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EA SPORTS announce FIFA 21 reveal schedule for “upcoming months”

Published: 18/Jun/2020 7:29 Updated: 18/Jun/2020 12:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have now officially confirmed the prerelease rollout for FIFA 21, including when players will see news on Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs, Career Mode, and which modern modes won’t make it into the next annual release at all.

Every year, FIFA undergoes a series of changes ahead of the annual release. These changes and tweaks under the hood are often quite small ⁠— Career Mode and Pro Clubs were both all but forgotten last time around ⁠— but this time EA has promised bigger revamps.

Of course, players can still expect to see Ultimate Team reign supreme as the premier mode for the football sim, but it looks like EA will be doubling down on new changes and features for the rest of the title’s game modes too.

The FIFA publishers officially unveiled what modes would be getting changes in FIFA 21 in a tweet on June 17. The list, which EA did warn was “subject to change” right up until the info was actually shared, listed all five FIFA modes.

According to the update tweet, we can expect to start seeing new features for the upcoming FIFA release throughout August. There may also be a sneak peek into what the devs have in the pipes for FIFA 21 at EA Play later this week too.

For the most part, the list looks pretty stock-standard for the annual FIFA refresh. EA was never going to leave FUT behind, and Volta looks to be sticking around after its debut this year as well. Career Mode and Pro Clubs are also included.

Here are all the FIFA game modes that will be getting updates, big or small, when FIFA 21 drops in September this year:

FIFA 21 features & modes reveal schedule

  • Overall Gameplay
  • Career Mode
  • Volta Football
  • Pro Clubs
  • FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

One feature that has been a key part of EA’s footballing title in the past few years that seems absent from the list, however, is The Journey. The storyline mode, first introduced in FIFA 17, tells the story of football prodigy Alex Hunter.

FIFA executive producer Aaron McHardy had previously warned fans The Journey would likely only last the length of the “three-year trilogy,” but this does confirm the campaign-style mode is on the chopping block heading into FIFA 21.

It looks like Alex Hunter's FIFA journey has already come to an end after three years in the football franchise.
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It looks like Alex Hunter’s FIFA journey is coming to an end after just three years in the football franchise.

EA SPORTS have kept their cards tight to their chest about when fans will be able to get their hands on FIFA 21. September is usually when each title is released though. We may learn more in the EA Play live event this week too.

Stick with @Dexerto and @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter during the event and in the aftermath, with all of the latest FIFA 21 news, Apex Legends updates, and much more coming at you on Twitter.

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Best FIFA 21 Pro Clubs custom tactics & formations

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:01 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 6:25

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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FIFA Pro Clubs players can finally customize their team’s tactics and formations in FIFA 21, but some strategies work better than others. If you want to know what works best and how to do them, we’ve got you covered.

FIFA Pro Clubs has always been a popular mode, but it’s even better in FIFA 21. For the first time ever, players can customize the names and appearances of their AI players. But perhaps more importantly, they can also set up to five preset custom tactics and formations.

It’s a revolutionary feature that gives FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players more control over their team than ever before. Players have been busy trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Their efforts have contributed to the development of meta custom tactics formations, much like in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

Here’s a quick look at some of the best ones we’ve found, and what sort of players they’re best suited to.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players have many different formations, custom tactics, and player instructions at their disposal. However, through trial and error, only a handful of strategies have reigned supreme. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses and are better suited to different playstyles.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 5-2-1-2

This formation is based on a solid five-man defense with a moderate attacking and defensive style. It’s similar to a typical FIFA 21 Ultimate Team meta formation, but it has plenty of room for players to shine.

First, you’ll want to change the player instructions to have the LB and RB stay back. This will keep everything neat and tidy in the backline and stop defenders from being drawn out of position. This should create fewer opportunities for opponents to exploit.

The playstyle itself is simple. You’ll want to hold the fort in the backline, and either attack on the counter or build-up play slowly with a combination of passes.

This formation is all about patience and precision. It’s best suited to players who prefer a calm and composed playstyle. If that sounds like your cup of tea, it can be devastating. It’s most effective with two human-controlled ST players.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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5-2-1-2 is a good choice for FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who are defensive-minded.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-2-1

The 4-3-1-1 formation is more about attacking. However, to compensate, you’ll want to set the Defensive Style to Drop Back and have no more than three bars on depth. This will keep your defense tighter without weakening your attack.

It’s also essential to set the Defensive Position on the LCM and RCM to Cover Center. That way, they’ll never deviate from the center and stray wide, which often creates a lethal opening.

This formation and custom tactic works best with a minimum of three human-controlled players. You’ll want them in the ST, CAM, and CDM positions, so they’ll be heavily involved in the build-up.

If you prefer a faster and more aggressive playstyle without being too exposed in defense, this is a good middle-ground. Not everyone wants to park the bus. FIFA 21 Pro Clubs is all about finding a style that suits you and your team.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who love attacking will benefit from 4-3-2-1.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Drop Back
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 3 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 6 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-3 (Holding)

The 4-3-3 (Holding) formation is simple and effective without needing to change too much. It has a rock-solid foundation in the defense and midfield, but it also lets players with flair and creativity shine on the wings.

It also works particularly well with counter-attacks, but at the same time, it’s vulnerable to them. To make things a little more comfortable in defense, you’ll want to set the Defensive Style to Drop Back.

Other than that, you can pretty much leave everything else as it is. The CDM will need to play a pivotal role in defense, though, so you’ll want to make sure a human-controlled player fills the role.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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4-3-3 (Holding) is arguably the safest 4-3-3 formation in FIFA 21 Pro Clubs.

Defending

  • Defensive Style: Drop Back
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 3 bars
  • Free kicks: 3 bars

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics Guide for 4-3-3 (False 9)

The 4-3-3 (False 9) is an excellent alternative to more aggressive 4-3-3 formations. It’s ideal for players who love holding possession. The attack revolves around a deeper-lying CF. He’ll be more involved in the build-up than a typical ST and can help with keeping possession.

This formation works best with a human-controlled LW, CF, and RW. The rest of the team can be AI-controlled, but to make them more competent in defense, you’ll want to set the Player Instructions on the CDM, LB, and RB to Stay Back While Attacking.

You’ll also want to set the CDM’s Defensive Behaviour to Man Mark and Defensive Position to Cover Center. That way, he’ll always remain in the middle and make it significantly harder for your opponents to find a way through.

Last but not least, you can set the goalkeeper to Comes For Crosses in the Saving On Crosses instruction. It will make him save the ball before it finds its way to a target more often than not.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Custom Tactics
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4-3-3 (False 9) is a wonderful choice for FIFA 21 Pro Clubs players who like keeping possession.

 Defending

  • Defensive Style: Pressure On Heavy Touch
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 5 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 1 bar
  • Free kicks: 1 bar

So, there you have it! Those are the best formation, custom tactics, and instruction combinations that players have been using in FIFA 21 Pro Clubs.

There are likely more as well, so if you have found a masterplan do share it with us @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter.