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Best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter squad

Finding the right starter team can be tricky in the first weeks of Ultimate Team, so we’ve put together the best XI you can make on a budget.

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FIFA 22 starter squad

Building the perfect FUT squad is no easy task, especially at the beginning when coins are hard to come by. So, we’ve put together the best starter squad in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team that won’t break the bank.

FIFA Ultimate Team is a marathon, not a sprint. Although fans go into every new season dreaming of squads full of ICONS and Ones to Watches, this just isn’t possible right away.

Even those who have put in work on the Web App might not have raised the coins to have a team full of superstars in the early stages of the season.

With that in mind, we’ve put together the best team to get your FUT journey started in FIFA 22.

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Chelsea players behind FIFA 22 logo

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter defenders

Goalkeeper is the one position on Ultimate Team that you have no control over, so really it all comes down to the one with the best overall stats. Early on, we’ve gone for Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, who has great reflexes despite his modest 84 rating.

When it comes to defenders, pace is the name of the game. Most starter squads contain extremely pacey attackers, so it’s important to have a backline that can keep up when the ball is played in behind.

That’s why we’ve picked Antonio Rudiger and Lucas Klostermann as a center-back pairing. Both have pace stats of 75 or above, but their relatively low ratings mean their price is nowhere near the likes of Van Dijk.

Full-backs are all about keeping an opponent’s wingers in check. Nico Schulz has plenty of pace to bail himself out of tricky situations and Thomas Meunier has been handed a solid all-round card perfect for the early weeks.

Theo Hernandez dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

FUT 22 starter midfielders

The midfield is arguably the most important area of the pitch, as it gives your team balance between attack and defense. At launch, the top CAMs and CDMs will require a lot of coins, but there are plenty of solid cards that will set you on the right path.

Ilaky Gundogan’s low pace means he’s a steal for 85 rated card, with an engine chemistry style he can be the perfect man to pull the strings.

Pairing him with Dortmund’s Emre Can will provide your defense with cover, thanks to his unral physical and defending stats.

For a more attacking player, we’ve opted for Chelsea’s Mason Mount. EA gave him nice passing and dribbling stats for the early game, but upgrades to players like Phil Foden will likely mean that Mount’s price will stay low throughout the year.

Mason Mount in FIFA

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter attackers

Picking cheap players that can still do the business at the top end of the pitch can be difficult, as many of the best goalscorers and wingers keep the price for many months. However, there are still some devastating attackers that won’t set you back too much.

Bearing in mind chemistry links to the midfield, Christian Pulisic will be the perfect early option on the left-wing. His pace and dribbling stats will make it much easier to get around opposing full-backs, and his shooting can easily be buffed by a Deadeye or Hunter chemistry style.

On the right, Leroy Sane is overpowered once again. His stats far outweigh his 84 rating, with blistering pace and nimble dribbling making him perfect on the counter-attack.

Though the middle you’ll want someone who is still effective against the overpowered center-backs that other teams will have. We’ve gone for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, whose 83 rated card has been a staple in professional teams in the early weeks.

Anthony Martial in FIFA

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team full starter squad

For the sake of getting everybody on full chemistry, we’ve selected a 4-3-3 formation. However, this can be changed in-game using custom tactics to any lineup that suits your playstyle.

Some of the players can be seen to be on nine chemistry instead of the maximum 10. This can be fixed by picking a Premier League or Bundesliga manager, or earning loyalty after 10 matches.

Check out our full FIFA 22 starter squad below.

  • GK – Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
  • RB – Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CB – Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
  • CB – Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig)
  • LB – Nico Schulz (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM – Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM – Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
  • CM – Mason Mount (Chelsea)
  • RW – Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
  • ST – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
  • LW – Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
FIFA 22 starter team

That was our guide on the best XI to get your FUT 22 season off to the perfect start.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our guides on the best goalkeepers, full-backs, defenders, midfielders, and strikers you should buy this year.

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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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