FIFA 21: Team of the Year release date, predictions and special cards

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Which players made the FIFA 21 TOTY squad and when will they be available in packs?

The biggest event of the FIFA gaming calendar is here, with the FIFA 21 Team of the Year arriving this January.

The world's best players will be released in packs during the week as part of the Team of the Year event, with gamers eager to get their hands on the top footballers in the game.

Some of these players will have huge overall scores, which mean they will be the highest-rated during the entire season, while others will not be overtaken until the Team of the Season.

Which players made the FIFA 21 TOTY squad and when they will be available in packs?

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  1. What is FIFA 21 Team of the Year?
  2. When is the FIFA 21 Team of the Year released?
  3. Which players will be in the FIFA 21 Team of the Year?
  4. Which players have been nominated for Team of the Year?
  5. How do I vote for Team of the Year?
  6. What players are available in Objectives and Squad Building Challenges?
  7. Will Headliners and OTW cards upgrade during TOTY?

What is FIFA 21 Team of the Year?

Team of the Year (TOTY) is an annual event in FIFA, celebrating the best players from the last 12 months.

The 11 players chosen for the team receive massive upgrade boosts in the game, with some players even rated 99 in TOTY.

In the past, the Team of the Year was connected to the FIFPro World XI, but since that award has moved to December to tie in with FIFA's The Best awards, the in-game equivalent has become a standalone team.

In recent years, the final team has been voted by fans of the game from a longlist of players selected by EA Sports.

This is the case again for FIFA 21, with fans having chosen from four categories (GK, DEF, MID, FWD) to create a team using the 4-3-3 formation.

When is the FIFA 21 Team of the Year released?

The FIFA 21 Team of the Year was announced on January 22 .

For the last two years, the TOTY event began in early January, but was not released until January 15 in FIFA 18.

This year, FIFA 21 was released later than usual and TOTY has been pushed back from January 8, with the Headliners promotion running for two weeks from January 1 to 14.

The final TOTY XI is released in batches during the week, before the entire squad will be available from Wednesday to Friday.

Players are only available in packs and can be bought and sold on the transfer market.

Which players are in the FIFA 21 Team of the Year?

The FIFA 21 Team of the Year is separate to the FIFPro World XI, but the majority of the players are the same as they are widely considered as the best performers over the past year.

Manuel Neuer was named in the FIFA 21 Team of the Year, while the likes of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes were also selected by fans.


Cristiano Ronaldo is included in the FIFA 21 TOTY, but as a Piemonte Calcio player due to the fact that the official Juventus name, jersey and badge are not licensed in FIFA 21.

Lionel Messi did not make the final team, with fans instead opting for Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe.

Pos Player Team Overall Rating
GK Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich  
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool  
DF Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich  
DF Sergio Ramos Real Madrid  
DF Virgil van Dijk Liverpool  
MF Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 97
MF Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 96
MF Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich 96
FW Cristiano Ronaldo Piemonte Calcio 98
FW Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 98
FW Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain 97

FIFPro World XI:

GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
LB: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
CM: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
CM: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/Liverpool)
RW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
ST: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Which players were nominated for TOTY?

This year's nominations for the FIFA 21 Team of the Year included the majority of the best performers from the past 12 months from Europe's top-five leagues.

This offers greater variety when voting, as players such as Marseille defender Jordan Amavi and Eintracht Frankfurt forward Andre Silva.


Alisson - Liverpool
Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid
Ederson - Manchester City
Lukas Hradecky - Bayer Leverkusen
Steve Mandanda - Marseille
Keylor Navas - Paris Saint-Germain
Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich

Francesco Acerbi - Lazio
Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool
Jordan Amavi - Marseille
Angelino - RB Leipzig
Alphonso Davies - Bayern Munich
Stefan de Vrij - Inter
Matthias Ginter - Borussia Monchengladbach
Theo Hernandez - Milan
Mats Hummels - Dortmund
Jesus Navas - Sevilla
Jordi Alba - Barcelona
Presnel Kimpembe - Paris Saint-Germain
Aymeric Laporte - Manchester City
Marquinhos - Paris Saint-Germain
Andrew Robertson - Liverpool
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
Thiago Silva - Chelsea
Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool

Houssem Aouar - Lyon
Bruno Fernandes - Manchester United
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City
Nabil Fekir - Real Betis
Alejandro Gomez - Atalanta
Robin Gosens - Atalanta
Raphael Guerreiro - Dortmund
Jordan Henderson - Liverpool
Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich
Mateo Kovacic - Chelsea
Toni Kroos - Real Madrid
Luis Alberto - Lazio
Mikel Merino - Real Sociedad
Dani Parejo - Villarreal
Renato Sanches - Lille
Marcel Sabitzer - RB Leipzig
Heung-Min Son - Tottenham
Lars Stindl - Borussia Monchengladbach
Thiago Alcantara - Liverpool

Andre Silva - Eintracht Frankfurt
Ben Yedder - Monaco
Karim Benzema - Real Madrid
Francesco Caputo - Sassuolo
Cristiano Ronaldo - Piemonte Calcio
Angel Di María - Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala - Piemonte Calcio
Jack Grealish - Aston Villa
Erling Haaland - Dortmund
Ciro Immobile - Lazio
Danny Ings - Southampton
Lorenzo Insigne - Napoli
Joao Felix - Atletico Madrid
Joselu - Alaves
Harry Kane - Tottenham
Andrej Kramaric - Hoffenheim
Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
Romelu Lukaku - Inter
Sadio Mane - Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Neymar Jr - Paris Saint-Germain
Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
Raheem Sterling - Manchester City
Luis Suarez - Atletico Madrid
Jamie Vardy - Leicester City

How do I vote for Team of the Year?


Voting for Team of the Year opened on January 7 and ran until January 18.

Choosing your FIFA 21 Team of the Year is easy, just go to the TOTY page on the EA Sports website and drag the players from the bottom of the screen into the correct position on the formation graphic.

Once you have chosen which 11 players you think were the best performers in the past 12 months, click to accept the terms and conditions and then click on Submit Vote.

If you make a mistake, you can just drag a new player to the same position on the formation to change your selection before submitting it.

What players are available in Objectives and Squad Building Challenges?

Each promotion so far this season has had a special Objective player, but it is unlikely that TOTY will have a player available through Objectives.

Instead, it is likely that a special Team of the Year kit will be available through in-game Objectives, with special packs likely to be given as rewards.

There is usually a vote for a 12th man in the TOTY squad, with users able to vote for their favourite player who missed out on the final TOTY XI.

Additionally, during the Team of the Year event, TOTY Moments players will also be released in Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) and feature legendary players who were chosen in past TOTYs.

Will Headliners and OTW cards upgrade during TOTY?

Ones to Watch (OTW) and Headliners cards are dynamic versions of players which receive upgrades throughout the season when special cards are released.

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These OTW and Headliners receive upgrades when "performance-based in-form" versions of their card are released. This includes Team of the Week (TOTW), Man of the Match (MOTM), Hero and Team of the Tournament items.

However, EA Sports confirmed that Headliners and OTW cards are not upgraded for Player of the Month (POTM), Team of the Season or Team of the Year.

That means that if Bruno Fernandes is chosen in the TOTY, his Headliner card will not automatically upgrade to match his new TOTY edition.