FIFA 21 Winter Refresh countdown: FUT promo start time, predictions, leaks, cards

Published: 5/Jan/2021 16:30

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS are expected to launch a new Winter Refresh event in FIFA 21, and here’s everything you need to know about the FUT promo event. 

These limited-time events are what Ultimate Team club owners look forward to, with new packs being made available with special cards each time. The latest one was Headliners, which launched to end 2020 and bridge fans over to the New Year.

Now that those in-game festivities are behind us, including the Freeze event, it’s time to look forward.

When does FIFA 21 Winter Refresh start?

Headliners celebrate some of the best performers in world football across the season.
Winter Refresh will celebrate some of the best performers in world football across the season.

The Winter Refresh promo event is expected to start on February 12, and end around a week after.

Events start at 6pm GMT (5am AET, 10am PT, 1pm ET) in Ultimate Team.

This is not an official timeline as EA have not yet confirmed the event, though it’s likely accurate – give or take a few days – based on FIFA 20’s schedule.

What’s included in Winter Refresh?

There’s a number of changes players can expect to see as part of the Winter Refresh promo, based on last year’s event. This includes the following:

  • Ratings changes
  • New players 
  • Winter Refresh promo team 
  • ICON Moments 
  • Winter Refresh Objectives & SBCs

Winter Refresh card design

The card design for a number of new promo cards have been very similar to that of FIFA 20, so we don’t expect the FIFA 21 event to change too much. Examples of this would be the Road to the Final cards, which barely altered.

Here’s how they looked last year, with a cool blue color.

fifa 20 winter refresh team
Here’s how the promo team itself shaped up last year, with special cards.

Predictions for Winter Refresh 2021 – Ratings Upgrades

Base cards are typically given an upgrade between +1 and +3 in the Winter Refresh, so that trend is likely to continue. While 50 players were impacted by boosted ratings last year, there’s a chance that total changes this time around.

Below, we have included a handful of predictions – based on performances throughout the calendar year of 2020.

  • Jack Grealish
  • Ferran Torres
  • Hirving Lozano
  • Erling Haaland
  • Youri Tielemans
  • Heung-Min Son
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Moise Kean
  • Jan Oblak
  • Édouard Mendy
  • Jude Bellingham
  • Hakan Calhanhoglu
  • Wesley Fofana
  • Pedro Neto
  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Mitchel Bakker
  • Eduardo Camavinga
  • Alphonso Davies
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Luis Alberto
  • Bukayo Saka
  • Dominik Szoboszlai
  • Dejan Kulusevski
  • Marcos Llorente
  • Patrick Bamford
  • Wout Weghorst

FIFA 21 Winter Refresh Leaks

As of January 2020, nothing has been leaked for the event. Should any leaks surface, we’ll be the first to let you know.


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.