Does the thought of soccer riots and vuvuzelas excite you? Then it sounds like you’re already waiting in line for FIFA ’12 to release in the upcoming week. This year, the much anticipated title offers a unique chance to win a share of $50,000 in a qualifying tournament along with a trip to London, England to compete in the finals next year.

FIFA ’12 marks the nineteenth game in the Electronic Arts‘ FIFA series. With as much hype as this game is drawing in, especially after the most recent FIFA 12 trailer, why not embark on a wide-scale tournament for gamers to participate in?

Players who purchase the game between September 12 through October 22 at their local GameStop will receive a PIN code that will mark them eligible as a participant in this qualifying cup. Matches will begin October 7, 2011 at 7:00 AM EST and will end by November 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.

Teaming up with EA and GameStop to host this tournament is Virgin Gaming –¬†all of the tournament details, rules, and regulations are there to follow in order to participate. Players must register an account on their site in order to compete in the tournament.

The cup will begin with two qualifying rounds and a final round of bracketed play. The first round is eight levels in which all eight matches must be won to proceed to the next round. The second qualifying round is a two-level tournament that requires two more match wins in a row to proceed to the final round. If you lose a match in the second qualifying round you may win re-entry at the first level to try again until 256 finalists have won. The final round will be a single-elimination, eight-level bracketed tournament of scheduled play.

The winner of the “Qualifier Cup” will receive a trip to London, England in May of 2012 to compete against the world’s best players in the FIFA ’12 Challenge Series. This grand prize trip will include:

  • Round trip transportation for winner and one guest
  • 5 night stay in a hotel
  • Entry fee into the FIFA 12 Challenge Series
  • 2 tickets to a soccer game

Remember, players must have purchased FIFA ’12 between September 12 through October 22 to partake. Locate your PIN code on your receipt (it will be mailed to you if you pre-ordered it). You must also register an account and enter your PIN on Virgin Gaming’s website for your chance to compete! Good luck to those who are entering!

Will the praise that has been built up since this year’s E3 Expo live up to expectations or will all the glitz and glam be as fake as an injury in a soccer match? With such great first hands-on FIFA 12 impressions, this will be a sports game to own this year.

Be sure to get your copy of FIFA ’12 when it hits shelves and online next week September 27!