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

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. 


FIFA 21 pro Tekkz hits FUT Champs Rank 1 but gets worst rewards ever

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:33 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 13:34

by David Purcell


Fnatic’s pro player Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt reached the highest possible rank in FIFA 21 FUT Champs Weekend League for Week 2, guaranteeing him an Ultimate TOTW pack full of special cards from Team of the Week 5. If you thought it was just you getting bad rewards, wait until you see this. 

Player picks and bonus packs are all part of the game in the Weekend League. Every competitor enters the arena with 30 games to play, and if you’re like Tekkz who secured a 30-0 record, you will secure yourself the top band of rewards one way or another.

Now, every week you will see screenshots of tremendous picks on social media, with members of the community boasting about who they managed to pack.

Well, it wasn’t one of those types of weeks for Tekkz, who had to walk out of the room after seeing his most valuable pack open.

FIFA 21 FUT Champions arena
FIFA 21 players play all of their games at the new FUT Champions Arena.

Worst ever FIFA 21 FUT Champs rewards?

On October 29, just two days before Halloween kicks off, Tekkz was given a terrible fright by opening his Ultimate TOTW pack.

This includes a full set of Team of the Week players, which typically have the best cards inside to reward somebody playing at such a high level. However, after choosing to open it up, almost instantly he said: “Was that not a walkout?” He walked away from his camera soon after, standing by his door.

There are ways to notice right away if you have a walkout, seen here in our handy guide, and clearly the Fnatic pro knows his stuff.

As he looked back at the screen, he froze. It wasn’t Joe Gomez. It wasn’t Federico Valverde, and certainly not Wilfred Zaha. Staring back at him was the In-Form Jean-Pierre Nsame, from Young Boys, just 82-rated.

Just before the FIFA 21 FUT Champs pack opened somebody in the chat had suggested to save it, but he was confident Liverpool’s defender was going to be added to his team.

Right after he saw his pack, he branded the whole thing “bulls**t” and ended the livestream. This was supposed to be a moment for his followers to see a great player walk out of the pack, but it wasn’t to be.

He concluded: “I am going asleep boys, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m going asleep.”

A lot of people would do the same.