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FIFA's End Of Year Stats Are Heavily Skewed Towards PSG

FIFA's End Of Year Stats Are Heavily Skewed Towards PSG
By Jonathan Byrne
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Sports Business editor for The Athletic, Bill Shea, has got his hands on an interesting set of statistics about our FIFA playing habits.

EA Sports have released their 'year-end' stats and we've been given a snippet of some of the standout figures from the game in 2021.

To start with, 9.7 billion matches were played throughout 2021. That's incredible to think. There's not even a population of 9.7 billion on the planet.

If every person that exists participated in a match in FIFA against the computer, for example, 1.8 billion would have to play another game after that.

22.3 billion goals were scored by players throughout 2021. That's an average of roughly 2.3 goals per game. Long live the 1-1 draw.

Who was the player that netted the most? Kylian Mbappé scored the most goals. He's long been known as a bit of a cheat code in FIFA Ultimate Team in particular.


The stats are skewed heavily towards the French giants as Paris Saint-Germain were the most popular team used by players over the year.


So when playing the likes of FUT or friendlies, whether it be offline or online, people opted to go with Mbappé, Neymar and Messi. Not exactly a shock.

The most popular match-up was PSG vs Liverpool in 2021. Again, not surprising as this was the default game opener in FIFA 21.

FIFA's PSG Love Affair

Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily associated with the last few FIFA's given Kylian Mbappé's cover status, but FIFA 22 took things a step further.


The opening cutscene is set in a Paris backdrop as your custom player stumbles upon the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry on the way to Parc des Princes.

It has created a bit of a monopoly on FIFA over other teams. The general gravitation towards PSG by most players is growing tiresome especially on online game modes.

However, the PSG marketing team have made a smart move. Being at the forefront of the top sporting video game is one way to resonate with a younger audience.


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