With football on lockdown due to coronavirus, clubs are set to fill the time with a new competition - in the FIFA 20 videogame.

In a bid to stop the virus's spread, there will be no more professional football in England until at least April 4.

There have even been suggestions that the current season could simply be abandoned altogether - although the prospect of legal action from clubs means this is seen as less likely than reconvening to play the remaining matches at a later date, perhaps even behind closed doors.

But in the meantime football is on hold - and that means a lot of players and staff with a lot of time on their hands.

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So step forward Leyton Orient, who are leading the way on a competitive e-sports alternative to stave off the sport's collective cabin fever.

They mooted the suggestion on the club's Twitter account on Sunday night:

United were quick to accept the challenge.

Confirmed entrants include teams from across England's top four divisionns, including reigning League champions Manchester City, and sides from across the globe.

By Monday morning Orient were oversubscribed for the 64 slots in the conntest and announced they were doubling the size of the competition to 128 teams.

That prompted another flood of entries from teams around the world, including and this season's Premier League surprise package, Sheffield United.

And veteran TV commentator Guy Mowbray has even offered his services to commentate on any live stream of the event.

Apparently the idea is each club will play as the licensed virtual version of themselves in the 'Ultimate QuaranTeam' tournament, with the first round draw set to be made on Wednesday.