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


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

The biggest event on the FIFA games calendar is almost here, as the FIFA 21 The Team of the Year arrived in January.

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

Some of these players will have huge overall scores meaning they will be top rated for the entire season, while others will not be overwhelmed until the Team of the Season.

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

On this page

  1. What is the FIFA 21 Team of the Year?
  2. When was the FIFA 21 Team of the Year released?
  3. Which players will be part of the FIFA 21 Team of the Year?
  4. Which players have been nominated for Team of the Year?
  5. How to vote for the team of the year?
  6. What players are available in the Squad Building Objectives and Challenges?
  7. Will headliners and OTW charts be updated during TOTY?

What is the FIFA 21 Team of the Year?

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

The 11 players chosen for the squad receive massive in-game improvements, with some players even scoring 99 in TOTY.

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

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

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

When was the FIFA 21 Team of the Year released?

FIFA 21 Team of the Year was announced on 22 january.

For the past two years, the TOTY event started in early January, but only aired on 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 is available Wednesday through 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 from the FIFPro World XI, but the majority of players are the same as they are widely considered to be the best players of the past year.

Manuel Neuer has been named FIFA 21’s Team of the Year, while Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes have also been selected.

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

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

Pos Player Team
GK Neuer manual 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
MF Kevin De Bruyne Manchester city
MF Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich
FW Cristiano Ronaldo Piemonte Calcio
FW Robert lewandowski Bayern Munich
FW Kylian mbappe Paris Saint Germain

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 have been nominated for TOTY?

This year’s FIFA 21 Team of the Year nominations included the majority of the top players from the past 12 months from Europe’s top five leagues.

This offers more variety in the voting as players such as Marseille defender Jordan Amavi and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva have been named but are unlikely to reach the final XI.


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 – Seville
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
Son Heung-Min – 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 – Naples
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 to vote for the team of the year?

Voting for the Team of the Year began on January 7 and ended on 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 to the correct position on the chart of training.

Once you have chosen the 11 players that you think have performed best over the past 12 months, click to agree to the terms and conditions, then click Submit Vote.

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

Which players are available in the Squad Building Objectives and Challenges?

Every promotion so far this season has had a special Objective player, but TOTY is unlikely to have a player available through Objectives.

Instead, it’s likely that a special Team of the Year kit will be available through in-game objectives, with special packs likely to be given away as a reward.

There is usually a vote for a 12th man on the TOTY team, with users able to vote for their favorite player who missed the last TOTY XI.

It is predicted that Neymar or Kylian Mbappe will prove to be the most popular and be named TOTY’s 12th man for FIFA 21.

Additionally, during the Team of the Year event, TOTY Moments players will also be available in Squad Building Challenges (SBC) and feature legendary players who have been chosen from previous TOTYs.

Will headliners and OTW charts be updated during TOTY?

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

These OTWs and Headliners receive upgrades when “performance-based fit” versions of their card are released. This includes the Team of the Week (TOTW), Man of the Match (MOTM), Hero and Team of the Tournament items.

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

This means that if Bruno Fernandes is chosen in the TOTY, his Headliner map will not be automatically updated to match his new TOTY edition.