ANOTHER weekend of FUT champions is underway, giving FIFA 21 players the chance to test their skills against others.
The winners of the weekly contest get special rewards for their hard work – here’s when the next batch will be released.
FIFA 21’s FUT Champions is a competition held every weekendCredit: Alamy
What is FUT Champions?
FUT Champions is a competition held every weekend within FIFA 21’s online Ultimate Team mode.
Each player has the chance to play 30 matches against other opponents online, with winners announced at the end of the weekend.
Matches take place over 90 in-game minutes, and the more you win, the better your rewards.
There are no draws, so if you’re tied at the end of the 90 minutes, you’ll go to extra time and then penalties to decide a winner.
When does FUT Champions start and how do I qualify?
FIFA 21 launched on the PS5 and Xbox Series X this weekCredit: EA Sports
FUT Champions kicks off every Friday at 8am local time and finishes on Monday at 8am.
The latest iteration got underway this morning, and the next one begins (you guessed it) on December 11.
To qualify, you’ll need to earn 2,000 FUT Champions points by playing Division Rivals games or FUT Champions games.
You can then redeem those points for a spot in the competition on the home FUT menus. Head to the “Weekend League” widget and select “Redeem”.
It’s important to note that this will qualify you for the next available FUT Champions contest.
That means if one is already underway (as is the case today), you’ll be entered into the next one (December 11 in this case).
When do FUT Champions rewards come out?
PSG and French national team winger Kylian Mbappe is the cover star of this year’s FIFACredit: EA Sports
Winning FUT Champions games will earn you a rank, which in turn grants you access to all kinds of fun rewards.
They include player packs and coins that you can spend in FIFA Ultimate Team – as well as FUT Champions points.
For the most basic reward, you need to play at least five FUT Champions games.
Rewards are distributed every Thursday at 08:00 local time.
How much does FIFA 21 cost?
The Standard Edition of FIFA 21 sets you back around £49.99 on PS4 and Xbox One
Unsurprisingly, FIFA 21 doesn’t come cheap, and its three varying editions mean a difference in cost.
The Standard Edition sets you back around £49.99 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Meanwhile, the Champions Edition – which gives you three days early access, along with a host of Ultimate Team benefits – costs £79.99.
And the Ultimate Edition that also comes with early access and extra FUT rewards and packs, will make an £89.99 hole in your pocket.
What are the top 10 ratings in FIFA 21?
In FIFA 21’s trailer, they revealed that Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland’s famous celebration will be includedCredit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmliox1trPQ
The release of the FIFA 21 ratings is an exciting day for fans of the game and football.
With the ratings based on the footballers’ real-life attributes, it has often reignited the debate over who is the best in the world – and typically in the past decade or so, is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
FIFA 21 has sided with the Argentine, with the Barcelona star having an overall rating of 93.
That is just one ahead of his Portuguese rival as Juventus’ star man clocks in at 92.
The top ten for this year’s edition are:
- Lionel Messi – 93
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 92
- Robert Lewandowski – 91
- Kevin de Bruyne – 91
- Neymar – 91
- Jan Oblak – 91
- Virgil van Dijk – 90
- Kylian Mbappe – 90
- Mohamed Salah – 90
- Sadio Mane – 90
Here is the full top 100 FIFA 21 player ratings.
What are the new features on FIFA 21?
Just like every year, FIFA 21 brings in a raft of changes – including the improved crossing ability and career mode.
On the gameplay side, the Agile Dribbling system allows more creativity in 1-on-1 situations, while Positioning Personality improves in-game intelligence.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
You will get more control over the runs by your attackers to get in behind defences, while FIFA 21 have updated their collision system so you should get less hilarious gaffes and falling over by your players.
The Career Mode has also been given a much-needed overhaul, including the ability to simulate matches and take control of the key moments.
You can also teach new positions to your players in a revamp of the training system, while for the transfers, you’re able to make Loan-to-Buy offers along with being offered swap deals.
In other news, check out our Xbox Series X review.
We also took a look at the Xbox Series S.
And try the powerhouse Dell Alienware R10 gaming PC on for size.
What do you make of the new consoles? Let us know in the comments!
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