With EA Sports’ latest soccer sim finally out and in players’ hands, it’s a great time to be a devotee of the beautiful game. That’s not only by virtue of it being a super fun football experience, but also because the developer has introduced a few neat surprises into the mix. Case in point: Ted Lasso has officially made his way into the popular annualised sports title. If you’re curious as to who Ted Lasso is and wondering why he is in FIFA 23, we’ll explain all down below. Let’s go!
Ted Lasso – Who Is He? Explained
In 2020, Apple TV+ debuted a comedy-drama series called Ted Lasso (portrayed by Horrible Bosses’ alum Jason Sudeikis) that centered on an eponymous American football coach who somehow gets roped into coaching an English football team. The heartwarming series was a massive success and earned tons of accolades thanks to its great sense of humor, top-notch writing, and likable characters.
Fast-forward to 2022, and the show has cultivated a large following and is only growing in popularity. As a result, Ted Lasso is officially getting its third season, which is scheduled to arrive either later this year, or in early 2023.
Why Is He in FIFA 23? Explained
While a big part of the series is essentially a “fish out of water” feel-good tale, the heart of the show is its clear reverence for the beautiful game: football.
You see, in the show, Ted Lasso is appointed the coach of a fictional Premier League football team called AFC Richmond, and while many are skeptical about his lack of experience in the sport, he does go on to win everyone over with his bubbly and warm personality.
In short, then, because of the series’ huge focus on football, bringing the fictional character to FIFA 23 was likely a no-brainer and a good fit for the acclaimed football sim.
What Can You Do With Ted Lasso in FIFA 23?
If you’re curious as to what you can do specifically with Ted Lasso in FIFA 23, well, here’s a short rundown courtesy of EA Sports:
That means Ted Lasso, Coach Beard, and the biggest stars of the AFC Richmond squad including Jamie Tartt, Dani Rojas, Sam Obisanya, Roy Kent, and Isaac McAdoo will all be authentically integrated into FIFA 23, along with Nelson Road–the club’s home ground.
One of the game’s great motivators, you’ll be able to select Ted Lasso as your playable manager in Career Mode, or you can manage AFC Richmond by swapping them into the Premier League or any other playable Career Mode league.
So, there you have it. Hopefully, this has shed some light on who Ted Lasso is and why he is in FIFA 23. For more on the game, like how to get FIFA 23 early access or who the best Premier League players are, we’ve got your back. Alternatively, feel free to check out the relevant links below.