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Best defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode: Top prospects & cheap players

Good defenders can be the difference between winning and losing, so here are the best ones you should sign in FIFA 22 Career mode.

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FIFA 22 Career Mode gives fans the ultimate freedom of building a club from the ground up, meaning managers will be looking for the top talent to keep things tight at the back. We’ve put together an in-depth guide of the best FIFA 22 Career Mode defenders you should sign.

Even though Ultimate Team remains the FIFA series’ biggest draw, Career Mode is also a favorite among the community. Taking control of your favorite team and leading them to glory has always been one of FIFA’s greatest appeals, long before packs and coins.

In FIFA 22, EA has gone even further by adding the ability to create a club from scratch, which makes picking out the right players even more important.

A team is only as strong as its defense, so here are the top defenders you sign in Career Mode.

Trent Alexander Arnold from FIFA 22 gameplay trailer

Best defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

While attackers get the headlines, a strong defense is vital to the success of any team – real-life or virtual.

Center-backs are about sheer stopping power and provide the foundation for the rest of the starting 11 on. Meanwhile, the full-backs can inject some much-needed pace into both defense and attack.

These are the best defenders you can buy in EA’s FIFA 22 Career Mode.

Player NamePositionAgeClubOverall Rating
Virgil van DijkCB30Liverpool89
Joshua KimmichRB26Bayern Munchen89
Rúben DiasCB24Man City88
Sergio RamosCB35PSG87
MarquinhosCB27PSG87
Andrew RobertsonLB27Liverpool87
Frankie de JongCB24Barcelona87
Trent Alexander-ArnoldRB22Liverpool87
Giorgio ChielliniCB36Juventus86
Mats HummelsCB32Borussia Dortmund86
Jordi AlbaLB32Barcelona86
Kalidou KoulibalyCB30Napoli86

Best young defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

The main aim of any Career Mode is to end up with the world’s best players in your club, but this doesn’t always happen overnight.

Thanks to the development system found in the mode. Sometimes it’s a better move to think long-term and sign a youngster will bags of potential, then watch them grow into a rock at the back.

These are the wonderkid defenders you should look to sign in this year’s Career Mode.

Player NamePositionAgeClubPotential Ratings
Trent Alexander-ArnoldRB22Liverpool90
Achraf HakimiRB22PSG89
Matthijs de LigtCB21Juventus90
Theo HernándezLB23Milan90
Aaron Wan-BissakaRB23Manchester United86
Alphonso DaviesLB20Bayern Munchen90
Jules KoundéCB22Sevila89
Dayot UpamecanoCB22Bayern Munchen90
Cristian RomeroCB23Tottenham Hotspur87
Éder MilitãoCB23Real Madrid89
Nordi MukieleRB23RB Leipzig85
Noussair MazraouiRB23Ajax86

Best cheap defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

While watching a prospect blossom into a world-beater is satisfying, it does often come at a cost. Like in the real game, teams will demand huge transfer fees for their best players and their young talent.

If you’re at a club that isn’t quite at the top just yet, or you’re just looking for a solid backup, paying big bucks might not make sense. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in defense that won’t break the bank.

Player NamePositionAgeClubPrice
Becir OmeragicCB/RB19FC Zürich€2.5M
€3K
Leonidas StergiouCB19FC St. Gallen€2.5M
€2K
Levi ColwillCB18Huddersfield Town€2.4M
€1K
Álex BaldeLB17Barcelona€2.4M
€1.5K
Jarred BranthwaiteCB19Everton€2.1M
€9K
Amar DedićRB/LB18Wolfsberger AC€2.1M
€1.3K
Julián AudeLB18Lanús€2.1M
€1.3K
Valentín BarcoLB16Boca Juniors€1.3M
€500
Rav van den BergCB16PEC Zwolle€675K
€500

Those were our guides to the very best defenders to sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode, whichever gap you’re trying to fill.

For more on all things FIFA 22, check out our similar guide to the best goalkeepers you should sign in Career Mode.

