Update 09/21/2022: EA Sports has officially confirmed that Ted Lasso and the fictional club AFC Richmond will be a part of FIFA 23.
Jason Sudeikis’ beloved Ted Lasso character will be selectable as a usable manager in Career Mode, and AFC RIchmond will be playable in Career Mode, Kickoff, Online Friendlies and Online Seasons. EA adds that “a number of AFC Richmond items, including kits, tifos, Manager items and other content, will also be available to unlock in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) and Pro Clubs, as applicable.”
Unsurprisingly, Richmond will not be part of the Premier League in Kickoff, Online Friendlies and Online Seasons and will instead be located in the Rest of the World section. Players Roy Kent, Jamie Tartt, Sam Obisanya and Dani Rojas will all be in the squad, and the fictional Nelson Road stadium will also be a part of the game.
In a press release, Sudeikis said: “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. As long-time EA SPORTS FIFA fans, having Ted Lasso and the entire AFC Richmond team brought into the newest version of the game is truly a dream come true for me and the rest of the guys. Our cast and crew work tremendously hard on this show, and we’re flattered that it resonates with so many people. We hope that our fans will have the opportunity to play, play and even play against their favorite AFC Richmond characters.”
“It’s fucking great to be in FIFA. I’m not sure this is going to help dispel the CGI rumours, but fuck it, it’s worth it,” said Roy Kent actor Brett Goldstein. “I hope to beat my nephew in a game with me as Roy Kent and him as Jamie Tartt. He is going to be furious.
FIFA 23 – Ted Lasso Screenshots
Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond may be in the next FIFA 23.
Actor Jason Sudeikis has appeared in a tweet from the official account of the TV show showing it being digitally scanned… and hinted that it’s for an upcoming video game.
“Careful, Mario!” it reads. “You’re not the only pixelated man with a mustache who never knows where the tube takes him…”
Even more revealing, EA Sports FIFA responded to the Tweet, with a simple eye emoji.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 20, 2022
This isn’t the first time Ted Lasso’s addition to the game has been teased, with a recent leak suggesting AFC Richmond would be brought into the game when he was briefly included in a list of equipment on the game’s official website.
Ted Lasso originally debuted in August 2020 and tells the story of the eponymous character: an American football manager who makes an unprecedented move to the UK to manage the floundering AFC Richmond football team.
Of course, this addition will be music to the ears of Ted Lasso fans. I mean, it might even be the reason I finally got into FIFA.
But the question begs: how will Ted and AFC Richmond fit into the game? Most importantly, will the team be available to play online? That seems unlikely. After all, AFC Richmond is entirely fictional… but perhaps the players themselves can find a home as part of FIFA Ultimate Team.
FIFA 23 Screens
For now, we will have to wait and see. But the very thought of adding Ted and AFC Richmond to the game opens up a world of possibilities. Football is life, right?
FIFA 23 is set to release on September 30, 2022, but was already available to some players earlier this month due to a preload bug. Those who pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition will be able to access it three days early, on September 27.
Want to read more about FIFA 23? Check out our deep dive into FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, as well as our first hands-on preview.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him on Twitter.