EA has opened the doors and let the community try out FIFA 22 in the open beta. But despite all the improvements being added to this year’s game, overpowered goalkeepers are proving to be frustrating for players.
The release of FIFA 22 is right on the horizon, and there’s a boatload of changes heading into the game. Big changes to the likes Ultimate Team and Career Mode have fans excited, and they were eager to hop into the beta to try them out firsthand.
However, not every change has gone down well among the community. In particular, the new way in which goalkeepers are behaving is causing difficulties for some beta players.
Finding the right balance for goalkeepers has proved to be a tricky business in the FIFA series. Many FIFA 21 players criticized the goalkeepers for being unable to keep out shots their real-life counterparts would stop easily. This led to games finishing with unrealistic scorelines like 6-5 very often.
EA has responded in FIFA 22 with a major rewrite of the goalkeeper AI to make their positioning and decision-making more effective. There’s also a new batch of animations to help them save a wider range of shots from more angles.
Unfortunately, some beta players are concerned this has swung the balance too far in the opposite direction, with stoppers now proving extremely difficult to get past. One user warned that having more than 15 shots to break the deadlock would be commonplace in FIFA 22.
The issue sparked a debate among the community on Reddit. Some agreed that the goalkeepers were too overpowered and noted they would be raising it in the feedback at the end of the trial.
Meanwhile, others felt that it was a positive step after the goal-fests seen last year. They argued the improved goalies are making the game more realistic, and it’s simply a case of adapting to when and where to take shots from.
We’ll have to wait and see whether or not EA tweaks the goalkeepers when the final game launches on October 1 or if this is the way devs intended to game to play.
Image credits: EA
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.
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.
Even those who have put in work on the Web App won’t 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.
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 AC Milan’s Mike Maignan, 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 Fikayo Tomori and Maxence Lacroix as a center-back pairing. Both have pace stats over 80, but neither is more than 79 rated overall, which means their price will come down relatively quickly.
Once again, full-backs are all about keeping up with the blistering speeds of FUT’s wingers. Theo Hernandez and Kevin Mbabu will be ideal at the start, as their pace can be boosted to the high 90’s with chemistry styles.
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 low-rated cards that will set you on the right path.
- Read more: FIFA 22 player ratings confirmed: Best players in Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, more
Tanguy Ndombele has been FUT favorite for many years, thanks to his impressive all-round card. Pairing him with Real Madrid starlet Eduardo Camavinga will give your midfield two great box-to-box players that can offer a lot in all areas of the pitch.
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.
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, Ousmane Dembele is going to be a star-man for many players once again. His stats far outweigh his 83 rating, and although he is likely to be the most expensive player in this team – he’s worth splashing on as soon you have enough coins.
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 United’s Anthony Martial, whose downgrade to 81 will make him the go-to in FIFA 22.
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 manager such as Sean Dyche or Dean Smith.
Check out our full FIFA 22 starter squad below.
- GK – Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
- RB – Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg)
- CB – Maxence Lacriox (Wolfsburg)
- CB – Fikayo Tomori
- LB – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)
- CM – Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
- CM – Tanguy Ndombele (Spurs)
- CM – Mason Mount (Chelsea)
- RW – Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
- ST – Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
- LW – Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
That was our guide on the best XI to get your FUT 22 season off to the perfect start.
Image credits: EA / FUTBIN
Changes coming to FUT Draft rewards in FIFA 22, says leaker
Fans have been calling for changes to FUT Draft rewards for some time, and a new leak suggests that EA may have listened for FIFA 22.
FUT Draft has been a staple of Ultimate Team for many years now. According to a new leak, the FIFA 22 FUt Draft rewards will see a revamp that fans have been calling for in the franchise.
FIFA 22 is nearly upon us, and fans are itching to dive into another season of swapping and trading in Ultimate Team. With the additions of FUT Heroes and some fresh ICON cards, there’s more to grind for than ever before.
Opening packs is fundamental to Ultimate Team, and FUT Draft was added as a way to earn pack rewards quickly. However, the underwhelming rewards earned in Draft have caused the mode to be largely abandoned by the community.
However, according to a new leak, FUT Draft in FIFA 22 could see some changes that have been long-awaited by the community.
FUT Draft is an Ultimate Mode where fans spend 15,000 coins to build a team from scratch using a series of random player picks. They then use this team to play in up to four matches, with rewards increasing in value the more games you win without losing.
Unfortuntlaey, the random nature of opening FUT packs means that the items earned aren’t always valuable enough to make playing the mode productive.
Players will find that they have recuperated their 15,000 entry fee – even if they win the Draft by beating four rival teams in a row.
According to known Ultimate Team leaker FutSpy, EA is looking to solve this issue by adding new rewards to be won. The leaker uncovered code hinting that Draft rewards will now feature some cards of a guaranteed rating, some of 82 or higher and some of 83 or higher.
