FIFA 19 is just a few months away – but bar some generic gameplay we’ve seen very little else – especially when it comes to Career Mode.
While we can’t expect huge overhauls in the mode this year, there’s every chance EA could have a few aces up their sleeve.
One such addition could be the introduction of a referee mode – which, in theory, could be relatively easy to set up.
In fact, YouTuber FNG has revealed some concept designs about how it could look.
EA, we hope you’re paying attention.
As is the case with Career Mode, the concept menu screen boasts a calendar, ‘next match’ and ‘sim match’.
However, there’s a smart ‘reputation’ box in the bottom right, which would track your results and in-game performance.
Should this get too low, you’d likely be demoted – eventually ending up officiating games for the lowest leagues in the game.
A news feed at the top right would provide you with analysis and feedback post games – which would work very well.
Hearing Jose Mourinho tear into you post match certainly wouldn’t get old.
Finally, a ‘customise’ tab would allow you you create a ref that looks just like you, working much like the ‘create a player’ option.
Moving on, the ‘stats’ tab would provide you with all the information needed to track your character’s progress.
Key stats such as appearances, correct decisions and VAR decisions would all be taken into account.
You’d also have a stint as a linesman – and again, be judged on correct calls.
So, how likely is this mode to make it into the game?
In theory, it’s certainly doable.
The game could essentially ‘prompt’ you to make decisions during a match, with a timer forcing you to make the correct call under pressure.
In reality, EA may be hesitant as they may feel playing as a ref holds limited appeal.
Still, the publisher shocked everyone last year with the introduction of interactive transfer negotiations, so they could be looking for another radical addition.
Either way, the concept art offers a tantalising look at what could be an incredible mode.
CHECK OUT THE REFEREE MODE IN ACTION BELOW.
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