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FIFA 20 pre-season guide: Ultimate Team campaign bridges gap to FIFA 21

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EA’s monster football series has never delivered anything like FIFA 20 pre-season before. Serving up free FIFA 20 TOTSSF loan items and a return to packs of select elite cards, it also bridges the gap to FIFA 21 with SBCs to earn chemistry styles and coin boosts for next season. New Road To The Final players include Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde, and Weekend League rewards get a refresh too. For the full lowdown, head further into GR’s FIFA 20 pre-season guide.

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: unlock FIFA 21 free items

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In gaming’s least surprising news, there’s a sequel to FIFA 20 coming imminently. FIFA 21 is released on 9 October, slightly later than usual owing to the coronavirus pandemic. But you can start earning items for that game now, as part of the FIFA 20 pre-season campaign. Squad Building Challenges across the first two weeks of August can be completed for the FIFA 21 rewards below: 

  • x2 Coin boosts (5 games x 500 coins)
  • FUT 20 Icon Home Kit
  • FUT 20 Future Stars Kit
  • Anchor Chemistry Style 
  • Engine Chemistry Style

FIFA 20 pre-season rewards will be granted in FIFA 21 on or before 16 October. If you don’t have the game by then, note that they need to be claimed by 23 November.

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: free TOTY loan cards

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The best bit of FIFA 20 pre-season occurs automatically the next time you log into the game or FIFA 20 Web App. It’s a free loan pack containing five elite 99-rated TOTY players, each of whom you have for five matches. They are Cristiano Ronaldo (Piemonte Calcio), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (PSG). Not much more to add on this entry, other than: enjoy!

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: ‘best of’ cards

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Continuing the theme of FIFA 20 Summer Heat, FIFA 20 pre-season adds a tonne of sexy cards back into packs. As of Wednesday 29 July, 50 are available, including ten TOTY items: Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Piemonte Calcio), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Piemonte Calcio), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Alisson (Liverpool) and Andy Robertson (Liverpool).

A handful of those cards feature in our rundown of the FIFA 20 best players – click that link if you want to know how they play in game. (Incredibly, for the most part.) For the full list of re-released 'best of' cards as of 29 July, visit the official EA website.

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: Road To The Final (RTTF)

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Road To The Final cards are dynamically updated based on performances in the Europa League and Champions League. Those competitions come to a climax in August – the Champions League final on 23 August, the Europa League final two days beforehand on 21 August. 

To celebrate, EA is releasing new RTTF items as part of FIFA 20 pre-season. The first of these is Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, only available as part of a limited-time SBC. The Uruguayan’s 93-rated card is two OVR points higher than his previous best – a 91-one rated Future Stars item – and will improve further should Real edge past Manchester City in the quarter-finals. You need to exchange an 83-rated squad with 60 chemistry and containing one Real player to unlock him for keeps. 

Other Champions League content includes half-time SBCs during upcoming matches, and new ‘Showdown’ items. “Inspired by a real-world football match, SBCs will be made available for a limited time up until match day with one player representing each team from the highlighted matchup,” says EA. “The special Champions League Showdown item from the team that advances from the matchup will get a one-time permanent +3 OVR stats boost.”

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: new weekend league rewards

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Weekend league rewards are changing again, and so they should at this stage of the season where everyone is packing endgame squads. Below are what you can expect on Thursday mornings, based upon your performance across the previous Friday to Sunday. 

  • Top 100: The 'Best of' 11 Players Pack is replaced with the TOTSSF 11 Players Pack containing 11 TOTSSF player items from the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
  • Elite 3 - Elite 1: The 'Best Of' 3 Players Pack is replaced with the TOTTSF 3 Player Pack containing 3 TOTSSF player items from the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
  • Gold 2+: A minimum of 1 TOTSSF item from the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 can be found in any Player Pick earned.
  • Silver 1+: Any player items earned from Player Pick packs are TOTSSF items.
  • Silver 2 and 3: Any player items earned from Player Pick packs are TOTSSF items capped at 88 OVR.

FIFA 20 pre-season guide: new summer signings

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“Throughout Pre-Season, we’ll be showcasing a selection of the most exciting moves of the summer with special player items in FUT 20, released for those players after they land at their new clubs,” says EA. Expect fresh cards for Chelsea new boys Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech any day now, then.

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