ESL Impact women's league set to start

The league, part of the new CS:GO circuit made for women organized by ESL, is set to start on March 17 and will be broadcast every Thursday and Friday during a six-week period.

The tournament will have 24 teams competing in three regional groups in Europe, North America and South America, with each region consisting of eight teams. Two squads have been directly invited to each regional group, while the other spots have been filled out by teams from the open qualifiers.

Teams in each region are fighting for two qualifying spots in order to reach the culmination of the first season — an eight-team, $150,000 LAN final in June which will take place during IEM Dallas. The other two qualifying spots for the LAN final will be determined via wildcard qualifiers, one for South African and one for Oceanic teams.

Goosebreeder's CLG Red will be competing in the North American group

Regional groups will be played in two round-robin best of three groups, with teams playing each other twice. ESL has also promised to review the format of the tournament after the end of the first season alongside the women players’ council and make adjustments based on their feedback.

Teams that will be playing in the regional stage have also been finalised, with a range of teams competing in all regions; some of the standout names include CLG Red, GODSENT fe and FURIA fe. While HLTV will start covering the games from the regional playoff stage onwards, you can watch the games unfold live every Thursday and Friday on ESL's Twitch channel from March 17 onwards.

Considering the number of women playing Counter-Strike competitively has suffered a sharp drop due to the launch of VALORANT, this is a great opportunity for the female scene to grow and for players to be able to show their ability.

The team list for the regional groups is as follows:

