5) YOU’LL NEED TO PRACTISE PENALTIES
Just like England have (hopefully) been doing, you’ll need to practise penalties before you play any big games on FIFA 17, because the way you take them has been completely overhauled.
For the goalkeeper it’s no different, but penalty takers now have almost complete control over the run-up: rather than just choosing your power and direction (perhaps with a little stutter thrown in for good measure) you can now control the angle and speed of your approach to the ball – and it takes some serious getting used to.
6) YOU’LL GET A TOUCH OF FROSTBITE
For FIFA 17, EA has switched to the Frostbite engine, which is the one that Dice uses for Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront.
That means a full graphical spruce-up, resulting in better facial likenesses (Juan Mata looks every bit the cuddly teddy bear he is in real life) and better lighting effects, which was never more obvious then when we played an evening game under the floodlights at Old Trafford.
All sounds exciting, eh? Well you won’t have to wait too long to play it, because FIFA 17 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 29 September. Actually, hang on, that’s months away. Damn!