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Code leak confirms Wrexham AFC has made it into FIFA 22

07 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
Wrexham Racecourse Ground by Mark Barnes (CC 3.0) Inset: Screengrab from FIFA 22 Beta.

As if there wasn’t enough good news for Wrexham fans – their team has now made it into the ranks of FIFA 22.

Rumours had previously circulated that the Welsh club, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, would be included in the game’s upcoming release.

This appears to now be confirmed with leaked code from EA’s football simulation showing Wrexham included as one of the ‘Rest of the World’ teams.

It was particularly welcome news for the makers of the Rob.Ryan.Red football podcast who have been urging the game developers EA Sports to feature the Welsh club.

In March, @RobRyanRed had tweeted: “We’d love to see Wrexham back on @EASPORTSFIFA (even if we don’t get promoted).

“The Town hasn’t been playable since FIFA 08, surely it makes sense to add us to the world’s most popular football game given the growing global appeal?”

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EA’s inclusion of the National League side is no doubt thanks to the high profile they have been given thanks to their celebrity owners.

But they may also have received a helping hand from one ex-player.

After retiring from football, former Wrexham defender Shaun Pejic has become a FIFA gameplay producer based at EA Sports’ Vancouver studio.

The ‘Rest of the World’ category is used to include interesting and popular teams that aren’t in any of the regular leagues featured in the game.

The Wrexham team’s last FIFA appearance was in 2008 before they were relegated from League Two, leaving them playing non-league football for the past 13 years.

The hype about the north-east Wales club this season has seen fans queuing overnight for season tickets and a temporary cap on sales.

The leaked code is from a closed Beta version of the game that’s designed to test gameplay and identify bugs before the final game is released, due to be in October.

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