FIFA's Career Mode has been crying out for a big update for a good number of years, and that is exactly what EA has in store for FIFA 22.
There will be a host of key changes coming to the game mode, but there are two areas that stand out above the rest.
Here is everything you need to know about Create Your Club and Player Career Mode in FIFA 22.
Create Your Club
The best place to start is with the new Create Your Club feature.
For the first time in FIFA history, players will be able to create their own team within the Manager Career section of the mode.
Here is the full breakdown:
Your club's identity will be completely down to you, with the clubs name and nickname selected ahead of the start of your career, after which you will be tasked with choosing the league you wish to compete in.
You will also be able to customise your team's home and away kits, club crest and even the stadium in which you will play your home games.
Given the fact your club will be starting from scratch, you will have to draft in a set of players to begin your quest for glory.
You will have full control in the quality of the team you wish to possess, as well as the average age of those within your squad.
You will be able to pick your own transfer budget too. You could start with a low-rated, low budget squad and work your way up to glory, or you could take a star studded side into the top flight and battle for honours.
The choice is yours.
The final key area to explore is the priorities of the higher powers within your club.
You will be able to change your club board's priorities, though the domestic and reigional priorities will be dependant on how you choose to rate your club.
For instance, if you are a 5* rated club in the Premier League and you opt for higher influence on domesitc achievements, you will be tasked with winning the league.
Whilst if you opt for the same with a 3* rated club in the Premier League, your task may be to avoid relegation.
Willing to sacrifice the league title in favour of a European cup? Well now you can!
The second area that EA have put a huge focus on in their FIFA off-season is the development of the Player Career mode.
Here are the key things you need to know.
Coming On As A Sub
The first addition that EA have decided to add in to their Player Career mode is the ability to come on as a substitute.
This has been added in order to deliver the experienece of a young prospect climbing the ranks from a bit-part squad rotation player, to a solidified member of the starting lienup.
Don't worry about having to sit and watch through the full match from the bench though, you will be able to sim the match up until the point you're called upon by the gaffer.
At this point, you can choose to jump into the game and play yourself, or opt to let the AI finish the match on your behalf.
In order to consolodate your starting role on the pitch, you will be required to complete a set of Match Objectives on a game-by-game basis.
You won't be aware of what your manager is requiring from you until the moment that you step onto the pitch, which means the ability to be versatile in your style of play will be key to your success.
The objectives will be generated based on the following factors:
- Your playing position
- The quality of your team compared to the opposition
- The formation your team is using compared to the one of the opposition
By combining these three factors, players will have a varied set of challenges that will be completely unique each time you take to the field.
As we mentioned earlier, in this year's Player Career mode, you will begin your journey as a bit-part bench player.
You will have to earn the trust of your manager in order to work your way into his starting plans, and you can do this by completing the objectives set for you each match.
Don't take your place in the starting lineup for granted though, because if you underperform and fail to complete your objectives on a regular basis, then you will be dropped back down to the bench and potentially even on the transfer list.
The requirements to make the starting eleven will become increasingly difficult as your progess up the leagues, so you'll have to ensure that you remain at the top of your game if you are to pick up those major trophies.
And who knows, an international call up could be on the cards...