The last big event of the FIFA calendar for all intents and purposes is Team of the Season. A sea of blue cards will flood the market as each of the major five leagues across Europe are celebrated with juiced cards of our favorite players. If it’s anything like last year the event will go on for weeks as each league needs their moment in the sun. And much like last year, chances are your existing card values are going to plummet as people try to get liquid and accumulate as much coin as possible to buy packs or purchase these sexy blues. So if you haven’t already sold off your premium cards you might as well hold them because you’re going to be taking a -10% haircut. On the flip side it also becomes a great time to buy into those In-Form/Special cards that were too expensive that you passed on during the year.

Like any other special card release nothing is guaranteed so don’t expect to drop $100 (or even $500) on FIFA points and expect to pull a plethora of TOTS cards. Chances are you may snag a few (there will be around 20 cards per league) but there are no guarantees when it comes to FIFA pack luck, as if that really needed to be said. The weights and odds will depend on the league (Premier League and Liga will be the most rate) so choose your packs wisely.

I went through the five major leagues (England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy) and “Rest of the World” and picked my Team of the Season based purely on my perception (eye test and statistics) of who is deserving and who is not. I’m not playing into biases and giving Paul Pogba just because he’s a mega marquee player and would drive hype into the event for people to spend more money. I’m not going to load up the Premier League with Chelsea players because they’re my favorite team. It’s not about the names, it’s about the performance on the field.

(Overall card rating is my guess | base level stats are from their latest/highest version)

English Premier League

Honorable Mention: Nacho Monreal, Nathan Ake, Wilfred Ndidi, N’Golo Kante, Aaron Mooy, Jamie Vardy, Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Marko Arnautovic, Abdoulaye Doucoure

Spanish Liga Santander

Honorable Mention: Cristhian Stuani, Rodrigo, Jose Gimenez, Jan Oblak, Marcelo, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Andres Iniesta, Sime Vrsaljko, Pione Sisto, Geoffrey Kondogbia

German Bundesliga

Honorable Mention: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Now hear me out…He transferred to Arsenal in January, his 13 league goals still sits at second place tied with Nils Peterson with 9 less games played. Aubameyang contributed three assists as well which is the same as Lewandowski, Ribery, Thiago and Alaba combined. I know it’s not possible but I’m putting it out there, there should be some combined mega-card that infuses Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi into one 99 rated striker card for the cumulative stats at Dortmund this year. For their 23 Bundesliga games they combined for 19 goals and 4 assists – that doesn’t include other competitions which adds another 10 goals (8 Aubameyang, 2 Batshuayi)

Italian Calcio A

Honorable Mention: Fabio Quagliarella, Luis Alberto, Simone Verdi, Alejandro Gomez, Federico Bernardeschi, Iago Falque, Jose Callejon, Stefan De Vrij, Alisson

French Ligue 1

Honorable Mention: Fabinho, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Marquinhos, Mario Balotelli, Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler, Javier Pastore, Mariano, Keita Balde Diao

Rest of the World