By Pavo Jurkic
October 30, 2019
With FIFA 20 out and first proper esports competitions finally being announced, many players are contemplating whether or not pursuing a career as an esports athlete is worth the hassle. Whether or not it’s worth becoming a FIFA pro, to be more precise. One thing is for sure, there’s a ton of money involved in the esports industry, and the same goes for FIFA. Perhaps FIFA events aren’t as lucrative as those of Dota 2 and League of Legends, but considering the fact it’s not a team-based esports title but one based on individual players, the prize pools’ perspective kicks right in.
Today, we’re going to talk about becoming a FIFA pro. Right off the bat, we’re going to explore the essential things future FIFA esports athletes need to keep in mind as well as pros and cons of entering the industry as an individual player and as a content creator. There are many traps and errors you can make, so if you’re somewhat serious in your intentions, now’s the right time to get comfortable, make a cup of tea, and read on!
There’s a ton of YouTube videos aimed at people who are looking to get better at the game. However, that’s not what we’re going to talk about today. Nope! Well, technically, we will touch on the gameplay mechanics a bit, but for the most part, we’ll be talking about the mindset, time management, and the crucial things you’ll have to keep tabs on if you’re serious about becoming a FIFA pro.
So, without further ado, let’s kick things off!
The worst mistake you can do while trying to string a few wins together is to get complacent. Complacency is the killer of form! If you’re playing aggressive football, rushing with your defensive four all the time, and not being critical with every chance you get, you can and will get punished.
Even more so when you’re playing competitively, stuff like Weekend Leagues or local events. Don’t underestimate your opponents. Play your best game for all 90 minutes. If you’re in a narrow lead and the end whistle is about to blow, don’t try to soak in a screamer. It’s just plain stupid. Try to shield the ball, take possession, and hold onto it. Let the time run out and enjoy your spoils of war.
There’s no room for complacency in the life of a pro FIFA player. The sooner you learn that, the better!
If you’re struggling to win matches, nothing is going your way, and every opponent you face seems like a top 100 player, it’s not the end of the world. If FIFA seems unfair, buggy, and you can’t seem to get two correct passes in, it will get better…
In times like these, it’s best to put your controller down for an hour or so, relax, do something else to forget about past matches. Having other hobbies and interests besides FIFA is a great way to become better at the game. Yes, it’s true.
Other hobbies and interests will keep your mind off of FIFA-related mishaps. They will help you keep a positive mindset and allow you to come back stronger than before. Nor sure which hobby to pursue? How about drones? Perhaps something that involves physical activity such as indoor climbing, running, or even football. Yep, why not switch your controller for a pair of football boots and enjoy a quick 4+1 with your mates? If that doesn’t get your mind away from FIFA, I don’t know what will…
Defining clear goals and sticking to them is a crucial aspect of becoming a FIFA pro. And I’m not referring to in-game goals, you know, the kind you score with your strikers. Nope! I’m referring to goals AKA milestones you’re supposed to set up and try to achieve them. This is an excellent way of challenging yourself, assessing your strengths, weaknesses, and monitoring your improvements.
For example, define the number of wins you “need” to have in the next Weekend League. If you succeed, define a slightly higher number next weekend. Or, define the rank you want to have at the end of a Rivals week and aim higher next week. It’s the little things like these that differentiate good players from the best ones.
Becoming a FIFA pro requires a lot of work and a proper FIFA Ultimate Team squad. You’ll need to grind for coins and rely on pack luck to get an appropriate basis for your starting eleven. We’re talking hours on end of grinding every week, which can be frustrating. But I’m afraid you’ll have to go through it unless you’re willing to spend a bunch of money to acquire a competitive squad.
Of course, not everyone can dedicate 30+ hours a week to play FIFA. That’s where time management comes in. If you want a worry-free FIFA experience, the best thing to do is to get all your stuff done before you start playing the game. That way, you won’t have to worry about taking your dog out for a walk at 3 AM or do your taxes at 5.
