It might be a few months away, but you can be absolutely sure that a huge team of developers, coders and all-round tech bods are working round the clock to get FIFA 18 ready in time for release.
The good news is that we already know a few new celebrations are on the way in FIFA 18.
These include Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘thinking’ celebration, Olivier Giroud’s leg dance and the ability to run in to the crowd.
But we hope it’s not too late to offer some suggestions for EA Sports’ team to include some new features on the game – so how about some new celebrations?
This football season has seen some footballers get pretty inventive when it comes to celebrating goals, so will we get the chance to tap our RTs, L2s and Os to celebrate in style?
Here’s a selection of celebrations from recent times we would like to see in the new game…
1 The ‘Saltbae’ celebration
Adopted by Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and the Bayer Leverkusen team back in January, while it’s not exactly the most active, it would certainly annoy your mates when you perform it for the fifth time in the same game.
2 The ‘just stand there like a boss’ celebration
There’s been plenty of similar celebrations like this one on recent FIFA games – the ‘Stand Tall’, the ‘Calm Down’ and the ‘Muscle Flex’ all come close, but Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette’s recent celebration is simplistic yet incredibly effective.
We can’t wait to see him pull it off in the Prem.
3 Update to the ‘Phonecall’ celebration
We know there have been plenty of telephone-based celebrations in recent versions, but the ‘Phone Me’ celebration has had something of a resurgence this year in football.
Not only did Gabriel Jesus debunk rumours about his version being about his ex-girlfriend, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos fans argued over which of the two stars did it first.
4 Taking a selfie with fans
A few players have done this in real life, but Douglas Costa running over to fans to take a selfie to celebrate his goal against Borussia Monchengladbach last October was seriously cool.
5 Celebrating with the fans like an absolute nutter
Now here’s a thing – some of these celebrations will not get included in the new FIFA, because EA Sports apparently have a strict policy about making sure their game lies within the footballing law.
Celebrating a goal with the fans in real life leads to a yellow card for the offender, so FIFA players have often claimed EA wouldn’t include it as it would mean also having to implement a system in which the player also gets booked.
But that’s the point of the celebration – we would certainly take the hit for a yellow card on the game if we scored a 95th winner to beat our mates. Come on FIFA, do the right (bad) thing.
6 Harry Kane/Dele Alli handshake celebration
Love it or hate it, it’s probably here to stay. Which means their much talked about celebration should probably feature in the new game.
Look on the bright side, you’ll be able to work out which of your mates to knock off your Christmas card list as soon as they dare to try this one.
7 Dries Mertens’ strange dog-corner-flag celebration
Yeah, the Napoli star did actually do this in a real game. We’re not sure about it, either, but your weird friends might like to perform it in the new game.
8 Just the classic, old, ripping off the shirt celebration
Like a few others, this will not feature because it breaks football rules – automatic yellow card = not on FIFA.
But look at it this way – you’re Alex Hunter, in the World Cup final (keep with us…), and you score a 120th minute winner in The Journey 2.
Of course you’re going to rip your shirt off.
9 Or you can go one better…
Without a doubt, this Messi celebration will go down in history – and deserves its place in the next FIFA.
The Barcelona ace scored the winner in the dying seconds of the most recent El Clasico.
He ran over to the Real Madrid fans, took off his shirt and held it up for them all to see.
Please make it happen, EA.