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FIFA 21 Icon Swaps #1 guide: objectives, rewards, Golden Goal rule

Published: 2/Jan/2021 4:11 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 23:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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The first batch of Icon Swaps for FIFA 21 are finally here, with EA SPORTS offering free versions of Nemanja Vidic, Ronald Koeman, Thierry Henry, and more as part of the trade and swap promo that has taken FUT by storm.

Icon Swaps were first introduced all the way back in FIFA 18, but as “FUT Swaps.” Back in the 2017 release, FIFA fans were able to collect high-rated cards for tokens.

In FIFA 19, the game changed; super-rare Icons became the currency of the swaps, and players were handed out free versions of their favorite stars. It soon became one of the more popular promos in Ultimate Team, with fans eagerly awaiting each batch.

EA made players wait a little longer than usual for the first batch in FIFA 21, but now it’s finally here, along with free versions of Henry, Koeman, and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s first Icon Swap promo, including all the free Icons available to unlock ⁠— there’s six this time around ⁠— all the swap challenges, expiry dates (don’t forget these!), and plenty more.

The new FIFA 21 Icon Swaps batch was officially unveiled on December 12.
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The new FIFA 21 Icon Swaps batch was officially unveiled on December 12.

Icon Swaps 1 objectives

The meat of the Icon Swaps are objectives, where you can earn “Swap Tokens” to trade for FUT rewards. Right now, eight Icon Swap objectives are live; five can be completed in the Friendlies playlist, while three more are available in Squad Battles.

These first eight challenges were available until Jan. 1, 2021. Following their expiration, more objectives were added to the Icon Swaps 1 list.

Batch 2 – live now!

Live FUT Friendlies (3)

  • Win 6 matches in the Live FUT Friendly: One League, with at least 7 First Owned Premier League players in your starting squad.
  • Score in 10 separate matches using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League.
  • Assist with a Through Ball in 5 separate matches using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League.

Squad Battles (6)

  • Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 Silvers players in your starting squad.
  • Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 UCL players in your starting squad.
  • Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 Liga NOS players in your starting squad.
  • Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 French players in your starting squad.
  • Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty using 11 First Owned players in your starting Squad.
  • Win 18 Weekend League matches.
Thierry Henry is the highest-rated Icon available in the first Swaps batch.
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Thierry Henry is the highest-rated Icon available in the first Swaps batch.

FIFA 21 Icon Swaps 1 rewards

EA SPORTS has put a number of different rewards up for grabs in Icon Swaps #1. These include mid and base Icons ⁠— just like last year ⁠— as well as super-rare Ultimate Team packs, random Icon packs, and high-rated gold players.

Right now you have two months to complete the challenges; EA has confirmed the first batch of Icon Swaps will last until February 12, 2021.

Here’s the full rewards list.

Icon Swaps reward Tokens
2x Ultimate Team Packs 2
5x 85+ Players Pack 3
25x 85+ Players Pack 5
Nemanja Vidic (CB, 85) 7
Base Icon Pack 8
Gheorge Hagi (CAM, 89) 9
Base or Mid Icon Pack 10
Davor Suker (ST, 87) 11
Mid Icon Pack 12
Ronald Koeman (CB, 91) 13
Frank Rijkaard (CDM, 90) 14
Mid or Prime Icon Pack 15
89+ Mid Icon Player Pick Pack 16
Base Icon Player Pick Pack 17
Thierry Henry (LW, 90) 17

Golden Goal: get Icon Swaps #1 done quickly

Right now, the first batch of Icon Swaps rewards are gated behind a 2021 lockbox, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to hurry through the first eight challenges right now.

You will have to play every game in the challenges ⁠— there’s 45 wins to tick off before you have your hands on all eight swap cards ⁠— but a community-driven effort is helping things at the moment: FIFA’s “Golden Goal” rule.