Making the same mistakes over and over again means you’re either not trying, or you’re not serious about becoming a FIFA pro. It’s okay to make mistakes; we all make them. However, the trick with making mistakes is learning from them and not making the same ones again. If you do that, you’ll eventually run out of mistakes to make, and your gameplay will be on the highest possible level.
Don’t just learn from your mistakes but learn from your peers too. Having friends who play the game at a high level is always a huge plus. You’ll get to carry each other to new heights and perhaps one day contest at significant FIFA esports events.
If these five crucial tips to becoming a FIFA pro aren’t enough for you, feel free to check out our most common FIFA 20 mistakes blog for a different approach to becoming better at FIFA 20!
Knowing what to do and what not to do is only a small portion of the equation. If you’re serious about becoming a FIFA pro, you’ll need to get recognition well beyond weekend league performances. Luckily, we live in an age where all information is easily accessible, and the same goes for FIFA-related exposure.
For starters, if you’re already able to reach Elite 1 on FUT Weekend Leagues consistently, perhaps it’s time for you to test your luck on Electronic Sports League. Yep, the good old ESL. ESL features a whole heap of FIFA tournaments. Go4FIFA is the entry-level iteration and can pose as a great jumping board for your road to becoming a FIFA pro.
Of course, you’ll have to keep a positive mindset and not succumb to pressure. And trust me, there will be lots of pressure even if the prizes are only a few hundred dollars/euros. Keeping a cool head, sticking to your game plan, and exploring different tactical opportunities are the key to your success!
If ESL is not your cup of tea with lag, DDoS attacks, and all that nasty stuff, perhaps offline tournaments will be more up your alley. Yes, there’s more to FIFA esports than big events such as ePremier League or eFIFA World Cup. There are lots of smaller events held on a local level. If you’re living in a big city, you’re bound to find plenty of events to go to and test your FIFA expertise.
Not only are these events awesome for becoming a FIFA pro, but they’re also excellent for your budget. Typically, these local events either sport a real money prize (few hundred euros/dollars, depending on where you live), with some of them opting for in-game coins (typically 10k-50k). Either way, showing up for such events will do a world of good on your way to becoming a FIFA pro player.
In addition to ESL tournaments and local events, there are more ways you can make a name for yourself in the FIFA community. FIFA Reddit is a terrific place to start. Join the community discussions and perhaps make a few friends here and there. There’s a ton of good players lurking on that subreddit, and playing against them could help you out in the long run. After all, playing with good players will make you a better player too.
If you’re good at FIFA, but you can’t seem to beat the top 100 players, and that’s something holding your back, you can always pivot to another FIFA-related career.
Drumrolls… Becoming a FIFA YouTuber…
Yeah, I know it sounds like a cliché, but I’m serious here. If you think pro FIFA players earn a ton of money, you’d be even more surprised to see just how much the likes of MattHDGamer and BorasLegend make. Yes, becoming a FIFA YouTuber is a different ballgame than becoming a FIFA pro, but either way, you get to play FIFA for a living, and it doesn’t get any better than that!
All you need to kickstart your FIFA YouTube career is an Elgato, a proper microphone, and basic video editing skills. Of course, you need an interesting personality as well as a friendly face, but I see you’ve already got that going for you, you charmer, you.
As far as content goes, FIFA is one of those games that hand out a ton of opportunities to everyone in its YouTube/Twitch ecosystems. We’re talking pack openings, player reviews, team of the week opinions, draft challenges, career mode role-playing, skill training showcases, and plenty more. FIFA gives you endless opportunities, and it’s up to you to grab them by the balls (referring to football balls, of course).
Money won’t come right away. YouTube and its algorithms are tricky, but as long as you’re making entertaining content that people enjoy watching and sharing, your numbers will keep going up. Being a FIFA YouTuber is not exactly as straightforward as becoming a FIFA pro, but can be just as much fun… Perhaps even more!