FIFA 21 won't include VAR and makes big celebration changes - Dexerto

FIFA 21 won’t include VAR and makes big celebration changes

Published: 3/Aug/2020 21:21 Updated: 4/Aug/2020 15:05

by Bill Cooney


Producers from EA Sports have come out and explained why FIFA 21 won’t include VAR, and why celebrations are being overhauled for the new title.

As usually happens around this time each year with the next FIFA title officially announced, players and fans have begun to look forward to the changes coming in the next installment.

According to Sam Rivera, lead gameplay producer at EA, said devs won’t be adding the controversial VAR system to FIFA 21, and has explained a bit why post-goal celebrations will work differently in the new title.

Adding VAR to a FIFA game seems to most fans like a bit of an oxymoron, since, as it’s a video game, it does a pretty decent job of calling offsides with the systems already in place.

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As any FIFA player will tell you, the game’s officiating crew probably doesn’t need any additional help from VAR.

“We know that VAR is very popular right now in football,” Rivera admitted. “Anyway, this year we decided to focus on other features that the community was requesting. We think that VAR, in terms of a video game, may not be adding as much as we wished.”

No VAR in 21 is cause for celebration for some players, but EA has updates in store for those as well, by removing two popular post-goal player reactions, and a reduction in the amount of time post-goal festivities will take up. The celebrations that are being removed are “Shh” where the player puts his finger over his lips in the shushing motion and the “A-OK” reaction.

“What really matters is we reduced the time that you have to celebrate,” he said. “We removed the ‘walk-back’; so after you score a goal, there was a celebration, then a replay, then you saw the player move back to the kick-off spot.”

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FIFA 21 won’t give you as much time to rub that last goal in your opponent’s face as before.

In addition to reducing the time for kickoffs, devs are also cutting down on how long it takes to set up for free-kicks, corners, and throw-ins in an effort to speed the pace of play up a bit.

“We are really focusing on making sure the flow of the game is short and then just to the point: playing the game,” he finished.

If you want to stay up to date on all the latest updates, and changes coming to FIFA 21, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the news as it happens for the upcoming installment.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 2/Dec/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 10, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

We’ll be honest right up front; this probably won’t be the best Team of the Week we’ve ever seen, but there’ll still be plenty of hidden gems in the squad nonetheless.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Barcelona’s Antoine Greizmann, and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman look to be the standout players – with plenty of solid, if unspectacular cards, also in the running for TOTW 10.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Team of the Week 10 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the tenth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 10 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 10 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.
Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 leaks

Three weeks ago, EA SPORTS accidentally revealed a number of upgraded players early, totally by accident. In TOTW 8 and 9, they were extra careful to avoid that mistake. TOTW 10, however, appears to have had the same fate befall it.

Twelve players across the starting TOTW lineup, and the sub bench, were revealed early in FIFA 21 through the Ultimate Team Weekend League player pick packs. The next Team of the Week isn’t released until Dec. 2, but the players arrived early.

Here’s the dozen leaked players who have already been found.

Leaked TOTW 10 players

  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Iago Aspas
  • Fabian Peña
  • Ruben Aguilar
  • Florian Neuhaus
  • Wout Weghorst
  • Dani Pacheco
  • Raphinha
  • Toko Ekambi 
  • Benoît Costil
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Benjamin Mendy

If more leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 10 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.
Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 10 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 10 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Sam Johnstone – West Bromwich Albion
  • Fernando Pacheco – Alaves
  • Angelino – RB Leipzig
  • Ruben Aguilar – AS Monaco
  • Gaetano Letizia – Benevento
  • Alessio Romangoli – AC Milan
  • Sean Morrison – Cardiff City
  • Ellyes Skhiri – FC Koln
  • Davy Klaasen – Ajax
  • Florian Nehaus – Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar
  • Miguel Veloso – Hellas Verona
  • Akihiro Ienaga – Kawasaki-F
  • Raphinha – Leeds United
  • Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
  • Philip Zinckernagel – FK Bodø/Glimt
  • Karl Toko-Ekambi – Lyon
  • Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
  • Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Salzburg
  • Mbaye Diagne – Galatasary 
  • Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona
  • Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg
  • Mama Samba Baldé – Dijon
Early TOTW 10 leaks seem to confirm Benjamin Mendy will be one of the IF cards this week.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 10. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!