The draw for the inaugural FISU eSports Challenge Football has been completed ©FISU

The draw for the inaugural International University Sports Federation (FISU) eSports Challenge Football has been completed.

Draws were completed for both the men's and women's contests by Barbara Fernandes and Paulo Salvador of the Brazilian National University Sports Federation.

Thirty-two participants were sorted into eight groups in the men's event, while 12 players in the women's competition were put into two groups. 

FISU representatives welcomed the players and officially opened the event during the virtual draw ceremony. 

"We at FISU believe that we have a responsibility to move with the times and to keep track of the pulse of the youth," said FISU World University Championships manager Julien Carrel.

"The 2020 FISU eSports Challenge Football is the first of its kind. 

"By staging this pilot project – or you could say test event – we will be able to understand the interest level and global appeal of esports among university students around the world."

Group stages are scheduled to run from Monday to Wednesday (July 6 to 8), with the final eight elimination matches from July 9 to 13. 

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played on successive days, with the men’s and women’s champions crowned on July 16.

Participants will play the football video game FIFA 20 on the PlayStation 4 games console. 

In order to reach as many viewers as possible, daily broadcasts are due to take place two times a day.

Four games will be broadcast during each slot, totalling eight match-ups per day.

 All live streams are set to be available with English commentary on FISU's social media.