EA SPORTS FC: FIFA rebrand, game modes, licenses, more

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EA SPORTS FC will be the first release from EA since their split with longtime partners FIFA, here’s everything we know about the upcoming games so far including the rebrand, game modes, licenses, and more.

EA has dubbed the upcoming EA SPORTS FC as “the future of interactive football” and it marks a significant shift for the company since they parted ways with FIFA after a 30-year-long relationship.

Many fans are understandably curious about what this change means for the game, and want to know whether core elements including Career Mode and Ultimate Team will still be available to play.

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With that in mind, here’s everything we know about EA SPORTS FC so far, including the rebrand, game modes, licenses, and more.


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The name has been changed, but has the game?

EA SPORTS FC release date & platforms

EA SPORTS FC will be released on September 29, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

For those looking to pre-order the game, there are various editions available that come with unique bonuses. You can read all about them in this guide.

EA SPORTS FC game modes

The good news for FIFA fans is that EA have confirmed that all of the game modes they are used to seeing are set to return in EA SPORTS FC. As far as we know right now, there are no plans to remove any modes that currently exist in FIFA titles.

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It’s no surprise to see that Ultimate Team will be returning, as it’s become one of EA’s biggest draws in recent years. How FUT, or whatever it will be shortened to going forward, is tweaked to accommodate the new branding remains to be seen.

Here are all of the game modes confirmed to feature in EA SPORTS FC:

  • Ultimate Team
  • Career Mode
  • Pro Clubs

With the newfound freedom the developers have without the restriction of the FIFA deal, it’s also possible we could see some new modes. We’ll update this section as soon as any news drops.

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EA SPORTS FC leagues

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Many clubs have already confirmed they’re included, such as Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

One of the biggest selling points of the FIFA series over a rival like eFootball (formally PES) is the fully-realized players, clubs, and leagues it offers. It appears as though EA SPORTS FC will retain its many licenses, much to the relief of long-time fans.

EA holds the rights for over 700 teams, each with their official kits and players, from over 30 different leagues from around the world. They can also use more than 100 stadiums from these domestic leagues, including the likes of Old Trafford, San Siro, and La Bombonera.

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It’s worth noting that certain teams like Juventus are not covered by the Serie A license, and that is also unlikely to change in EA SPORTS FC. Check out the full list of licensed leagues confirmed to feature:

  • Premier League (England)
  • EFL Championship (England)
  • EFL League One (England)
  • EFL League Two (England)
  • Ligue 1 (France)
  • Ligue 2 (France)
  • Bundesliga (Germany)
  • Bundesliga 2 (Germany)
  • 3. Liga (Germany)
  • Serie A (Italy)
  • La Liga (Spain)
  • La Liga Smartbank (Spain)
  • Eredivisie (Netherlands)
  • Liga Profesional de Futbol (Argentina)
  • A-League (Australia)
  • O. Bundesliga (Austria)
  • 1A Pro League (Belgium)
  • Liga do Brasil (Brazil)
  • Chinese Super League (China)
  • 3F Superliga (Denmark)
  • J-1 (Japan)
  • K League 1 (South Korea)
  • Liga MX (Mexico)
  • Eliteserien (Norway)
  • Ekstraklasa (Poland)
  • Liga Portugal (Portugal)
  • Premier Division (Republic of Ireland)
  • Liga I (Romania)
  • Pro League (Saudi Arabia)
  • SPL (Scotland)
  • Allsvenskan (Sweden)
  • Super League (Switzerland)
  • Super Lig (Turkey)
  • MLS (USA / Canada)

EA SPORTS FC licenses

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Securing the Champions League license was a huge win for EA in FIFA 19.

On top of the usual leagues and players, EA began to expand to require licenses for other tournaments in recent years. This began with international cups and soon expanded into domestic European competitions.

The popular World Cup content was featured in FIFA 23, but there is no word on whether EA can use that particular license beyond once the partnership has ended. So, we’ll have to wait and see if Career Mode players can take part in the World Cup in EA SPORTS FC.

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Luckily, UEFA is committed to keeping its partnership with the football series going. This means that the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League will all return in both Career Mode, and Ultimate Team for promos like Road to the Final.

In a statement shared along with the initial announcement, Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Director of Marketing, said: “With a shared commitment to serve football fans around the world, we look forward to our continued partnership with EA SPORTS FC to provide players with authentic in-game experiences featuring the club competitions they love.”

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That’s everything we know about the new era of EA football titles so far, we’ll update this page with all the latest details as and when they are announced. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our guides below:

Will EA Sports FC have crossplay? | Will EA SPORTS FC be free to play? | Is EA Sports FC coming to Xbox Game Pass? | Is EA Sports FC 24 coming to Nintendo Switch? | EA SPORTS FC 24: Best formations, custom tactics | EA Sports FC best player rating predictions | Best strikers | Best midfielders | Best wingers | Fastest players in EA Sports FC 24 | Best EA SPORTS FC Premier League players

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