The football season may be temporarily suspended until early April but clubs have found their own methods to keep themselves and the fans entertained online.
From games of Connect Four to Noughts & Crosses, clubs across the country have been making up for a lack of action on the pitch, and now a FIFA 20 tournament seems to be the latest initiative to capture the minds of the public.
League Two Leyton Orient have brought together clubs across Europe to take part in the online tournament, and Sunderland made sure they would be included.
Each club will play as itself and gets to choose a representative, which could be a player or a fan, and centre-back Jordan Willis seems to be up to the challenge of playing for the Black Cats.
— Jordan Willis (@J2Willis) March 15, 2020
Originally set at 64 teams, the high level of interest from clubs in England, France and the Netherlands means that number has now doubled.
Supporters can still cheer on their respective sides in one way or another, therefore, and if Jordan Willis can replicate his WhoScored average rating of 6.9 on the pitch, then he could be successful in the virtual world too.
It will be interesting to see if other footballers enter the frame, and whether Newcastle do too, as it would give both sets of supporters the chance to come head to head for the first time since 2016.
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