Early Access

FIFA 21 releases on October 9, 2020, but you can play it from October 6 by pre-ordering it, or even from October 1 if you are a member of EA Play service.

Here you can learn how to play FIFA 21 prior to its release date with the possible early access methods. We review the ways you can download FIFA 21 in advance and play it first.


Pre-Order Method

By pre-ordering the FIFA 21 (only Champions and Ultimate Editions), you can download, receive and play FIFA 21 three days in advance, which means you can download and play FIFA 21 on October 6, 2020.

The game will be available from October 1 for pre-loading and will be playable from October 6 at 12am (your store region’s time).

FIFA 21 pre-order is available from 18 June to 9 October. Check out the FIFA 21 Pre-order options at www.fifplay.com/fifa-21-buy

Pre-order Early Access is not available for the Standard Edition of FIFA 21.


EA Play (EA Access) Membership

EA Play and Origin Access members are eligible to download and play FIFA 21 on October 1, 2020.

EA Play (previously known as EA Access) is available on Xbox and and PS4. The membership will allow you to download and play ten hours of FIFA 21 gameplay one week in advance. The same offer applies to the Origin Access members on PC.

The game is available to pre-load and play from 1 October 2020 (6pm UK) on EA Play app.

Limitation

The early access to FIFA 21 for EA Play members will be limited to 10 hours of gameplay from 1 to 9 October. After Oct 9, you can continue playing it only if you have already purchased or pre-ordered a copy of FIFA 21.

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Companion App

The FIFA 21 Companion App is available as an update for those who have FIFA 20 Companion app installed on their device. Below is the list of FUT 21 Companion App:

  • Season Objectives
  • SBC Protection that prevents submitting one of your squad players by mistake
  • The addition of Custom Tactics
  • Club Customization management
  • The ability to add players to the Transfer List directly from the Transfer List

How to Download

Features and Description

The FIFA 21 Companion App lets you manage your FUT 21 Club on the go. Prepare your squad for your next big match, sign your next star on the Transfer Market or redeem rewards to help take your Club to the next level, all without logging onto your console. With full integration between the Companion App, Web App, and your console, your Club will always be up to date, regardless of where you play.

Club Management

From signing your next star player on the Transfer Market, to tweaking your Custom Tactics to changing your Club’s look with new customisation options, get your squad ready for the next big match while on the go with the FUT Web App.

Transer Market

Buy and sell Players with the global FUT Community in the Transfer Market to help take your team to the next level.

Squad Building Challenges

Exchange spare Players in your Club to unlock new Players, Packs, or Club Items with Squad Building Challenges (SBCs). All-new SBC Player Protection means that you’ll never accidentally submit your star Player again.

New to FUT 21 – Season Objectives

Check in on your Season Objectives progress, see how far away you are from your next goal, and even tick off certain tasks using the App.

Get Rewarded

Claim rewards for your progress in Weekend League, Division Rivals and Squad Battles without having to log into your console. Redeem your FUT Champions Points directly from the App to ensure you never miss out on your entry into the Weekend League.

 


How to Get Started with FIFA Companion App

The FIFA 21 Companion App requires you to have an EA Account, a copy of FIFA 21, and a FIFA Ultimate Team Club. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Switch Accounts are not supported in the FIFA Companion App.

To connect your account, log in to FIFA 20 on your console or PC. Then:

  • Go to FIFA Ultimate Team mode and create your FUT Club
  • Create a FUT Security Question and Answer on your Console or PC
  • Log in to your EA Account from the FIFA 20 Companion App on your compatible mobile device

Supported Languages

FIFA 21 Companion app is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian-Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Arabic, Mexican-Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

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Division Rivals

FUT Rivals is an online game mode that features 10 divisions, each one with six ranks. Each week in Division Rivals is an entirely different competition. You get promoted or relegated depending on how much skill rating you acquired throughout the week and you can earn rewards at the end of it. Obviously, the higher is your division, the better are the rewards. Your weekly score determines your rank within the Division, and a higher rank means a better choice of rewards when the competition ends. For the four top ranks, you always have the option to choose from coins, tradeable packs or untradeable packs. You don’t need to redeem your rewards in the week they are assigned to you. They can be stored to be opened later. They don’t expire. New FIFA 21 FUT Rivals rewards are delivered every Thursday. All release times shown in this page are indicated in the UK time zone.
What is the skill rating?
It’s exactly what it sounds like — a way to rate your skills, or performance, in FIFA 21 Rivals overall. With every match you play, your Skill Rating will change. It will increase or decrease based on how you do in your matches.
Whats the purpose of the skill rating?
Your Skill Rating determines which Division you’ll compete in each week within Division Rivals and is part of the matchmaking system in Division Rivals.
How does the skill rating change?
Every match you play in Division Rivals will determine any changes to your Skill Rating. Win a match and your Skill rating will probably go up; lose a match and it will probably go down. The amount that it changes depends on both your Skill Rating as well as your opponent’s. If you win a match with someone that has a higher Skill Rating than you, yours will go up more than if you won against someone with a similar or lower Skill Rating. If you draw, your Skill Rating could go up, down, or not change at all. That’s because if your opponent has a lower Skill Rating, then yours will drop. If their Skill Rating is about the same as yours, it might stay right where it is. If their Skill Rating is higher than yours, your Skill Rating could go up.
What is my weekly score?
Weekly Score is just what it sounds like — it’s the score you’ve gotten in a weekly competition of FUT Division Rivals. It’s used to determine your Rank in your Division as well as what rewards you can choose from at the end of the weekly competition.
How can I reach a higher rating?
For each match you play, your skill rating is increased but you also receive Weekly Points. These points are used to determine your rank within the Division, and a higher rank means a better choice of rewards when the competition ends.
How do rewards work in Division Rivals?
Each weekly competition will have a set of rewards available for each Division, with different rewards available for each Rank within the Division. Once the weekly competition ends, and assuming that you had a Weekly Score for that week, you will have earned a reward.
How good are the rewards?
Generally, they are worse than Weekend League rewards but better than Squad Battles ones.
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Community Events

