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FIFA 21: Discord FUT & CHILL Reveals New Game Features

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

Here at FUT & CHILL FIFA discord, we are gearing up for the FIFA 21 release and you already know, everything we do, we do it for you. So, in this blog we are going to round up all the new features and see what others think about the cover which features Paris St German’s centre forward Kylian Mbappé. Let us know your thoughts about either of these two subjects.

FIFA 21 Cover Star

The decision by EA to put Mbappé on the cover of FIFA 21 is one which has drawn a mixed reaction from fans with some ridiculing the graphic design as “primary school art” and others calling it the “ugliest video game box art I’ve ever seen in my life”. Some believe EA should be praised for trying something different with the front cover but most fans are less interested in the front cover and more interested in the gameplay and new features. More about that in just a minute.

Mbappé himself seems happy enough with being a poster boy saying,

"BEING ON THE COVER OF FIFA IS A DREAM COME TRUE. FROM MY TIME AT BONDY TO CLAIREFONTAINE TO THE WORLD CUP, THIS MARKS ANOTHER BIG MILESTONE. I'VE BEEN PLAYING THIS GAME SINCE I WAS A KID AND I AM HONORED TO REPRESENT A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF FOOTBALLERS AND BE IN THE SAME GROUP AS MANY OTHER AMAZING FOOTBALLERS WHO I NOW SHARE THIS HONOR WITH."

Shortly after the new cover was revealed by EA, Mbappé was subjected to a nasty tackle by St Etienne captain Loic Perrin in the 26th minute of the French Cup Final. Look away now (aka don’t click this link) if you don’t want to relive the sick-making moment. Anyway, despite being reduced to tears just 2 weeks ago, it seems Mbappe has been working hard to get fit. He looks a possibility to play in PSG’s upcoming Champions League quarter final this Wednesday against Atalanta. We wish him well with his last-minute match fitness training.

FUT & CHILL FIFA discord is very excited about the release, which is scheduled for October 2nd on PS4, Xbox One and PC. We are still awaiting news on the date for PS5 and Xbox Series X. You can follow news on @EASPORTFIFA on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

In the meantime, we are keen to explore some of the new features in FIFA 21.

FIFA 21's New Features


Our FIFA discord is most excited about the Agile Dribbling feature.

Agile Dribbling is activated by holding R1/RB while moving the Left Stick and is available for all players. It is a new way to keep close ball control and use fast footwork to shake off defenders. This dribbling system is designed to more closely mimic real-life dribbling and according to EA, creates a more “explosive, agile and fluid” experience.



Positioning Personality


FIFA 21 has a lot of improvements to the AI positioning system. The main attributes which dictate how specific behaviours work are Position for Attacking Personality and Defensive Awareness for Defensive Personality, but it’s important to note that the following information only applies to players that are being controlled by the AI as AI Teammates.

There are 4 key elements of the Attacking Positioning attribute.

These work on a sliding scale according to the player’s level of Attacking Positioning attribute.

  1. Onside and Offside Runs – this is the awareness to know when to time the run to stay onside

  2. Passing Lane analysis – the ability to determine the best next move to open up passing options for other players

  3. Passer Readiness Runs – ability to judge when the passer is ready to pass so that a run can be timed perfectly

  4. Decision Making Time & Intelligence – quicker and better capacity to make good decisions about where to move to and when.

All players have these abilities, but High Attribute players also have the following capabilities:

  1. Ideal Cross Positioning – knowing where exactly to cross the ball into the box for optimum goal scoring chances.

  2. Open Up Space – ability to create more space between attackers and defenders to give the attacking team more options for moving forward

  3. Fake Runs in the Box – ability to create forward fake runs to cut inside or change direction quickly to wrongfoot the defence.

  4. Chance Creation Support – ability of forwards to know when to drop back to midfield to give more chances to build momentum



There are 6 elements of the Defensive Awareness Attribute, similarly on a sliding scale.

  1. Run Tracking – ability to anticipate a run before it happens and keep with the attacking player

  2. Defensive Midfielder Diligent Tracking – Intelligent marking and run tracking, especially when dealing with the a high-ability player.

  3. 2-Man Marking – ability for 2 high attribute defenders to mark a striker to prevent a counterattack

  4. Defensive Midfield Cutting Passing Lanes – awareness of positioning to cut off passing lanes.

  5. Active vs Passive Winger Behaviours – this determines how active wingers can be when they are performing defensive duties.

  6. Full back cooperation – ability to work more closely with teammates to counter threats from attackers – e.g. providing cover when one full back pushes up.



Creative Runs

FIFA 21 has enhanced gameplay around how attacking AI players move.

  1. Directed Runs – full control over teammates by flicking the Right Stick after triggering a run (L1/LB then flick Right Stick), or after calling a teammate short (R1/RB then flick Right Stick).

  2. Directed Pass & Go - by immediately flicking the Right Stick in the desired direction, you can control where you teammate moves after passing the ball.

Natural Collision System

This system prevents players running into each other creating a smoother gameplay and flow than FIFA 20 and enables players to jump over each other and avoid players on the ground. If a collision does happen, players can move their body to receive a lower level impact and avoid a head on collision.



Fundamentals of Football

Without going into too much detail here, there have been a number of fundamental improvements to standard elements of the gameplay.

  1. Headers - FIFA 21 has a Manual Heading option which improves the viability of scoring with headers. Read more here.

  2. Defending - A lot of work has been done to improve the Controlled Tackling system to increase accuracy of standard tackling.

  3. Blocking - EA FIFA team has enhanced the blocking system, adding it to the Controlled Tackling technology for improved defensive blocks from shots and passes.

  4. Passing - Improvements to create a better understanding of space and opponent positioning to enable a more intelligent passing game. This includes through passing and crossing which has a number of new types of crossing trajectories.


FUT & CHILL - FIFA 21 Trading Discord


FUT & CHILL trading discord is a community-led discord for trading tips, sniping filters and squad help. If it’s related to FIFA 21, you can get the answer here. On top of that, we are a friendly team, ready to chat to you about pretty much anything you like, football related or not, so come and join us here at discord.gg/XtdWanW! Be sure to check out our FIFA 21 Trading Guide, which includes tips to start from 0 coins and trade up to over 1,000,000! If you would like to get in touch with us, visit our contact us page!

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