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FIFA 22 player traits: Every standard, Career Mode & CPU AI trait explained

Traits have huge effects on a player feels in FIFA 22, so here’s our guide on the four types and what each one does.



FIFA 22 traits guide

In FIFA 22, traits are small bonuses given to certain players that affect how they behave both on the pitch in Ultimate Team, or off the pitch in Career Mode. Here’s our guide on every standard, CPU AI, and Career Mode trait in FIFA 22.

Whether you’re on the Ultimate Team grind or trophy-hunting in Career Mode, there’s plenty of factors you need to consider when bringing in a new player.

There are obvious stats like their overall rating and how fast they are, but there are also subtle traits that tell you a lot about a player before they step on the pitch.

FIFA 22 has plenty of different traits that can apply to players, so here’s our guide on what each one means.

What are FIFA 22 player traits?

Traits in FIFA 22

Traits are small characteristics applied to certain players that affect how they play in-game, whether it be on Ultimate Team, Career Mode, or any of FIFA 22’s other modes.

Some impact the types of shots that an attacker specializes in, while others tell you what to expect from them off the pitch.

Players can have multiple traits or none at all, but they’re something worth considering when buying a player.

EA have included four different types of traits in FIFA 22, each applying to different areas of the game, check them all out below:

  • Standard traits: Affects how the player behaves in matches when controlled by both the user or the CPU AI
  • CPU AI traits: Only apply when the player is being controlled by the CPU AI, such as on Career Mode or Squad Battles
  • Career Mode traits: These apply during Career Mode, but have no influence during actual matches
  • VOLTA traits: Only apply in VOLTA mode for both user and CPU AI controlled players

Every FIFA 22 trait explained

Player using finesse shot in FIFA 22

Some of the traits on display in FIFA 22 are pretty self-explanatory, whereas some aren’t as obvious.

Luckily, we’ve broken down what every single trait in FIFA 22 does, as well as which of the four categories they fall into.

Finesse Shot

  • Standard: Increases the amount curl a player can get on the ball when taking a finesse shot
  • CPU AI: Players are more likely to take finesse shots

Power Header

  • Standard: Players can head the ball more power than normal and more likely to take up positions in the box from corners
  • VOLTA: Same effect but the positioning doesn’t apply

Outside Foot Shot

  • Standard: Players with this trait can strike shots with the outside of their stronger foot

Long Throw-in

  • Standard: Increases the maximum distance reached from a throw-in

Giant Throw-in

  • Standard: Increases the maximum distance reached from a throw-in even further than players with the Long Throw-in trait

Driven Free Kicks

  • Standard: Player takes a longer run-up at free kicks, allowing them to get more power on the shot.
  • CPU AI: AI players are more likely to take driven shots from free kicks

Early Crosser

  • CPU AI: Computer players look to deliver early crosses into the box


  • Standard: Reduced difficulty in taking shots with outside of the foot, and can also generate more bend when passing the ball

Fancy Passes

  • Standard: Player finds it easier to pull off passes using backheels and skill moves
  • CPU AI: Computer player can attempt flair passes


  • Standard: More likely to pull off flair moves, can take flair shots without the user’s input, can lob the ball higher during short passes
  • CPU AI: Computer player is more likely to try flair shots and passes, they are also more likely to stutter or chip during penalties
  • VOLTA: More like to perform skilled passes and shots in VOLTA

Injury Prone

  • Standard: A player with this trait has an increased chance of getting injured during a match

Solid Player

  • Standard: Player is less likely to get injured during a match

Rushes Out Of Goal

  • Standard: A goalkeeper with this trait will be more aggressive when coming out of the box for over the top passes

GK Cautious With Crosses

  • Standard: A goalkeeper with this trait will only try to intercept a cross when they think they can get to the ball well before their opponent

GK Comes For Crosses

  • Standard: More likely to try and intercept a cross even if they think they will get to the ball barely before their opponent

