FIFA 21’s search for the most authentic football experience won’t extend to empty stadiums

EA Sports pushes its FIFA series as the most authentic football simulation available, but this year’s dramatic changes to the beautiful game won’t be reflected in FIFA 21.

The coronavirus has forced football to change fundamentally. Stadiums that were once packed with fans are now empty, save for staff, press and of course the players themselves. Those off the pitch must wear face masks, while the players are encouraged to celebrate goals and victories with clenched fists and elbow touches.

If you watch football now in the UK, you may hear a crowd, despite there not being one in the stadium. That’s because broadcasters are incorporating fake crowd noises imported from EA Sports’ FIFA. But you can turn this audio off, which means you get to hear the managers and staff shouting during the game – in an eerie echoey stadium.

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