January has once again arrived and that means all eyes are currently on the FIFA 21 Team of the Year (TOTY) release. And while the best players of the past 12 months are assembled in a team, you get to enjoy the popular packs! The eleven players that are selected for Team of the Year will receive massive upgrades in the game, with 99-ratings! But… before you start spending your FIFA Points like crazy, here’s our prediction on the FIFA 21 Team of the Year:
FIFA TOTY used to be connected to the FIFPro World XI but Team of the Year has become a standalone in-game event and team. A league of its own, you could say. EA Sports makes a list of players. FIFA fans have the opportunity to vote for the nominees. That’s how the TOTY squad gets assembled.
The TOTY release date is set on the 15th of January 2021 and the event will last for one whole week. In previous years, TOTY has started sooner, from the 6th until the 14th of January. But even then, the final release of the whole TOTY was on the 15th.
As we all know, the original FIFA 21 release was pushed back last year. And we’ll take into account that the current Headliners promo – that started January 1st – is still running up until January 14. That means the 15th is the most convenient to kick off the TOTY-event this month.
The moment FIFA 21 TOTY goes live, packs will be released in batches or ‘waves’ for an entire week before the whole team, plus a 12th man, will become available on the last day. The selected Team of the Year players are only available in these special TOTY packs. Of course, it will be possible to trade them on the FIFA 21 transfer market.
Although the FIFA 21 Team of the Year is entirely separate from the FIFPro World XI event, it’s expected that the TOTY nominees list will be pretty identical to its World XI counterpart. Which makes sense because both lists consist of the highest ranking players of the last 12 months. FIFA 21 likes to keep the TOTY list a big secret up until the very last minute. For example, Allison Becker has already been named the Best Goalkeeper in World XI. But it is predicted that Manuel Neuer will be selected as the Best Goalkeeper of the Year in TOTY. Anything can still happen!
As for now, this is all just highly speculative and we can’t say anything for certain yet. It looks like we’ll have to sit tight and wait in anticipation just a little while longer! But if you want to do your part and vote for your favorite players, you can do so here. For now, all we can do is share the FIFPro World XI list with you that (probably) won’t be much different from the expected TOTY list:
Alisson Becker (Liverpool FC, Brazil)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool FC, England)
Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern München, Canada)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool FC, the Netherlands)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool FC/FC Bayern Munich, Spain)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern Munich, Germany)
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich, Poland)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, Argentina)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)
Absolute fan-favorites Messi and Ronaldo are placed as Right Winger (Messi) and Left Winger (Ronaldo) in FIFPro World XI. When it comes to their position in TOTY, we can ofcourse speculate or look into our crystal ball. Nonetheless it’s safe to assume that these top players will most likely obtain similar positions in the approaching TOTY-selection.
And don’t forget about the extra voting-round to pick a 12th man for the Team of the Year. Games have the option to vote for an extra player that unfortunately didn’t make it into the first TOTY-selection. Kind of like a bonus! For this year, it’s expected that Neymar will be the most popular ‘underdog’ to make 12th man in the FIFA 21 Team of the Year.
As soon as the TOTY-promo goes live, there will be so-called Lightning Runs, making the best packs of FIFA 21 available for purchase in the FUT-store, alongside the regular packs. There are a few types of packs that increase the chance of obtaining the TOTY star players! These special promo-packs are usually only available for a limited amount of time - like an hour or so - during events like Team of the Year. That means it’s very important to keep a close eye on those Lightning Runs and make sure you get them just in time. So make sure there are enough FIFA Points on your account at all times! When it comes to the special packs there’s a variety of choices, like the ‘Jumbo Rare Players’ or the ‘Ultimate’ packs that can help you get as many top players as possible.
As you can see, there’s an amazing FIFA-week coming your way! Are you sitting on the edge of your Gamerchair seat yet? Make sure to top up your FIFA Points right now so you’re ready to go as soon as the Team of the Year event goes live. At Startselect.com you can score your FIFA 21 Points and transfer them directly to your account. Super easy!