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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 23 devs drop major hints about Pro Clubs’ crossplay future

FIFA 23 Pro Clubs won’t have crossplay at launch, but developers EA Sports have confirmed it’s in the plans for the future.

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Real Madrid vs Liverpool in FIFA 23

FIFA 23 fans were disappointed when EA Sports announced that crossplay wouldn’t be coming to the game at launch. Thankfully, some new details from the developers has teased that it could arrive further into the game’s lifespan.

For years, FIFA fans have been begging EA Sports to introduce cross-platform play to the series. With games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Apex Legends all making use of the system, FIFA seemed like an obvious candidate for crossplay.

For the first time, FIFA 23 is set to include cross-platform play, but left players disappointed with the news that it would only be available in a limited number of modes.

For many, the biggest blow was the fact that Pro Clubs would not utilize the system at all, meaning players couldn’t team up if they were on different consoles. While Pro Clubs won’t be crossplay at launch, EA Sports have suggested that might not be the case for the entirety of the game’s lifespan.

Manchester City Women vs Chelsea Women at Samford Bridge in FIFA 23

EA teases Pro Clubs crossplay in the future

In their August 8 Pitch Notes for FIFA 23, Game Design Director for Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football Richard Walz spoke candidly about the lack of crossplay in these modes, and provided an update on the future of the modes.

“I share your desire to see crossplay in Pro Clubs,” he stated, “And understand the frustrations for not seeing it included in the launch of FIFA 23. While we’re excited with the first steps to bring new crossplay features to FIFA 23, we also recognize what crossplay functionality could mean to the Pro Clubs modes, with the potential for improving matchmaking, and allowing friends from different platforms of the same generation to play together.”

“With the scale of such an important feature, our goal is to bring you the best possible experiences. As we look at our crossplay future, we’re focused on matchmaking in Pro Clubs, VOLTA, and FUT Co-op, as well as cross-platform lobby invites and ultimately cross-platform Pro Clubs.”

When FIFA 23 launches, only 1v1 modes will have crossplay enabled. That means Ultimate Team Friendlies, Divisional matches, and Weekend League, along with Online Seasons.

FIFA 23 is set to include some majors changes, with both player and manager Career Mode receiving updates, along with new FUT Icons.

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FIFA 23 Pro Clubs: Cross-play, Leveling changes, skill games, more

FIFA 23’s Pro Clubs mode introduces several new features, like skill games, season progression changes, and new Perks.

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Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23’s Pro Clubs mode including the latest news on cross-play inclusion, changes to leveling and progression, as well as the new skill games feature.

EA Sports are set to deliver new features across each of FIFA 23’s game modes including Career Mode, Ultimate Team, and Pro Clubs. As the final iteration of the iconic franchise to boast the FIFA branding, expectations are high for FIFA 23.

While Ultimate Team tends to receive the bulk of the attention from players, Pro Clubs is a well-liked mode with a passionate community that enjoys teaming up with friends online.

FIFA 23 is set to deliver some changes and improvements when it comes to Pro Clubs, and here’s a breakdown of what you should expect.

FIFA 23 Pro Clubs post-launch cross-play

Fans of Pro Clubs were shocked and appalled when they discovered that FIFA 23 would exclude the highly requested cross-play feature from impacting the mode’s gameplay. It’s the first time that a FIFA game will have cross-play and Pro Clubs players were furious with the exclusion.

The backlash from the decision to exclude Pro Clubs from cross-play functionality has led to a statement from EA.

The statement confirmed that EA “recognize what cross-play functionality could mean to the Pro Clubs mode with the potential for improving matchmaking and allowing friends from different platforms of the same generation to play together. “

FIFA 23 Pro Clubs jersey

It’s a positive sign to see the devs address player concerns. They reaffirmed that while FIFA 23 will not have cross-play for Pro Clubs at launch, it is something they’re working on: “As we look at our cross-play future, we’re focused on matchmaking in Pro Clubs, VOLTA, and FUT Co-op, as well as cross-platform lobby invites and ultimately cross-platform Pro Clubs.”

