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FIFA 18: Why UEFA’s new pitch ruling is bad news for anyone apart from FIFA players

UEFA have introduced a new rule about pitch patterns that has everybody, apart from FIFA players, furious

FIFA 18 fans are about to have even more good news – but it’s bad luck for everybody else.

UEFA have introduced a new rule that no longer allows patterns on the grass in stadiums – supposedly because it makes it harder for officials to judge if players are offside.

So it’s goodbye to that huge fox at Leicester City’s King Power stadium.

Sad times indeed.

But for FIFA 18 players, the lack of pitch patterns will be welcomed – as they’ve been causing headaches for the past few months, quite literally.

FIFA 17 players complained the designs meant they couldn’t see what was happening on the pitch and were, on the whole, extremely disorientating.

Not only that, but shadows – which EA may have to tone down this year – made it hard to see where the ball was.

Say goodbye to these glorious scenes at Leicester City’s King Power stadium

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Say goodbye to these glorious scenes at Leicester City’s King Power stadium

Gamers are so happy about that they’ve started off a sub-Reddit in celebration.

Time will tell whether EA manages to sort the pitch patterns before FIFA 18 is launched on September 29.

Either way, FIFA gamers will be rejoicing as they will finally be able to get a clear view on the pitch in FIFA 18.

So, will there be new stadiums in FIFA 18?

Yep – as the guys at Goal point out, there are some new additions in FIFA 18.

These include LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, newly-promoted Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex arena.

Sadly, there’s one notable omission – and were not talking about the Camp Nou. White Hart Lane will not feature – as Tottenham have now moved to Wembley.

Despite how realistic the pitch patterns were, that still didn't impress FIFA 17 players

Despite how realistic the pitch patterns were it caused a headache for FIFA 17 gamers

The Estadio Vicente Calderon will also likely get the chop, given that Atletico Madrid are in the process of moving to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Here’s every stadium that will feature in the game – not including the generic ones.

Premier League

  • Dean Court: AFC Bournemouth
  • Emirates Stadium: Arsenal
  • Amex Stadium: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Turf Moor: Burnley
  • Stamford Bridge: Chelsea
  • Selhurst Park: Crystal Palace
  • Goodison Park: Everton
  • John Smith’s Stadium: Huddersfield Town
  • King Power Stadium: Leicester City
  • Anfield: Liverpool
  • Etihad Stadium: Manchester City
  • Old Trafford: Manchester United
  • St James’ Park: Newcastle United
  • St Mary’s Stadium: Southampton
  • bet365 Stadium: Stoke City
  • Liberty Stadium: Swansea City
  • Wembley: Tottenham Hotspur
  • Vicarage Road: Watford
  • The Hawthorns: West Bromwich Albion
  • London Stadium: West Ham United

The Emirates Cup returns this summer

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The Emirates Stadium will feature in FIFA 18

EFL Championship 

  • Villa Park: Aston Villa
  • KCOM Stadium: Hull City
  • Riverside: Middlesbrough
  • Carrow Road: Norwich City
  • Loftus Road: QPR

EFL League One 

  • Fratton Park: Portsmouth


  • Allianz Arena: Bayern Munich
  • Johan Cruijff Arena: Ajax
  • Borussia Park: Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Donbass Arena: Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Mestalla Stadium: Valencia CF
  • Juventus Stadium: Juventus
  • Olympiastadion: Hertha Berlin
  • Stade Velodrome: Olympique Marseille
  • Parc des Princes: PSG
  • San Siro: AC Milan & Inter Milan
  • Santiago Bernabeu: Real Madrid
  • Signal Iduna Park: Borussia Dortmund
  • Veltins Arena: Schalke 04
  • Volksparkstadion: Hamburg SV
  • Wanda Metropolitano: Atletico Madrid

The Allianz Arena will be making a return – as expected

The Allianz Arena will be making a return – as expected

Rest of the world

  • BC Place Stadium: Vancouver Whitecaps
  • CenturyLink Field: Seattle Sounders
  • Estadio Azteca: Club America
  • King Abdullah Sports City: Al Ittihad & Al Ahli
  • King Fahd International Stadium: Al Hilal, Al Nassr & Al Shabab
  • La Bombonera: Boca Juniors
  • El Monumental: River Plate
  • StubHub Center: LA Galaxy
  • Suita City Football Stadium: Gamba Osaka

We’ve also pulled together 15 stadiums fans want to see in FIFA 18. You never know, they could still make their way on to the game.

Turk Telcom arena

Location: Turkey

Capacity: 52,650

Team: Galatasaray


San Mames Stadium 

Location: Spain

Capacity: 53, 289

Team: Athletic Bilbao


Estadio do Dragao 

Location: Portugal

Capacity: 52,000

Team: Futebol Clube do Porto


Celtic Park

Location: Scotland

Capacity: 60,832

Team: Celtic FC


Red Bull Arena Leipzig 

Location: Germany

Capacity: 44,345

Team: RB Leipzig


De Kuip 

Location: Holland

Capacity: 51,577

Team: Feyenoord (Eredivisie)


Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium

Location: Turkey

Capacity: 50,509

Team: Fenerbache


Parc Olympique Lyonnaise 

Location: France

Capacity: 59,186

Team: Olympique Lyonnais


Estádio José Alvalade

Location: Portugal

Capacity: 50,095

Team: Sporting Clube de Portugal


Philips Stadion 

Location: Holland

Capacity: 35,000

Team: PSV Eindhoven


Stadio San Paolo

Location: Italy

Capacity: 60,240

Team: Napoli


Estadio Chivas

Location: Mexico

Capacity: 49,850

Team: Club Deportivo Guadalajara


Estadio da Luz

Location: Portugal

Capacity: 65,647

Team: S.L. Benfica


Vodafone Arena

Location: Turkey

Capacity: 41,903

Team: Beşiktaş J.K


Maracana Stadium

Location: Brazil

Capacity: 78,838

Team: Mainly been used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama




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