Sheffield United discover opponents in first round draw of Ultimate Quaran-Team competition
The 2019/20 football season is in limbo for now, but the lack of matches has seen clubs make the extra effort to keep fans entertained. Representative from 128 football clubs will take part in the Ultimate Quaran-Team competition over the coming weeks - an online FIFA tournament organised by Leyton Orient.
The cup, as well as being a bit of fun at a difficult time for many, will also raise funds for a host of charities, as well as EFL clubs likely to take a massive hit due to lost match day revenue. Over £2000 has been raised so far.
Clubs from across Europe signed up in their droves to play a part in the digital tournament, which will see a mixture of Esports pros and top level footballers represent their clubs.
Sheffield United were involved in the first round draw on Tuesday evening, and their representative, competitive FIFA player Mitchell Hayward, will be taking on Carlisle United via Brandon Beech - the son of the club's manager Chris Beech.
Given the desperate lack of real football going on at the moment, the bookies have got in on the action, and William Hill have priced the Blades at 25/1 to win the tournament. Fierce rivals Sheffield Wednesday are second favourites to win the competition at 8/1, behind Benfica at 6/1.
The exact details of when the tournament will take place are yet to be announced, but it will all be streamed online for free to give fan’s a well-needed football six – albeit a digital one.