Expanding the EE wembley cup to a
34k strong crowd
The EE Wembley Cup 2017 was back for it's third year, and reigning champion Spencer FC was going for his Wembley Cup hat trick with Hashtag United, while The F2 Freestlyers built a super team to take them on. To win a place in the Tekkers Town starting eleven, players had to prove themselves in six ‘Super Tests’ – a series of football challenges designed to push their skills to the limit, including precision passing, unstoppable power and perfect finishing.
Both teams were made up of YouTube’s top content creators including Spencer FC, Joe Weller, Chris MD, Hugh Wizzy, KSI, Tobjizzle, Daniel Cutting, David Vujanic and Poet. Each team were given three ‘boosts’ in the form of international legends Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, David James, Robbie Fowler, Robbie Savage and William Gallas. Despite a strong effort from both teams, Hashtag United dominated the game making the final score 6-1 over Tekkers Town.
The Wembley Cup also hosted England’s first use of Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system. VAR systems were being trialed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for clear errors relating to three game changing situations – goals, penalty/no penalty decisions, straight red cards plus if the wrong player gets a yellow or red card.
The first tier of the stadium was completely filled with 34,172 spectators, an increase of 50% from last year! The spectators were also huge fans of the new merchandise (t-shirts, foam hands, scarves, caps & wristbands) which was being sold around the stadium for the first time this year.
The game was also live streamed to Spencer FC’s YouTube channel which has since had over had 2.3 million views! Watch the YouTube football series build up to the live final as well as the live final on Spencer FC’s channel.