This is a way of ensuring that those who make it further are always rewarded for their efforts and that packs have much more chance of being worth 15,000 coins or more.
The news is likely to please long-time fans, who have been calling for more incentive to play the more for many years.
EA has yet to confirm if the leak is true, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.
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FIFA 22 player ratings confirmed: Best players in Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, more
EA have finally started gradually announcing the ratings for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so here are the biggest names revealed so far.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is shaping up to be the biggest yet, and fans are eagerly awaiting EA dropping the top 100 player ratings for the coming year. Here’s everything we know so far.
Ultimate Team is comfortably the most popular mode in the FIFA series, as fans compete to fill out their clubs with the biggest superstars in world football. Every year, one of the major talking points is each player’s rating and whether they have been overrated or undervalued.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings top 100
There are plenty of factors that can impact a player’s Ultimate Team rating. Sometimes a move to a big club will cause stats to rocket up, while a sub-par season can see top players hit with a downgrade.
With an eventful real-world season behind us, as well as a packed summer of international football, we’re expecting some big changes to the top 100 this year.
The 100 best players are set to be gradually revealed in the coming days. We’re expecting EA to unveil them in blocks until the lineup is finally confirmed on Friday, September 17.
No official times have been slated for the announcements, but the first 22 were posted at 4 PM BST / 11 AM EDT / 8 AM PDT, and they seem to be sticking to this schedule each day.
We will continue to update this table as more and more ratings are officially revealed.
|#2||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||ST||92|
|#3||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||ST||91|
|#4||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||CM||91|
|#7||Jan Oblak||Atletico Madrid||GK||91|
|#10||Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich||GK||90|
|#11||Marc-Andre Ter Stegen||Barcelona||GK||90|
|#14||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||ST||89|
|#15||Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||CB||89|
|#16||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||CDM||89|
|#19||Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid||GK||89|
|#23||Luis Suarez||Athletico Madrid||ST||88|
|#25||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United||CAM||88|
|#27||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||LW||88|
|#28||Toni Kroos||Real Madrid||CM||88|
|#29||Erling Haaland||Borussia Dortmund||ST||88|
|#32||Ruben Dias||Manchester City||CB||87|
|#33||Leon Goretzka||Bayern Munich||CM||87|
|#35||Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich||CAM||87|
|#38||Luka Modric||Real Madrid||CM||87|
|#39||Jadon Sancho||Manchester United||RM||87|
|#40||Frenkie De Jong||Barcelona||CM||87|
|#41||Angel Di Maria||PSG||RW||87|
|#43||Paul Pogba||Manchester United||CM||87|
|#50||Joao Cancelo||Manchester City||RB||86|
|#51||Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund||CB||86|
|#53||Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City||RW||86|
|#55||Raphael Varane||Manchester United||CB||86|
|#56||Milan Skriniar||Inter Milan||CB||86|
|#57||Marcos Llorente||Athletico Madrid||CM||86|
|#58||Samir Handanovic||Inter Milan||GK||86|
|#59||Aymeric Laporte||Manchester City||CB||86|
|#67||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||ST||86|
|#68||Bernardo Silva||Manchester City||CAM||86|
|#69||Kingsley Coman||Bayern Munich||LM||86|
|#72||Antoine Griezmann||Athletico Madrid||ST||85|
|#73||Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||RM||85|
|#76||Ilkay Gundogan||Manchester City||CM||85|
|#77||Eden Hazard||Real Madrid||LW||85|
|#78||Stefan De Vrij||Inter Milan||CB||85|
|#79||David Silva||Real Sociedad||CAM||85|
|#81||Marco Reus||Borussia Dortmund||CAM||85|
|#82||Wilfred Ndidi||Leicester City||CDM||85|
|#83||Lautaro Martinez||Inter Milan||ST||85|
|#85||Kasper Schmeichel||Leicester City||GK||85|
|#87||Peter Gulacsi||RB Leipzig||GK||85|
|#88||Marcus Rashford||Manchester United||LM||85|
|#89||Kyle Walker||Manchester City||RB||85|
|#91||Matthijs De Ligt||Juventus||CB||85|
|#93||Yann Sommer||Borussia M’gladbach||GK||85|
|#94||Edinson Cavani||Manchester United||ST||85|
|#98||David Alaba||Real Madrid||CB||84|
|#99||Nicolo Barella||Inter Milan||CM||84|
|#100||Luke Shaw||Manchester United||LB||84|
FIFA 22 top-rated Premier League players
EA has taken a different approach to the ratings reveal this year. Rather than gradually announcing the top 100 themselves day by day, they’ve allowed individual players and teams to reveal their ratings as and when they choose.
Meanwhile, the publisher’s website has been picking out the absolute best from different leagues in the Ratings Database.
