EA Sports released its trailer for the World Cup game mode coming to FIFA 23. With the tournament scheduled to take place starting this month, the game mode brings more excitement to the occasion. Plus, there are ways EA Sports incorporated the tournament into its existing online game modes.

FIFA included a World Cup game mode in FIFA 18 for Russia 2018. However, that package came during the offseason of European club soccer. With this year’s World Cup taking place in the midst of the main club scene, there are certain considerations regarding the effects on regular game play.

Avid FIFA gamers have no need to fear any significant disruptions. Instead, FIFA plans to use the World Cup to bring in a whole season of content. That includes the popular Ultimate Team game mode for online players.

FIFA 23 adds a whole World Cup section for free to all users who own the game. The game modes include single-player tournaments where you can pick any of the 32 qualified teams. Give any country, whether it be a strong contender like France, Brazil or England a chance to fulfill their destiny. Or, pick a minnow on the international scene to shock the world.

Users can also follow along in the video game as the tournament unfolds. FIFA World Cup Live connects players to the tournament itself. Updates allow users to play each of that day’s fixtures, or past matchups, with authentic lineups, group standings and scenarios. You can also play past matches to impact the future of the tournament had something else happened in real life. This is available for both single player and multiplayer, both online and local.

FIFA 23 adding World Cup 2022

The World Cup in FIFA 23 goes beyond gameplay, too. There are cinematics, designated commentary and stadiums specific to the 2022 World Cup coming to the video game.

Notably, some of that includes fans in and around stadiums. In the scenes in the trailer, that includes fans walking through the streets sporting clothes and face paint of specific nations.

However, perhaps your nation did not qualify to the World Cup. No worries, FIFA added the possibility for 15 teams to replace certain nations in the tournament so you can have more options at the World Cup. For example, this includes countries like Ukraine, Ireland, Romania and Hungary.

The World Cup addition to FIFA 23 becomes available on Nov. 9. Of course, the ability to follow along with results and statistics from the tournament does not kick in until the World Cup starts later this month.

Guide to World Cup 2022

Here are some resources to help you get the most out of the biggest event in soccer!
TV Schedule: All the info on where and when to watch every game
The Groups: We breakdown each group and all the teams
The Kits: Check out what every team will be wearing on the field this fall
Predictor: Play out every scenario with our World Cup Predictor
World Cup Bracket: Map out the entire tournament, from the groups to the final