Custom Tactics set for a major overhaul in FIFA 21

Custom Tactics set for major overhaul in FIFA 21

Published: 6/Aug/2020 11:30

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have promised players that FIFA 21 will completely overhaul the Custom Tactics feature, after being probed on the matter in a Q&A session. 

This is a change a portion of the community had been calling for in FIFA 20, with many left disappointed by last year’s gameplay. In general, defences would sit much deeper than years gone by, making it more difficult for players to break down their opposition.


That may not be the case in the next title, though. FIFA 21 developers have confirmed all Custom Tactics, including Drop Back, have been tuned following feedback from fans.

Players will be hoping to see a big change on the back of this, with EA seemingly going back to the basics where gameplay is concerned.

Liverpool vs Manchester City FIFA 21.
Players will be hoping Custom Tactics in FIFA 21 won’t allow the majority of teams to be so defensive.

FIFA 21 gameplay gets shakeup with Custom Tactic tweaks

During a question and answer session on Twitter, hosted on the FIFA Direct Communication account, the team reiterated points they had made in previous pitch notes.

The Deep Dive article is a long read, spanning over a few thousand words. Published on August 4, it contained changes not just for Custom Tactics, but also heading, defending, skill moves, and dribbling. Not everybody will have had the chance to read that.

Their tweet, though, was to the point. It states: “We’ve spent a lot of time tuning all of the tactics, including Drop Back, to provide a fresh experience in FIFA 21. Additionally, you’ll see a lot of new behaviors — as mentioned in the Pitch Notes Deep Dive article.”


In those pitch notes, however, a change to Quick Tactics was also confirmed.

One section reads: “Quick Tactics: Team Press Timer – We saw feedback around players being able to waste time in sometimes unrealistic ways and that it was difficult for the defending team to try to get the ball back in these situations.

“To address this, we revamped the Team Press Quick Tactic to no longer result in a Constant Pressure defensive tactic. It now triggers a temporary Auto Press behaviour on demand and with a cooldown timer that prevents it from being overused.”


What else is changing in FIFA 21?

EA has promised a hefty overhaul of attacking and defending systems in FIFA 21.
Many elements of gameplay will be shaken up in FIFA 21.

We have only been given a snapshot of gameplay so far, but the approach from the dev team is encouraging. Players have come to expect a low level of interaction with developers on FIFA. That said, many have already expressed their delight to see developers actively engaging with the audience on social media.

In terms of confirmed changes, we now know some celebrations like the ‘Shush’ have been scrapped to reduce toxicity. Career Mode will be getting a major overhaul — the biggest in years — so that reveal should be exciting in August. On top of that, they have also confirmed VAR won’t be added to the game.


These comments should pave the way for a much more open feel to gameplay. Only time will tell if that’s delivered.

Until then, all eyes turn to EA and their upcoming feature reveals, beta, demo, and early access content.


FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale


With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.


As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

Nathan Ake Manchester City FIFA 21
Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.


Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

AC Milan FIFA 21
A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.


We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.


Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.

In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.