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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, ICON & gameplay details announced

Published: 23/Jul/2020 16:50 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 8:43

by Joe Craven


New Ultimate Team and gameplay information on FIFA 21 has been revealed along with a first-look trailer, so we’re going to run through the big talking points.

The arrival of a new FIFA game every Autumn has become a staple of millions of gamers’ calendars. While this year’s game is set for a slightly later release date, early October as opposed to late September, we finally had our first official look at FIFA 21.


The trailer latest, paired with new information about Ultimate Team, means players have a host of content to get excited about.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team changes

A series of official statements have been released, stating what will be different this time around.


“FUT Co-Op lets you team up with a friend and compete for rewards,” EA have announced. “Join forces in both Division Rivals and Squad Battles to earn weekly progress, and work towards brand new Co-Op Objectives that reward playing together beyond winning on the pitch.”

They also tease new ways to customize both kits and stadiums, saying that FIFA 21 will feature “new and expanded ways to customise your team’s look both on the pitch and in the stands.”

Eric Cantona, the legendary France and Manchester United midfielder, was also teased as an upcoming ICON to join the cast of incredible cards we saw in FIFA 20.


Finally, EA reiterated the possibility of carrying one club across consoles – from PS4 to PS5 or from Xbox One to the Xbox Series X. You can read more about Dual Entitlement in FIFA 21 here.

Mason Mount in FIFA 21
EA Sports
Gameplay is set for a big shake up in FIFA 21.

Gameplay details revealed 

Further to the Ultimate Team details, EA revealed a significant amount of gameplay changes and new features. A new ‘agile dribbling’ system will debut in FIFA 21.

EA’s description of the new feature states: “Faster footwork gives you more control and responsiveness in one-on-one situations, and new skill moves like the bridge dribble and ball roll fake turn provide you with the means to explode past defenders.”


Similarly, “positioning personality raises the importance of positional awareness. World-class forwards will hold their runs to stay level with the last defender to stay onside, playmakers will hunt for space to operate between the lines, while the best defenders will close down passing lanes more effectively to make it harder for the opposition to create opportunities.”

This, paired with the new ‘Creative Runs’ feature, makes it sound like EA were incredibly keen to place emphasis on AI improvements, something players have been fairly critical of in FIFA 20.

Joao Felix in FIFA 21
Joao Felix is a FUT Ambassador for FIFA 21.

The game devs appear to be striving to improve the realism of their game. Emphasis on ‘smoother encounters’ and the ‘fundamentals of football’ mean that certain gameplay mechanics will be set for change.

In a statement, EA say: “Manual headers, more balanced blocking, more intelligent passing, and increased responsiveness” will give us more control on and off the ball.

Players will be hoping FIFA 21 can live up to the high bar set by the game’s reveal trailer. It certainly sounds like EA are striving to get the basics right in this year’s title.

Whatever happens to FIFA 21, you can keep up to date with all the latest leaks, news and reveals right here on Dexerto.


FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.


Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.


Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.


These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 1 Rewards
This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.


There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!


TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

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