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How to Earn Skill Points in FIFA 21 Pro Clubs & Unlock Player Traits Fast

In FIFA 21 Pro Clubs, Skill Points are paramount for your Virtual Pro. Skill Points, Base Match XP, and Bonus Match XP improve particular selected attributes and level up the overall rating of your player.

You'll need to earn skill points in Pro Clubs to improve stats like Pace, Dribbling, Short and Long Passing, as well as Shooting. They're also used to improve crucial aspects of your game like Weak Foot and Skill Move abilities.

Another important aspect of Skill Points is the ability to unlock Player Traits. These are special attribute upgrades that will grant your Virtual Pro bonus abilities and animations.

The Flair trait will allow your players to perform special flicks and tricks on the ball. Second Wind will grant a stamina boost in the later stages of a match when players are fatigued.

Skill Points are simply the currency of FIFA 21 Pro Clubs, so follow along and we'll explain how to gain them quickly and develop your pro.

FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Skill Points & Player Traits

In FIFA 21 Pro Clubs, there are a maximum of 110 Skill Points which players can earn. You will be gifted with a free 15 Skill Points at the creation of your player, as to boost initial stats to a playable level.

The remaining 95 Skill Points can be gained in multiple ways over the course of playing matches. Virtual Pro XP is awarded in two forms, Base Match XP, and Bonus Match XP.

These will be awarded after matches are completed, and will boost attributes/abilities of your Pro Clubs player.

Base Match XP

Base Match XP is awarded to your FIFA 21 Pro Clubs player based on the rating earned during the match. Each match rating is scored from 0.0 to 10.0 and provides a set number of XP points.

Base Match XP points are distributed based on whether that Attribute is Primary, Secondary, or Tertiary for the position. Primary Attributes gain 100% of XP points awarded, Secondary gains 70% and Tertiary gains 30%.

Match RatingBase Match XP
075
1150
2300
3450
4600
5700
6800
7950
81100
91275
101500
FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Match Rating / Base Match XP Table

Each position has a list of assigned primary attributes, as follows:

Striker (ST)

  • Strength
  • Reactions
  • Acceleration
  • Sprint Speed
  • Finishing
  • Heading Accuracy
  • Shot Power
  • Long Shots
  • Volleys
  • Short Pass
  • Att. Position
  • Ball Control
  • Dribbling

Left Midfield/Right Midfield (LM/RM)

  • Stamina
  • Reactions
  • Acceleration
  • Sprint Speed
  • Finishing
  • Vision
  • Crossing
  • Long Pass
  • Short Pass
  • Att. Position
  • Ball Control
  • Dribbling

Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM)

  • Reactions
  • Acceleration
  • Sprint Speed
  • Finishing
  • Long Shots
  • Vision
  • Long Pass
  • Short Pass
  • Agility
  • Att. Position
  • Ball Control
  • Dribbling

Central Defensive Midfielder (CDM)

  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Reactions
  • Aggression
  • Vision
  • Long Pass
  • Short Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Interceptions
  • Marking
  • Standing Tackle
  • Slide Tackle

Left-back/Right-back (LB/RB)

  • Stamina
  • Reactions
  • Acceleration
  • Sprint Speed
  • Heading Accuracy
  • Crossing
  • Short Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Interceptions
  • Marking
  • Standing Tackle
  • Slide Tackle

Center Back (CB)

  • Jumping
  • Strength
  • Reactions
  • Aggression
  • Spring Speed
  • Heading Accuracy
  • Short Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Interceptions
  • Marking
  • Standing Tackle
  • Slide Tackle

Goalkeeper (GK)

  • Reactions
  • GK Diving
  • GK Handling
  • GK Kicking
  • GK Reflexes
  • GK Positioning

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Bonus Match XP

Bonus Match XP is granted by performing specific actions over the course of 90 minutes. It's only assigned to specific attributes based on the type of action that was completed.

Goal Inside The Box

  • Finishing - 40 XP

Goal Outside The Box

  • Long Shots - 50 XP
  • Shot Power - 20 XP

Hat Trick (3 Goals Scored)

  • Finishing - 75 XP
  • Long Shots - 75 XP

Penalty Scored

  • Penalties - 150 XP

Free Kick (FK) Scored

  • FK Accuracy - 200 XP

Assist

  • Short Pass - 10 XP
  • Vision - 25 XP
  • Long Pass - 10 XP

Second Assist

  • Vision - 30 XP
  • Short Pass - 30 XP

Key Pass

  • Vision - 30 XP
  • Short Pass - 30 XP

Successful Short Pass

  • Short Pass - 3 XP

Successful Long Pass

  • Long Pass - 4 XP

Successful Cross

  • Crossing - 5 XP

Key Dribble

  • Dribbling - 25 XP
  • Agility - 15 XP
  • Ball Control - 15 XP

Tackle

  • Marking - 5 XP
  • Standing Tackle - 5 XP
  • Slide Tackle - 5 XP
  • Aggression - 5 XP

Block

  • Marking - 5 XP

Interception

  • Interceptions - 10 XP

Header Win

  • Jumping - 5 XP
  • Heading Accuracy - 10 XP

GK Shot Caught

  • GK Handling - 10 XP
  • GK Reflexes - 10 XP

GK Shot Parried

  • GK Reflexes - 10 XP
  • GK Positioning - 10 XP

GK Penalty Save

  • GK Diving - 50 XP
  • GK Handling - 50 XP
  • GK Kicking - 50 XP
  • GK Reflexes - 50 XP
  • GK Positioning - 50 XP

GK Cross Caught

  • GK Positioning - 10 XP
  • GK Reflexes - 10 XP
  • GK Handling - 10 XP

GK Clean Sheet

  • GK Diving - 30 XP
  • GK Handling - 30 XP
  • GK Kicking - 30 XP
  • GK Reflexes - 30 XP
  • GK Positioning - 30 XP

The aforementioned attributes can be leveled up with Base and Bonus Match XP until they reach their attribute caps. Once each cap is reached, the only way to further upgrade the attribute is by using Skill Points and Traits.

How to Earn Skill Points

Skill Points are earned when players complete a full match (League and Cup matches). As previously mentioned, gamers will be awarded 15 Skill Points at the creation of their player.

The remaining 95 skill points will be awarded to Pro Clubs players based on this table of distribution:

Matches PlayedSkill Points AwardedTotal Skill Points
0-15
1+318
3+321
5+526
7+329
10+534
12+337
15+340
20+343
23+346
25+551
30+354
33+357
37+360
40+363
45+366
50+571
53+374
60+478
65+381
70+586
75+389
80+594
85+397
90+5102
95+3105
100+5110
FIFA 21 Pro Clubs Skill Points Table

After completing 100 League/Cup matches, your player will no longer be able to earn additional Skill Points. However, you will be able to un-apply and re-apply Skill Points to redistribute your players abilities.

In addition, players can use their Skill Points to unlock Traits alongside their attribute upgrades. With FIFA 21 debuting in the UK as the top-selling digital title, expect the Pro Clubs divisions to be full of eager challengers.

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