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All the latest news on FIFA 22 including potential new mode

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FIFA 22 is still months away from release, but EA Play Live should give us our first glimpse of the game in just a few weeks time.

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As this will be the first Next-Gen optimised version of the game, the expectation is understandably higher than ever.

Find out all you need to know about EA's latest edition of FIFA, including release dates, news, new features, and more below.

Latest - Gameplay necessities

Ahead of the new game, we have taken it upon ourselves to analyse the areas of gameplay that need adjusting.

This season's game has been heavily reliant on pace, making the useable player pool extremely small.

We would like more balance next season, suitable for a variety of styles rather than just the standard meta we see every game in FUT 21.

Take a look at where we think FIFA 22 gameplay can improve on FIFA 21.

Release Date

Unsurprisingly there has been no word on when FIFA 22 will officially be released, but we can have a pretty accurate guess.

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BE CREATIVE: Use directed runs in FIFA 21 to take control of the runs your teammates make

FIFA 22 will likely be released between Friday, 24 September and Friday, 8 October, 2021, judging by the release in previous years.

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EA Play Live date confirmed

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.

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Ultimate Team

The most popular and lucrative mode in the FIFA franchise is Ultimate Team, so this is where EA focuses its efforts.

Expect to see some new features, designs, and promo events throughout the year as EA will try to keep things fresh.

New Icons

Seven legends of football have been 'leaked' ahead of FIFA 22.

It is rumoured that these players will be returning to the game as Icon players in Ultimate Team.

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We would love this to be true as the seven players named are deserving of a place among the Icon elite.

Take a look at the potential new FIFA 22 Icons including Spanish maestro Xabi Alonso.

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Career Mode

We could see further improvements to Career Mode in the new game as EA showed some love for the classic mode in their latest title, including a potential 'online Career Mode'.

Every Career Mode fan loves a wonderkid, and there should be some great ones on FIFA 22.

It looks like Eduardo Camavinga and Jude Bellingham will battle it out for midfield dominance, but they could have some new competition from Xavi Simons.

Take a look at our FIFA 22 Wonderkids.

Online Career Mode

It looks like we could have our first new feature revealed ahead of FIFA 22 after a job description on EA's site mentions an 'online Career Mode'.

The classic game mode has needed a revamp for some time now to try and keep up with the popularity of Ultimate Team, and this could be it.

Take a look at what could come in a potential FIFA 22 Online Career Mode.

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Demo

There was no demo for FIFA 21, but we are sure that EA will release one this year ahead of FIFA 22.

News on this could come soon as the demo will come out a month or so before the full game.

Find out more about the FIFA 22 Demo.

PS5 & Xbox Series X

By the time FIFA 22 is released, many of us will be playing on Next Gen consoles... hopefully.

FIFA 21 on Next Gen consoles includes incredibly fast loading times, and immersive stadium atmospheres, but what could FIFA 22 look like on Next Gen?

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FIFA 22 on PS5 and Xbox Series X could bring us the most realistic esports game ever.

With enhanced graphics and meticulous attention to detail, will we even know the difference between FIFA and real-life football?

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Cover Stars

This year's cover star Kylian Mbappe looks set to continue for now, but could we see various editions change from this year?

Liverpool golden boy, Trent-Alexander Arnold could be one man to feature next season.

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LIVERPOOL LAD: Could we see Trent as the Cover Star of FIFA 22?

The local wonderkid has already won a Champions League and a Premier League, at the age of just 21.

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Plus, Liverpool's long-term partnership with EA may increase Trent's chances of featuring as the FIFA 22 poster boy.

Concept Cover

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.

New Features

FIFA 22 will definitely bring us some brand-new features, so what can we expect to see?

2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 will see Qatar host the World Cup, it will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Middle East - and be the first to take place in the winter.

EA is set to create a World Cup game mode in FIFA 22, as they did in FIFA 18, however, could we see a different style of game mode?

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We could see the first online World Cup Tournament mode in FIFA 22. This would allow you to play with any nation against other online opponents, and compete for the ultimate prize in football.

It is worth remembering that the World Cup won't take place until late November 2022 - so would in fact make more sense if it arrived on FIFA 23.

New Promo Packs in FIFA 22

FIFA 22 will definitely bring us some different types of packs and player picks.

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The most expensive pack in FUT 21 is the Ultimate Pack, for 125k coins, so could we see a 150k, or even a 200k pack in FIFA 22?

New Commentary Team

Derek Rae and Lee Dixon replaced the classic FIFA commentary team of Alan Smith and Martin Tyler ahead of the release of FIFA 21, but they haven't quite lived up to the expectations of the FIFA community.

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So they've decided to do something about it.

A petition has been launched calling for Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher to lead the commentary on FIFA 22, a pairing that we would love to see.

Carragher has revealed his interest in a FIFA return on social media, but whether EA look to add the punditry pair remains to be seen.

Pro Clubs revamp

We are expecting FIFA 22 to be incredible this year, and Pro Clubs is one of the game modes we are most excited about.

EA added some extra custom options on FIFA 21, but we want more from a mode that promises so much.

We have high hopes for the game mode, especially given its year-round success.

Find out all about FIFA 22 Pro Clubs.

Europa Conference League

UEFA are introducing a third-tier European competition next season, and we could see the competition on FIFA 22 too!

EA has the licenses to the Champions League and Europa League, so the third-tier tournament is not much of a stretch.

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We have seen Champions League and Europa League features in both Ultimate Team and Career Mode, and we would love to see more next season.

Find out more about the Europa League Conference and FIFA 22 here.

Serie A setback

It could be panic stations at EA ahead of FIFA 22, with a fourth Serie A club licence being lost to rivals Konami and PES in the space of three seasons.

Atalanta, who have ripped up the script in both Italy and Europe in recent seasons, will become an exclusive partner with Pro Evo from the 2021/22 season.

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GENERIC - Another unlicensed kit will be added to FIFA 22

We would imagine Atalanta will be named after its location in FIFA 22 - either the city of Bergamo or the region of Lombardy.

We like the sound of Bergamo CF or SSC Lombardia to give them that true European feel.

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