How to pre-download FIFA 21 before October 9 release date - Dexerto

How to pre-download FIFA 21 before October 9 release date

Published: 1/Oct/2020 8:12

by Isaac McIntyre


FIFA 21 is already available for pre-download ahead of the annual title’s October 9 release date ⁠— here’s everything you need to know to get ready ahead of time and be all set to jump right into the action when EA’s new game finally arrives.

The next FIFA title is just over the horizon ⁠— ten days away, to be exact ⁠— but some players are already able to get into the game early, or prepare their downloads ahead of time.


If you are on Origin (PC) and have an EA Play subscription, or EA Play Pro, you can download and preload FIFA 21 right now. The same applies to Xbox One players; got EA Play? Then FIFA 21 is already waiting to be downloaded on your console.

Here’s how to get it all ready:


How to pre-download FIFA 21

  • Turn on your PC or Xbox One.
  • Head to the official EA Play app.
  • Select the “FIFA 21” listing, and choose “Get.”
  • Head back to your game library.
  • FIFA 21 will now be listed among your owned games.
  • Select the FIFA 21 game, and load options.
  • Hit “Download Game.”
  • Head to your Downloads tab to double-check.
  • Once the download is finished, you’re good to go!
Spurs players celebrating in FIFA
FIFA 21 is coming out on Friday, October 9 make sure you’re ready early!

Things are a little different if you’re choosing to play FIFA 21 through either PlayStation 4 or on the Steam app on PC. Both these platforms are separate from EA’s rollout, and pre-download times are decided by Sony and Valve respectively.

FIFA 21 should be available to pre-download on both, of course, you may just have to wait before the option appears. Dexerto predicts this will happen sometime on Oct. 1. When it does, follow the above steps to set up your pre-download.

Here are the official FIFA 21 times for all pre-downloads:


FIFA 21 pre-download times

  • UK ⁠— 2pm (BST)
  • Europe ⁠— 3pm (CEST)
  • East Coast United States ⁠— 9am (EDT)
  • West Coast United States ⁠— 6am (PDT)
  • Australia ⁠— 11pm (AEST)
FIFA players battling for a header
Some FIFA fans should already be able to access the 2020 title, for gameplay or pre-download.

The full FIFA 21 release is on Friday, October 9. Players can also access the game early with EA Play, and will be given 10 hours to access the full title.

FIFA 21 Ultimate and Champions editions will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 6.


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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