GK Long Thrower

  • Standard: Increases how far a goalkeeper can throw the ball
  • CPU AI: Computer goalkeeper is more likely to try a driven throw when making a long throw

Bicycle Kicks

  • VOLTA: The player will try attempt more bicycle kicks and has more animations for the shot


  • Standard: Helps decide who will be captain if the usual captain is sent off or substituted

One Club Player

  • Standard: Helps decide who will be captain if the usual captain is sent off or substituted
  • Career Mode: Awarded to players who are known for their loyalty to one club, leading to player-specific storylines

Team Player

  • Standard: Helps decide who will be captain if the usual captain is sent off or substituted
  • Career Mode: Player is less likely to complain about lack of game time or contract issues

Dives Into Tackles

  • CPU AI: Computer player is more likely to try and slide tackle the oppenent

Chip Shot

  • CPU AI: Computer player will try and chip the ball over a goalkeeper where possible

Technical Dribbler

  • CPU AI: AI player has more chance of trying to go on a long run from the back or beat multiple players

Speed Dribbler

  • CPU AI: AI player has more chance of trying to go on a long run from the back or beat multiple players

Long Passer

  • CPU AI: AI player is more likely to attempt long passes

Long Shot Taker

  • CPU AI: Computer player will try long-range shots or volleys from outside the box more often


  • CPU AI: Computer teams will look to pass the ball to a player with this trait more often, and the player makes quicker decision once they receive it
FIFA 22 Career mode traits

That was our guide on every single trait found in FIFA 22, so be sure to bear these characteristics in mind when picking your team.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the latest Team of the Week, and La Liga Player of the Month.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Team of the Week 12 predictions: Son, Vinicius Junior, Shick

Team of Week 12 is set to land in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team very soon, so here are our predictions for the players we expect to be included.



Heung-min Son in FIFA 22

After another game week packed with huge results and great performances, EA is set to release Team of the Week 12 into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team this Wednesday, so here are our predictions of who will make the cut in the FUT TOTW this time around.

Each and every week, EA drops the Team of the Week into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team to reward the stars who made the headlines in the previous round of fixtures.

The chosen squad of players receive a special card in packs for the next week for FUT fans to hunt down and use to improve their teams.

Next up is Team of the Week 12, so here are our predictions of who will be included in the next FUT TOTW lineup.

FIFA 22 Team of the Week 12 release day

PSG players in FIFA 22

The Team of the Week arrives in packs every Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, with an announcement from EA usually coming shortly before.

TOTW cards replace the normal cards of the player in packs for the duration of the week, meaning that the TOTW is the only version it is possible to pack for seven days.

Each wave of in-forms remains in packs until they are replaced by the next Team of the Week on the following Wednesday.

Team of the Week 12 predictions

Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

There were some massive results around the world in the latest round of domestic fixtures, and some of the game’s biggest names showed up with top performances.

We’re expecting to see Heung-Min Son included this week after notching a goal and an assist in Spurs’ 3-0 win over Norwich. Patrik Shick is another lock for this week, scoring four in Leverkusen’s 7-1 demolition of Furth.

Elsewhere, Hakan Calhanoglu found a goal and an assist against AS Roma, while Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scored twice in their 3-1 at Watford.

We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out the official squad for Team of the Week 12, but, until then, here are our best predictions.