However, there’s no confirmation if the future they refer to is one that will affect FIFA 23 post-launch or rather the next footballing title they produce.

Pro Clubs leveling changes & new Perks in FIFA 23

EA have amended the method to level up your player in FIFA 23 Pro Clubs. After continuous player complaints of slow progression over the years, EA have finally decided to make the grind a more simple and rewarding task.

You’ll receive more XP after a match to ensure “fair distribution of XP for supporting players who contribute to success without putting the ball in the back of the net themselves.”

Here are the changes to leveling you will experience in FIFA 23 Pro Clubs:

  1. The amount of XP required to move from level to level has decreased considerably.
  2. The amount of XP required to reach the maximum level has been decreased.
  3. The maximum level has been increased from 25 levels to 100.
  4. Players can earn a maximum of 185 Skill Points.
  5. All Perks will be unlocked through the course of the first 25 levels. Beyond level 25, players will continue to unlock more perk slots, and earn more Skill Points.

These changes have been implemented to reduce the effort needed to max out your level.

In addition to these leveling changes, EA are also introducing four new Perks to Pro Clubs. Perks can be utilized to alter your performance on the pitch so unlocking valuable ones can lead to more success.

Here are the four new Perks and what they do:

Attacking Perks

  • Poacher – Increases your all-around finishing (including boosts to Volleys, Finishing, and Heading Accuracy) when inside the box.

Chance Creation Perks

  • Light Passes – Increases your teammates’ ability to trap and control your passes.

Defensive Perks

  • Interceptor – Improves your ability to intercept & disrupt your opposition’s passes & shots when defending and in close proximity to the ball.
  • Chase Down – Increases your pace when defending immediately following a loss of possession. The perk will deactivate after 40 in-game seconds if you have not regained possession.

Pro Clubs & Volta shared seasonal progression

FIFA 23 Pro Clubs and Volta progession

For the first time, Pro Clubs will adopt a season progression system in FIFA 23. This new seasonal system will share its progress with the Volta experience. Playing either mode will level up your player and you’ll earn shared seasonal progress as a result.

Furthermore, players will be able to earn rewards in Volta, such as player cosmetics, and bring them back to equip in Pro Clubs matches. This is great news for FIFA 23 players as you’ll have more chances to progress through the six-week season.

FIFA 23 Pro Clubs skill games

FIFA 23 Pro Club skill games

The new skill games feature will give players something to do while waiting for their Pro Clubs teammates to come online. Completing these skill games will contribute to your player’s growth.

You can also compete with your teammates for bragging rights within your club as you attempt to land the highest score possible in each of the mini-games.

Ultimately, you’ll experience less wasted time than ever in FIFA 23 Pro Clubs as there will always be a method to earn XP even when your teammates are offline.


For more, check out FIFA 22’s 5 players who are most deserving of an upgrade in FIFA 23.

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FIFA 23 Premier League ratings: Every team’s best players predictions

The Premier League is set to host some of the best players in FIFA 23, so we’ve predicted who will have the highest rating for each club.

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FIFA 23 Premier League ratings

The Premier League will be home to some of FIFA 23’s brightest stars, with players from the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool set to dominate Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the top Premier League ratings in FIFA 23, as well as every team’s best players.

Each and every year, EA updates its roster of players with new ratings based on how they performed in the previous season, and FIFA 23 is no exception. The 2021/22 campaign saw some exceptional performances, which will no doubt be reflected in the FIFA 23 ratings.

One of the biggest leagues to feature in FIFA 23 is the Premier League. Whether you’re building your dream Ultimate Team or embarking on a Career Mode, the English top-flight is likely to play a part.

