FIFA 20 looks set to make some welcome changes across the board. From FUT to Pro Clubs, everything is getting a new lick of paint, with Career Mode getting the most sizeable update it’s seen in years. To help get you up to speed, we’ve put together this FIFA 20 Career Mode Guide. We’ll go over all of the changes that have been made since last year, and provide some details on the major new features. This means diving into the new customization options, press conferences and player morale systems.
FIFA 20 Career Mode
EA has worked with fan feedback to make some pretty major changes to Career Mode in FIFA 20. There’s a lot of new features, so we’ve summarized the major ones in the list below:
- Press Conferences pre-match.
- New player conversations to bolster the Morale system in FIFA 20.
- New Negotiation scenes
- Redesigned Team Management
- League-specific UIs
- Deeper Manager customization
- Live News Screenshots
FIFA 20 to Launch With Pre and Post Press Conferences
Press Conferences have been a part of the FIFA series for a while now, though FIFA 20 looks set to take them to the next level. Before certain games, you’ll get the option to attend a Press Conference, or simply skip it. Press Conferences will represent the main venue where the manager will take questions and answer them, both before important matches but also immediately after. Both the Pre and Post Match Press Conferences will leverage newly-built scenes specifically designed to be part of the Manager Career experience.
FIFA 20 Player Conversations
The deeper options present in Press Conferences will allow for a more detailed Player Morale system in FIFA 20. For one, Player Conversations have been overhauled to be more complex, with each player having a distinct reaction to the options available. This allows for Player Stories to develop over time, affecting both Player Morale and your overall Manager Rating. The conversations will appear via instant-message apps in-game, and you’ll be given distinct choices every now and then.
FIFA 20 Player Morale System
All of these new pre and post-match features will feed directly into the updated Player Morale systems. Morale will be influenced by a multitude of different factors, ranging from play time and wage expectations to a player’s performance on the pitch and how well the team is doing. Secondly, answers in Press Conferences and replies to players in 1-on-1 conversations impact players’ morale as well. Having a high morale will be highly desired as a player’s morale will influence their attributes in upcoming matches. During Press Conferences you will be shown exactly which player will be affected by your answer, and you can track the changes in Morale in real-time.
FIFA 20 Manager Customization Options
The options for customizing your FIFA Manager have always been a little lacklustre, so it’s good to see EA opening things up and offering deeper options throughout. You’ll be able to choose either male or female avatars, with more extensive clothing options and facial details. Ultimately, this all means you’ll have much more control when designing your Manager, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a much welcome change.
FIFA 20 Career Mode League UIs
There have been some subtle changes to the UI of Career Mode for FIFA 20. Depending on the League matchup you’re taking on, there will be a different theme. You can see this in action in the image above.
FIFA 20 Career Mode Changes
Let’s end this article by detailing some of the other changes that have been made for FIFA 20. You’ll find them in the list below:
- Added an option in the Player Actions pop-up to add a player to the shortlist and immediately go to the Transfer Hub with the respective player.
- Redesigned Team Management layout to allow for easier player attribute comparison.
- (Player attribute values shown below are just an example and subject to change)
- New Negotiation Environments
- Added an option to disable International Management job offers at the start of a new career.
- Increased the initial Composure attribute values for generated youth players and redistributed weights for player growth between physical, mental and skill attributes to allow for more physical growth.
- Improved distribution of ethnicity within a country when generating youth players.
- Significantly increased the initial amounts for wage budget allocation.
- Increased the player value of defensive players based on the latest transfer market activity.
- Fixed multiple issues with leagues that split into play-offs after the end of the regular season. League objectives are now correctly tracking the play-off instead of the regular season standings. Champions celebrations are triggered at the end of the play-offs.
- Improved the algorithm used by AI teams to determine their starting XI. Moving forward you should see far fewer instances in which the opponent isn’t using their prime starting XI in important matches.
- Re-adjusted the number of saves to 8, inside Career Mode, to address the feedback received from our players during the ’19 cycle.
- Fixed multiple fixture congestion issues. The winter break roll out this season as well as the removal of the FA Cup 5th Round Replay have improved fixture congestion issues in English leagues. We’ve slightly altered the authentic schedule of the English Championship by pushing its completion to a later date. This ensures that schedule conflict situations between Championship rounds and European football nights aren’t possible. A lot of the congestion issues reported by the community were happening with mid-week league rounds happening at the same time as European football, which, although unlikely in the real world, is a common occurrence in Career Mode.
- Added the new format and schedule of the Spanish Supercup.
- Added support to round down the points in leagues that split into play-offs and halve the points such as the Austrian Bundesliga.
- Updated usage of the 4th substitute in extra time to all competitions that support this new law of the game.
For more info on FIFA 20, like release date and cover stars, head to our FIFA 20 Everything We Know page. For a look at how Pro Clubs have changed this year there's our FIFA 20 Pro Clubs Guide. There's also our page on what's new in FUT 20. For a look at how the new FUT progression system works, there's our FUT Season Objectives Guide.