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FIFA 22

How to complete Ultimate Team Flashback Harry Kane SBC in FIFA 22

Harry Kane is one of the highest-rated strikers in FIFA 22, and FUT players are going to want to complete his Flashback SBC.

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Flashback Kane SBC

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the latest player to receive the Ultimate Team Flashback SBC treatment. Here’s how you can complete Kane’s FIFA 22 Flashback SBC and get your hands on a high-quality forward.

There have been some notable Flashback cards available through SBCs in FIFA 22 including Benzema, Pato, and Icardi. These cards have impacted the meta and generated a ton of hype thanks to their affordable price.

Kane is the next man up and this iteration is a massive upgrade from his standard card that is not suitable for the current pace-themed meta. In addition, his Premier League links make him a highly valuable asset to FUT squads.

Players will be required to submit four squads to get their hands on this English goalscorer, and we’ve got the cheapest solution to give you a hand.

FIFA 22 Flashback Harry Kane stats

Harry Kane Flashback stats

For starters, Kane’s most glaring weakness is without a doubt his 3* skills. However, he compensates for that with 5* weak foot which will make playing against him a nightmare. If you’re a FUT player that relies heavily on skill moves, Kane is certainly a skip for you.

Aside from that minor inconvenience, Kane is an incredible striker and a massive improvement from his rare gold card. This is the only version of Kane that is viable in FUT at the moment. His 85 agility stat will finally make Kane feel quick on the ball and nimble. Of course, his shooting is exceptional as is his passing.

Cheapest way to complete Flashback Kane SBC in Ultimate Team

To complete this SBC players will need to give up four squads: The HurriKane, The Three Lions, Premier League, and 88-Rated Squad. Kane suffers from what FUT players call the Premier League tax which will, unfortunately, boost the cost of this FIFA 22 SBC to around 400,000 coins in total.

You can check out the cheapest solutions below.

The HurriKane requirements

  • # of players from Spurs: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80

The HurriKane solution – Cost: 21,000 coins

HurriKane SBC solution

The Three Lions requirement

  • # of players from England: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70

The Three Lions solution – Cost: 37,000 coins

Three Lions SBC solution

Premier League requirement

  • # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 60

Premier League solution – Cost: 140,000 coins

Premier League SBC solution

88-Rated Squad requirement

  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 55

88-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 240,000 coins

88 rated sbc solution

The Harry Kane FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Flashback SBC is available until February 21, so you’ll have plenty of time to complete this slightly overpriced SBC. Kane will slot in perfectly to squads who utilize Premier League players and can even be used as a midfielder.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to vote for 12th man in FIFA 22 TOTY or check out our list of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best wingers.

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TOTY FIFA 22 Ultimate Team release date, full squad, & SBCs

As the year comes to a close, FUT players can’t wait to get their hands on the Team of the Year promo. Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 22 TOTY.

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FIFA 22 TOTY

Ultimate Team’s TOTY promo is one of the most anticipated events of FIFA 22. The top footballers of the past year are honored as players vote for their favorite TOTY nominees in FIFA 22.

Team of the Year highlights the best Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Attackers in an eleven-man squad. However, players can also expect 5-6 additional cards through the 12th Man, Objectives, and SBCs.

The competition was stiff this year as 2021’s top performers stepped up their game. Let’s take a look at the release date and the players included in the TOTY promo in addition to SBCs and Objectives FUT players will get a chance to complete.

When is the FIFA 22 TOTY release date?

TOTY FIFA 22 squad

After the full squad was revealed on January 20, the TOTY will begin to appear in packs as of Friday, January 21, 2022. Forwards will appear in packs first on January 21, with midfielders and defenders set to follow in the subsequent days.

As is the norm with most promos players can expect to get their hands on these coveted cards at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 7 PM CET.

What is Team of the Year?

TOTY logo FIFA 22

TOTY is a compilation of footballers who performed the best throughout 2021. Unlike Team of the Season which uses a club season as the criteria, this promo uses the calendar year to judge the top performers. 

