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20 Jan 2021

FIFA 22: Release Date, Next Gen, Cover Stars, ICONs, New Features, VAR & more

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PS5 & Xbox Series X

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Cover Stars

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New Features

FIFA 21 is well underway and attention will soon be turning to next season.

What could we see come next Autumn?

Release Date

We don't yet know for sure 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.

PS5 & Xbox Series X

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

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NEXT GEN: When will you bite the bullet and purchase a Next Gen console?

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?

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?

Cover Stars

This years 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.

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

New Features

FIFA 22 will definitely bring us 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 Arab world.

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ALLEZ LES BLEUS: Could France retain the World Cup in 2022?

EA are 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?

We could see a 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.


FIFA 22 will also bring us a brand new batch of ICONs.

Could we see some legendary players retire and re-enter the game as ICONs?

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LEGENDS: Who will we see return to the game as an ICON in FIFA 22?

Andres Iniesta and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for example, could end their careers at the end of this campaign and will almost definitely be approached by EA.

See who we think could be added to the ICON roster here.

Could The Journey be returning in FIFA 22?

As of now, The Journey has been excluded from FIFA 21, so could we see it back next year?

THE JOURNEY: Live life on and off the pitch as a rising star in football
THE JOURNEY: Live life on and off the pitch as a rising star in football

A brand new set of characters and personalities, along with a change of environment could bring excitement back to the game mode.

Or could Hunter and Williams return in some capacity in FIFA 22, to satisfy those who fell in love with the characters.

New Promo Packs in FIFA 22

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

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PACK OPENING: Will you get lucky

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?