FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Fitness: Why Was it Removed?

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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team fitness is one of the most popular and talked about changes of the year as players started their new FUT journeys on Oct. 9.

Fitness has long been a staple of FIFA Ultimate Team. Players had to use fitness cards on their items to make sure they started with full stamina and performed to expectations. Fitness also became a way for players to make coins on the Transfer Market. Players opted for Squad Fitness cards instead of individual fitness. It was a faster way to keep every player at max fitness before games.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Fitness: Why Was it Removed?

Fans of the franchise who might be picking up FIFA 21 for the first time in a while or newcomers all together might notice that fitness isn't a thing anymore.

"Fitness items have been a light management element in Ultimate Team since the very beginning. The decay of players' fitness was put in the game originally to encourage rotation in the squad and to simulate some of the management decisions that football squads have to consider. However, we’ve evaluated these mechanics and have decided that it wasn’t creating the desired effect in rotation and players were spending time doing a management action that was frequently required and, ultimately, not very fun," EA Sports said in an update back in August.

EA Sports now includes stadium customization options, such as tifos and celebrations, instead of fitness items in packs. A welcomed change and something that should streamline gameplay for this year and future titles.

FIFA 21 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.