FIFA 20 Ultimate Team: New features, House rules, Season objectives, FUT Friendlies, Champions League, Icons – Drogba, Zidane, Pirlo & more

FIFA Ultimate Team news is here - but what is EA bringing to the table for FIFA 20?

FIFA Ultimate Team is one of the most important features in the game, with this area receiving the most attention and time from the developers. With the insane popularity of Ultimate Team, this draws a lot of criticism when something goes wrong. Any serious player must play on FUT.

Mystery Ball

Easily the most intriguing of the House Rules coming to Ultimate Team in FUT Friendlies.

Changing each stoppage of play, the ball gives the attacking side boosts across the board – adding an element of unpredictability to every match.

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Season Objectives

Earn XP. Level up. Get rewards. Progress and personalise your club with the redefined Objectives system in FUT 20.

Make your club truly unique with new options for customisation, including kits, crests, Stadium Themes, Tifos, and celebrations, unlocked via Season Objectives.

FUT Friendlies

Take your FUT team into new House Rules in FUT Friendlies, a new and more social way to play against your mates and the FUT community.

The first of the four new additions is Max Chemistry. This game mode will allow players to create their ultimate team, without the worry of finding chemistry. Each player will receive 10 chemistry regardless of their position or links, allowing players creativity to run free.

The second FUT exclusive game mode is Swaps. This game mode will undoubtably cause some rifts as the game will randomly select three players from each player’s team and swap them ahead of kick off.

There are no restrictions to these swaps either, your worst three players could be replaced by your opponents best three and it would be totally fair. Scoring against your opponent with their player also awards you two goals instead of one, talk about rubbing salt in the wounds.

Each game of Mystery Ball will be 100% random. Every time the ball goes out of play the game will randomly select a new mystery ball type, each with a custom goal range, ranging from 1 to 3 goals. 

The ball will also randomly boost one key attribute of the player in possession. Players will hope to receive the All Ball, which boosts everything at once! This game mode will also be available in Kick-Off and Pro Clubs.

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The 'King of the Hill' game mode will reward those who can keep hold of the ball. There will be a random ‘control zone’ that will appear in the attacking half of the pitch. The longer a player can keep the ball in this ever shrinking the zone the higher their goal meter will fill. With a maximum of three goals per zone, keeping hold of the ball in the buildup to goals will go a long way to victory in this game mode. This game mode will also be available in Kick-Off and Pro Clubs.


Starting with the brand new icon card in the game, fans will be able to play with juiced-up versions of Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo and Ian Wright for the first time.

EA have now confirmed four of the nine mystery icons. 

Ian Rush, John Barnes, Garrincha and Hugo Sanchez will all feature in FIFA Ultimate Team. 

We will keep you updated as the other faces are revealed. 

Season Objectives

For the past two FIFA titles daily objectives and weekly objectives have allowed users to get special items or extra coins as a result of completing fairly simple, mundane and repetitive tasks. 

Although this was a great addition, the excitement quickly disappeared as they became more of a chore to complete. 

Special card items can now be rewarded after completing tasks related to the special card in-game. For a OTW Jovic you would need to score with a Serbian player, and score a certain amount of finesse shots along with other tasks before you can receive your reward.

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With Milestone objectives, smashing your opponent 5-0 will now mean more as every type of goal can contribute to rewards in the long run. You can then show off your rewards in-game with special cards such as a 16-bit ball and many more items.

Get rewarded for Milestone moments in your FUT Club’s journey with long-term goals to aim for throughout the season.

From players to packs to new club customisation options, upgrade your club with different rewards all season long.

EA will make sure there are different rewards so that completing the objectives never feel boring. 

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Bulk quick sale of consumables

Revealed in The Pitch Notes, EA have added an option to allow the bulk quick sale of consumables in your club. When browsing your club consumables you will have the option in the quick sell menus to remove multiple items at the same time. 

This means that every time you redeem packs, you can swiftly clear any of the consumables you don’t need and top up your FIFA coins balance, and head straight to the transfer market to spend your new cash.

We are yet to see how the bulk quick sale of consumables will be implemented – but the new FUT layout look slick Of course, it is all not good news.

With players now more likely to have more coins spend because of this, this is likely to cause transfer market prices to go up – lengthening the price between the cheap and expensive players.

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We don’t know this for certain, but we will have to wait until the release of the game to see how much of an influence this has.

Better use of Champions League licenses

The new Champions League and Europa League licenses made their way to Ultimate Team for FIFA 19, but EA probably could have used them a little better. A Champions League item rated +1 higher than the base card was a bizarre and lazy move, with more man of the match cards surely the way to go. Combining the incredible FUT Icons with historic Champions League performances from down the years would certainly produce more excitement. Just imagine UCL versions of Ronaldinho or Steven Gerrard, or even of current stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

A Champions League Icon Moments Gerrard anyone?
 A Man of the Match Cristiano Ronaldo would be a hit

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Nintendo Switch improvements

Ultimate Team was stripped down on the Nintendo Switch, with the new Division Rivals not even featuring. No Frostbite engine meant there was even less to shout about on the at home or handheld platform and knowing that the Switch can run it, it would be a huge surprise to not see it appear, or a greater custom engine on FIFA 20. Less people have the Switch than PS4 or Xbox One, but give the public a reason to get one by updating FUT for Switch.

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Alastair Pusinelli

First console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed 2 / Currently playing: Football Manager 2020