FIFA 21 will finally bin Ultimate Team Fitness cards, according to FUT leak - Dexerto

FIFA 21 leak claims EA are planning to scrap Ultimate Team Fitness cards

Published: 29/Jul/2020 5:59

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS could be set to finally do away with FIFA’s divisive Ultimate Team fitness cards in FIFA 21, according to new rumors. The question is, will the FIFA publishers follow through with the long-demanded change?

FUT has plenty of “stocking stuffers” in its purchasable FIFA Packs, including training boosts, position swaps, player contracts, and fitness cards. There’s also items and staff cards, which often fill more than three-quarters of any one pack.

The most divisive ‘pack filler’ in Ultimate Team’s eleven-year history has, without a doubt, been fitness cards. FIFA 20 actually launched with a “fitness glitch” that all-but voided the feature, and some FUT fans still regard those early release months as the “greatest ever” period for the mode.

FIFA 21 could dump Ultimate Team fitness cards

Those same fans will be ecstatic, then, to hear EA SPORTS are now tossing up the possibility of axing the divisive fitness system altogether in FIFA 21, according to new rumors.

The potential leak, which was shared on Reddit, also mentioned a “set amount of games” for Division Rivals each week. This was also suggested by an EA insider, who has been sharing FIFA 21 Beta screenshots on Twitter this week.

Dexerto understands if these major fitness changes truly are locked in behind the scenes, the swap would come into effect when EA’s 2020 title releases in October. FIFA 20 would not be affected by these planned changes.

The change certainly makes sense too. EA stripped “fitness” out of their NHL ‘HUT’ mode years ago. Madden’s Ultimate Team went in the same direction; MUT now simply refreshes player stamina back to the max ‘99’ after every match.

EA has also gone one step further with MUT, removing contract cards as well. In their place, Madden players simply cop a 10% transaction fee on all market sales. That’s double the 5% surcharge in place in FIFA and the NHL series.

Madden has laid the pathway for FIFA 21 to remove fitness cards.
Madden’s Ultimate Team mode has laid the groundwork for FIFA 21 to remove fitness cards.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of telling just how true these rumors are until EA drops new gameplay updates. We’re expecting the publishers to unveil new FIFA 21  changes this month though, so an official announcement shouldn’t be far off.

The full FIFA 21 release should be available to play through early access in late September. It will then officially be released on October 9. Keep up to date with all the news and updates on the 2020 release on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 TOTY promo countdown LIVE: start time, predictions

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:56

by Isaac McIntyre


The wait is finally over ⁠— Team of the Year is here, with EA SPORTS confirming the long-awaited FIFA 21 promo is set to drop this week. Here’s what we know about the iconic Ultimate Team event, including start date and player picks, so far.

EA has taken a bit of a different road to get to the midway point of FIFA 21 promos this release, bringing in “Headliners” early, and swapping FUTMAS to “Freeze” and the popular Halloween promo Ultimate Scream to “Rulebreakers” instead.

However, all roads lead to Team of the Year eventually.

Now the iconic FIFA promo is here, bringing with it the absolute best cards Ultimate Team has to offer. These blue and gold cards are always the most sought after of the year, and often cause a massive market crash when they arrive.

This year should be no different too. Superstar names are already in the mix, including FIFA darling Kylian Mbappe, unstoppable goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, midfield maestro Kevin De Byrune, and plenty more.

Without further ado, here’s everything we know about TOTY 2021 so far.

Last year's Team of the Year was loaded to the brim with world-class players.
Last year’s Team of the Year was absolutely loaded to the brim with world-class players.

 When will Team of the Year 2021 begin?

Team of the Year has now been locked in to officially start this week. EA SPORTS has updated the Ultimate Team loading screen to reflect this countdown, confirming the promo will begin with the first card releases on Friday, January 22.

The iconic FIFA promo should ⁠— as in previous years ⁠— run through releases for strikers, midfielders, and defenders, before adding them all to packs for one final hoorah.

The event should run for just over a week, and end in late January.

There’s also a chance EA unveils the team on Friday, but leaves us salivating over the cards over the weekend. In that case, the promo could run into February.

Either way, according to the countdown on FIFA’s loading title, we’ll get our very first look at the promo at 6pm on Friday (GMT). Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK and @FutWatch, to see the news.

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TOTY predictions: who makes the 2021 lineup?

The annual TOTY team is the best of the best; eleven world-class footballers who transcended their peers and teammates across the 2020 calendar year.

The Ultimate Team promo begins with a lengthy list of around 70 nominees. Those contenders are then whittled down with a fan vote. This year, stars like Messi, Ronaldo, De Bruyne, Neymar, Van Dijk, Lewandowski, and Mbappe headlined the choices.

In 2020, two teams reigned supreme: Liverpool and Bayern Munich. The former were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years, while the German heavyweights defied a much-changed Champions League format to stake control over European football in a near-perfect campaign.

Each club defined a stop-start season, lifting trophies despite challenges.

Hopefully your Guaranteed Bundesliga TOTSSF SBC pack contains Robert Lewandowski.
Many think Lewandowski was robbed of a Ballon d’Or this year. His stellar year with Bayern Munich should make him a shoo-in for TOTY.

Expect plenty of picks from those two teams, though there’s a chance EA splashes in stars from Real Madrid, City, and Juventus too.

Here’s the TOTY picks the Dexerto team submitted this time around:

Possible Team of the Year lineup

  • Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
  • Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
  • Heung-min Son (Tottenham)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
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Here’s our predictions for FIFA 21 TOTY. Will this be the official lineup?

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s iconic Ultimate Team promo, Team of the Year, so far. This is arguably the biggest event of the FUT calendar so make sure you’re ready with plenty of packs, coins, and SBC fodder.

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.