FIFA 23 Licenses: New teams and leagues CONFIRMED

FIFA 23 is here, with plenty of work going on behind the scenes ahead of the new game.

New leagues, teams, and stadiums are always exciting in any edition of the game, and we've seen plenty of new arrivals in this year's game.

Keep reading for all you need to know about the FIFA 23 Licenses.

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New additions

Mamelodi Sundowns F.C will feature in FIFA 23 for the very first time, with the current South African title holders set to make their debut in the series.

FIFA does not presently own the rights to the South African league, so they will likely join fellow side Kaizer Chiefs in the 'Rest of the World section' of FIFA 23.

Nottingham Forest has now been confirmed as the Championship Play-Off champions, so we should see the City Ground feature next season.

Forest's home turf has a capacity of just over 30,000 so it was one of the biggest in the Football League and would be a welcome addition to FIFA 23.

Juventus Return CONFIRMED

There had been plenty of rumours spreading around, and now EA has officially confirmed it - Juventus will be BACK in FIFA 23!

The Old Lady has been absent from the title for a few years now, with Konami holding the rights to the Italian giants.

This has left us having to use Piemonte Calcio in a generic kit, taking away from the authenticity of the game.

However, now that Juve has returned, so will their iconic black and white strip, as will the mighty Allianz Stadium.

ENTIRE league lost

The first blow in the licensing battle has been struck by Konami, with an exclusive deal meaning the league will be removed from the FIFA franchise.

News of licenses being lost and exclusive deals ending have surfaced, leaving us wondering how many more teams and leagues we might lose.

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BYE BYE - The Mexican league will no longer feature

Konami has been busy securing deals for eFootball, and the latest exclusive deal will mean EA cannot feature the league at all next season.

Read more about EA losing an ENTIRE league license to Konami.

No more exclusivity in Milan

Licensing has never really been an issue for EA and the FIFA franchise as they dominate that market, but recently they have hit some trouble!

Konami has put up a real fight in Serie A, already claiming five (four in FIFA 22) clubs and forcing EA to go alternative in names.

EA did secure both Milan clubs on exclusive deals not long ago, but after just two seasons the deal with AC Milan is coming to an end.

Release Date

FIFA 23 was fully released on Friday, 30 September.

Some players were able to access the game sooner than that via the Beta or a possible Demo, then Early Access and the Web App.

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PARTY TIME - The release of FIFA 23 isn't far away now!

Early access for pre-orders began on Tuesday, 27 September for those who brought the Ultimate Edition of the game.

The 10-hour EA Play trial gives players a limited number of hours of gaming too and will begin on the same day as the Ultimate Edition release date

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