In its 10th year, this is the first time ever that a FIWC Grand Final will take place at the same time and in the same country as the FIFA World Cup.
Nearly two million players from around the globe attempted to qualify for the FIWC Grand Final and just 20 qualified for the title race in Rio de Janeiro.
Through the deployed FIWC teams, the MIC acts as an integrated knowledge repository where knowledge and information can be pushed or pulled to the fleet.
FIWC retains the expert knowledge in the MIC by ensuring knowledge is passed to deployed watch staffs.
The FIWC Red Team is a key participant in Navy Integrated Vulnerability Assessments (NIVA).
The FIWC Red Team performs test and evaluation under the direction of the Navy's Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) on fleet systems prior to their inception.
This year marks the sixth FIWC season, which will kick off today inside EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 10.
Alongside the 2009 FIWC champion, Bruce Grannec from France, the 31 finalists will compete to be crowned FIFA Interactive World Champion of the Year, rewarded with an invitation to the FIFA World Player Gala along with a USD 20,000 cash prize.
FIFA, EA and SCEE have also announced that the FIWC
09 grand final in May will take place in Barcelona, one of the world's greatest soccer cities.
This year marks the fifth FIWC
season, which will kick off with the launch of FIFA Soccer 09 on October 14 in North America.
The only FIWC
08 Qualifier Event in North America will take place on Saturday, March 1 from 2:00-8:00 pm at GameStop, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
launches with a new format, designed as a season-long experience mirroring the real world of football.