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When does FUT Champs start in FIFA 21? Weekend League schedule

Published: 3/Oct/2020 13:36

by Connor Bennett


The start of the FIFA 21 year means another season of FUT Champs, but when will it finally get underway? Well, here’s everything we know.

When it comes to facing off against the best of the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, you can grind your way through Division Rivals to reach Division 1. That’ll give some bragging rights, as well as rewards, but you’ll want to higher – specifically, FUT Champs. 


FUT Champs, or Weekend League as it’s known to many, gives you the chance to grind through 30 games while playing against the cream of the crop on your chosen console. 

With the FIFA 21 year underway thanks to EA Play and early access, some fans have been asking when FUT Champs will get underway again. So, here’s what we know so far. 

FUT Champs is where the best FIFA players go head-to-head.

FIFA 21 FUT Champs Weekend League start date

Some players might have expected the FUT Champs Weekend League to start during the EA Play early access period but as we’ve seen, that isn’t the case. 

Instead, it is believed that EA will bring back the Weekend League when FIFA 21 is available to everyone. That should mean that the first round of FUT Champs starts on Friday, October 9

If it doesn’t get underway on that weekend, EA might be giving everyone a week or so to get to grips. That would mean that the FUT Champs Weekend League starts a week later on Friday, October 16, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 

Kylian Mbappe laying down in FIFA 21
FIFA 21 is here, but FUT Champs isn’t just yet.

FUT Champs Weekend League rewards in FIFA 21

EA are keeping the 30 games system in place for FIFA 21, but they have already confirmed one big change to FUT Champs as they’ve expanded the Top 100 to Top 200. 

That means that you’ve got more chance of getting the top tier rewards if you can prove you’re a part of the elite club of FIFA players.

How to qualify for FUT Champs in FIFA 21?

Don’t worry about changes to qualifying for FUT Champs, either, the formula that you know and love will be sticking around. 


You’ve got to rack up 2,000 points through Division Rivals games and then trade that in for access to the Weekend League. Get a high enough rank in FUT Champs and you’ll be able to stick around for automatic qualification. 

As noted, the start date for the first round of FUT Champs isn’t yet confirmed, and it’s based on speculation right now. 


Once that changes, we’ll update this piece, but you can also find the latest news and updates about FIFA 21 over on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.


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.