There’s nothing outright explaining what this event will be, although most believe that it’ll be a way for players to unlock rewards they’ll be able to use in FIFA 21, which seems to be the likeliest scenario.
There is some debate about whether giving players the chance to earn rewards for FIFA 21 before the game releases is actually a good thing or if it could end up dampening player’s hype when the next game actually comes out.
Some argue that the Pre-Season promo, if it is what most people are theorizing, could make one of the most exciting parts of a new FIFA release in FUT – the initial grind to keep your team in tip-top shape – less important.
But the chances of EA giving out end-game cards this early on for FIFA 21 are slim to none for those getting worried, there will probably be some decent cards for sure, but nothing absolutely out of this world or overpowered.
Don’t expect a high-rated Kylian Mbappe card as part of the Pre-Season promo.
This event is coming at an interesting time in the FIFA 20 life cycle, since the July-August period is when things usually die down as players get ready for the beta, demo, and full launch of the next title.
However, FIFA 21 isn’t due to be released until October 6, a couple of weeks later than usual, so this is clearly an effort from EA to keep users interested and playing the current game a little longer, and what better way to do that than by linking it to the upcoming title.
EA took a slightly different approach this season and opened the voting for Team of the Year on Thursday, January 7 after announcing it the day prior.
With voting previously starting on Jan 7, we still don’t yet know when cards will start entering packs, though we would guess it could occur around the week of January 18, giving players time to vote on who they want to see in TOTY.
Just like last year, the voting process is pretty simple, and it’s just a case of heading to the Team of the Year website. On the website, you will see an empty 4-3-3 template, in which you can fill in your preferred goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, and attackers.
FIFA 21 TOTY card design
We already know what the TOTY Nominee card design looks like, as revealed in the promotional content above, but what about the Team of the Year cards themselves?
Unfortunately, the official TOTY card design has not been revealed as EA are likely waiting for the full team announcement to unveil the item. We’ll be sure to include that in here and also post it on Twitter as soon as it’s revealed.
Whatever it ends up being, it’ll be hard to top last year’s design, which was as majestic and elegant as a FUT card has ever been.
Card designs for TOTY in both FIFA 19 and 20.
FIFA 21 TOTY SBCs & Objectives
Although EA love to give lots of opportunities for players to unlock untradeable cards through SBCs and Objectives, don’t expect there to be many for TOTY, since those cards are so high-rated and powerful.
That said, there should be at least one SBC involving this promotion, maybe not for a specific card outright but a pack that guarantees one of the TOTY players. We’ll have more info for you here once the promo kicks off and EA reveals all the details.
What time does TOTY come out FIFA 21?
Currently, there’s no indication as to when TOTY comes out, and 2021 is following a different vein than the early event start of 2020, which started on January 15. We will be sure to update this piece with any further information as it drops, so make sure to check back often.
You can also let us know who you want to see given a nod for TOTY by tweeting us over @UltimateTeamUK.