*UPDATED* FIFA 20 Pre-Season GUIDE: FIFA 21 Impact Explained, UCL & UEL Road to the Final Cards, Best Of, TOTY, TOTS, SBCs, Objectives, Loading Screen, News & more

EA’s title is set to go out with a bang whilst getting us warmed up for the next instalment in October.

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Pre Season Countdown

FIFA 21 is still a couple of months away, but you can already begin your quest for greatness in Ultimate Team.

The Pre-Season promo offers you the opportunity to unlock FIFA 21 content early, giving you that little bit extra to play for!

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Latest News – RTTF Greenwood SBC!

We have another new SBC to add to the Pre-Season roster, and it’s a biggie!

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has received a 94-rated card as the Red Devils booked their place in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

Greenwood Card
WONDERKID! Mason has been on fire for the Red Devils lately!

The SBC will only last for two days though, so you better act fast!

RTTF Mkhitaryan & Fati!

We got not one, but two brand new Road to the Final cards available in-game!

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Armenian Hero! Henrikh will be hoping to provide the spark for Roma as we enter the latter stages of the Europa League.

Representing the Europa League is Roma’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan – available via the SBC market, whilst we have Barcelona’s Ansu Fati as the latest player to grind for in the Season Objectives!

First FIFA 21 Objectives!

EA has awarded each FUT user a five-player TOTY loan pack, the contents of which you will need to use in order to complete the new ‘Pre-Season’ objectives.

Completing the objectives will earn you a Rare Players Pack for your current club, and a five-match, 500 coins and a coin boost for when you get started in FIFA 21!

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HEADSTART – Completing these objectives gets you rewards in both FUT 20 & FUT 21

The objectives are as following:

  • Play 3 matches in any FUT game modes with at least 3 TOTY players in your starting squad
  • Score 2 goals with TOTY players in any FUT game mode
  • Assist with a TOTY player in any FUT game mode

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What is the Pre-Season Promo?

According to the official press release from EA, Pre-Season will “breathe new life into the UEFA Champions and Europa League Road to the Final as those competitions prepare to restart, all the while table-setting for a tremendous year of FIFA 21 to come.”

Pre Season Promo Twitter
European Football! The new promo features heavily around the return of Europe’s elite competitions.

Much like the Summer Heat promo, there will not be a squad of players going into packs, rather centring on how player can finish FIFA 20 strong and get a headstart on FIFA 21.

Pre-Season Highlights

Here’s the top-line features from the Pre-Season promo:

  • Objectives and SBCs allowing users to unlock both FUT 20 and FUT 21 rewards
  • Upgrades for Champions League & Europa League special items still competing in the tournaments
  • Obtainable new Road to the Final UCL/UEL items
  • ‘Champions League Showdowns’, the return of the popular Summer Heat SBCs where players will get the choice of one player from one team in a real-life UCL match or a player from the opposing side – the team that wins’ player will get a +3 upgrade
  • More ‘Best of’ FUT 20 players in packs, including for the first time ever, the re-release of Team of the Year items after the initial TOTY campaign.

How does Pre-Season impact FIFA 21?

The Pre-Season promo will allow FIFA 20 players the opportunity to get a head start on their FUT 21 club by earning rewards that will help you get started when the game drops on Wednesday, 9 October!

Kylian Mbappe FIFA 21 cover star
POSTER BOY – Could we see any FUT content around FIFA 21 Cover Star Kylian Mbappe?

Completing selected Objectives and SBCs will allow users to unlock the following FUT 21 items:

  • x2 Coin boosts (5 games x 500 coins)
  • FUT 20 Icon Home Kit
  • FUT 20 Future Stars Kit
  • Anchor Chemistry Style
  • Engine Chemistry Style

READ MORE: FIFA 21 Ratings Predictions – Will Messi & Ronaldo’s dominance end?

These items will become available during the first two and a half weeks of Pre-Season, with plenty more to follow!

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Top Transfers

It is a Pre-Season promo after all!

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MONEY MOVES – Will we see a Timo Werner Chelsea card>

A selection of the most exciting moves of the summer will be showcased in FIFA 20, with special items released honouring those big money moves after they make the switch to their new club!

Halftime SBCs

We’ve not seen this before!

During the halftime breaks of select Champions and Europa League matches, EA will be releasing limited-time puzzle SBCs into FIFA 20.

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IMPACT – Grab a goal before the half and have yourself an SBC!

The rewards for these SBC’s haven’t been revealed, but we’re hoping for some big packs!

Champions League Showdowns

The Summer Heat Showdown campaign went down a treat during EA’s last promo and it’ll return in this Pre-Season promo.

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UCL Showdown! The new promo will follow a similar format to its predecessor

FUT players will get the choice of one player from one team in a real-life UCL match or a player from the opposing side.

The player from the winning side IRL will receive a +3 upgrade to an already boosted special card!

RTTF Tournament Boosts

It’s been a frustrating time for those of you who kept hold of those RTTF cards despite the long delay on the resumption of the elite European competitions.

Well EA have rewarded you for your patience! Any existing RTTF items from teams still competing in the Champions or Europa League will receive a +3 OVR ratings boost.

Federico Valverde RTTF 1
RTTF Valverde! Real Madrid’s Uruguayan midfielder is available now via SBC

These cards are still eligible for further upgrades depending on how far their teams progress in their respective competition.

READ MORE: FIFA 21 Ratings Predictions – Will Messi & Ronaldo’s dominance end?

There will also be new cards arriving via SBC’s and Objectives, but these will be part of the pre-existing Road to the Final promo, rather than brand new cards – with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde the first to drop.

Best of FIFA 20

The Pre-Season promo will be focusing on content that is already in-game, meaning that there will be no new squad arriving.

HE’S BACK – Trent’s 95 TOTY card returns as part of TOTW 43

There is also the addition of the ‘Best of’ which features the re-release of the Team of the Year items for the first time.

This has started with TOTY Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold being re-released as part of TOTW 43.

Find the full list of returning players here.

Loading Screen

The Pre-Season Promo loading screen dropped in Ultimate Team and gave away a few clues.

FIFA 20 Pre Season Loading Screen
LOOKS FAMILIAR: The Pre-Season promo looks similar to the FIFA 21 Cover Art

The standout feature is the TOTSSF and TOTY cards that are displayed, indicating that items will be returning as part of the promo.

READ MORE: FIFA 21 Career Mode – Everything we know so far

However, many eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the promo’s artwork bears a resemblance with the new FIFA 21 cover art.

This was the first clue that there was to be a tie-in with FIFA 21.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about FIFA 21

Phil Pangalos

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