Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond have announced their retirement from FIFA23

Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond have announced their retirement from FIFA23

Following yesterday''s less-than-subtle social media reaction to a Ted Lasso comeo in FIFA 23, EA has made it official, confirming the titular Apple TV+ show''s fictional London football team AFC Richmond will be playable in the upcoming game.

Jason Sudeikis, who plays Brett Goldenstein''s eponymous coach, will lend his respect to the game, as will key members of the show''s on-screen cast, with the likes of Brett Goldenstein''s Roy Kent, Phil Dunster, and Jamie Tarth, among others appearing in the trailer accompanying today''s news.

FIFA 23 is now available to Ultimate Edition purchasers on 27th September, and its general Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC release is dated for 30th September.

ORIGINAL STORY 20/9/22: If FIFA 23''s 700+ real-life football clubs aren''t enough to be getting on with, it appears like you''ll soon be able to slew a substantially more imaginary one onto the pile, with all indications pointing to an AFC Richmond appearance from Ted Lasso.

Hints of an imminent crossover with the award-winning Apple TV+ comedy series first surfaced last week when a listing for AFC Richmond - the fictional London team managed by Ted Lasso in the show - briefly appeared on EA''s FIFA rating database before being removed.

Now, the official Ted Lasso Twitter account has posted an image showing what appears to be Ted Lasso actor Jason Sudeikis, even from the start, as ensconced in the FIFA team''s facial capture technique, used to digitize players'' real-world affections (and, for the first time this year, managers) for use in games.

"Look out, Mario! "You''re not the only pixelated man with a moustache who never knows where the tube is going to be taking him," reads the caption accompanying the image, which the official FIFA Twitter account received with a stare-y eyed emoji, although it''s all but sealing the agreement for a Ted Lasso comeo in this year''s FIFA 23.

All will be revealed when FIFA 23 will be available for Ultimate Edition purchasers on 27th September, ahead of its general release on 30th September. Ted Lasso is set to make a return to Apple TV+ for Season 3 before the end of this year.

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