‘Ted Lasso’ Fans Can Play AFC Richmond on ‘FIFA 23’ Originally Aired on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The mayhem of “Ted Lasso” is headed to CGI, with FIFA announcing on Wednesday that AFC Richmond and many of the characters from the Emmy Award-winning show will be available to compete in FIFA 23.
The hit show starring Jason Sudeikis as the eponymous Ted Lasso follows a football manager tasked with leading a struggling Premier League club. The eternally optimistic Lasso has little to no knowledge of the game or British ways, but he provides the perfect mix of humor and caring alongside a witty, mostly British cast.
“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,” Sudeikis said in a statement.
Since its debut in August 2020, “Ted Lasso” continues to capture the hearts of football fans and others en route to 40 Emmy nominations and 11 wins.
Which AFC Richmond players will be available in FIFA 23?
FIFA went all out with this crossover. The game will include the AFC Richmond stadium, kits and tifos, among other team features.
While it’s unclear if the entire diamond dog quartet will be available, it has been confirmed that many of the favorite characters on the field will appear in the upcoming video game.
This includes Jamie Tartt, Sam Obisanya, Dani Rojas and the recently retired Roy Kent, who earned Brett Goldstein two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in each of the show’s first two seasons.
Goldstein weighed in on the ad Wednesday, saying he had big plans for his character.
“I hope to beat my nephew in a game with me as Roy Kent and him as Jamie Tartt,” he said. “He’s going to be furious.”
FIFA also confirmed that players will have the option to choose between Lasso and other real-life managers for all teams, including AFC Richmond.
Where will AFC Richmond players be available in FIFA 23?
While AFC Richmond is *technically* a Premier League club in the context of Apple TV, they do not meet FIFA standards.
Rather, the Greyhounds will be available in the “Rest of the World” category.
Will AFC Richmond players have ratings?
Choosing to suit up with the Greyhounds carries the same chances and opportunities as a real club, including player ratings.
While full player ratings are not being released, actor Phil Dunster speculated where his character, Jaime Tartt, might register.
“I think Jamie is 25… Listen, Harry Kane has been playing for England. It’s hard being an English striker because Harry Kane is always fit,” Dunster told ESPN. “So that’s probably why. [Tartt] He hasn’t been at the top, the top, the top of his game, he hasn’t given the opportunities. But he was at City, a very, very promising player. So with all of those things in mind, I think he has, I’m going to say 84 overall.”
Dunster’s prediction turned out to be incredibly accurate, courtesy of an EA Sports FIFA spokesperson who confirmed Tartt’s rating of 84.
When is FIFA 23 released?
After much anticipation, FIFA 23 is just over a week away.
Early access via the Ultimate Edition is available on September 27, followed by a global release on September 30.
Who is on the cover of FIFA 23?
Despite the show’s popularity, AFC Richmond still has a long way to go until some Greyhound dons the cover of a FIFA game.
Rather, this year’s cover will feature French striker Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Australian striker Sam Kerr, who currently plays for Chelsea. Kerr’s debut makes her the first female footballer to appear on the cover of the popular game.