European group
Norway GODSENT fe
Russia Galaxy Racer fe
Europe Ambush fe
Portugal equipa
Russia NOFEAR5
Europe Flawless
Russia gribs
Poland TotalneGituwy
North American group
United States CLG Red
Canada Little Bocks
United States Please Send Help
United States Hot Flash
United States Slay
United States Tourmaline
Peru Infamous Girls
South American group
Brazil FURIA fe
Brazil Liberty fe
Brazil Black Dragons fe
Brazil MIBR fe
Brazil W7M fe
Brazil Redragon fe
Brazil Quem Sao Elas
2022-03-15 14:48
1 reply
two Peruvian teams wtfffffff
2022-03-16 16:15
2022-03-15 14:48
Great news
2022-03-15 14:48
2022-03-15 14:49
Switzerland NtroP
2022-03-15 14:49
Pakistan yuhflowyuh
this is great!
2022-03-15 14:50
what are the top 3 teams? or nobody know at the moment? is there any ranking?
2022-03-15 14:50
25 replies
United States Virgin Islands Mykolkaa
CLG red will win NA group and the rest is just a complete gamble
2022-03-15 14:54
1 reply
yeah for sure clg red is going to win they been grinding for years in the NA scene where there is no female scene basically since val came out and they stuck it out I'm main honestly its dope they org still with them I think godsent is gonna win eu and maybe mibr/furia for SA
2022-03-15 18:37
Switzerland NtroP this is the HLTV equivalent for FE CS I'd personally put Nigma Galaxy, GODSENT, and CLG Red as the top 3 - there's a lot of volatility though because the teams rarely play other regions. Also NGX and GODSENT won't face each other for a while bcz they're in different groups
2022-03-15 14:55
13 replies
and who is female s1mple?
2022-03-15 14:59
11 replies
Switzerland NtroP
There's actually quite a few cracked players Xia from Ambush FE is only 16 but already killing it - she won't be able to play for a bit tho:( the whole Ambush FE team is one to watch though - they went undefeated in OQ1 Potya from gribs is a very strong AWPer too I could go on but there's just a massive list of players with a lot of talent - we'll have to see what the league has in store for us!
2022-03-15 15:02
10 replies
Great that you know so much about the female scene. I didn't recognise any names from any of the teams really apart from CLG Red and vilga.
2022-03-15 16:09
6 replies
Yeah I kept a close eye on the open qualifiers
2022-03-15 19:36
5 replies
A close eye as in being admin of it haha?
2022-03-15 23:46
4 replies
Ahaha nah I wasn't working them, but I did help out here and there with support, and checked in on the teams They're all so lovely too
2022-03-16 01:02
3 replies
I can imagine. Did you not try to have a shot at qualifying? ^^
2022-03-16 16:16
2 replies
well, I couldn't referee if I did!
2022-03-16 20:29
1 reply
But then no one to represent the mens)) :( On a more serious note after looking at the stream for a few moments, it seems like this tournament is everything I feared: just made for the sake of throwing out money to female teams. Imo it would have been an amazing opportunity to make content, create storylines, have spotlights on each player... all in all going above just the "let's play it to play it" mentality and make new people get interest for the scene and enabling them to know the players and teams to be able to actually root for their favorite outside of this tournament. So basically just a feeling of a huge opportunity that ESL have missed out on, and overall a bit disrespectful to the players, telling them "You're just here to give us some cheap virtue signalling, now go play your games and shut up no one gives a fuck about it anywyas" :/
2022-03-17 20:15
Sweden Zaser5
same :( all of the old pros have gone to valorant, but fun to see new talent that might have a higher ceiling :)
2022-03-15 18:03
wow nice infos dude, ty so much. Didn't know this site, I'll keep my eyes on that. Wich team are your supporting? I'll hope for them to face brazilians at finals hahahaha
2022-03-17 01:56
1 reply
Well I'm supposed to be reffing so I don't have anyone I'm supporting explicitly, but some teams are very nice to be around:)
2022-03-17 13:51
Automatic Nigma Galaxy supporter here. Let's go!
2022-03-16 01:06
I think Galaxy racer and CLG Red are the only teams not in ESEA open
2022-03-15 15:00
1 reply
Switzerland NtroP
Quite a few teams have made it to higher leagues actually, but a lot of them primarily play in the Prime league, which is another FE league.
2022-03-15 15:02
Furia fe is dominating SA so hard. They are the big favorites from SA.
2022-03-15 15:59
1 reply
2022-03-15 18:22
United States Jeebur
CLG Red, Galaxy Racer fe and probably Godsent fe or Furia fe
2022-03-15 16:55
I don't know much about the female scene yet but I think mibr fem is a good team. They fem line-up was used to be known as better than the male one some time ago lol
2022-03-15 17:10
3 replies
Bizinha (captain of MIBR female) is really good. But I would say right now Furia female is the best female team in BR, as they usually win against MIBR.
