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06 Apr 2021

These are the stadiums fans want to see in FIFA 22

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Elland Road, Leeds United

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Yankee Stadium, New York City

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Fans' Poll

The battles for licenses is set to contunie between EA and Konami, but stadiums is one area that FIFA does fall behind, sort of.

Barcelona's Camp Nou, Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Juventus's Allianz Stadium are all exclusive to Konami and PES - so what can EA add or reclaim for FIFA 22?

We look at the main contenders, and what the fans want to see.

Latest - Promotion race heats up

Promoted clubs from the Championship, like Leeds last year, will see their stadiums appear in FIFA 22 thanks to EA's relationship with the Premier League.

It's almost a shoo-in that Norwich and Watford will be promoted, but their stadiums are already in FIFA 21.

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The same can be said for Swansea's Liberty Stadium - but Brentford - who lost in the Play-Off Final last year, are in the running once again, along with the likes of Barnsley and Reading.

Brentford's new stadium is yet to see fans - and seeing it on FIFA 22 would be the icing on the cake for winning promotion.

Elland Road, Leeds United

The good news - Elland Road will be on FIFA 22 after finally being added to FIFA 21 some four months after the game was released.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, EA was not able to get a detailed representation of the stadium at the game's release, but this was rectified on 3 February 2021.

Yankee Stadium, New York City

Wait - that's a baseball stadium, right?

Yes, but it's also the home of New York City FC.

Whether EA could get the rights for the stadium, given it is owned by the New York Yankees, remains to be seen - with it likely to be tied to MLB The Show 21.

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Either way, it does highlight a serious shortage of MLS stadiums in the FIFA franchise, despite a strong relationship with the league.

Only LA Galaxy (StubHub Arena), Vancouver Whitecaps (BC Place Stadium), Atlanta United (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Portland Timbers (Providence Park) Seattle Sounders (CenturyLink Field), New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena) have their own stadiums in the game.

That leaves 20 clubs without stadiums, something that needs addressing for FIFA 22.

Given David Beckham's new relationship with EA, his Inter Miami side and their stadium (Inter Miami CF Stadium) is perhaps one of the more likely to be included.

Fans' Poll

Fifplay conducts a poll each year for the stadiums fans want to see in the upcoming FIFA title.

This year it looks to have been sabotaged by fans in Iran and Greece, however!

We run through the most popular choices:

Azadi Stadium, Iran National Team (25%)

Never say never, but we can't see this being added for FIFA 22.

The ground is also home to local clubs Esteghlal and Persepolis.

Imam Reza Stadium, Shahr Khodro FC (9%)

Another ground used by the Iran National Team, the almost 30,000 seater is the home of Persian Gulf Pro League side Shahr Khodro.

Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, Aris Thessaloniki (8%)

Another unlikely stadium, tenants Aris Thessaloniki have nicknamed the stadium "La Bombonera" - after Boca Juniors' home ground - due to its close relationship with the club.

Camp Nou, FC Barcelona (5%)

It's been in FIFA games before, but with Barca being a partner club of Konami and PES, the chances of the Camp Nou being in FIFA is very slim.

SHUT OUT - The Camp Nou has not been since on an EA title since FIFA 16

The only chance it could be included is if La Liga had a deal with EA much like the Premier League, but even then Barca perhaps has too much influence to make it happen.

Estadio da Luz, SL Benfica (5%)

A stadium that has seemingly disappeared from the FIFA franchise over the years, with Benfica's home ground currently not on any football game.

Porto's Estadio do Dragao is another stadium no longer in the franchise.

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