Ever wanted to win money for your incessant efforts at video gaming? How about $20,000? Think you could do it on an Xbox 360 playing FIFA 2007 on Xbox Live...against the world? Well now you get your chance. The governing world body of soccer, FIFA, and Microsoft have teamed up for the third annual FIFA Interactive World Cup. And if you think you’re game, you will have the chance to test your skills against some of the best FIFA gamers from around the world.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup unites the passion for soccer with the world of interactive entertainment. Gamers are battling it out for an official FIFA award that places interactive soccer in the same bracket as its offline parent competitions - the various FIFA World Cups played on traditional means. We are pleased that we are able to pay tribute to this special category of soccer players and are looking forward to this year's edition. The FIFA Interactive World Cup gives us the chance to further promote the game on a completely different level", said Urs Linsi, FIFA General Secretary.

According to the press release, last year, Xbox Live entrant Chris Bullard from Ipswich, England emerged victorious having defeated Gabor Mokos, of Kecskemét, Hungary in an intense finale at The Brewery in London. This year, competitors can attend one of the many FIWC06 Qualifier Events or enter the Xbox Live tournaments in 25 countries, from Mexico to France and from Taiwan to Scotland. Players will be able to register to take part from 1st November 2006 and can find more details at www.FIFA.com

Tournaments for the game will be held at the following locations, so you best start your thumb exercises now:

● Brazil, Sao Paolo, Saturday, 18th November
● Denmark, Copenhagen, Saturday, 18th November
● Spain, Madrid, Friday 24th / Saturday 25th November
● South Africa, Johannesburg, Saturday, 25th November
● Hungary, Budapest, Friday 25th / Saturday 26th November
● Germany, Oberhausen, Saturday, 02nd December

The press release also states that up to 20 additional qualifier events will take place across the globe, including tournaments in the US, UK, the Netherlands, Russia and tons of other places. FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifier Events will also have a smorgasboard of entertainments and activities taking place along with the event. Live music and other interactive activities will be available for people to participate in. If you'd like more information on the locations and dates of the FIFA Interactive World Cup Qualifiers, you can visit the event section on www.FIFA.com

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