FIFA 21 Career Mode: New features, wishlist, PS4, Xbox Series X, Training, Transfers & more

The popular offline game mode saw a number improvements last year, but how will EA build on that?

Phil Pangalos by Phil Pangalos

Next season seems very far away with no clue if the current campaign will even finish.

However, whenever it does roll around, it will thankfully bring FIFA 21.

Career Mode fans grind hour after hour to take their club to glory, but what’s coming for FIFA 21?

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FIFA 20’s successes

FIFA’s Career Mode has drawn criticism for years, seemingly losing more features than its gained over the past decade or so.

IMMERSIVE – EA levelled up for FIFA 20 Career Mode

That all changed for FIFA 20, with EA bringing in press conferences, dynamic player potential and on-field repercussions of player morale to make each player’s experience bespoke.

Was either of this groundbreaking? Not really. It’s time EA roll their sleeves up and get dirty with Career Mode for FIFA 21.

What to expect from Career Mode

The improvements last year proved EA has turned their attentions towards innovating Career Mode, and so we fully expect the game developers to build on these additions.

READ MORE: FIFA 21 trailer and gameplay features

As FIFA 21’s release is still far away, there is currently no confirmed news on what will be coming in the next instalment of Career Mode – however, we have some predictions that would make fantastic additions.

What we want to see

There are several features we want to see from FIFA 21 Career Mode.

Improved communication with the Board

Board objectives are sometimes unattainable, unbalanced and non-negotiable.

For example, there is no scope to inform the board you’d rather focus on Premier League success, but you’ll be sacrificing your FA Cup run to save player fitness.

ONE WAY STREET: Currently the board share their demands, but you can’t respond

Also, transfer funds requests could be more in-depth, allowing you to promise certain achievements if the board were to allow you to sign a certain player.

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Evidently, there are so many features that could improve board communications.

FIFA 21 doesn’t need to go after all aspects of it, but a step towards better communications with the board would be very helpful.

Customisable Kits & sponsorship deals

There’s no better feeling as a Career Mode player than when you’ve taken your League Two club all the way to the bright lights of the Champions League.

However, it’s a bit frustrating when you’re matched up against the likes of Real Madrid and you have to walk out at the Bernabeu in an outdated kit.

NEW SEASON, SAME KIT: Currently you’re stuck with the same set of kits no matter how many seasons you play

The ability to customise and update your club’s kits each season would be an exciting addition to the game mode.

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EA could even go one step further and allow sponsor partnership negotiations which could help your club raise funds.

In-Depth Transfer and Loan Deals

Career Mode’s transfer system is much in need of an update – the current system merely allows you to sign players through offering a fee or player exchange, or loan a player by paying part of their wage.

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SIGN HIM UP – Matteo Kovacic’s loan deal to Chelsea was made permanent last summer

This is far from the reality of the transfer market. Primarily, the ability to include add-ons in transfer deals would add another layer of immersion. 

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For example, rather than paying a flat fee, you could break down a deal into instalments, and include extra payments if and when the player has made a certain number of appearances.

In terms of loans, being able to add an obligation-to-buy is an omission that EA somehow hasn’t rectified. It’s a must-have in next year’s game. 

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There did used to be an option-to-buy in previous games, but this was removed – it would be great to see this feature re-added also.

Youth Academy

Signing and developing new talent is crucial for long-term Career Mode success, especially if you’re managing a smaller team.

However, under the current system, you are required to essentially micro-manage your youth academy if you want to help players reach their potentials.

MICRO-MANAGE: Currently you have to manually train any young prospects

A revamped youth academy system could consist of delegating the training of the youth squad to a youth manager.

Moreover, your youth squad could play in a simulated youth league, further aiding their overall growth.

Training tweaks

Moreover, the fact that you can only train five players in a week is incredibly unrealistic.

EA could keep the current system in which you can focus on five players, but add a weekly or monthly training report on player improvements.

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This would give you an idea on who’s working hard and deserves minutes on the pitch.

You can then extend this to pre-season to keep tabs on everyone’s fitness ahead of the campaign.

For even more features we want to see in FIFA 21’s Career Mode, check out our full predictions piece here.

VAR to be implemented?

There’s a giant question that needs to be answered – will VAR be implemented in FIFA 21 Career Mode?

It wouldn’t be the first time that video technology was seen in FIFA.

After all, EA Sports added goal-line technology into their title back in FIFA 15.

Whilst this was a significant addition when it was first released, it’s probably safe to say that the addition of VAR would be on a different level completely.

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NO GOAL! Goal-line technology was first seen in FIFA 15

There’s no doubt that VAR would create a more realistic football experience, but would FIFA fans really want that sort of stress in the game?

Head here to find out more about VAR in FIFA 21.

New year, new consoles

Ultimately, these new features would be conducive to an incredibly immersive Career Mode experience.

After years of small additions being drip-fed into new instalments of FIFA, a complete refurb would massively improve Career Mode’s enjoyment factor and would lead to a massive buzz around the release of the new game.

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With the release of both Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles later this year, it is likely that EA will be looking to hit the ground running with FIFA 21 and thus the next game may be a massive jump forward for the sporting title.

To read everything about FIFA 21, including release date, cover star, trailer, Career mode, Ultimate Team and more, head here.

Phil Pangalos

First Console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood / Currently playing: UFC 3

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