FIFA 21’s Festival of FUTball

International football has returned in the form of two tournaments taking place in parallel. In the eastern hemisphere we have the Euros 2020; in the west is the 2021 Copa America. Fifa has introduced a special event named Festival of FUTball to celebrate this occasion.

What is the Festival of FUTball?

The Festival of FUTball is an event based on the stars of international tournaments. This isn’t the first time this event has taken place, as a similar event was introduced on FIFA 18 for the 2018 World Cup. A squad was released after each “matchday”, followed by a Team of the Tournament combining all the best cards from the promo.

Path to Glory

One of the highlights of the latest Festival of FUTball is the Path to Glory Items. Essentially these are players have represented their national team at least once in their careers. This includes both the youth and the senior men’s national teams.

These Special Items upgrade based on the number of times their National Team wins from June 11, 2021, to July 16, 2021. The format for upgrade is as follows:

3 Wins = +2 OVR Upgrade

4 Wins = +1 OVR Upgrade

5 Wins = +1 OVR Upgrade

6 Wins = 5*/5* Weak Foot/Skill Moves Upgrades

For example, France won its first game against Germany last Wednesday, which gives the Antoine Griezmann Path to Glory player its first point. Although it tied with Hungary on Saturday, Antoine Griezmann will not receive a point since the entire event revolves around team wins, rather than individual performance. 

Path of Glory Team 1:

The first set of Path to Glory players arrived at the start of the Festival of FUTball event. The 1st team features some great new cards, and the added potential of getting better would make them lethal in FUT matches. Here are all the players from the 1st set of Path of Glory Items:

  • Kai Havertz (OVR 95)
  • Antoine Griezmann (OVR 95)
  • Phil Foden (OVR 94)
  • Marcos Llorente (OVR 94)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (OVR 94)
  • Marco Verratti (OVR 94)
  • Marcos Acuna (OVR 94)
  • Davinson Sanchez (OVR 93)
  • Vinicius Jr (OVR 93)
  • Serge Gnabry (OVR 93)
  • Yusuf Yazici (OVR 92)
  • Denis Zakaria (OVR 91)
  • Thorgan Hazard (OVR 90)
  • Alexander Golovin (OVR 90)

Path of Glory Team 2:

The second set of items in the Path of Glory series have been released. EA has stated that the Team 2 cards will start tracking from the same date as Team 1, so you won’t have to worry if they are released after a couple of matches. Similar to the 1st team, Team 2 features some of the best names of International Football. Here is the full list of players in Path of Glory Team 2:

  • Eden Hazard (OVR 95)
  • Roberto Firmino (OVR 95)
  • Paul Pogba (OVR 95)
  • Josef Martinez (OVR 94)
  • Alexis Sanchez (OVR 94)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (OVR 93)
  • Joao Felix (OVR 93)
  • Ben Chilwell (OVR 93)
  • Alvaro Morata (OVR 93)
  • Leandro Paredes (OVR 92)
  • Eder Militao (OVR 92)
  • Ante Rebic (OVR 91)
  • Nahitan Nandez (OVR 90)
  • Lukas Klostermann (OVR 90)

EA Sports release pitch notes on FIFA 21 FUT Launch Update

The FIFA Live content team have revealed more information on what to expect from FIFA 21 Ultimate Team this season.

It is only a matter of days before players can get their hands on FIFA 21. Early Access for EA Play members begins on October 1.

If you have pre-ordered the Champions or Ultimate Edition then you have access on October 6, three days before the worldwide release on October 9.

During these early access periods, players can earn special rewards.

Early Access special rewards

One of the rewards available to early access players is a set of Pre-Launch Objectives. This gives players the chance to earn a reward pack which contains an untradeable 80-84 OVR player pick and a 10 game loan TOTW player.

In addition to more time in Season 1, EA Play members can receive a Season XP boost to give them an upper hand.

Early access players will be able to experience Live FUT Friendlies first with the Three Nations themed Live FUT Friendly Challenge.

They will also have the first opportunity to experience Events with a head start in the Humans vs. Machine community event.

EA have decided to feature exclusive Ones To Watch content for the first time. This includes a OTW Player SBC and a OTW Player Pick Vote.

Ones To Watch players confirmed

Ones To Watch players are Live Player Items that upgrade based on real-world performances. EA have confirmed six players so far that will feature in OTW this season:

OTW Team 1 will be revealed and released on October 9 and OTW Team 2 will be revealed on October 14 and released on October 16.

Live FUT Friendlies

In the official pitch notes EA Sports stated: “With Live FUT Friendlies, we’re combining Squad Rules with the different House Rules in Friendlies, to create fun and diverse new ways to play that will be active for a limited time.

“Live FUT Friendlies will present a new way to interact with campaigns and player programs throughout the year. Completing certain objectives in Live FUT Friendlies will earn you unique rewards.”

For more information on the FUT 21 launch visit for the full pitch notes.

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