FIFA 21 Career Mode trailer: New features, managers, transfers, more

FIFA 21 Career Mode trailer: New features, managers, transfers, more

Published: 12/Aug/2020 17:26 Updated: 13/Aug/2020 16:29

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have finally revealed Career Mode will be getting its biggest update in years, with the latest changes for FIFA 21 shown off in an all-new trailer. 

In recent years, the game’s community have felt like the offline mode has been something of an afterthought.


They have dabbled with different ways of bringing a solid story foundation to Career Mode in the past. It started with The Journey and even the integration of more player-manager interactions, but in the eyes of some fans it was never enough.

This time around, though, things look to be shaping up really well – with the developers promising the biggest update in years.


FIFA 21 Career Mode trailer revealed

EA confirmed on August 12 that a new trailer would soon be released for the mode, the following day.

This was the third main feature trailer unveiled for FIFA 21, after both gameplay and Ultimate Team showcases.

You can watch it below.


EA on Career Mode revamp

FIFA 21 Anfield stadium
Career Mode is going to take fans even closer to the fans in the stadium, in FIFA 21.

Speaking to Goal, Vice-President of EA Nick Wlodyka said: “The Career Mode is very important for this year. We’ve really made the biggest investments we’ve ever made to make sure we’re delivering exactly what our players are asking for.

“We’ve had so much feedback over the past few years from our players wanting to see more things they can control in career mode. We listened to what they want to be able to do, things they haven’t been able to do in the past.”

Players will be the ones to judge whether or not they have delivered on feedback, though. Many will be crossing their fingers.


Visual Sim is coming back

One thing we already knew, way before the trailer was even mentioned, was that Visual Simulation was coming back.

This feature allows managers to choose a point in the match where they can intervene.

Interactive Match Sim screenshot from FIFA 21
Visual sim is coming back in FIFA 21 Career.

Career Mode Transfers and contract changes

We should expect to see “enhanced realism” when it comes to sorting transfers in FIFA 21.

In an official statement, EA confirmed: “Make Loan to Buy offers with optional or mandatory future transfer fees to secure new talent for your team, and respond to AI manager-initiated player swap proposals as you look to master the transfer market.”

Some pre-order editions will include scout a future star bonus content as well, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the one you intend to buy. More info on rewards for Standard Edition, Champions Edition, and Ultimate Edition here – as well as pricing info.

Position training

Player position training in FIFA 21
Train players for new positions in FIFA 21.

For the first time, we will be able to officially change a position by training another player in a new role. For example, your wingers may be injured, so you can train up one of your fullbacks to step it up and fill in while they are gone.

Player development features have also been added, meaning you can train a few people at the same time.

Training schedule

FIFA 21 Career mode schedule
Active Training will let you train players and create their schedule to be super sharp for matchdays.

You can choose when players will rest and when they will train on a weekly basis, reflecting the schedules of real teams.

On Monday, you might want to improve match fitness, and then manage morale with days off. This will presumably also impact how sharp your team is when it lines up. So, don’t run them into the ground.

Player training

In terms of individual player training, we can now work on the following things:

  • Major Attributes (OVR)
  • Skill Move/Weak Foot ratings (especially for attacking players)
  • Attacking/Defensive Work Rate
  • Attributes that fuel specialization

Keep up to date with all things FIFA 21 with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK. 


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.