FIFA 20 issue might let Ultimate Team players score ghost goals - Dexerto

FIFA 20 issue might let Ultimate Team players score ghost goals

Published: 13/Apr/2020 8:32 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 10:22

by David Purcell


FIFA 20 bugs don’t get too much attention if they’re impacting Career Mode or other offline games, but this new issue in Ultimate Team appears to be awarding goals for shots that don’t hit the back of the net.

Now, we don’t have to lecture Weekend League players, or those playing Squad Battles and Division Rivals, about the importance of getting some luck from time-to-time. Last minute winners, dubious decisions, and making fine margins count is what the game mode is all about.


With that being said, having goals awarded where it looks like it shouldn’t stand is surely the worst thing that could possibly happen to you in a match. Just when the game’s detractors thought things couldn’t get much worse, well, another annoying bug looks to have reared its head.

When you see players running away in celebration after taking a shot, you would expect to see the ball in the net. Not this time.

Ghost goals are something of myth and legend in the FIFA series. Everybody has a friend who claims to have scored one, but doesn’t have the footage to back it up, raising suspicions about whether or not it actually happened. It’s been a recurring thing over the years.


Some Redditors might think one user – asapthac – has scored one, as they recorded and shared a clip online. In what was jokingly dubbed as a “Goal of the Day” submission, the player makes a successful string of passes from back to front, quickly putting their opponent in a compromising position.

As one of the forwards receives it on the right side, they come back inside and unleash an effort at goal, only to see the ball not land in the net. That didn’t stop the player, and his teammates, from celebrating though – as a goal was given.

Goal of the Day submission from FIFA

Without the privileges of a Video Assistant Referee to help the referee, the goal was awarded as if everything looked totally normal, but any player would understandably question the decision as it doesn’t exactly look clear cut the first time you see it.


Quickly skipping the replay, the poster pulled ahead 3-2 in the Division Rivals bout. On closer inspection, it does look more like a visual problem than a game-breaking bug, which is reassuring. The ball does seem to cross the line, based on the one angle we have, slowed down. With the goal given, this issue might not have wrongfully impacted this match, but it certainly shouldn’t look this.

Some members of the community have seen problems like this before. “This happened to me on Career Mode a few FIFAs ago. Angled shot and wide, but given as a goal. Ridiculous that it still exists now,” one user said, while another jokingly added: “That’s fully rancid. I’ve broken a controller for less.”

It’s unclear as to how common this glitch is in FIFA 20, although it’s clearly impacting online and competitive modes. It could cause disputes between online players, too, if a goal is to be allowed to stand that looks like it shouldn’t be.


If goals are being recorded even when the ball isn’t nestling as it should, who knows, this bug could also disallow goals that do appear to go in as well. Whether or not EA SPORTS are working on a fix for the shooting visuals remains to be seen.


FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale


With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.


As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

Nathan Ake Manchester City FIFA 21
Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.


Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

AC Milan FIFA 21
A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.


We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.


Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.

In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.