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When does World Cup Mode come to FIFA 23?

It's a double World Cup season!

In FIFA 2014 and FIFA 2018, World Cup modes were added to the games as free DLC at the same times as the actual World Cup events were happening. This addition was a great way for gamers to celebrate the greatest event in the entire football calendar and was widely preferred to EA Sports’ old habit of releasing a completely separate World Cup game. The FIFA 23 season will see EA Sports adopting the same free DLC system as in FIFA 14 and FIFA 18, only this time, there won’t be just one World Cup. There’ll be two!

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How to play World Cup in FIFA 23

There are two World Cup events officially licensed in FIFA 23: the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/ New Zealand 2023. EA Sports has promised that both World Cups will be coming to FIFA 23 ” as post-launch updates at no additional cost.” So, if you’ve already bought FIFA 23, you don’t need to do anything else to play the World Cup except wait until the World Cup.

Is World Cup mode in FIFA 23?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starts on November 20, but the first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 content drops on November 9, 11 days before the tournament starts. And the World Cup content in FIFA 23 promises to be more expansive and integrated with the rest of the game than ever before. The World Cup final will be played on December 18, 2022, and some of FIFA 23’s World Cup content will only be available until the end of December. However, other content, such as World Cup players added to your Ultimate Team, will be usable indefinitely.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/ New Zealand 2023 starts on July 20, 2023 so again, it’s safe to assume that the Women’s World Cup FIFA 23 content will be downloadable a week or two in advance of that day. The Women’s World Cup final will be played on August 20, 2023, and the Women’s World Cup FIFA 23 content will probably remain playable until the start of the 23/24 football season.


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Gavin Mackenzie has been playing video games since the early 80s, and writing about them professionally since the late 90s. Having been a writer and editor on various British magazines including PLAY, GamesTM, and X360, he's now a freelance guides specialist at Gamepur.