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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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New FIFA 23 FUT Hero cards revealed: Yaya Toure, Kuyt, Crouch, more

FUT Hero cards are set to return as an exciting item in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode. Here’s a look at the players confirmed so far.

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FIFA 23 FUT Hero leaks

Ultimate Team fans will once again have the opportunity to utilize FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23 after they made their debut in FIFA 22. Here’s a list of all the FUT Hero cards confirmed to arrive in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 will be the final game of the franchise to include the FIFA branding before EA shifts to EA Sports FC. Fans have high expectations for the game that will bring an end to the partnership’s dominant era.

While FIFA 23 is set to introduce new features like World Cup content and crossplay support, Ultimate Team fans will be happy to know that some returning features will also appear in FIFA 23.

One of these returning features is none other than FUT Hero cards. Here’s everything you need to know about FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23.

What are FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23

FUT Hero cards were a new introduction in FIFA 22 and the concept is meant to highlight incredible players of the past who never quite reached icon status.

EA picked a set of players that shared a common characteristic of leadership and respect for the clubs they played for.

These Hero items are special cards in FUT as they utilize unique chemistry attributes. They offer league-specific chemistry and provide a green club link to any player within the same league.

FIFA 23 confirmed FUT Hero cards

While EA have yet to announce every new FIFA 23 FUT Hero, they are slowly revealing the stars and household names from the best leagues in the world that will make an appearance.

Here’s a full list of expected FIFA 23 FUT Hero players, with new cards marked in bold.

PlayerPositionLeagueNationRating
Abedi PeleCAMLigue 1 Uber EatsGhana89
Fernando MorientesSTLa Liga SantanderSpain89
Jurgen KohlerCBBundesligaGermany89
Mario GomezSTBundesligaGermany88
Antonio Di NataleSTSerie AItaly88
Diego MilitoSTSerie AArgentina88
Jorge CamposGKLiga BBVAMexico87
Ivan CordobaCBSerie AColombia87
Joe ColeCAMPremier LeagueEngland87
Jerzy DudekGKPremier LeaguePoland86
Freddie LjungbergRMPremier LeagueSweden86
Aleksandr MostovoiCAMLa Liga SantanderRussia86
Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSTPremier LeagueNorway86
Robbie KeaneSTPremier LeagueIreland86
Sami Al-JaberSTMBS Pro LeagueSaudi Arabia86
Tim CahillSTPremier LeagueAustralia85
Clint DempseyLM/CF/STMLSUSA85
Lars RickenCM/CAMBundesligaGermany85
Yaya ToureCMPremier LeagueIvory CoastTBC
Park Ji-sungCMPremier LeagueSouth KoreaTBC
Ricardo CarvalhoCBPremier LeaguePortugalTBC
Claudio MarchisioCMSerie AItalyTBC
Landon DonovanCFMLSUSATBC
Javier MascheranoCDMPremier LeagueArgentinaTBC
Rafael MarquezCBLaLigaMexicoTBC
LucioCBBundesligaBrazilTBC
Diego ForlanSTLaLigaUruguayTBC
Peter CrouchSTPremier LeagueEnglandTBC
Thomas BrolinRWSerie ASwedenTBC
Harry KewellLWPremier LeagueAustralianTBC
Sidney GovouRWLigue 1FranceTBC
Dirk KuytRWPremier LeagueNetherlandsTBC
Jean-Pierre PapinSTLigue 1FranceTBC
Hidetoshi NakataCAMSerie AJapanTBC
Rudi VollerSTSerie AGermanyTBC
Ebi SmolarekSTEkstraklasaPolandTBC
Saeed Al-OwairanCAMSaudi Professional LeagueSaudi ArabiaTBC
Jay-Jay OkochaCAMLigue 1NigeriaTBC
Joan CapdevilaLBLaLigaSpainTBC

So far, Yaya Toure, Park Ji-sung, Ricardo Carvalho, Landon Donovan, Javier Mascherano, Rafael Marquez, Lucio, Diego Forlan, Sidney Govou, Dirk Kuyt, Jean-Pierre Papin, Harry Kewell, Peter Crouch, Thomas Brolin, Rudi Voller, Ebi Smolarek, Saeed Al-Owairan, Joan Capdevila have been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Jay-Jay Okocha and Hidetoshi Nakata will also be in FIFA 23 as Heroes, after featuring as Icons in previous years.

It’s also safe to assume that every FIFA 22 Hero will return, as EA look to double down on the feature this year.

How to get free FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23

FIFA 23 pre-order Ultimate Edition

Players will receive a free untradeable World Cup Hero card if they pre-order the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 23 before August 21.

FIFA 23 players will have the opportunity to secure a free FUT Hero card to add to their Ultimate Team squads in November. However, you’ll only receive a free untradeable World Cup Hero card if you pre-order FIFA 23 early, so don’t forget this requirement.


For more news, check out how FIFA 23 players are fearful that Ultimate Team SBCs will be a nightmare to complete.

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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar: Next FUT promotion & special cards

Our FIFA 23 promo calendar lets you know what the next FUT event is expected to be, and when each special card could arrive.

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FIFA 23 promo calendar

The FIFA 23 Ultimate Team season is set to get underway very soon, which means another year of FUT promos for players to enjoy. We’ve put together a complete FIFA 23 promo calendar of all the expected events, and when they should arrive.

FIFA 23 is almost here, and football fans can’t wait to dive into another year of crafting their Ultimate Team with the new Chemistry system.

