FIFA 21 ICONs predictions for Ultimate Team | FUT 21
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FIFA 21 ICONs ratings predictions for Ultimate Team | FUT 21

Published: 31/Jul/2020 15:21 Updated: 18/Aug/2020 16:22

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS unveiled Manchester United’s iconic striker Eric Cantona as the game’s first legend card in Ultimate Team, and now we’ve got some rating predictions for the rest of the new ICONs in FIFA 21. 

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players will be looking forward to jumping right into the action for FIFA 21’s launch. Before that time, they will also get access to the game via the FIFA 21 beta, EA Access, and the FUT Web App when they come out.

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No matter when you first get to try out the game, though, it could be months before you’re able to afford your first ICON card in-game.

They are typically very expensive, but that’s part of the appeal really – and the fact that they have strong links with most players.

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Eric Cantona has been the first announced ICON in FUT 21.

Cantona, Cech, Xavi, Vidic, Cole, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Eto’o, Torres, Suker, and Puskas. The list of new Icons is sure to have FIFA fans dreaming of that supreme pack luck. Yet, as we all know, there are going to be three versions of each player.

The subsequent ratings are broken down from different parts of their careers and it’s safe to say that nobody wants the Manchester United version of Bastian Schweinsteiger when there are going to be multiple Bayern Munich ones out there.

So, without further ado, let’s run through some of our rating predictions for the next roster of legends.

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Ratings predictions for FIFA 21 ICONs

Like all good sides, we’ll kick things off at the back and slowly work our way forward, so first up is Petr Cech. The recently retired shot-stopper is sure to have cards from both his Chelsea and Arsenal days. He was tough to beat on the actual pitch, so he’ll be tough to beat in Ultimate Team.

Moving forward a touch we’ve got Cech’s former teammate Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidic, and Philipp Lahm rounding out the backline. Each of them was a formidable defender in their heyday and we expect nothing less than top-class overalls for them all.

  • Petr Cech: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 93 (prime)
  • Ashley Cole: 86 (base), 88 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Philipp Lahm: 87 (base), 89 (mid), 93 (prime)
  • Nemanja Vidic: 90 (base), 91 (mid), 93 (prime)
Petr Cech in FIFA
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Petr Cech was the second confirmed new ICON for FIFA 21.

The midfield selection is slightly lacking in depth for FIFA 21, but it more than makes up for it in silverware. There is Xavi and Schweinsteiger, two absolutely world-class midfielders in their prime. The former propelling Barcelona to their golden era, while the latter held down the fort for Bayern and German.

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Again, it’s unlikely that either is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ratings, but will they do enough to cement themselves amid the Gullit’s of the Ultimate Team world? Who knows.

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 92 (prime)
  • Xavi: 90 (base), 93 (mid), 95 (prime)
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Xavi is back in FIFA 21 as an Icon, and we couldn’t be happier.

The strike force is certainly one area that has plenty of depth when it comes to new ICONs in FIFA 21. Cantona, Eto’o, Suker, Torres, and Puskas. All absolutely class forwards across different generations – each with their own successes at both the club and international level.

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However, there should be some differences in ratings with this group. Take Puskas and Cantona for example. The latter has an award named after him while Cantona is the ICON who has been given the spotlight in FIFA 21. They’ll be highly rated, no doubt. Suker, though, might fit in with the likes of Shearer and Rush rather than Pele.

  • Eric Cantona: 91 (base), 93 (mid), 95 (prime)
  • Samuel Eto’o: 87 (base), 89 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Davor Suker: 85 (base), 86 (mid), 88 (prime)
  • Fernando Torres: 86 (base), 89 (mid), 91 (prime)
  • Ferenc Puskas: 88 (base), 90 (mid), 93 (prime)

There you have it. That’s what ratings we think will be the new FIFA 21 ICONs will get. What do you think these ratings will be? Let us know on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK. 

