FIFA 19 shakes up kick off mode with new survival variant, no rules mode and more

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 6 August 2018 14:03 GMT

The standard kick off mode in FIFA 19 is getting a number of big additions that’ll hopefully make things more interesting.

EA has revealed the upgraded kick off mode in FIFA 19. Alongside your typical, default match type, kick off mode this year will feature five new types you can choose from.

The first lets you create a UEFA Champions League match with any rules you like, offering the option to jump into the group stages or the final directly from the kick off menu. This option will use the same UEFA Champions League presentation available in tournament mode.

Then we have Best of Series, which makes it easy to set up a best of three or five series between two teams. Home & Away works exactly as you’d expect, allowing you to play one home and one away match. The score is aggregated to determine the winner, replaced by the team with the most away goals in case teams are tied. If teams are still tied, it’ll go into extra time with penalty shootouts.

Similar to the UEFA Champions League match type, the Cup Finals brings the same treatment to any of the real-life cup finals available in the game. From there you can jump right into the final of the FA Cup, Europa League etc.

The most interesting, however, is the House Rules match type. This actually encompasses a whole host of exciting and bizarre combinations. House Rules basically lets you play with one of many custom rules.

Survival Mode removes one random player from the scoring team every time it scores a goal. No Rules lets you turn off anything from offsides, to fouls and even the referee themselves.

In Long Range, goals scored from outside the box count as two, while goals scored from inside the box count as one. You’re also able to set custom win conditions in First To, and it can be anything from golden goal to first to three goals etc.

Finally, Headers & Volleys only counts goals scored through headers or volleys, though free kicks and penalties count in this mode as well. EA also revealed extensive stats tracking available in kick off matches, details of which you can find on the EA Sports blog.

FIFA 19 is out September 29 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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