Although the players will spend the first few weeks looking at the game’s top-rated players, pretty soon special cards will come into play to help take those FUT squads to the next level. Luckily, FIFA 23 Ultimate Team is set to be jam-packed with promos.

With this in mind, we’ve put together every FIFA 23 promo we’re expecting to see, when they could arrive, and which is up next.

What is the next FIFA 23 promo?

Each new FUT season usually starts with Ones to Watch, and we expect FIFA 23 to follow suit to kick off the year in style. This promo highlights the biggest moves of the summer transfer window and gives them a live card that increases to match their best Team of the Week.

FIFA 22 had one of the biggest Ones to Watch promos to date after the likes of Ronaldo and Messi switched teams, and there’s been plenty of massive transfers that should ensure that FIFA 23 OTW is just as popular.

FIFA 23 Son Vinicius Davies Ultimate Team

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar

EA like to keep fairly quiet about the promo schedule, usually not announcing the next FUT event until just days before it begins.

However, there are plenty of promos that feature every year in some form or another, and they tend to arrive at similar points in the year, so we can come up with a FIFA 23 promo calendar based on what has come before.

We’ve also removed any of the FIFA 22 promos that we don’t expect to make a comeback, such as Adidas NumbersUp or Signature Signings.

Here’s every FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo that could arrive this season, along with a rough date of when it could begin.

Promotion / card nameFIFA 22 start dateExpected FIFA 23 start dateConfirmed
Team of the WeekWeeklyWeeklyYes
Ones to WatchOctober 1, 2021September 30, 2022No
Road to the KnockoutsOctober 15, 2021October 14, 2022No
RulebreakersOctober 29, 2021October 28, 2022No
Team of the Group StageDecember 3, 2021December 2, 2022No
FUTMAS/Winter WildcardsDecember 17, 2021December 9, 2022No
HeadlinersDecember 31, 2021December 30, 2022No
Team of the YearJanuary 21, 2022January 13, 2023No
Future StarsFebruary 4, 2022February 3, 2023No
Road to the FinalFebruary 18, 2022February 17, 2023No
FUT BirthdayMarch 4, 2022March 17, 2023No
Fantasy FUTMarch 18, 2022March 31, 2023No
Team of the SeasonApril 29, 2022April 28, 2023No
ShapeshiftersJune 17, 2022June 16, 2023No
FUTTIESJuly 15, 2022July 14, 2023No

It’s worth keeping in mind that EA likes to keep things fresh every year by moving the promos around, adding new ones, and removing ones that didn’t quite land. So, we’ll be sure to keep our FIFA 23 promo calendar up to date with the latest details as they are announced.


For more on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, check out every FUT Hero and new Icon card we know about so far.

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FIFA 22 player reveals Ultimate Team trick to instantly make 300k coins

A simple yet often forgotten FIFA 22 trick can gift Ultimate Team players with up to 300k coins before FIFA 23 comes around.

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FIFA 22 stadium ultimate team trick

FIFA 22’s endgame is underway, but players are still discovering clever ways to generate coins, and this Ultimate Team trick has the possibility to grant a few hundred thousand.

Despite the fact that FIFA 23 is right around the corner, FIFA 22 players are still enjoying everything the Ultimate Team mode has to offer well into August. While the stakes and excitement can’t match that of FUT’s early game, the end game is still a great way to flex your FIFA skills.

The end of FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team cycle is when the market tends to crash, allowing you to purchase incredible players for bargain prices. If you’re looking to do so but you’re short on coins, a FUT player has revealed a clever trick to instantly gain almost 300k coins in one sitting.

FIFA 22 LAFC stadium

With FIFA 23 set to release on September 30, FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team market is not the pillar it once was at the start of the game. Instead, some of the best cards in the game including Shapeshifters, TOTY, and FUTTIES items are available for cheap.

However, you’ll need coins to live out FIFA 22’s remaining days with the best possible squad and most players have burned through their savings.

Luckily, a helpful tip from a clever Ultimate Team expert could allow you to build your dream squad this late in the game. The trick involves discarding all your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team stadium items.

Stadium items like anthems, flags, and goal songs are used to decorate your FUT stadium. As the player who posted the tip to the FIFA subreddit explained, they “made about 300k” doing so.

The idea is that most players have amassed a ton of stadium items since the start of FIFA 22 that simply remain in their clubs unchecked. They don’t necessarily impact gameplay, so most players will forget about them.

If you’re one of these players, it’s likely that you’re sitting on a goldmine. Of course, if you immediately discard your stadium items as they come in, then this trick will not work for you.

The comments are full of players praising the forgotten trick: “Didn’t realise how much s**** I had. Couldn’t believe it when I seen it was 485 per discard.” Meanwhile, others opted for well-timed Barcelona jokes given their curious financial situation: “Bro went Barcelona’s financial team mode,” and “So this is what pulling a lever feels like.”

Unfortunately, there’s no FUT feature to quick sell all items, therefore you’ll have to manually quick sell them one by one. However, a player in the comments offered yet another helpful tip that should save you some time: “Web app isn’t the worst thing in the world however, took 20 minutes at most.”

Your stadium stockpile will determine how many coins you’ll receive. The OP accrued almost 300k, while some in the comments reached 150k and 200k. Any result that nets you over 100k coins is certainly worth it, as it’ll be considered a fortune in the current market.


For more, check out how EA Sports’ costly mistake let players purchase FIFA 23 for less than $1.

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