers to a weird internet conspiracy theory/meme that states that Roy Kent is entirely a CGI creation and that his actor does not exist. (For the record, Goldstein has maintained that he is “a completely real, normal, human man,” who “does normal, human, basic things, like rendering and buffering.”)
Anyway, “I’m looking forward to beating my cousin in a match with me as Roy Kent and him as Jamie Tartt,” Goldstein said. “He will be furious.” Although Kent withdrew from Richmond and became a (dirty) analyst for Sky Sports in Ted Lasso season 2, he will start on their 11 in FIFA 23.
Lasso himself, Jason Sudeikis, said he’s a fan of EA Sports’ football franchise, calling the shot “a real dream come true for myself and the rest of the guys.”
“Our cast and crew are working extremely hard on this show and we are flattered that it appeals to so many people,” said Sudeikis. “We look forward to giving our fans the opportunity to play with, play as and even play against their favorite AFC Richmond characters.”
EA Sports added that additional AFC Richmond content will be available in Football Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs modes, including, yes, manager items for both Lasso and Coach beard. Players can also outfit their virtual sides in Richmond uniforms, play on Nelson Road and hang Greyhound banners and tifos in the seats.
Players and fans have previously has changed the club or built tributes to the character of Sudeikis in the career modes, but this will be the first time AFC Richmond appears in the main series of clubs of the series.
At the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, Ted Lasso and the cast won Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Sudeikis), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Goldstein), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, from a total of 20 nominations. The third season of Ted Lasso doesn’t have a premiere date yet.
FIFA 23 launches September 27, 2022 on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, with some features on current-generation versions not available on other platforms.