FUT Champions 2018 Spring Cup set for Manchester, April 13-15

In a relative surprise, Manchester, England, United Kingdom will host the 2018 Spring Cup for the FUT Champions series. Other prominent European cities had been rumored as possible hosts, but EA announced the finalization of the new location and time/schedule Thursday.

The 2018 FUT Champions Spring Cup (officially coined FUT Champions Cup Manchester) will take place from 13 April-15 April with another $200,000 USD in total prizes on the line for 128 qualified competitors (64 per console).

Following on the heels of his big breakout win in Barcelona, 16-year-old wunderkind DhTekKz will look to repeat along with a pool competitors expected to include usual favorites like Gorilla, Kurt, FaZe Tass, the Hashtag United pro players and many more.

The format will again be the Swiss one in which seven rounds of seeded gameplay give way to a 32-player-per-console two-leg knockout round. "Road" goals are once again a thing of the past, with even on the cross-console Grand Final, aggregate-score ties will be broken by golden goal and then penalties if need be.

After the hiccups of the first tournament, a bit of recalibration is to be expected. But even with some of the stumbles of the first weekend back in January, a worthy champion was still crowned in exciting fashion. Should that momentum continue, the FUT Champions Cup Manchester could be one of the best competitive FIFA tournaments yet.

You'll be able to follow all the action from Futhead as well as on Twitch.

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