With Community Events, each player who completes Objectives in specified groups will contribute to a global XP pool. As this pool grows, the community will progress towards thresholds that unlock rewards for everyone who’s completed at least one objective in the event. They always start and end at 6pm (UK time zone).
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Daily Objectives

At least three new objectives are released every day at 6pm (UK time zone), as part of Season Objectives. Complete dynamic Daily Objectives in-game or in the web & companion app to earn XP. From squad management goals to dynamic in-match challenges, the harder the challenge, more XP you’ll receive and the higher are your chances to win a better season reward. If you don’t claim your rewards before the Objectives reset, EA’ll automatically add them to your Club and you will be informed by a pop-up. Don’t forget that by completing a daily group, you will receive extra XP.
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Foundations Objectives

Replacing Manager Tasks and Starter Objectives, the FIFA 21 Foundations Objectives were created to help the new FUT players to learn how this game mode works. With organized learning objectives grouped together by subjects such as trading, team building and chemistry, these objectives are always available since the first day.
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Weekly Objectives

Complete the objectives in-game or in the web & companion app to earn new rewards. From squad management goals to dynamic in-match challenges, the harder the challenge, the better the reward you’ll receive. Complete all the rewards from a single group to earn an extra reward and unlock the advanced group. If you don’t claim your rewards before the Objectives reset, EA’ll automatically add them to your Club and you will be informed by a pop-up. In case you miss one week’s objectives they will stay active in the game for a 2nd week, with the exception of the last week of a season which will expire when the Season does. New FIFA 21 Weekly Objectives are released every Friday at 6pm (UK time zone).
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Team Events

In FIFA 21 Team Events, you can collaborate and compete by completing objectives in-game to unlock rewards as a community. All you have to do is to choose to support one of up to five teams, each with their own set of objectives and rewards. Competitions are balanced based on which Team’s members are contributing the highest XP on average for the event. At the end of the competition, all teams are rewarded but the winner takes the best prizes. The types of rewards available will change with each event throughout the year. These events always start and end at 6pm (UK time zone).
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Squad Building Challenges (SBC)

What are SBCs?

FIFA 21 SBC is a single-player game mode within FUT. Playing it, the players have new opportunities to get creative, submitting squad building challenges and earning decent rewards.

Since when do SBCs exist?

Squad Building Challenges were released for the first time ever in FIFA 17. Since then they become very popular.

Why were SBCs created?

One of the aims of the Squad Building Challenges game mode is to allow players make use of cards they don’t need or leave rotting in their clubs, completing challenges and earning rewards for it.
Where can I use this mode?
You can use your console, PC or the Web/Companion App to complete challenges and earn in-game rewards.
How do I start?
The first time you select Squad Building Challenges, a tutorial will appear explaining how to complete your first challenge group. Once this tutorial has been completed, you’ll need to select one of the many Challenges available to you to work towards completing.
What happens to the items I submitted?
Pay attention because this is particularly important: you will not be able to get back the cards that you use in the Squad Building Challenges. Think wisely about which players you select – you will give up all player items that are part of the challenge once you submit your team.
Can I change the formation?
No. Formations are locked for each challenge.
What are the rewards?
Completing Challenges and Groups give access to several rewards. The individual challenges themselves are rewarded with FUT packs, coins, player items and kits, while completing groups gives access to even bigger rewards like unique player items.
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Squad Battles

What is Squad Battles?

FIFA 21 Squad Battles is a single player game mode where you take on other squads from the FUT community, to earn rewards and move up the leaderboards.

 

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FAQ

Should I play FUT Champions or Squad Battles?

FUT Champs has much better rewards but Squad Battles is also a good option for who doesn’t like to play against real opponents or doesn’t have a good connection.
Can other players play against my squad?
Yes, it may happen if you have played at least one match on Squad Battles, Draft (online and single player), FUT Champions or Division Rivals.
What are Battle Points?
Battle Points are earned at the end of each Squad Battles match. They are used to determine your Rank in the weekly Squad Battles competition.
How does ranking in Squad Battles work?
In Squad Battles, the Battle Points you earn during the week determines your Rank in the weekly competition. Each Rank can only hold a certain percentage of the players competing in Squad Battles during the current weekly competition. Ranks are determined by the average score among all competitors. To get the highest rank, you will need to earn more Battle Points than all other players in the weekly competition. The percentage breakdown of each Rank can be seen in-game.

If you are one of the Top 200 players in a weekly Squad Battles competition, you’ll earn rewards based on your position in the Top 200.

How good are the rewards?

Generally, they are much worse than Weekend League and FUT Rivals rewards.
Can I save my rewards for later?
Sure. You can save your rewards to be opened when the best special items are available in packs.
How many games can I play for a week?
You can play unlimited matches but only 42 will count for your ranking: the first 40 against other squads from the FUT community and the last match against the featured squad and the TOTW.
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