As the release of the next FIFA game draws ever closer, EA Sports is currently in the process of revealing loads of FIFA 23 ratings for players. While the brightest stars from historic clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG have been the main focus so far, a surprising team was spotted in EA’s ever-growing database of player ratings: AFC Richmond, the fictional club in the hit TV series Ted Lasso.
Despite only a handful of players being announced so far, this FIFA 23 web page shows you every club that’s billed to be in the game in the filters section. For a brief moment after the database went live, a few players claimed on social media that they had spotted AFC Richmond listed as a Premier League club.
‘LikelyTarnished18’ on Reddit and Nikki Mandakovic on Twitter both share screenshots of AFC Richmond – which in the Ted Lasso series competes in the Premier League – sandwiched between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal.
This appears to have been swiftly removed, as there are very few other reports of it and the club is no longer visible in the database.
This does however lineup with previous reports from players who managed to gain access to the full game last month when FIFA 23 was accidentally pushed live for those with EA Play. The few tweets out there from this period claiming to have found AFC Richmond in the game have had all video content and screenshots copyright claimed, so no evidence currently remains.
However, EA is known for making some special cases to include notable teams in its FIFA games. Last year for FIFA 22, Wrexham was added to the game, despite competing in the fifth tier of English football, a league not represented in the game. This is largely due to the club’s superstar owners, actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Wrexham appear to also be returning in FIFA 23, according to the ratings database.
While it looks like AFC Richmond’s name appeared in the database, that doesn’t confirm that the fictional club and its players will be fully playable. It could be as basic as a cosmetics crossover, where you can acquire the kits and badge of AFC Richmond. It could even turn out to be a short-lived joke or easter egg from a Ted Lasso fan on the FIFA 23 dev team.
However, being able to take control of AFC Richmond and take them on your own journey in Career Mode would be a very attractive marketing feature for FIFA 23. With the ability to also play Manager Careers in FIFA 23 as famous figures like Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, you could even be able to take the reigns of any team as Ted Lasso himself. This is all speculation at this point, however.
It is clearly something that players would get onboard with, though – there are countless videos online of players creating AFC Richmond in FIFA 22 and other games like Football Manager to live out their Ted Lasso dreams by guiding them to glory.
Until we find out for sure, take a look at some of the confirmed info from these ratings reveals by checking out FIFA 23’s best strikers and best wingers to see which players will make the most formidable attack force in the upcoming game.