FIFA 21 early access gives players a head start before the game launches worldwide. The head start helps the most for Ultimate Team players who can open packs, play the game, and improve their squads a bit earlier.
Players get early access to FIFA 21 just like Madden 21: by purchasing a special edition of the game. There are two special editions of FIFA 21: the Champions Edition and Ultimate Edition. FIFA 20 had three different cover stars for each edition, but EA Sports opted to make Kylian Mbappe the athlete on all editions.
Here's when early access starts in FIFA 21.
FIFA 21 Early Access: When Does it Start?
FIFA 21 releases worldwide on Oct. 9. Early access starts three days earlier on Oct. 9.
Players who purchase either the Champions or Ultimate Edition get early access. Additionally, there are pre-order bonuses available for each version of the game. Rewards vary and one for Ultimate Team was a timed reward. Players who pre-ordered on or before Aug. 14 received an untradeable Ones to Watch item.
Ones to Watch cards are live items that upgrade each time a player received a performance-based card. Those cards include Team of the Weeks, Man of the Matches and Hero cards.