FIFA 21 Team of the Year voting is beginning this week, with EA at last revealing the first official word on this year’s TOTY release. The @EASportsFIFA Twitter account has announced that voting for the latest Team of the Year release will begin on Thursday January 7. The official EA Twitter posted: “It’s almost time. 7 January #TOTY #Vote #FIFA21 #FUT”.
That’s all EA has said about the highly anticipated FUT release, but judging by last year’s Team of the Year launch we have an idea of what to expect.
FIFA 20 marked the first time that fans were able to vote on the Team of the Week squad, with voting taking place on 55 nominees before an Ultimate XI was selected.
If EA follows a similar formula this year it means we could see a list of a few dozen nominees announced tomorrow that fans will get to vote on.
So far EA has not announced a release date for FIFA 21 TOTY, but one thing’s for certain – it will be later than last year’s version.
This time last year the FIFA 20 TOTY squad had already been released, but voting had begun a month before then in December.
There was a gap of over three weeks between when voting began and when the FIFA 20 Team of the Year squad actually got released.
We’ll have to wait and see whether there’s a similar period of voting for the FIFA 21 TOTY squad.
At the very least, it looks like the FIFA 21 Team of the Year cards won’t release before January 14 as the current Headliners promotion is going on until then.
In terms of players that could feature on the FIFA 21 TOTY nominees list you can be sure the FIFPro World XI squad will be among the players that fans can vote for.
As a reminder, here is the full FIFPro World XI line-up…
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)
There are still plenty of world class players not included in the FIFPro World XI line-up who could feature on the TOTY nominees list.
Here’s some players we expect to see feature on the TOTY nominees list: Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).