One of the lists they have posted is the top 20 players from the English Premier League. Check them out below.
|#1||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||ST||91|
|#2||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||CM||91|
|#6||Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||CB||89|
|#11||Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United||CAM||88|
|#13||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||LW||88|
|#14||Ruben Dias||Manchester City||CB||87|
|#16||Jadon Sancho||Manchester United||RM||87|
|#18||Paul Pogba||Manchester United||CM||87|
|#20||Joao Cancelo||Manchester City||RB||86|
FIFA 22 top-rated LaLiga Santander players
As mentioned above, this year, EA has opted to reveal the ratings league by league rather than in order of rating.
The second batch to be revealed was the top 20 in LaLiga Santander. Many players have been given big boosts from last year, while some have seen noticeable downgrades.
Check out the 20 best players in the Spanish league below.
|#1||Jan Oblak||Athletico Madrid||GK||91|
|#2||Marc-Andre Ter Stegen||Barcelona||GK||90|
|#3||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||ST||89|
|#4||Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid||GK||89|
|#6||Luiz Suarez||Athletico Madrid||ST||88|
|#7||Toni Kroos||Real Madrid||CM||88|
|#9||Luka Modric||Real Madrid||CM||87|
|#10||Frenkie de Jong||Barcelona||CM||87|
|#16||Antoine Griezmann||Athletico Madrid||ST||85|
|#18||Eden Hazard||Real Madrid||LW||85|
|#19||David Silva||Real Sociedad||CAM||85|
FIFA 22 top-rated Bundesliga players
When picking a league to build a team around, many fans will opt for a Bundesliga squad thanks to the sheer number of big names.
The likes of Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer being some of the best-rated players in the game makes the division a great place to start your Ultimate Team season.
In FUT 22, big upgrades to Dortmund’s hot prospect of Erling Haaland and Bayern’s Kingsley Coman mean that the German league is set to be a popular one once again.
Check out the 20 best Bundesliga players in the list below.
|#1||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||ST||92|
|#2||Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich||GK||90|
|#3||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||CDM||89|
|#4||Erling Haaland||Borussua Dortmund||ST||88|
|#5||Leon Goretzka||Bayern Munich||CM||87|
|#6||Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich||CAM||87|
|#7||Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund||CB||86|
|#9||Kingsley Coman||Bayern Munich||LM||86|
|#10||Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||RM||85|
|#11||Marco Reus||Borussia Dortmund||CAM||85|
|#12||Peter Gulacsi||RB Leipzig||GK||85|
|#13||Yann Sommer||Borussia M’gladbach||GK||85|
|#14||Marcel Sabitzer||Bayern Munich||CM||84|
|#15||Filip Kostic||Eintracht Frankfurt||LM||84|
|#16||Andre Silva||RB Leipzig||ST||84|
|#17||Matthias Ginter||Borussia M’gladbach||CB||84|
|#18||Raphael Guerreiro||Borussia Dortmund||LB||84|
|#19||Leroy Sane||Bayern Munich||LM||84|
FIFA 22 top-rated Serie A players
Although the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku have fled Italy in favor of the Premier League, Serie A is still one of the go-to leagues when it comes to crafting a team.
There are plenty of high-rated cards to choose from in the Italian league, and some of the big names will actually make its players cheaper because they will be less sought-after by players building hybrid squads.
This makes Serie A a great division to focus on in the early stages of the game when coins can be hard to come by.
Take a look at 20 best players from the Italian league in the table below.
|#5||Milan Skriniar||Inter Milan||CB||86|
|#6||Samir Handanovic||Inter Milan||GK||86|
|#10||Stefan de Vrig||Inter Milan||CB||85|
|#11||Lautaro Martinez||Inter Milan||ST||85|
|#13||Matthijs de Ligt||Juventus||CB||85|
|#14||Nicolo Barella||Inter Milan||CM||84|
|#15||Theo Hernandez||AC Milan||LB||84|
|#16||Franck Yannick Kessie||AC Milan||CDM||84|
|#17||Marcelo Brozovic||Inter Milan||CDM||84|
|#18||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||AC Milan||ST||84|
|#19||Mike Maignan||AC Milan||GK||84|
FIFA 22 top-rated Ligue 1 Uber Eats players
As the status of PSG continues to grow, more of the world’s biggest names are heading to the French league than ever before.
Many of the most desirable players in every position can be found in the French capital, including Lionel Messi and FIFA 22 cover star Kylian Mbappe.
But that’s not to say that players from other teams aren’t going to be popular this year, Monaco’s Ben Yedder will almost certainly be FUT staple for another season.
Check out the 20 best players from the Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the list below.
|#8||Angel Di Maria||PSG||RW||87|
|#12||Wissam Ben Yedder||AS Monaco||ST||84|
|#14||Kevin Volland||AS Monaco||ST||83|
Those were the biggest Ultimate Team ratings that have been confirmed by EA.
The release of FIFA 22 is right around the corner, so be sure to check back here for the latest rating news as and when it is announced.
Image credits: EA
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