EA Sports typically chooses a squad of eleven players that fit into a 4-3-3 formation. Although, there is some flexibility when it comes to the way players fit into the formation. All players can expect a stat boost that will take their overall into the 90s.

Interestingly enough, this promo is decided by FUT players through a vote. You’ll get to decide which superstars are included in this year’s iteration of the Team of the Year. We’ll keep you posted when voting opens to FIFA 22 players.

FIFA 22 TOTY full squad

FIFA 22 TOTY

The criteria for selecting the TOTY is heavily influenced by trophy-winners. Most of the players on this list will have won a competition by the time 2021 comes to a close.

For example, Jorginho isn’t known as the flashiest footballer but his contribution to winning the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 makes him an undeniable representative. 

The Attackers are led by Robert Lewandowksi who many believed should have won the 2021 Ballon d’Or thanks to his brilliant performances in the Champions League and Bundesliga. After winning Copa America last summer, Lionel Messi is once again involved in the squad.

As previously mentioned, Jorginho’s Euro and Champions League winning year see him make the TOTY. His Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kanté is right beside him in the midfield.

Check out the full squad below.

  • 96- Donnarumma
  • 94- Cancelo
  • 95- Marquinhos
  • 97- Ruben Dias
  • 93- Hakimi
  • 96- De Bruyne
  • 97- Jorginho
  • 96- Kanté
  • 98- Messi
  • 97- Mbappe
  • 98- Lewandowski

TOTY Objectives & SBCs

TOTY vote

As of now we currently have no indication of what to expect in terms of the players up for grabs through Objectives and SBCs during TOTY.

When EA Sports announces additional information concerning the official release date and SBCs we’ll update this section so be sure to check back in!


For more FIFA 22 news check out our 10 Ultimate Team players you can sell for big coins.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 18 & featured players

EA have announced another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. We’ve got everything you need to know, as well as the full FIFA 22 TOTW 18 lineup.

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Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 18, there are some huge names for people to add to their teams and we’ve got all the details listed for you.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is incorporating real-world football into its addictive gameplay loop through special cards, such as Icons or the new FUT Heroes.

One of the mode’s oldest promotions is ‘Team of the Week’, which offers players a weekly batch of upgraded cards, based on real-life player performances the previous week, to help build out their squads.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW news, so be sure to check back here every week.

Here are the full updates for FIFA 22’s Team of the Week 18.

FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 18

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

The FIFA 22 TOTW 18 is here, and it’s full of big names from across the world. For those who like to try out new cards and have the funds to do so, FIFA’s TOTW is great.

Check out the full squad for the FIFA 22 TOTW 18 here.

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that boost stats based on that player’s performance in the previous week of real-world games. Any player awarded an in-form will see both their ratings and in-game stats get a permanent increase.

Every week, EA unveils a 23-man squad of the stars who had the best games in the previous domestic or international fixtures round. They could be awarded for a last-minute winner in a big game or a heroic performance from a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet.

Each TOTW is available in packs for an entire week until it is replaced by the next squad on the following Wednesday. Player’s can not receive an in-form two weeks in a row.

While an in-form card is in packs, it replaces the base version of that player. The normal card will return to packs when that TOTW is over.

AC Milan player dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

In FIFA 22, EA has addressed fans’ complaints that TOTW items are often quickly rendered useless by the other promotional cards added to the game throughout the year.

Every week, one player will receive a special Featured TOTW card. These players will receive a larger boost than the rest of the squad in an attempt to make them more desirable to those building their teams.

To qualify for this additional stat-boost, the player must have a base card that is under 80-rated and not have any other performance-based card in packs – such as a Ones to Watch.

Screenshot of Jude Bellingham card

When is the TOTW released?

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday so that any Monday night games can be considered.

Each new team is normally Tweeted out around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT with a full look at every upgrade.


For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the 10 best Ultimate Team cards in FIFA 22 and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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