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eSports FAQ's

What is eSports?

Esports also known as "electronic sports" is organized video gaming sports competition often played individually or in teams. 

What is the GYO Platform?

GYO is an online gaming community platform that is built to help connect players with gaming opportunities, leagues, esports scholarships, and more.  Unlike many platforms, GYO is also built to allow for parental registration and oversight of child accounts in order to help parents monitor and understand their child's gaming habits and to take advantage of potential college opportunities for esports.  Because GYO is the only platform that has placed an emphasis on child safety and parental involvement, Indiana Soccer has selected GYO as our official vendor to help facilitate online gaming leagues for our players to participate in during downtime from soccer.  

Through this program, all Indiana Soccer Clubs are welcome to create Club Portals which are like online hangouts for your children.  When a child joins these Club Portals, their participation is verified by a Club administrator so that only current and past club players are able to participate in the program and communicate with the other players.  Within the Club portal, the players may share their gamer connection information and communicate with one another about video games and esports safely.  Instead of connecting players to random people around the world you do not know, the Club Portals give you a space where you can feel assured that the online communications are occurring between children of similar ages who are also already members of the soccer club.  For further safety and security, all messages and communications that occur on the platform are accessed and monitored by Club administrators and professional adults who will enforce a strict code of civility and appropriate discussions.


While on the GYO platform and within the Club Portals, your child will likely participate in two key types of activity:  Self-driven Gameplay and League Gameplay.  In self-driven activity, the players will communicate amongst themselves and may schedule play activities that occur in their games.  For League Gameplay, an administrator representing the Clubs or Indiana Soccer will create an online gameplay league structure that mirrors the grass soccer league structure.  Players will be assigned a designated opponent and be scheduled to play against them at specific times, and then they will report the scores directly to the platform.  In addition to being a fun competition, we believe this is an opportunity to help teach the players responsibility and accountability, as players are required to manage their own schedules and report their own scores.  Failure to do so would result in forfeits and negative consequences, including removal from the league.


We all know that our children are going to have screen time at home - we aim to create positive, competitive, safe and social league play experiences to help make sure a significant amount of that screen time is productive for the development of the player.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask for additional assistance!

How do I sign my child up to participate?

Signing up is easy! Simply HERE and select the appropriate league for your child based on age and gaming console, then click "Join" and fill out the information.

What are the age groups for the league?

The introductory pilot league splits up participants into different age groups: (13 - 14 years old), (15 - 18 years old), 19 years old & older), 12 years old & under will be coming soon.

What equipment do I need to participate?

Players can participate in the league using Xbox One or Playstation 4.

What are the benefits to playing eSports?

There is a wide range of benefits for children who participate in measured video gaming including, cognitive development, social engagement, and the development of motor skills. Please follow this link for more information: 

Are the games child appropriate and non-violent?

We do not offer violent games. Our league offers non-violent FIFA 20 games to complement kids' soccer development on the grass field as well as in the digital space. 

Who is my child competing against?

The GYO platform allows kids to safely play eSports games with kids on their current soccer club as well as other clubs affiliated with Indiana Soccer Association. Our league offers a fun & safe digital environment where children represent their clubs while competing against their peers, (people you know) from clubs they compete with on the grass leagues.

Can we create FIFA tournaments that all our club members could participate in?

The answer is yes, the tool allows you to create and manage your own leagues and tournaments however you would like to do so.  This is similar to the "Rec" model where your players will be playing amongst each other.  

Do you provide a copy of FIFA 20 video games or any similar titles?

No, we do not provide copies of any games, they must be purchased and owned by the players.


Can coaches play? Can parents play?

Yes!  We think that is a good idea to increase engagement, and players will enjoy getting to play against the adults.


Can I run my own league and event?

Absolutely.  The platform is built to allow you to promote your own leagues and events, and the kids themselves can also self-organize if they wish to do so.  For example, if your kids want to find out information about their teammates Fortnite gamertags, they may send messages or use the chat boards to get that information.  As an organizer, you can be active or you can be passive and let the kids communicate with each other!


Does one have to download Discord app for the chatroom?

The Discord ID is optional for players that have it, and is NOT required to participate in any leagues.   


How do I set up a match vs. my opponent in FIFA 20 in XBOX?

How to setup a match versus your opponent in FIFA 20

  1. Start up FIFA 20 on your console. 

  2. Navigate to the online tab 

  3. Select “online friendlies” 

  4. Select “new friendly season”

  5. Select your opponents gamer tag and invite them. 

Under the settings tab ensure the following settings are applied before starting your match: 

  1. Half Length: 15 minutes

  2. Controls: Any

  3. Game Speed: Normal

  4. Squad Type: 85 overall