Petition launched for the National League to feature on FIFA 20

The fifth tier could be making its way on to FIFA 20

Year after year, EA Sports release an updated version of FIFA, with each edition showing little changes to the season before. Let's face it, there's not much else you can do with a game when it's pretty much as perfect as it can possibly be, is there?

The graphics are flawless and the gameplay is now surely as realistic as possible, so all there's left to do is continue updating the kits, stadiums and player transfers and you'll keep the millions of football-mad gamers happy every year, willing to fork out another £50 for the pleasure (we are also referencing ourselves here, just to be clear).

Last season the brand new 'Champions League' mode was introduced to career mode, which now enables players to compete in European competition with their respective clubs alongside the official theme tune, match ball and general competition formatting. Although this sounds minor, it is a substantial upgrade from the previous 'Euro Cup' that went before it.

FIFA 18 saw an upgraded transfer negotiation process, where in by players now meet up with their virtual managers to agree the terms and conditions of their new potential contracts - how realistic. This feature does need some fine tuning however, with Petr Cech still donning his famous head guard alongside a suit and tie in meetings - not so realistic.

For FIFA 20 though - due for release later this year - a whole new league may be introduced to spice things up a little. The Vanarama National League has launched its own campaign to be featured on next seasons game, and should it be approved, it would see sides like Maidstone United, Halifax Town and Barrow all available for selection in kick-off mode or to take charge of as a manager.

The official Change.org petition, which currently has over 1,500 signatures, reads:

"We think it's time for proper football to be featured on FIFA 20.

Every year passionate non-league fans have been calling for their top division to be available on each new instalment of the FIFA series only for it to fall on deaf ears."

In recent years the number of leagues featured on FIFA has steadily risen; Japans J-League and Germany's 3. Liga were respectively added on FIFA 17 & 18, while an influx of ex-Premier League stars saw the much talked about Chinese Super League added to FIFA 19.

It's unlikely the National League dream will come to fruition next season, however should it be approved, we can't wait to get stuck into games like Eastleigh v Barnet.

Want to sign the petition - get involved HERE!

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