But who will be the best players in the Premier League? We’ve put together our predictions for the top 10 highest-rated Premier League players in FIFA 23, and highlighted the best players from each club.

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FIFA 23 Premier League top 10 player rating predictions

PlayerClubUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Kevin De BruyneManchester City91
Cristiano RonaldoManchester United91
Mohamed SalahLiverpool+190
Heung Min-SonSpurs+190
Harry KaneSpurs90
Alison BeckerLiverpool+190
EdersonManchester City+190
Erling HaalandManchester City+290
Virgil Van DijkLiverpool89
Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool+288

After they two fought tooth and nail for all three domestic trophies last season, we’re expecting Manchester City and Liverpool to dominate the ratings in FIFA 23.

After winning Premier League Player of the Season, Kevin De Bruyne will likely keep his lofty 91 rating, sharing the top spot with Cristiano Ronaldo, who also enjoyed a great individual season in a struggling United team.

We’ve listed Erling Haaland as one of the highest climbers, who should receive a large bump after his high-profile move to City. Trent Alexander-Arnold is also expected to be rewarded after his best season to date, managing 12 assists from right back.

Heung Min-Son also registered his most prolific year in the Premier League so far, finishing as the joint-top goalscorer. This should be enough to see him move up a rating and join the coveted 90 club.

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FIFA 23 Premier League rating predictions: Every team’s best players

While most clubs won’t have a shot of landing a player in the top 10, it’s still interesting to see how EA upgrades and downgrades stars from across the league. Every team had both standouts and flops that should be reflected when FIFA 23 rolls around.

With this in mind, we’ve made our predictions for every Premier League club’s top three players in FIFA 23:

AFC Bournemouth

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jefferson Lerma+176
Dominic Solanke+375
Ben Pearson75

Arsenal

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Gabriel Jesus+184
Martin Odegaard+284
Bukayo Saka+383

Aston Villa

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Emiliano Martinez84
Lucas Digne84
Philippe Coutinho+183

Brentford

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Ivan Toney+480
Thomas Strakosha-179
Ben Mee79

Brighton

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Leandro Trossard+279
Lewis Dunk78
Pascal Gross+177

Chelsea

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
N’Golo Kante-288
Raheem Sterling-187
Kalidou Koulibaly86

Crystal Palace

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Wilfred Zaha+183
Vicente Guaita-179
Eberechi Eze+279

Everton

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jordan Pickford83
Allan-182
Dominic Calvert-Lewin+182

Fulham

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Aleksandar Mitrovic+479
Harry Wilson+378
Tom Cairney+277

Leeds United

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Rodrigo79
Jack Harrison+178
Patrick Bamford78

Leicester City

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Wilfred Ndidi85
Jamie Vardy-284
Youri Tielmans84

Liverpool

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Mohammed Salah+190
Alisson Becker+190
Virgil Van Dijk89

Manchester City

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Kevin De Bruyne91
Erling Haaland+290
Ederson+190

Manchester United

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Cristiano Ronaldo91
Bruno Fernandes88
Jadon Sancho-186

Newcastle United

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Allan Saint-Maximin+382
Bruno Guimaraes+382
Kieran Trippier-282

Nottingham Forest

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jesse Lingard79
Taiwo Awoniyi+276
Philip Zinckernagel+176

Southampton

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
James Ward-Prowse+384
Stuart Armstrong+279
Kyle Walker-Peters+279

Spurs

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Harry Kane90
Heung Min-Son+190
Hugo Lloris87

West Ham United

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Declan Rice+385
Jarrod Bowen+482
Thomas Soucek82

Wolves

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Ruben Neves+183
Raul Jimenez-182
Jose Sa+382

EA are yet to reveal the full slate of Premier League ratings in FIFA 23. As soon as they do, we’ll be sure to update this page with the latest information.


For more on FIFA 23, be sure to check out how to preorder the game and how to get early access with EA Play.

Image credits: EA Sports / Premier League

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