The latest FIFA Street feature to be announced by EA SPORTS is the Street Network that is set to encourage social competition between players in game.  (Scroll down for screenshots…)

Street Network looks like it will compliment EA SPORTS Football Club which is already a huge success in FIFA 12.

“Through the Street Network, players will be able to capture video of their best tricks and share them in-game with friends, showing off their personal favourites and embarrassing their opponents. In addition, friends will be able to track and compare each other’s progress throughout the game, including World Tour story mode and Head-to-Head Online Seasons, and follow each other’s status in EA SPORTS Football Club.”

The inclusion of Street Network in FIFA Street is a fantastic idea.  After all, street soccer is a social game.  The whole point is to showboat and with the inclusion of a clubs mode looking ominous Street Network looks like it will satisfy the need to show off your skills, if not inflate a few egos across the community (if that’s possible…).

Interaction, social sharing and community all seem to be high up the priority list for EA SPORTS titles of late which is a great thing in my opinion.  Not only does it enhance our in game experience and longevity it also brings us closer to the people involved in making the game and they are listening to what we want.

Here are some more details from the EA SPORTS FIFA Street: Street Network press release:

“Street football is all about the one-on-one battle, when you pull off a trick to roast your opponent,” said producer Sid Misra. “The Street Network brings that real-world swagger into the game by enabling players to capture video of those moments and share them with everyone in their street network to see, and providing friends with a way to compare each other throughout the game.”

The Street Network will enrich the World Tour story mode, where gamers create a team of friends and compete in a connected world against other FIFA Street gamers’ teams, players will be able to follow each other’s status as they build their squads, unlock new tricks, and progress through the story of their journey to street football glory.

Players will be able to share and compare progress with friends directly in the Street Network and it will also broadcast in-game videos like “Goals of the Week”, and alert friends to each other’s accomplishments throughout the game.

You can view the original FIFA Street press release on EA.com.

FIFA Street’s release date is Wednesday, 13th March 2012 however you get exclusive in-game access to an adidas™ all-star team featuring Messi and 12 of the greatest footballers in the world if you pre-order it.  EA SPORTS Season Ticket holders will get full-game digital access to FIFA Street three days in advance of launch.

FIFA Street: Street Network Screenshots

Here are some of the latest screenshots courtesy of FIFASoccerBlog.

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FIFA Street 2012 Street Network Video Upload

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FIFA Street 2012 Street Network Newsfeed

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FIFA Street 2012 World Tour UK Event Map

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FIFA Street Jack Wilshere

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FIFA Street 2012 World Tour Europe Event Map

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FIFA Street 2012 Street Network EAFC

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FIFA Street 2012 World Tour Pro Leaderboards

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FIFA Street 2012 World Tour Text Invite

(I love the idea that Messi would text Rooney to see if he fancied a game of head and volleys).