The rules for Golden Goal are simple; if your opponent scores the opening goal of the game in Live FUT Friendlies, slap that conceded button. Your rivals will do the same for you, and all competing players will get their 45 wins done quickly.

It does require a bit of honor (which not every FIFA fan has) but most players should stick to their guns on this, and it means you’ll burn through the challenges!

FIFA 21 players have been adhering to "Golden Goal" for the Icon Swaps challenges.
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Honorable FIFA 21 players have been adhering to “Golden Goal” for the Icon Swaps challenges.

So there you have it ⁠— Icon Swaps 1 are now available in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, so get cracking on those objectives! You’ll have your hands on Henry soon enough.

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How to complete Roberto Carlos ICON SBC in FIFA 21: solutions, cost, more

Published: 16/Jan/2021 5:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Roberto Carlos is one of the most desirable but expensive ICONs in FIFA 21, and EA SPORTS has given players a chance to unlock him by completing a series of SBCs. 

The man, the myth, the legend. Roberto Carlos is one of the greatest football icons of all time. The Brazilian full-back has won multiple domestic, international, and European titles. He’s also scored some of the best free-kicks the world has ever seen. 

Now, his quality lives on in FIFA 21, and he can be a handy addition to your team. He’s pretty expensive, but the latest series of SBCs make him more accessible than ever before. Let’s take a look at his stats and everything you need to unlock him.

Roberto Carlos ICON SBC in-game stats

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Stats for Roberto Carlos’ Icon card in FIFA 21.

Roberto Carlos is a well-rounded Full-Back. First and foremost, he has 86 defending and 86 physicality, which is solid. However, he also has a whopping 92 pace, which is often what FIFA 21 players care about the most.

What makes him special, though, is that he’s also valuable when attacking. Roberto Carlos has 83 shooting, 84 passing, and 81 dribbling. Let’s not forget about his insane free-kick accuracy, either.

Roberto Carlos ICON SBC price & requirements

Roberto Carlos normally sells for 1.3 to 1.4 million coins, which is a lot. However, it costs around 1.1 to 1.2 million to finish all the SBC requirements below, which is a little cheaper.

Plus, if you’ve got plenty of spare cards lying around, or you’re up for a challenge, there’s no reason to not give the Roberto Carlos ICON SBC a crack. Here is a list of all the details.

Born Legend

  • Rare: Exactly 11
  • Player Level: Exactly Bronze 
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Small Silver Players Pack

Rising Star

  • Rare: Exactly 11
  • Player Level: Exactly Silver 
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Jumbo Silver Pack

Top-notch

  • In Form + FUT-CHAMP Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Gold Players Pack

Nerazzurri

  • Number of players from Inter: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Premium Mixed Players Pack

El Hombre Bala

  • Number of players from Real Madrid: Min 1
  • In Form + FUT-CHAMP Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Prime Mixed Players Pack

Selecao

  • Number of players from Brazil: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Small Rare Gold Players Pack

League Legend

  • Number of players from LaLiga Santander: Min 1
  • In Form +  FUT-CHAMP Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 60
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Rare Mixed Players Pack

League Finesse

  • Number of players from Serie A TIM: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 55
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Rare Electrum Players Pack

88-Rated Squad

  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • Number of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: 1 Mega Pack

Roberto Carlos SBC solutions

Knowing the requirements is the first step. However, it’s much harder to actually do them, and players often throw away precious coins in the process. Fortunately, we’ve found a cheap solution for each squad down below, courtesy of FUTBIN.

Born Legend Solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

Rising Star solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

Top-notch solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

Nerazzurri solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

El Hombre Bala solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

Selecao solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

League Legend solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

League Finesse solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

88-Rated Squad solution

FIFA 21 Roberto Carlos SBC Solution

So, there you have it, folks! That’s everything you need to know to complete the Roberto Carlos ICON SBC in FIFA 21 for the least amount of coins. It’s expensive, but if you’ve got some spare cards lying around, it shouldn’t be too bad.