EA SPORTS FC: FIFA Rebrand, Game Modes, Licensing, More

In 2023, EA will change its flagship football series from FIFA to EA SPORTS FC, and fans will wonder how this affects their experience. Here’s everything we know so far about EA SPORTS FC, including the game modes, leagues and licenses that will be included.

After nearly 30 years of partnership, FIFA 23 will be EA’s last football title to use the FIFA branding. In 2023, EA SPORTS FC will be launched, described by the publisher as ‘the future of interactive football’.

With such a major shift, many fans will no doubt be wondering how the game they know and love will be affected, and whether core features like Ultimate Team and Career Mode will be affected.

We’ve put together all the information we know about EA SPORTS FC in one place, including the game mode and upcoming licenses.


EA SPORTS logo with blurred background of FIFA 22 cover star Kylian Mbappé
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The name has changed, but has the game?


The good news for FIFA fans is that: EA has confirmed that all the game modes they are used to seeing set to return in EA SPORTS FC† As far as we know now, there are no plans to remove modes that are currently featured in FIFA titles.

It’s no surprise to see Ultimate Team return, as it has become one of EA’s biggest draws in recent years. How FUT, or whatever it will be shortened to move forward, will be tweaked to accommodate the new branding remains to be seen.

Here are all the game modes confirmed to be in EA SPORTS FC:

  • ultimate team
  • Career mode
  • Professional clubs

With the newfound freedom that the developers have without the restriction of the FIFA deal, it’s also possible we could see some new modes. We will update this section as soon as there is news.


EA Sports FC
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Many clubs have already confirmed their inclusion, such as Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City.

One of the FIFA series’ biggest selling points over a rival like eFootball (formally PES) is the fully realized players, clubs and leagues it offers. It looks like EA SPORTS FC will keep its many licenses, much to the relief of longtime fans.

EA owns the rights to over 700 teams, each with their official kits and players, from over 30 different leagues from around the world. They can also use more than 100 stadiums of these national leagues, including those of Old Trafford, San Siro and La Bombonera.

It is worth noting that certain teams such as Juventus are not covered by the Serie A license, and it is unlikely that this will change in EA SPORTS FC as well. Check out the full list of licensed leagues that have been confirmed:

  • Premier League (England)
  • EFL Championship (England)
  • EFL League One (England)
  • EFL League Two (England)
  • Ligue 1 (France)
  • Ligue 2 (France)
  • Bundesliga (Germany)
  • Bundesliga 2 (Germany)
  • 3. League (Germany)
  • Serie A (Italy)
  • La Liga (Spain)
  • La Liga Smartbank (Spain)
  • Eredivisie (Netherlands)
  • Liga Professional de Futbol (Argentina)
  • A-League (Australia)
  • O. Bundesliga (Austria)
  • 1A Pro League (Belgium)
  • Liga do Brasil (Brazil)
  • Chinese Super League (China)
  • 3F Superliga (Denmark)
  • J-1 (Japan)
  • K League 1 (South Korea)
  • Liga MX (Mexico)
  • Eliteserien (Norway)
  • Ekstraklasa (Poland)
  • Liga Portugal (Portugal)
  • Premier Division (Ireland)
  • Liga I (Romania)
  • Pro League (Saudi Arabia)
  • SPL (Scotland)
  • Allsvenskan (Sweden)
  • Super League (Switzerland)
  • Super Lig (Turkey)
  • MLS (US/Canada)

EA SPORTS FC Licensing

UEFA Champions League trophy with logo

Securing the Champions League license was a huge win for EA in FIFA 19.

In addition to the usual leagues and players, EA began to expand in recent years to demand licenses for other tournaments. This started with international cups and soon expanded to domestic European competitions.

The popular World Cup content has been confirmed to return in FIFA 23, but there’s no word on whether EA will be able to use that particular license after the partnership ends. So we’ll have to wait and see if Career Mode players can participate in the World Cup in EA SPORTS FC.

Happy, UEFA is committed to continuing its partnership with the football series† This means that the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League must all return in both Career Mode and Ultimate Team for promos such as Road to the final.

In a statement shared with the initial announcement, Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Director of Marketing, said: “With a shared commitment to serving football fans around the world, we look forward to our continued partnership with EA SPORTS FC to provide players with authentic in-game experiences with the club competitions they love.”

When will the EA SPORTS FC be unveiled?

It’s only natural that fans still have a lot of questions and concerns about the future of the franchise, and EA has confirmed that a more in-depth reveal will take place in July 2023

Here we should get our first real look at what EA SPORTS FC has kept the same from FIFA, as well as all the new innovations. But the publisher is clearly keen to focus on FIFA 23 before pulling the curtain back.

That’s all we know so far about the new era of EA football titles. We will update this page with the latest details as they are announced. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our FIFA guides:

Best strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team | Best Goalkeepers to Buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team | Best Central Defenders to Buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team | Best Midfielders to Buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team | Premier League POTM | Series A POTM | Ligue 1 POTM | Eredivisie POTM | LaLiga POTM | Bundesliga POTM

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