FIFA 18 players are gearing up for the reveal of the new FUT Team of the Year (TOTY) players, although it’s not quite known how EA Sports will roll out this latest update to the game, as FIFPro have already revealed their own Team of the Year, back in October.
Traditionally, EA Sports has revealed the first majorly upgraded player items at the beginning of each New Year, typically coinciding with the announcement of the FIFPro World XI.
However, FIFPro decided last year to move up their awards gala called “The Best FIFA Football Awards” from January 2018 to October 2017.
EA chose not to add the players into the game, but it remains to be seen exactly how or what they’ll do now than January has rolled around.
Will we get the exact same team? Will they change it and open it up to a fan vote? Could they be released as special SBC’s (squad building challenges)?
It’s not clear how EA Sports will approach it, but we suspect the release date should remain largely the same.
In the case of FIFA 17, the players were revealed on January 9th and slowly released in packs over the course of a few, starting with the forwards, followed by midfielders, defenders and the keeper.
The FIFA 18 team will likely be released in the same way, with EA Sports likely making an announcement as early as Friday 5th January, but more likely on Monday 8th January.
Take a quick look at the gallery below for the players and stats we could see for this FIFA 18 TOTY Squad.
FIFPRO World XI in full
• Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus)
Dani Alves (BRA/Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain)
Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus/AC Milan)
Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid)
Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid)
• Andres Iniesta (ESP/Barcelona)
• Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid)
• Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid)
• Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid)
• Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona)
• Neymar (BRA/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)
FIFPRO 2017 Shortlist
Goalkeepers (5): Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus), David De Gea (ESP/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (CRC/Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (GER/Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (SVN/Atletico Madrid)
Defenders (20): David Alaba (AUT/Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (ESP/Barcelona), Dani Alves (BRA/Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Jerome Boateng (GER/Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (ITA/Juventus/AC Milan), Dani Carvajal (ESP/Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (ITA/Juventus), Diego Godin (URU/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (GER/Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (GER/Bayern Munich), David Luiz (BRA/Chelsea), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (ARG/Barcelona), Pepe (POR/Real Madrid/Besiktas), Gerard Pique (ESP/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Samuel Umtiti (FRA/Barcelona), Antonio Valencia (ECU/Manchester United), Raphael Varane (FRA/Real Madrid)
Midfielders (15): Thiago Alcantara (ESP/Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (ESP/Barcelona), Casemiro (BRA/Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (BRA/Liverpool), Eden Hazard (BEL/Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (ESP/Barcelona), Isco (ESP/Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (FRA/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (GER/Real Madrid), Nemanja Matic (SRB/Chelsea/Manchester United), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (GER/Arsenal), Paul Pogba (FRA/Manchester United), Marco Verratti (ITA/Paris Saint-Germain), Arturo Vidal (CHI/Bayern Munich)
Strikers (15): Gareth Bale (WAL/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (FRA/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (URU/Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (ARG/Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE/Manchester United), Harry Kane (ENG/Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (BEL/Everton/Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Neymar (BRA/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain), Alexis Sanchez (CHI/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (URU/Barcelona)
FIFA 18 TOTY Market Crash
It’s pretty obvious, but every FIFA 18 player will want these very special new cards for their Ultimate Team squad.
However, the only way players can go about doing that is through the market or pulling it from a pack when it is available.
Because of this, there should be an influx of pack openings from FIFA 18 players, which should increase the supply of cards on the FUT transfer market.
So, at some point, we should expect to see a market crash in the game, and friend of Futhead and former FIFA Community Manager, Chu Boi experts it could happen as soon as Sunday evening as soon as Weekend League ends.
For some further advice though, we would certainly suggest watching Chu Boi’s video above, which explains how FIFA 18 players can prepare for the TOTY release.
In the meantime, you can grab this weeks new FIFA 18 TOTW 16 squad, which are available by chance when opening FIFA Ultimate Team Packs.
The squad this week features ELEVEN Premier League players including Manchester City’s Ederson, as well as Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, to name but a few.
There’s also room for a further four players from the English Championship and lower leagues, including the likes of Aston Villa’s Robert Snodgrass and Martin Braithwaite from Middlesbrough.
Keep reading to discover the full squad and take a look at their upgraded stats in the gallery below:
FIFA 18 TOTW 16 Starting XI
GK: Ederson – Manchester City – 83 > 85
CB: Dejan Lovren – Liverpool – 81 > 84
CB: Nicolas Nkoulou – Torino – 78 > 82
CB: Nathan Aké – Bournemouth – 75 > 81
CM: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 87 > 89
CAM: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – 84 > 86
CAM: Jesse Lingard – Manchester United – 78 > 82
LF: Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal – 89 > 91
ST: Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – 83 > 86
ST: Marko Arnautović – West Ham United – 82 > 86
RW: Paulo Dybala – Juventus – 88 > 90
FIFA 18 TOTW 16 SUBS AND RESERVES
GK: Mattia Perin – Genoa – 83 > 85
CB: Leander Dendoncker – Anderlecht – 79 > 82
LM: José Izquierdo – Brighton & Hove Albion – 78 > 82
LM: Martin Braithwaite – Middlesbrough – 77 > 82
RM: Robert Snodgrass – Aston Villa – 76 > 81
RW: Willian – Chelsea – 84 > 86
ST: Fabio Quagliarella – Sampdoria – 78 > 821
CB: Danny Wilson – Rangers – 69 > 77
RM: Adrian Mierzejewski – Sydney FC – 72 > 79
RM: Mostafa Fathi – Al Taawoun – 67 > 76
ST: Lewis Alessandra – Notts County – 66 > 75
ST: Jack Marriott – Peterborough United – 62 > 72