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FIFA 21 Global Series & eWorld Cup: Schedule, start dates, how to qualify

Published: 13/Oct/2020 9:57

by Jacob Hale

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With FIFA 21 now officially launched, and millions of players across the world looking to create the best squad possible on Ultimate Team, we take a look at this season’s schedule for the FIFA 21 Global Series and, the pinnacle of FIFA esports, the eWorld Cup.

This year, EA SPORTS will be providing $3 million to competitors across multiple regions, with the biggest winners taking home the lion share of the cash at FIFA majors and, of course, the eWorld Cup.

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There are many different leagues, tournaments and events that players can compete in throughout the season, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

FIFA 21 Global Series schedule

The FIFA 21 Global Series is the circuit in which all aspiring competitors can try to make a name for themselves and qualify for the major tournaments.

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FIFA 21 Global Series schedule
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The FIFA 21 Global Series schedule.

Between November 2020 to June 2021, every major region will have a number of qualifying spots up for grabs to reach playoffs.

Each region will have the following number of qualifiers, though no more than 1024 entrants can take part in one qualifying tournament.

  • Europe: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • North America: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • South America: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • East Asia: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • West Asia: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • Oceania: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • South Africa: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4

All qualifiers will be double elimination, and players will be seeded based on Global Series Points — you can scroll down this page to find out how to compete in Global Series events and earn more points.

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Here are the dates that Global Series qualifiers will take place, so see which weekends are available in your region and make sure you’re free to put your best foot forward.

Europe North America South America East Asia West Asia & South Africa Oceania
November 28-29, 2020 December 12-13, 2020 November 21-22, 2020 December 12-13, 2020 November 21-22, 2020 December 12-13, 2020
January 9-10, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 December 12-13, 2020 February 20-21, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 January 23-24, 2021
February 6-7, 2021 February 20-21, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 February 20-21, 2021
March 6-7, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 February 20-21, 2021
April 10-11, 2021 April 17-18, 2021 March 27-28, 2021

FIFA 21 eWorld Cup

The eWorld Cup is the pinnacle of the competitive FIFA season, where competitors can become stars and make themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars.

As of yet, there is no set date announced for the eWorld Cup, but it typically takes place in August each year with 32 players — 16 on Xbox, 16 on PS4 — competing to be crowned FIFA world champion.

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How to compete in the FIFA 21 Global Series

FIFA 21 Global Series teams and players
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The Global Series brings together some of the biggest names in FIFA esports.

To take part in the FIFA 21 Global Series and kickstart your esports career, there are six key steps that EA have laid out to help you know what you need to do.

Here’s what they are:

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  1. Register to compete in the FIFA 21 Global Series between October 9, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  2. Achieve FUT Champions Verification by reaching Elite 1 in a single Weekend League before December 31.
  3. Earn points in FUT Champions based on your best Weekend League performance each month. For example, if you get 30 wins out of 30 one weekend and 29 in the rest of the month, you will get 30 Global Series points.
  4. Earn points in Online Qualifiers, as detailed above, with regional qualifiers being the primary way to earn a spot in regional playoffs.
  5. Represent a football club in domestic leagues, each of which will have automatic qualification spots into regional playoffs — this is where you can expect to find some of the top competition.
  6. Qualify for the regional playoffs, facing off against the best of the best in your region, for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize pool and a chance to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup. Here’s how many players will qualify for playoffs in each region:
    • Europe, PlayStation 4 – 64 Players
    • Europe, Xbox One – 64 Players
    • North America, PlayStation 4 – 16 Players
    • North America, Xbox One – 16 Players
    • South America, PlayStation 4 – 32 Players
    • South America, Xbox One – 16 Players
    • West Asia & South Africa, PlayStation 4 – 16 Players
    • East Asia, PlayStation 4 – 8 Players
    • Oceania, PlayStation 4 – 8 Players
MoAuba FIFA eWorld Cup
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MoAuba lifted the eWorld Cup during the FIFA 20 season in 2019.

So, that’s everything we know so far about the FIFA 21 Global Series and the eWorld Cup.

You best get building your Ultimate Team now, as qualifiers will be popping up before you know it, and you want to give yourself the best chance to be in the money when the eWorld Cup finally rolls around.