EA Sports celebrates 23 days of FIFA 23 with showstopping statistics... and there's more to come

The developer has also lifted the lid on official FIFA World Cup content

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Despite being the final game in the series, the biggest football game on the planet has flown out of the traps.

With official FIFA World Cup content on the way, the title looks to be going from strength to strength.

The developers have shown off the crazy statistics and trends of the game, just over three weeks into its lifetime.

Over 4 billion goals scored

Yep, despite just 23 days of action, a whopping 4.3 billion goals have been scored in FIFA 23 so far. That means that an average of 2,000 goals are being scored in the game every single second.

Those goals have come in 1.7 billion matches, meaning there's been an average of just over 2.5 goals a game, which is a bit lower than the community would have expected - perhaps highlighting the improved realism of this year's game.

Brand new for this year - FUT Moments - give FIFA Ultimate Team players the opportunity to quickly earn rewards through brief in-game challenges. It seems they have been a huge hit with 185 million FUT Moments completed so far.

EA brought the stars of Ted Lasso into the game this year, with the show's club AFC Richmond playable in offline modes. The Greyhounds have already chalked up 1 million wins, showing the popularity of the Jason Sudeikis Apple TV show.

All of the above goes into the incredible 15 million minutes played so far - the equivalent to over 30 years of gameplay.

Top of the Charts

As for the players, EA has also revealed the top 10 highest scorers for both the women and men.

Perhaps the most dangerous forward in women's football is also the top scorer on FIFA 23, with Sam Kerr pipping Chelsea teammate Fran Kirby. Lyon and France forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto comes in third place, matching her astonishing record of 174 goals in 195 professional appearances for club and country.

As for the men - there's a huge surprise with Manchester United Marcus Rashford the top scorer in the game so far, perhaps because the England forward is a cheaper option. Cover star Kylian Mbappe takes second spot, with Darwin Nunez edging out Erling Haaland for third place.

As for the most popular teams, Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG lead the race in the women's game, whilst Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid are the three most used clubs for the men.

The most popular contest for the women has been a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea, closely followed by Chelsea vs PSG and Chelsea vs Lyon. In the men's game, the mega-rich clash of Manchester City vs PSG leads the way, followed by El Clasico - Barcelona vs Real Madrid - and then PSG vs Real Madrid.

It wouldn't be a FIFA game without the iconic celebrations, and thanks to Christian Pulisic pulling out the "Griddy" last season, it has become the most popular move on this year's game. It's followed by the classics of the "Knee Slide" and the "Pick up the ball out of the net".

Around the modes

We can also see exactly what modes the players are playing in the early weeks of the game.

In FIFA Ultimate Team, the most represented squads have come from the Premier League, Spain's LaLiga Santander and Italy's Serie A TIM. As for countries, the most popular nationalities have been France, England and Brazil,

In Career Mode, the most popular transfers made have been Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham, Mexico winger Alexis Vega and Belgium international Jason Denayer - who are both free agents on the game.

In Volta, the most popular vanity items have been the new Face Guard Mask, as well as a Geometric Sleeve and Trial Sleeve. The most popular stadium in the Volta street mode has been the Musqueam arena, a tribute to the indigenous community of British Columbia.

Just getting started

Also announced this week, is the official FIFA World Cup content coming to FIFA 23.

This includes a whole season dedicated to the tournament in Qatar in FIFA Ultimate Team, as well as "multiple tournament modes" arriving as part of the World Cup Update.

This includes "FIFA World Cup Live", which enables you play the upcoming, and past matches as the tournament unfolds.

The updated matchday experience enables you to see all the fans of the various countries attend the games, with designated World Cup commentary, two new stadiums, the official ball and the iconic World Cup trophy.

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