The FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Of The Year FAQ
This is futguide.com’s attempt to clear up much of the misinformation and dispel much of the rumour-mongering around the FUT13 TOTY!
When is the FIFA 13 TOTY release date?
The TOTY will be released after the January 7th announcement of the FIFPro World XI, no one but EA knows the exact release date or how it will be released.
What is the FIFA 13 TOTY?
The TOTY is a special issue of in-form (IF) players that coincides with the World XI announcement by FIFpro (the FIFA professionals association AKA professional footballers from around the world).
Who Will Be In The FIFA 13 TOTY?
EA can not announce the TOTY until the World XI is announced, so there is no way anyone (including EA themselves) knows who is in the TOTY, nor can EA release a TOTY before January 7th, contrary to some forumers’ belief!
The TOTY itself is comprised of the 11 winning nominations from a World XI shortlist of 55 players in a 4-3-3 formation:
In December all ballots that have been returned, have been counted. FIFPro staff will compose the team: the goal keeper with the most votes will be picked, the same goes for the four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. The new FIFA FIFPro World XI has been selected!
Who is on the World XI Shortlist?
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), Petr ?ech(Czech Republic, Chelsea), Joe Hart (England, Manchester City), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea), Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona),David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand(England, Manchester United), Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City), Philipp Lahm(Germany, Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Spain, Barcelona), Carles Puyol(Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), John Terry (England, Chelsea),Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St-Germain)
Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andrés Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus), Franck Ribéry (France, Bayern Munich), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City),Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast, Manchester City), Xavi Hernández (Spain, Barcelona)
Sergio Agüero (Argentina, Manchester City), Mario Balotelli (Italy, Manchester City),Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, AS Napoli), Didier Drogba(Ivory Coast, Shanghai Shenhua), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Anzhi Makhachkala), Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atlético Madrid), Mario Gomez (Germany, Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Neymar(Brazil, Santos), Robin van Persie (The Netherlands, Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo(Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Luis Suarez(Uruguay, Liverpool).
How come (insert player name) isn’t in the TOTY?
I read many TOTY predictions each day on the EA forums and on blogs but most fail to recognize one of the most crucial factors in deciding the TOTY – it is a vote. The FIFPro association numbers +50,000 professional footballers. These footballers fill in a handwritten ballot and return it to FIFPro.
Think about this.
If you are a professional footballer from Chile, Japan or Cameroon, which league do you think is most prominent in the media? The BPL or Liga do Brasil? Liga BBVA or the Russian Premier League? Look at the real ballot below from a Cameroonian footballer. There is a reason why every World XI is almost exclusively comprised of players from a select few teams. These FIFPro footballers watch the same games on TV that your average FIFA 13 player watches! That means this is a pure popularity contest. Those clubs/players that are always on TV or other media get the lion’s share of votes.
How Will EA Release The TOTY?
No one knows how EA will handle it this year but let us look back at how they did it previous years.
In FUT12, the 2011 TOTY was released by EA in batches over the following days after the announcement.
TOTY GK + Defenders were released first, then TOTY Midfielders and finally the TOTY Strikers. Each TOTY release had a two day window of availability.
In FUT11, the 2010 TOTY was released as an additional TOTW alongside the existing TOTW – yes, two TOTWs in one week!
Let’s hope EA doesn’t mess up the TOTY releases like they did last year (EA kept changing their minds on the release dates and how long each TOTY would stay in packs):
No really, tell me when the TOTY is released and who is in it!
Okay, you want a real answer?*
TOTY will be announced immediately following the World XI announcement (very late night January 7th GMT).
It will be available 12am Tuesday GMT (January 8th) –edit: or if it follows TOTW releases, 6PM GMT pm on January 8th.
What format (batches or whole TOTY released at once) EA use, I can’t even speculate. For example, if EA wanted to really milk TOTY, they could do a TOTY player per day. But if I were EA, I’d look to maximise revenue by ensuring that the biggest hitters (TOTY Messi and TOTY Ronaldo), were available during the peak day of the week (Friday evening GMT).
Who will be in the TOTY?
Spain won the EURO 2012 Cup, Italy were runners up. Barcelona and Real Madrid had a fantastic Liga BBVA season. Chelsea won the Champion’s League (Bayern Munich runner’s up). City, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus won their respective leagues.
The 23 man Ballon D’or shortlist for the World Footballer of the Year also gives us some clues:
Men’s shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala 2012
The following 23 men (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012:
Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Spain),Mario Balotelli (Italy), Karim Benzema (France), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Italy),
Sergio Ramos (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).
Similarly, the UEFA Best Player in Europe award is another big clue (voted by leading journalists in Europe):
- 1 Iniesta
- 2 Messi
- 3 Ronaldo
- 4 Andrea Pirlo (ITA) – Juventus (90 points)
- 5 Xavi Hernández (ESP) – FC Barcelona (57)
- 6 Iker Casillas (ESP) – Real Madrid CF (53)
- 7 Didier Drogba (CIV) – Chelsea FC* (31)
- 8= Petr Čech (CZE) – Chelsea FC (14)
- 8= Falcao (COL) – Club Atlético de Madrid (14)
- 10 Mesut Özil (GER) – Real Madrid CF (10)
From everything above, I’d say we will expect to see an extremely similar line-up to TOTY 12.
100%: Casillas, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldo are certainties once again
90%+: Ramos, Pique and Pirlo are almost locks too
Unknown: 1x Forward: Falcao or Ibrahimovic?
Unknown: 2x Defenders: Dani Alves, Chiellini, Kompany, Puyol or Alba?
This is my World XI prediction: Casillas, Ramos, Pique, Dani Alves, Kompany, Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo, Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic.
Ibra over Falcao due to his exploits during the balloting process (4 goals vs. England and scoring rampage occurred during Nov-12) while Pirlo’s magnificent Euro campaign and Juve title squeezes him in ahead of Xabi Alonso (Euro and Liga winner).
*These are my best guesses.