Virtual Bundesliga: Everything To Know About the 2023/24 Season

The gaming arena is buzzing with excitement as the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) gears up to kick off the new 2023/24 season this November. This event marks a significant chapter in the inaugural year of EA SPORTS FC Pro, setting the stage for a thrilling competition among 35 top-tier clubs in the VBL Club Championship.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2023/24 season of Virtual Bundesliga:

VBL Tournament Structure

The Virtual Bundesliga is made up of three competitions, each with its unique format:

  • VBL Open
  • VBL Club Championship
  • VBL Grand Final

The journey to eSports stardom begins on 1 November with the VBL Open, a platform for all aspiring players. Over four months, competitors will battle it out for a spot in the VBL Open Playoffs, where they’ll face off against the qualifiers from the VBL Club Championship.

The first matchdays for VBL Club Championship are set for 18 and 19 November, during the international break. The final of the VBL Club Championship is set for 23 and 24 March 2024 with a prize money pool of €87,500.

The victorious in the VBL Open Playoffs will advance to the VBL Grand Final, eyeing the coveted title of German champion in eSports and a share of the €100,000 prize pool. The stakes are high as the top two players from the VBL Grand Final will earn a seat in the EA SPORTS FC Pro World Championships, competing for the illustrious title of the first-ever EA SPORTS FC Pro champion.

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Last year’s champion Antonio “Antonio Radelja” Radelja will return this season to defend his title representing VfB Stuttgart after last year he boasted the colours of Eintracht Frankfurt.

New Faces in The Championship

Among the newcomers, Bundesliga announced three esteemed clubs: Borussia Dortmund, Sport-Club Freiburg, and FC Bayern Munich. From the second Bundesliga, the lineup includes Fortuna Düsseldorf, SV Elversberg, 1. FC Magdeburg, VfL Osnabrück, and SV Wehen Wiesbaden.

They will feature among the 35 clubs that will participate in this year’s edition, divided in two divisions:


  1. FC Köln
  2. FC Magdeburg
  3. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  4. Borussia Dortmund
  5. Borussia Mönchengladbach
  6. Eintracht Braunschweig
  7. F.C. Hansa Rostock
  8. FC Schalke 04
  9. FC St. Pauli
  10. Fortuna Düsseldorf
  11. Hamburger SV
  12. Hannover 96
  13. Holstein Kiel
  14. SC Paderborn 07
  15. SV Werder Bremen
  16. Vfl Bochum
  17. VfL Osnabrück
  18. Wolfsburg


  1. FC Heidenheim 1846
  2. FC Kaiserslautern
  3. FC Nürnberg
  4. FSV Mainz 05
  5. Eintracht Frankfurt
  6. FC Augsburg
  7. FC Bayern München
  8. Hertha BSC
  9. Karlsruher SC
  10. RB Leipzig
  11. SC Freiburg
  12. SpVgg Greuther Fürth
  13. SV Darmstadt 98
  14. SV Elversberg
  15. SV Wehen Wiesbaden
  16. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  17. VfB Stuttgart

Switching Gears: From “95 Mode” to “Ultimate Team” Mode

In a bold move to enhance the competition, clubs have waved goodbye to the “95 Mode” and embraced the “Ultimate Team” mode. This transition caters to the desires of many players and fans, allowing participants to craft their teams from a pool of players across all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs. This feature has already seen success in the VBL Open Playoffs and the VBL Grand Final last season.

Moreover, each club will receive two exclusive 99-rated player items to use this season which is a first in the VBL history.

The new Virtual Bundesliga stage is set, the players are ready, and a new chapter of German eSports history is about to be written.

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