With a summer filled with International football well and truly underway thanks to the postponed Euro 2020 and the Copa America starting this weekend, we thought we’d take a look at a newer Pokemon TCG promotion that captures a love for football. This is a closer look at the Pokemon TCG Futsal Collection which has been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, The Pokemon Company entered into a partnership with the English Football Association (FA) to help increase participation in Futsal at a youth level. For those that don’t know, Futsal is indoor football played on a hard court emphasising skills and quick passing over regular football. For the 2020/2021 season, The Pokemon Company decided to do what they do best and provide Pokemon TCG promos to children participating in Futsal as well as customers of the UK’s largest video game retailer, GAME.
Eevee on the Ball was the first of five promo cards to release as part of the Futsal Collection. This card was available with a purchase of £15 or more in participating GAME stores in England. The card was released on September 11th, 2020, amid local and national lockdowns due to the pandemic. Sealed Eevee on the Ball promo cards can be found on eBay for around £10-£20.
Following on from the Eevee on the Ball release, Grookey on the Ball released via the same style of promotion on October 16th, 2020, again during a time where Pokemon TCG was at its all-time high due to media attention and some stores in England were not even open. That being said, both Pokemon TCG Futsal cards were available via an online store so those that wanted the promo cards had a much better chance of spending money online if the incredible demand for Pokemon TCG permitted. Sealed Grookey on the Ball promo cards are currently fetching around £5-£10 on eBay.
The other two cards are expected to release in a similar fashion, Scorbunny and Sobble on the Ball have yet to be revealed, most likely due to extensive closures of stores due to COVID-19 from December 2020 onwards in the UK. As of writing, GAME has started to tease the new release of Scorbunny on the Ball as the next Futsal Collection promo when spending £15.
The final card, Pikachu on the Ball has yet to be seen in the wild. This card was due for release to participating Youth Futsal teams in the 2020/2021 season. The season, however, never took place because of the ongoing pandemic and nothing has been heard since. It’s expected that this card will release for the next season to take place but even then due to releasing as a gift for child footballers it will be incredibly hard to come by. This is the card that makes this collection so appealing to football and Pokemon fans alike.
The Pokemon Company has released other football promos in the past and we’ll be taking a closer look at those throughout the next month of international football.
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