Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s soccer team, Wrexham AFC, will be unexpectedly playable in FIFA 22.
One of the strangest but most wonderful stories in the world of Welsh sports this year came when the Hollywood duo Reynolds and McElhenney became owners of Wrexham AFC, the oldest professional Welsh football club. The team, which currently plays at the fifth tier of the English football league system, has become a surprise addition to this year’s edition of FIFA.
While the game generally only includes teams as low as English Soccer League Two (confusingly, the fourth tier of the English Soccer League system), Wrexham AFC has been added to the game in its ‘Rest of the World’ category, between other teams that don’t. It doesn’t fit into any of the other leagues the game already includes. Following the team’s inclusion in the game, Reynolds and McElhenney took to Twitter to announce the news in typical comedic fashion.
This is a statement from the Wrexham AFC press office regarding # FIFA22
“We are in the game.”
– Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) September 12, 2021
EA Sports confirmed in a press release that the company’s partnership with Wrexham AFC will last for several years, beginning in FIFA 22, with equipment available for players to use in home mode. Even though ‘Rest of the World’ teams are typically not available for use in career mode, previous titles have allowed players to move teams between leagues, meaning players will likely be able to move Wrexham to League Two if you want to start your journey. in management with the Red Dragons.
The EA-Wrexham partnership will also extend off the field. According to the press release, EA Sports will begin working in the local community through an initiative with Wrexham Glyndwr University. The company will also provide a community room at the club’s stadium.
“It’s great to partner with Wrexham AFC and support the club’s commitments to the Wrexham community and its fans,” said EA Sports Vice President of Brand David Jackson. “We are excited to launch innovative community projects in collaboration with the Club, and for Wrexham fans to experience playing with their team in FIFA 22 when the game launches later this month.”
In addition to the inclusion of Wrexham in its latest version, this year’s installment of EA’s FIFA series will also allow you to create your own team that can be used in the game’s career mode. Player-created clubs will be available in Manager Career mode and can be added to any of the many leagues in the game. When adding a team to a league, your created club will replace an existing club. In a fun turn of events, the replaced club will be demoted to the ‘Rest of the World’ category, where they will join none other than Wrexham AFC.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.