With first team fixtures currently on hold, Millers fans will be able to get their virtual fix of football tonight (Monday 23rd March) at 7pm, when Rotherham United take on Colchester United in the first round of the FIFA Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup.
Our friends at Leyton Orient floated the idea of a mass virtual tournament on social media following the suspension of our senior calendar and the concept was met with huge interest from around the football world.
128 clubs, most of whom are from British shores but will be joined by representation from France, Belgium and the Netherlands, will do battle in an online knockout tournament.
Representing the Millers is Ben Galloway, while Tom Brabbs will host the fixture which will be live streamed on the platform Twitch. Both Ben and Tom are members of our esteemed ESports team and will be virtually on hand at the Jobserve Community Stadium tonight.
Millers fans wishing to get their fix of football can tune in to the live stream here, while the club will be running a live Twitter feed as per a normal matchday, featuring all the highlights and goals.
As part of the tournament, Leyton Orient have also set up a JustGiving page for donations to causes as follows:
Firstly, for vital funding for EFL clubs who are going to have massive financial struggles (as of course will many industries across the world) during this time of fixture postponement. With no matchday income for the foreseeable future football clubs are struggling and things will only get worse.
If this cause can play a small way for clubs going during an unprecedented time, then it would be an amazing force for good. 75% of money raised will be given to the EFL within 28 days.
Secondly, the remaining 25% will be split between for two very worthy causes. One is the EFL's chosen charity 'MIND' (219830), and secondly in funding the all-important COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser by WHO.