2022-03-15 18:23
2 replies
nice no know it buddy! I'll be standing in the crowd for bizinha, she used to impact on lobbys with streamers and pros, I'm a fan. Ialso like kaahSensei, hope they face each other on this camp.
2022-03-17 01:22
1 reply
Let's gooo!!
2022-03-17 22:50
France d0py
2022-03-15 14:50
fnx | 
Brazil Pontti
letsss goo
2022-03-15 14:57
Albania hardcoar
2022-03-15 14:58
Finland Tusku
ez 4 please send help
2022-03-15 14:59
Indonesia begalracer
2022-03-15 14:59
Brazil Jecarlosg
Furia's first World Win
2022-03-15 14:59
I can't wait for this, will never complain about more pro CS, and plus there's a team with a Canadian core and they're actually ranked in the top 10!
2022-03-15 15:02
3 replies
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North America jcoN
+1 love every opportunity to watch CS
2022-03-15 15:49
1 reply
+1 exactly that
2022-03-17 01:26
2022-03-15 19:46
Twenty3 supremacy
2022-03-15 15:03
2022-03-15 15:06
Indonesia Astrali5
good news
2022-03-15 15:10
2022-03-15 15:12
Germany le0ntt
why isn't there a tournament site for the games :/
2022-03-15 15:15
No Entropiq? Or they signed that TotalneGituwy lineup?
2022-03-15 15:17
1 reply
Entropiq Queens did not qualify for the league - they were 4th in the second OQ, slots were given to the top 3
2022-03-16 11:02
Dominica FallczE
The fact that after like 6 months that Galaxy racer doesn't exist and is now Nigma Galaxy and it's not been renamed yet, not for this article nor when their main team was active, is kinda sad.
2022-03-15 15:18
United States thespecht
ez 4 goosebreeder
2022-03-15 15:21
I've been looking forward to this ))
2022-03-15 15:28
Albania hardcoar
this is a good thing
2022-03-15 15:28
Will there be a fantasy ?
2022-03-15 15:33
1 reply
India spiderCAKE
I doubt bitskins will sponsor this
2022-03-15 15:38
P0tya <3
2022-03-15 15:33
2022-03-15 15:38
Ambush FE 1v5 everyone
2022-03-15 15:47
1 reply
Denmark ZCDK
1 KiKi = 5 others
2022-03-15 20:44
Canada Sneksist
1st title win for Canada in forever, let's go Little Bocks!
2022-03-15 15:48
2022-03-15 15:49
No Juliano no party
2022-03-15 15:52
Albania hardcoar
2022-03-15 15:52
Brazil isbetter
Looks to be a cool camp. Good luck to tall teams.
2022-03-15 15:55
Barbados P0vTr
Too EZ for Alekhine, no chances for Capablanca
2022-03-15 15:57
2022-03-15 15:58
2022-03-15 16:06
poles come here, translate TotalneGituwy pls. The first word seems like "totalniy" in russian which means full, but what does second word mean? Google says it's guitars.
2022-03-15 16:21
4 replies
git means "good/nice" in polish slang and gituwy means like "nice people"
2022-03-15 16:23
3 replies
thanks, so team name can be translated as all nice people?
2022-03-15 16:25
2 replies
totally nice people kinda of
2022-03-15 16:31
Poland Kobel_
TotallyNiceGals is the closest thing I can think of
2022-03-15 16:34
Nice, only if you give them a stage and validation you will get talent and scene growth. It worked great for the academy leagues so why not for female cs?
2022-03-15 16:15
1 reply
we had female scene once before and the growth was zero. It was after years nothing more than a marketing gag.
2022-03-15 19:30
2022-03-15 16:22
I still don't understand why men and women should be seperated in e-sports, but if this helps to get more females into the scene i'm all for it.
2022-03-15 16:26
8 replies
Poland Kobel_
You answered your own doubts, popularization of esports among women etc. The end goal is to make it so top female players/teams can compete in/against top male teams. At least I believe it should be, since esports doesn't have the same physical barriers classical sports have.
2022-03-15 16:37
7 replies
I would love to see mixed teams at some point. We are still missing out on the huge potential that females could bring into esports.
2022-03-15 18:06
2 replies
if there are females that are ready to work hard as a S1mple sure. But will never happen.
2022-03-15 19:29
I think even now we could have at least one woman in a team but men have to see them as teammates not someone worse aka 'omg how a female could kill me'...
2022-03-15 19:31
''The end goal is to make it so top female players/teams can compete in/against top male teams.'' Yeah, because that worked out so well in literally every other sport.
2022-03-16 09:27
3 replies
Poland Kobel_
Reading the very last sentence really exceeds your abilities doesn't it?
2022-03-16 15:04
2 replies
It exceeds your abilities to understand that is irrelevant and the disparity between men and women. Physical or mental sport, they will NEVER be able to compete at the highest level with men. It's all scientifically backed - we have faster reflexes, better hand-eye coordination, much higher competitive drive (big part of which coming from testosterone), gamesense, etc. Chess requires even less physical ability than CSGO, yet I don't see any woman being a competition for men. You forgot that as well?
