FIFA 23 World Cup mode leaks: Everything included in Ultimate Team update

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FIFA 23 World Cup content has appeared via leaks and even in Ultimate Team. Here is exactly what to expect from the exciting Qatar 2022 update.

In the blink of an eye, EA’s announcement that they will be ending their partnership with FIFA and will be rebranding their take on virtual football has stunned the world. Starting in 2023, the long-running football sim will begin its transition to the EA SPORTS FC name.

This has raised many questions with a key one being whether or not FIFA 23 will contain a World Cup mode. To celebrate the World Cup, EA traditionally customizes the game to feature the World Cup teams and format with the full presentation.

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Given the game’s limbo state moving forward, will EA still include a World Cup mode in FIFA 23? Here is everything we know so far.


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It seems unlikely that EA SPORTS FC will feature the World Cup going forward.

Will FIFA 23 have a World Cup mode?

For those wondering whether or not a World Cup mode will feature in FIFA 23, the answer to that question is yes. 

In the company’s official statement regarding the switch over to EA SPORTS FC, they clarified: “EA SPORTS FC will allow us to realize this future and much more…but not before we deliver our most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year. We are committed to ensuring the next FIFA is our best ever, with more features, game modes, World Cup content, clubs, leagues, competitions, and players than any FIFA title before.”

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So, expect to see the usual fully-fledged World Cup add-on in Ultimate Team in which players can pack special players and use them in bespoke international competitions and game modes in FUT.

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Who will hold the World Cup trophy aloft in 2022?

FIFA 23 World Cup mode leaks

This October, a number of World Cup leaks have surfaced, revealing details on what to expect from possibly FIFA’s last official collaboration with EA.

On October 12, a major leak revealed World Cup Icons, Path to Glory cards, and other themed content would arrive in the add-on. FUT Swaps, Squad Building Challenges, new stadiums, and all World Cup nations being made playable will also be included – according to FUT Donk.

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Since those posts surfaced, EA appeared to accidentally add the mode to FIFA 23 Ultimate Team before they should have done.

In fact, FUT Mentor spotted it on PS5 within hours of the leaks appearing online. As the video shows below, nothing works – which is to be expected, as the game mode hasn’t been activated officially by the developers.

When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Just in case you’re not up-to-date with the 2022 World Cup happenings, the competition is going to be a strange one as it will commence in Qatar on November 21, 2022 — during the middle of the regular season for most clubs.

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The reason for this is that temperatures in the country would be too hot for football in the Summer and a November/December World Cup will be better for the players.

This will result in an unavoidable clash between regular Ultimate Team content, interrupt annual promotions, and give EA some challenges to overcome.

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