  • Heung-min Son – 89 OVR / LM / Tottenham Hotspur
  • Vinicius Junior – 80 OVR / LW / Real Madrid
  • Patrik Schick – 79 OVR / ST / Bayer Leverkusen
  • Ruslan Maliinovski – 81 OVR / CF / Bergamo Calcio (Atalanta)
  • Diogo Costa – 73 / GK / FC Porto
  • Ronael Pierre-Gabriel – 73 OVR / RB / Brest
  • Ezri Konsa – 78 OVR / CB / Aston Villa
  • Lisandro Martinez – 79 OVR / CB / Ajax
  • Alex Moreno – 74 OVR / LB / Real Betis
  • Fred – 81 OVR / CDM / Manchester United
  • Hakan Calhanoglu – 82 OVR / CAM / Inter Milan
  • Alban Lafont – 78 OVR / GK / FC Nantes
  • Benno Schmitz – 69 OVR / RB / FC Koln
  • Franco Russo – 70 OVR / CB / RCD Mallorca
  • Bernardo Silva – 86 OVR / CAM / Manchester City
  • Anton Stach – 69 OVR / CDM / FSV Mainz 05
  • Franck Kessie – 84 OVR / CDM / AC Milan
  • Lucas Ocampos – 83 OVR / LW / Sevilla
  • Gelson Martins – 78 OVR / RM / AS Monaco
  • Martin Terrier – 77 OVR / ST / Rennes
  • Lois Openda – 71 OVR / ST / Vitesse
  • David Turnbull – 74 OVR / CAM / Celtic
  • Giovanni Simeone – 75 OVR / ST / Hellas Verona

Those were our predictions FIFA 22 Team of the Week 12. We update this page every seven days with the next batch of TOTW guesses, so be sure to check back here every week.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, here’s everything we know so far about Black Friday in FUT, as well as the latest Premier League Player of the Month.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage: Release date & featured players

Ultimate Team players can now test out the new Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s the release date and every player involved.



TOTGS FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

The group stage of Europe’s three major club competitions is coming to a close. Ultimate Team fans can expect to get their hands on the Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s when you can expect to test these new items as well as every player in TOTGS.

This year, football fans have had the pleasure of watching three European club competitions as opposed to two. The newly created Conference League joined the likes of the UEFA Champions League, and Europa League. Each year, EA Sports celebrates the most dominant players amongst these European competitions through the Team of the Group Stage promotion

The top performers across these three competitions are set to be honored in FIFA 22. With massive clubs involved, players can expect to get their hands on some excellent cards. Here’s when FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players can expect Team of the Group Stage as well as the players up for grabs. 

Team of the Group Stage Ultimate Team release date

FIFA 22 TOTGS release date

After receiving some incredibly useful cards through the Signature Signings promo, Ultimate Team players are eager to see what’s next. The last matchday of European club competitions is set to take place next week between December 6-8. 

It turns out EA has decided to release the promo before the last matches are complete. They are wasting no time in getting new content to players across Ultimate Team. 

December 3 is the date to mark on your calendar. On Friday, December 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 8 PM CEST, keep an eye out for the new promo. 

For players with poor pack luck, rest assured you’ll have a chance to snap up one or two of these players through SBCs and objectives

FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage card design

As with past TOTGS promos we’ve seen, the card design isn’t going to display significant differences from the RTTK promo. So far, we’ve seen the TOTGS through leaks. The one major difference is the direction of the line designs in the background. 

The RTTK cards all looked fantastic therefore EA probably won’t be changing much. The lime green of the Conference League certainly pops on screen. 

Team of the Group Stage player items


The fact that there are three competitions to choose from this year and the same number of spots available means that some top performers have missed out. Competition is fierce this year and only the best of the best are showcased below. 

Here are all of the players involved in Team of the Group Stage:

  • Sébastien Haller (Ajax) *SBC*
  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli) *Objective*
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
  • João Cancelo (Manchester City)
  • Marquinhos (PSG)
  • Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
  • Federico Chiesa (Piemonte Calcio / Juventus)
  • Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
  • Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid
  • Tiago Djaló (LOSC Lille)
  • Saïd Benrahma (West Ham)
  • Erik Botheim (FK Bodø/Glimt)

That just about covers everything we know about TOTGS in Ultimate Team. Make sure to get a look at the team on December 3 and see how it compares to RTTK. Don’t forget, Ultimate Team players who log into the game between December 15 and January 14 will receive a free Next Generation card.

For more FIFA 22 news, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 11 & 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 11 lineup.



Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 11, 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 11.


FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

The FIFA 22 TOTW 11 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 11 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 top player ratings and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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