2022-03-16 17:32
1 reply
Poland Kobel_
There are women with Grandmaster titles (GM, not WGM). There are/were women (cis women at that before you pull that card out) in other esports like Goddess in R6 or Karma in RL who compete(d) at tier 1 level in their respective games. I'm not assuming we can get to the point where there'll be an equal split between men and women on top teams (even for the simple reason more men than women play competetive games and it's a pretty toxic enviroment). But a situation where there's a say top 1 female team in top 30 hltv, or even just some individual players in top teams, is entirely possible looking a few years in the future.
2022-03-16 17:50
Not interested in tier 10 cs. Hopefully this initiative helps them improve though. Good luck
2022-03-15 16:27
1 reply
Slovakia Adwarin
2022-03-15 17:17
United States xiquo
Hope to see some high level competition come from this.
2022-03-15 16:28
lets gooooo
2022-03-15 16:29
Gl cs go fe
2022-03-15 16:39
Georgia remeend
not bad
2022-03-15 16:43
Poland Kobel_
Good move, Valorant started this earlier and I've already seen games covered where female teams beat some male teams in T2 tournaments in NA there. Even though it was some individual games and not something regular we remember how it always looked in CS - trying not to get 16-0d. So it's already a huge progress. If someone doesn't get the idea behind tournaments like this they probably don't understand initatives like National Championships or College/University Championships, or Academy Leagues either.
2022-03-15 16:44
1 reply
2022-03-15 18:57
next step give female cs 1 spot in major or atleast let them qualify through in separated qualifiers and yeah major would be nice to watch even they got 16-0 or the best first female history to go through groups or 1st female cs team to win major Copium but yeah CS tourney is getting there
2022-03-15 16:47
3 replies
It's hard for me to see a female cs team winning a major even if there is enough support to raise a female team to a competative level
2022-03-15 17:01
if the major would be filled with NA teams only a female team would win the major.
2022-03-15 19:26
no, they shouldn't do none of that quota bullshit, it doesn't work and would only take away a spot of a better team if anything they should be invited to smaller tournaments and grind like any other team do
2022-03-17 14:51
Yugoslavia seeeed
The people that are against this saying this are just mad. Good shit
2022-03-15 17:02
Canada Matomoto
This is great, I just hope that they actually make sure the production quality is good for these events. When Valorant started its female circuit it was a bit of a mess
2022-03-15 17:09
1 reply
Indeed, let's hope it will be high quality production!! I watch female CS from Brasil (specially MIBR and Furia, keep your eyes on Bizinha and KaahSensei), and I am really excited to see what is their level against EU and NA female players
2022-03-15 18:18
Good news. Hope big communities such as BR or CIS to support their teams when major stage comes.
2022-03-15 17:12
Sweden Saudade
Good initiative, this is exciting news.
2022-03-15 17:15
Slovakia Adwarin
T5 CS, hopefully female CS will be better than I remember
2022-03-15 17:29
United States kalimbo
CLG will dominate
2022-03-15 17:33
United States cybonics
Where is entropiq queens
2022-03-15 17:41
2 replies
Poland Kobel_
They placed 3rd in the last Quali, Top 2 got in
2022-03-16 17:51
1 reply
United States cybonics
2022-03-16 17:53
Kat | 
Belgium sEnzaj
EZ for Kat
2022-03-15 17:47
Very good news. Gaming can only benefit from having more opportunities for female gamers
2022-03-15 17:53
I think petra and juliano will win ez
2022-03-15 17:57
eZ for ANa
2022-03-15 17:59
2022-03-15 18:14
Lets go Hot Flash
2022-03-15 18:15
k1to | 
Cyprus shmoe
2022-03-15 19:39
I dont think KILLITAST is part of equipa anymore, ZanaSofs replaced her.
2022-03-15 20:06
Finally I can watch CS for my wife's sake.
2022-03-15 20:16
I miss kohaibi ;-;
2022-03-15 20:24
KiKi | 
Greece 1926
ez for kiki
2022-03-15 20:26
Very good
2022-03-15 22:17
2022-03-15 22:19
hell yeah less go!
2022-03-15 22:33
wooo womens let's go :D :D :D
2022-03-16 09:22
Romania Iosif
Let's go Ana!!!!!
2022-03-16 09:35
South Africa Tatzz
2022-03-16 10:50
Great stuff!
2022-03-16 11:13
2022-03-16 15:32
1 reply
in valorant with G2. the best female core in cs of all time is there now. (mimi, juliano, zaaz & petra)
2022-03-16 17:57
United States Bl1zzardZ
Great to see! Always love it when CS expands
2022-03-16 20:19
ropz | 
North America jcoN
trying to find where to watch, says ESL twitch but obviously it's the ESL ProLeague rn,,, can anyone help?
2022-03-17 14:11
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