Leyton Orient are staging a 128-team FIFA tournament in a bid to raise money for EFL clubs and the draw for the special event has been confirmed.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide including over 7,000 deaths, has forced the Premier League and EFL to suspend all matches until at least April 3.
It is likely to result in League One and League Two clubs taking a financial hit with zero income for home matchdays until next month.
In response, League Two side Leyton Orient have created ‘UltimateQuaranTeam’ which will see 128 clubs competing on FIFA for bragging rights.
Teams from around the world such as Man City, Ajax, Sydney FC, Roma and Sparta Rotterdam have all entered the tournament.
Each club will choose a FIFA player to represent them in the competition.
The #UltimateQuaranTeam draw in full
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) March 17, 2020
Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend will be flying the flag for his club.
In total, 16 different countries will be represented and the draw has now been confirmed for the first-round ties.
A JustGiving page has been set up with a £50,000 target as Leyton Orient say 75 per cent of money raised will be given to all EFL clubs within 28 days.
And the remaining 25 per cent will be split between mental health charity MIND and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser, which has been set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
ULTIMATE QUARANTEAM: FULL DRAW
1 Accrington Stanley vs Wycombe Wanderers
2 Leyton Orient vs Lokomotiv Moscow
3 Reading vs Crystal Palace
4 DC United vs Celta Vigo
5 Stevenage vs Blackpool
6 Norwich City vs Fleetwood Town
7 Standard Liege vs Bolton Wanderers
8 AS Fiorentina vs Nottingham Forest
9 Walsall vs AS Roma
10 Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough
11 Central Coast Mariners vs Shamrock Rovers
12 Plymouth Argyle vs ESTAC Troyes
13 Aston Villa vs VVV-Venlo
14 Hibernian vs Millwall
15 Sheffield United vs Carlisle United
16 Peterborough United vs Exeter City
17 AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham United
18 Manchester City vs KV Kortrijk
19 Cork City vs Ross County
20 Djugarden Fotboll vs PSV Eindhoven
21 Benfica vs Swindon Town
22 Newcastle United vs Gillingham
23 Bristol Rovers vs Southend United
24 Orlando Pirates vs FC Sion
25 West Bromwich Albion vs AFC Ajax
26 Mansfield Town vs KAA Gent
27 Colchester United vs Rotherham United
28 Preston North End vs Doncaster Rovers
29 Sydney vs Barnsley
30 Grimsby Town vs Motherwell
31 Burton Albion vs Sligo Rovers
32 Adelaide United vs Wolves
33 Oxford United vs FC Nordsjaelland
34 Lorient vs KV Mechelen
35 Crawley Town vs RKC Waalwijk
36 RB Salzburg vs Derby County
37 Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers
38 Forest Green Rovers vs Northampton Town
39 Brentford vs St Mirren
40 Oldham Athletic vs Finn Harps
41 Waterford vs Angers SCO
42 Melbourne Victory vs Ipswich Town
43 Scunthorpe United vs Charlton Athletic
44 FC Emmen vs Port Vale
45 Vitesse vs Atalanta
46 MK Dons vs Heracles Almelo
47 Sheffield Wednesday vs Cambridge United
48 PEC Zwolle vs FC Groningen
49 ADO Den Haag vs Willem II
50 KRC Genk vs Luton Town
51 Rochdale vs Coventry City
52 Derry City vs QPR
53 Fortuna Sittard vs Newport County
54 Birmingham City vs Sunderland
55 Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sparta Rotterdam
56 Orlando City vs Feyenoord
57 Amiens vs Watford
58 Olympique Marseille vs Istanbul Basaksehir
59 Cheltenham Town vs Salford City
60 Portsmouth vs Dundalk
61 AZ Alkmaar vs FC Utrecht
62 Morecambe vs Hamilton Academical
63 Burnley vs Shrewsbury Town
64 PAOK vs FC Midtjylland
Leyon Orient chief executive Danny Macklin said: “This is very much the brainchild of our innovative Media Team – Luke and Dan.
“This provides a fantastic opportunity to play a small part in providing some engaging content with football fans at this very difficult time.
“Furthermore and perhaps even more importantly it’s a chance to raise much needed funds for EFL clubs and two phenomenal causes.
“On behalf of Leyton Orient FC we want to thank everyone for their support and we very much wish everyone well.”
Leyton Orient are staging a 128-team FIFA tournament in a bid to raise money for EFL clubs and the draw for the special event has been confirmed. The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide including over 7,000 deaths, has forced the Premier League and EFL to suspend all matches until at […]