FIFA 21 Pro Clubs adds AI customization, but there’s a catch

Published: 11/Aug/2020 17:04

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have finally unveiled the biggest changes they have made with FIFA 21 Pro Clubs, and at first glance it might seem like the new customization tools are perfect, although something appears to be missing. 

The game developers tweeted the pitch notes out on August 11. The mode was not afforded the same hype as others, though, as there was no buildup, no countdown reveal stream, and an absence of a trailer running through the tweaks made.

Instead, a whole load of information dropped right onto their official website. So, let’s run through those changes quickly.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs pitch notes: What’s changing?

AI customisation

Every wondered why you had to deal with the same AI players year in, year out? You’re not alone.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs
Here’s how AI customization will look in Pro Clubs.

In FIFA 21, you will be able to edit a load of things about each person on the park, meaning you could actually build a full team of players named after stars of Barcelona, Liverpool, or whoever. The full list of possible customizable features can be found below:

  • Kit Number
  • DOB
  • Preferred foot
  • Face
  • Skin tone
  • Eyes
  • Brows
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Ears
  • Hair/Facial hair
  • Kit fit
  • Accessories
  • Animations

There is one thing that you won’t be able to customize, though, and that’s the height of each person. This will be a real blow for the community if we end up with small defenders on the pitch and tall wingers, devoid of pace.

FIFA 21 batch of celebrations

Here are the first few celebrations that have been confirmed in the Pro Clubs pitch notes.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs celebrations
Celebrations have been a big talking point pre-release, with EA removing many due to “toxicity” concerns – like the shush.

Full list of confirmed celebrations below:

  • One Eye
  • Point to Sky
  • Ice Skating
  • Golf Swing
  • Matador
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3
  • Chest Thump
  • The Salute
  • Elbow
  • Show Respect
  • Big Man
  • Baby Girl

New tactics options

Pro Clubs has always lagged behind other modes in terms of the tactical side of the game. This year, that appears to be changing.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs tactics
Tactically, things look set to improve.

In an official statement, EA said: “Club Managers can now customize up to five preset tactics which can be found in another new tile under the ‘Manage’ section in Pro Clubs. Each preset tactic can have all five game plans customized (Ultra Defensive, Defensive, Balanced, Attacking, Ultra Attacking).”

The Pro Clubs menus will therefore include both an AI Players customization area, as well as a Tactics page – accessible to club managers. These instructions will impact your team’s play style, just like they do in Career Mode and Ultimate Team.

This isn’t all that EA SPORTS are announcing on Pro Clubs, stating more is to follow, but whether it’s an encouraging step or not we’ll leave to you to decide. For more FIFA 21 news, guides, and leaks follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK. 


How to complete James Tavernier FIFA 21 Headliners SBC: Solutions & cost

Published: 15/Jan/2021 16:12

by Connor Bennett


EA SPORTS have released a brand new Headliners SBC for an 86-rated version of Rangers defender James Tavernier. So, here’s how you can complete the Squad Building Challenge. 

Headliners have been in FIFA Ultimate Team for a few years, and they work in a similar way to One to Watch cards. If a player who has a Headliners card then gets a new special card which is higher rated, the Headliners version is automatically upgraded.

In FIFA 21, there have been two teams of Headliners released so far, with a few Squad Building Challenges – SBCs – thrown in for good measure too.

The newest SBC centers around Rangers right-back James Tavernier. The 29-year-old defender, who has had two in-forms in Ultimate Team already, has been bumped all the way up to an 86. So, here’s how you can get your hands on him.

Screenshot of James Tavernier's in-game stats on his Headliners card
Screenshot via FUTBIN
A look at Headliners Tavernier’s in-game stats.

James Tavernier Headliners SBC in-game stats & requirements

As you can see above, the boosted stats make Tavernier a pretty decent card to pick up, even if you haven’t built an SPFL or Rangers team. He can seamlessly fit into any team with English defenders, or ICONS, of course.

However, as you might expect, he doesn’t come all that cheap. You’ll have to build two teams to get Tavernier – each containing at least one Team of the Week player.

You can find the requirements for both, below:


  • Number of English players: Min 1
  • Number of in-form players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75

Top Form:

  • Number of in-form players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65

James Tavernier Headliners SBC cheapest solutions

Speaking of his actual price tag, according to FUTBIN, the total cost for Headliners Tavernier is between 180-190,000 coins, depending on whether you’re on Xbox, PlayStation, or Origin on PC.

However, to try and get you under that somewhat lofty price tag, we’ve got the cheapest solution for each part of the SBC below.

Team of FIFA cards for Tavernier SBC
Solution for the Top Form part of Tavernier’s SBC.
Team of FIFA cards for Tavernier SBC
Solution for the England part of Tavernier’s SBC.

Now, unlike the Player of the Month SBCs like Bruno Fernandes, you won’t have a full month to get the coins and cards needed to get yourself a Tavernier.

The card is only available in Ultimate Team until January 21, so make sure you act fast. And, let us know how you find Tavernier in-game by tweeting us a review over at UltimateTeamUK.