FIFA 22 is looming on the horizon with a release date just a few months down the line, and there's been significant discussion about who could be this year's cover star.
The wait is finally over, and we've got all the details on the FIFA 22 cover star!
Latest news - Cover Star revealed!
After tons of speculation, the wait is finally over and Kylian Mbappe has been officially announced as the cover star for FIFA 22!
This is huge news for Mbappe, who was also the face of FIFA 21, but he's continued to be too undeniable for FIFA 22 to keep him off the cover.
We also now know that a trailer is set to land in a few short days, which will be the best look we've gotten so far at how FIFA 22 will play.
Obviously, FIFA 22 is still some way off, so any release date at the moment is guesswork.
Judging by previous years, we are expecting the release date for the game to be somewhere between Friday, 24 September and Friday, 8 October.
EA Play Live
Get it in your diaries folks, EA Play Live will arrive on Thursday, 22 July.
Electronic Arts revealed the official date on Twitter and it also confirms that the event will run separately to E3 2021.
E3 2021 will begin a month earlier on Saturday, 12 June, and end on Tuesday, 15 June.
You will be able to watch on a live stream on various social channels, and at the very least we should get a first look at the FIFA 22 trailer.
Madden Cover Athletes
The Madden 22 cover athletes are Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, who will front the standard and MVP editions of the game.
Will EA follow suit with FIFA 22?
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be on the cover that is for sure, so we expect EA to continue with their focus on the next generation of talent.
Borussia Dortmund's goal machine Erling Haaland is already an EA athlete, so a jump onto the FIFA cover seems a natural progression.
We would love to see some variation to the covers of FIFA 22, and Haaland is certainly near the top of our wishlist.
FIFA 21 Cover Star
As we know, PSG star Kylian Mbappe fronted up all three editions of FIFA 21.
A David Beckham edition has also been available, but will we see any new faces on the cover of FIFA 22.
We expect Mbappe to stay as the cover star for the foreseeable future as one of the world’s brightest talents.
If EA does opt for someone else, it is likely to come from one of their current FIFA Ambassadors.
Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold could be one of the next in line if EA decide to use more than one cover star for FIFA 22.
TAA is one of the top young players in the world and a crucial player in Jurgen Klopp’s successful side.
The sky is the limit for Norway and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
EA has already signed Haaland as an ambassador, so we could definitely see the forward on the cover of FIFA at some point in his career!
Another of EA’s prodigies, Joao Felix is starting to show why Atletico Madrid splashed over £100 million to bring him to the Spanish capital.
Like Haaland, Felix has a bright future ahead of him and he is certainly another player in contention for FIFA 22 cover star.
One of the ‘FIFA Next’ crowd, Manchester City’s Phil Foden looks a class above every time he steps on the pitch.
EA has surprised us before with young guns on their cover, but we think FIFA 22 may come a little early for Foden.
Chelsea wonderkid Mason Mount is another young English player we could see on the front of FIFA in the near future.
The Blues are finding form, with FIFA Next star Mount a consistent performer.
On FIFA 20, we saw Zinedine Zidane front the Ultimate Edition, and on FIFA 19 the Brazilian Ronaldo graced the Icon Edition.
Things were different on FIFA 21, with Kylian Mbappe on the front of all three editions, until David Beckham came along to promote the game on Next-Gen consoles.
Could we see an Icon return for FIFA 22?
It wouldn't be a surprise to see David Beckham appear on the cover of one of the lucrative editions this time around, with the most iconic footballer there is likely to get the game flying off the shelves.
Another possibility would be Diego Maradona, as EA could decide to honour the Argentina legend following his death in 2021.
Other legends we'd love to see on the cover would be Pele, Ronaldinho, or Thierry Henry.