FIFA 09 to feature online clan system

Called Clubs, for 50 of you.

EA Sports has added an online clan system to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 09.

The "Clubs" (it'll never catch on) support up to 50 players, giving you a pool from which to draw the strongest team for the ten-a-side Be A Pro online matches.

Those not picked can either sulk or cobble together another squad to go off and take part in other, simultaneous matches.

Clubs will initially be sorted by their points total (not sure how you earn those) and placed in one of many divisions. The season then opens and everybody goes bananas in an effort to be crowned the best of the best.

Club Managers (clan leaders) will also be free to scout and poach other players. There's no word on the intricacies of this, though.

FIFA 09 demos go live for Xbox 360 and PS3 today, although the latter was still unavailable when we checked moments ago.

The full game is due out for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii and DS on 3rd October.

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