EA has announced the arrival of FIFA Online's open beta test.

You can register and download the game from the FIFA Online website now.

FIFA Online is part management simulation and part action game. You can buy and sell players and upgrade your team, and you'll earn experience to spend on things like shinpads to boost defense or whistles to boost attack power.

The game will eventually be powered by micro-transactions: elusive items that offer a leg-up in the game but cost real-world money.

FIFA Online can be played in single- and multiplayer, and progress will be charted to offer a comparison with friends.

For now, EA is banging the FIFA World Cup drum and challenging you to win the famous trophy with your country. Can you?

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