As the FIFA ePremier League finals kick off tomorrow (Friday March 26th), Esports News UK had the opportunity to speak with Joseph Healy, a UK FIFA player who will be representing Arsenal on Xbox.
Joe is one of two players representing Arsenal, the other being FaZe Tass on PS4.
Tass is obviously very well-known in the community with more than 100,000 followers and, while 23-year-old Joe may not have the same kind of reach, he is still a very experienced FIFA player and now has his chance on the big stage in the ePremier League.
“I’ve been playing FIFA on a competitive level since I was 16,” Joe Healy told Esports News UK. “Back then it was on GameBattles and a lot of players from there are still playing now like Tass and Dragon.
“When I left school, I didn’t have the time to play FIFA competitively and it’s a huge commitment. I thought I was done with it, but then I’d always go back to it. So it’s been hard to make a name for myself. But out of all those years, this is my best [achievement] so far. And it’s great to be teaming up with Tass.”
On representing Arsenal, he said it’s ‘definitely something to be proud of and it means a lot’.
“I’ve watched Arsenal week in week out since the age of two or three, or whenever my dad made me wear an Arsenal shirt!” he said. “My first Arsenal memory was when Ray Parlour scored that screamer against Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup final. I would love to play against Saka in FIFA.”
Joseph Healy was speaking ahead of the ePL Finals. Watch live as eight finalists go head-to-head from 6pm, Friday March 26th on Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online, http://www.twitch.tv/EASPORTSFIFA and all Premier League channels (http://www.premierleague.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).
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