Exclusive: Meet our ITFC Quaran-Team representative, ranked 257th in the world..

Time to get your football fix, as Town are set to take on Melbourne Victory in the Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup, and you can watch it live!

Yes, I can hear what you’re all asking. What is the Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup? Well, on Sunday evening, Leyton Orient’s media team took to Twitter to launch some competitive rivalry with other teams from across the world trying to launch a FIFA competition on the PS4. And it is fair to say they were inundated with responses!

Each club have chosen a representative – whether it be a first-team player or a club fan – for their team and will play as their side on FIFA, with 128 sides involved, from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City to South African side Orlando Pirates.

The London club have set up a JustGiving page which aims to raise much needed funds in this difficult time. From the total pledged, 75% will be going to EFL clubs struggling financially due to the season’s suspension. Meanwhile the remaining 25% will be split between two recipients; one being the EFL’s chosen charity MIND (that deals with mental health) and the other being the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser organised by the World Healthy Organisation (WHO).

Ipswich are being represented by supporter Josh Blunden – @_Joshhhh9_ and we caught up with Josh ahead of his opening match with Melbourne Victory, a game which is dubbed the Jim Magilton derby, with the former Town captain and manager having managed the A-League side in 2012.

Thanks for taking part Josh, could you start by telling us a bit about your time as a Town fan?

I absolutely love Ipswich Town! I have had a season ticket for over 10 years now, which I now sit in the Sir Bobby Robson stand. I have been to every home game this year, including the cups, and also been eight away games too.

How does it feel to be Town’s representative for the FIFA tournament?

I am absolutely buzzing to be Ipswich towns representative! As soon as I saw Ipswich had entered the competition, I knew I had to take part as a passionate supporter of this football club, having a chance to represent them is incredible. All the support over the past few hours has been amazing and I really hope I can make everyone at Ipswich proud!

You are ranked 257th in the world, could you talk us through your ranking process?

Yeah, since the start of the competitive year, which started 1st October, there are ‘global series points’ which you can gain from ‘FUT champions weekend league’. The weekend league is a game mode within FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) where you play up to 30 games over the period of the weekend, starting Friday morning and finishing Monday morning, you will get in game rewards depending on how many wins you get.

In order to be a part of the competitive season you must hit 27 wins in a weekend on this game mode, I got 29 wins in the first weekend which meant I am ‘verified’ and got maximum points for October so I can start gaining these ranking points.

Once you are ‘verified’ you can now start gaining ranking points towards your global ranking. The ranking system will take your best result from each month and this will determine how many ranking points you get.

Points are distributed – 27+ wins – 30 points, 26 wins – 26 points, 25 wins – 25 points, 24 wins – 24 points and etc. I have gained maximum points from every month so far in this competitive year.

In order to push my ranking higher I will need to qualify for a ‘FUT Champions Cup’ which is where all ‘verified players’ play a qualifier online with the top 16 making the event which they can gain more ranking points and prize money. This is something I am hoping to qualify for in the future.

You have been drawn against Melbourne Victory, looks a tough draw on paper?!

It is a tough draw. My preparation will be playing 85 rated mode (which is the default for all teams for the competitions) and try to find out the best Ipswich team that I can play with. Then I will be practicing to get used to the players giving myself the best preparation for game day.

The 10,000+ mile gap between Melbourne and Ipswich will mean the in game connection will be different compared to playing someone else from within Europe, so I will be practicing for this also.

What’s the aim? To win it?

100% the aim is to win the competition!

I know I have the ability to win as I compete with some of the best players in the world everyday. Hopefully I can put all that practice into this competition and come out victorious for the blues or at least have a good cup run.

You could come up against a ‘pro’ with Andros Townsend one of several players taking part in the competition?

Yeah, I have seen on Twitter that a lot of footballers are playing and to play against a professional footballer would be great and hopefully if I progress through the rounds and draw one of them, I can get the win for Town against them. 

Would you be able to share your gamertag so Town fans can get in shape for the big match?

Yeah sure! My XBOX gamertag is Joshhhh9 and my PS is Joshhhh9- –

Josh’s current Ultimate Team

We will confirm how to watch Josh’s game against Melbourne Victory as soon as the streaming is announced.

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