Lots of exciting events are still yet to come in FIFA 21. Find out when they will all be released
Throughout the season, EA Sports releases new events and promotions in FIFA 21, built around a particular theme or competition.
The promotions see special upgraded cards released into packs and made available through Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) and Objectives.
Events such as Team of the Season, Team of the Year and FUTmas have been really popular in previous editions of the game and fans are always looking forward to see what the next promotion might bring.
Contents What promotions are due to be released for FIFA 20? When does Team of the Year begin? When will Future Stars be released? When does the Ratings Refresh happen? When does Team of the Season begin? FUT Promotions Calendar
One of the biggest events in the FIFA Ultimate Team calendar has yet to be launched, with Team of the Year due in January.
This is usually followed by Winter Transfers and Ratings Refresh, which sees players upgraded after good performances during the year as well as being assigned to their new clubs after moving in the January transfer window.
Future Stars and Headliners have been popular promotions in recent years, but it is not 100 per cent certain they will return in their usual form in FIFA 21, especially after Ultimate Scream was replaced by Rulebreakers and FUTmas changed to FUT Freeze for the 2020-21 season.
Team of the Year is one of the biggest events of the FIFA calendar with Team of the Season coming close behind with regards to both hype and high-rated players.
The Team of the Year used to be connected to the official FIFA World XI selection, but in recent years has become a user-generated selection so as to keep the in-game promotion in January.
It is expected that the FIFA 21 Team of the Year will be released around the first or second week of January, so it is likely to be launched on January 8 or January 15.
Read more about Team of the Year.
In the past two seasons of FIFA, the Future Stars promotion began after Team of the Year.
Where Team of the Year celebrates the best players in the world, Future Stars attempts to identify the players who could be the biggest names on the planet in a few years.
Jadon Sancho and Vinicius Jr were among the Future Stars in FIFA 19 while Joao Felix and Mason Greenwood were chosen for FIFA 20.
These Future Stars receive huge ratings upgrades and can be among the best players in the game when they are released.
If EA Sports brings back Future Stars in FIFA 21, it will likely be released around January 20 or 22, once Team of the Year is over.
Although some of the previously popular events were replaced in FIFA 21, it is expected that Ratings Refresh will return again once the transfer window closes.
Football fans will be eager to use their club’s new signings as soon as possible, especially in FIFA Ultimate Team as players with new clubs and new leagues help squad building and provide for more variety of options.
The Ratings Refresh has been accompanied by a Winter Ones to Watch team in recent years, which features the biggest names who move in January.
This year’s Ratings Refresh is expected to begin once the transfer window closes, so is due to launch in FIFA 21 on February 14.
Team of the Season is one of the most popular promotions in FIFA as it contains hundreds of upgraded players from all the top leagues in the game.
Each of the major five leagues gets a Team of the Season squad, while leagues around the rest of the world also see special players released with big upgrades.
Often, these are the best players in the game, so Team of the Season is always hugely anticipated every season.
In 2020, Team of the Season was released around the usual time but renamed Team of the Season So Far due to leagues being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Team of the Season is set to launch in FIFA 21 around the end of April or the beginning of May.
EA Sports had usually released each FIFA promotion around the same time each year, so it became easy to predict which promotions might arrive each month during the season.
However, for FIFA 21, they mixed things up somewhat, replacing both Ultimate Scream and FUTmas with new events, so the same process could be followed in the second half of the season.
The calendar below shows when each event occurred in the last four editions of FIFA and what may be expected in FIFA 21.
Promotion FIFA 21 FIFA 20 FIFA 19 FIFA 18 Summer Ones to Watch October 9 September 27 September 28 September 29 Ultimate Scream Not released October 18 October 19 October 20 Rulebreakers October 23 Not released Not released Not released Path to Glory Not released Not released Not released November 10 Black Friday November 27 November 29 November 23 November 24 Team of the Group Stage December 4 December 6 December 7 December 8 FUTmas Not released December 13 December 14 December 15 FUT Freeze December 11 Not released Not released Not released Team of the Year TBC January 6 January 7 January 15 Winter Transfers TBC January 15 January 18 January 10 Future Stars TBC January 17 January 18 Not released Headliners January 1 January 31 February 1 Not released Winter Ones to Watch TBC Not released February 15 February 2 Ratings Refresh TBC February 14 February 15 February 23 Shapeshifters TBC February 21 Not released Not released CONMEBOL TBC March 6 Not released Not released Carniball TBC? Not released March 8 Not released Path to Glory 2 TBC Not released Not released March 9 FUT Birthday TBC March 27 March 22 March 16 Team of the Season TBC April 24 May 10 April 27 Summer Heat TBC June 17 Not released Not released Team of the Knockout Stage TBC Not released April 19 April 20 Festival of FUTball TBC? Not released Not released June 13 Summer Transfers TBC July 6 July 1 July 2 FUTTIES TBC? Not released July 19 July 20 MLS All-Stars TBC? Not released Not released July 27
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