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FIFA 22 title update #3 patch notes: Second-half lag, defender drop back & referee fixes

FIFA 22 title update #3 is live on PC now, fixing the notorious second-half lag, and changing the calls made by referees.

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FIFA 22 title update #3

EA have dropped title update #3 for FIFA 22 on PC, with the PlayStation and Xbox versions to follow. It finally fixes the second-half lag and stops defenses dropping too far back. We’ve got the full patch notes below.

FIFA 22 is constantly being tweaked and changed thought-out the year to help solve ongoing issues with the gameplay.

Update #2 nerfed AI blocking and fixed the bizarre invisibility glitch that was impacting the likes of Division Rivals and FUT Champions.

In the third major update, EA have fixed the second-half lag that has been laughing Ultimate Team.

When does FIFA 22 title update #3 release for PC, Stadia, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S?

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EA revealed the patch notes for title update #3 via their blog on November 2, with the changes taking effect on PC from Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

With update #2, PC players got the changes on October 19, 2021, and then consoles followed on October 26.

With this in mind, we’re expecting update #3 to drop for PS4/5 and Series S/X players on Wednesday, November 11, 2021.

FIFA updates always drop on PC first, then come to consoles shortly after, so PlayStation and Xbox players won’t have to wait too long to benefit from the changes.

What’s included in FIFA 22 title update #3?

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The main headline from the third major FIFA 22 update is that the lag that would often kick in once the second half started is now gone.

This has been an issue since the game launched in October, with players reporting that online matches on Ultimate Team would lag for the first few in-game minutes before suddenly stopping.

A recurring issue that saw defenses track a runner deep into their own half instead of playing them offside has also been resolved.

Finally, problems with referees not awarding penalties for fouls by goalkeepers and canceling their advantage calls too early have been fixed.

FIFA 22 full title update #3 patch notes November 2021

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Gameplay

Addressed the following issues.

  • In a rare situation, the ball could be moved during a free kick without play resuming for both sides.
  • In some situations, the referee did not call for a foul after the goalkeeper made illegal contact with the ball carrier.
  • Addressed some stability issues that could occur during the 2nd half.
  • Sometimes, goalkeepers were jumping too far forward when attempting to make a diving save.
    • These jumping animations did not affect a goalkeeper’s ability to make saves.
  • In some instances, the referee incorrectly cancelled their advantage call, resulting in an unintended set piece.
  • When playing as a locked player, the opposition’s defensive line could have continued following the locked player deep into their own half, even when it was not beneficial to do so.
  • Own goals could have sometimes registered as a Shot On Target for the scoring side.

Career Mode

Made the following change:

  • Added a Change Team Sheet shortcut on the Training Hub, enabling the manager to quickly cycle between Team Sheets for Training Drills.
  • When getting transferred to a new club in Player Career, Pros with an OVR of 86 and higher will immediately be a part of the starting XI.

Addressed the following issues:

  • Career Mode progression could have been lost between play sessions depending on how the mode was exited.
    • When exiting Career Mode, the save pop up has been updated to have Save and Quit as the first option as it allows players to manually choose their save slot.
  • In Player Career, the Avoid Conceding objective UI did not display correctly.
  • In Player Career, the player controlled Pro could become a member of the starting XI unintentionally quickly.

VOLTA FOOTBALL

Made the following change:

  • Added 2 new party games to VOLTA ARCADE.
    • These will only be available following a server update. Please follow @EAFIFADIRECT for updates on when this will be live in-game.
  • Added a shortcut for deallocating all Skill Points used in the Skill Tree.
  • Added an audio cue that plays when there’s a new leader in VOLTA ARCADE party games.

Addressed the following issues:

  • When playing VOLTA BATTLES through Activities, the opposing Squad OVR could display an incorrect number.
  • The Signature Ability button callout did not always display during matches when the Signature Ability was ready to be activated.
  • When selecting an AI controlled teammate in the Change Outfit menu found in the Store and browsing the available items, the player’s Avatar could be displayed instead.
  • The ball could have sometimes traveled through the Musical Nets VOLTA ARCADE party game.
  • During the Wall Ball VOLTA ARCADE party game, the white shooting limit line will now display as red when the player controlled Avatar crosses it.
  • Addressed a stability issue that could occur when playing a VOLTA FOOTBALL Survival match.

General, Audio, and Visual

Made the following changes:

  • Updated some badges, commentary lines, kits, banners, flags, broadcast packages, stadia, pre-match scenes, and tifos.
  • Updated 31 starheads and 1 new starhead.
    • This will only be available following a server update. Please follow @EAFIFADIRECT for updates on when this will be live in-game.

Addressed the following issues:

  • Addressed various instances of typos and incorrect UI/text formatting.

Those were the patch notes for FIFA 22 title update #3. EA will be putting out plenty more updates over the course of the season, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for all the latest news.

For more on FIFA 22, check out the latest Team of the Week, as well as our guide on the new FUT Hero cards.

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Ranking FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Signature Signings from worst to best

The Black Friday promo brought Signature Signings player items to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Here’s a look at how each of the 16 items ranks. 

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Ultimate Team players were spoiled throughout the Black Friday event, receiving several excellent Signature Signings player items. Here are a few of the new faces set to dominate FIFA 22. 

Ultimate Team’s Signature Signings player items are designed to celebrate some of the most successful transfers in recent times. Some key players have made their mark at their clubs and have earned drastic upgrades. Furthermore, these upgrades are of a permanent variety. 

The following payers enjoyed extraordinary debut seasons at their current club. Here’s a list of the best FUT Signature Signings from worst to best. 

Best FUT Signature Signings: ranked list

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If you were lucky enough to get one of the 14 Signature Signings player items available in packs, chances are you’ve got an above-average player on your hands.

Even if you’ve packed one of the early names on this list, many of the current SBCs available require a Signature Signings item. Therefore, even a Signature Signings player you don’t intend on using has a lot of value.

  1. Raul Jiménez
  2. Jesper Karlsson
  3. Ridle Baku
  4. Andrej Kramaric
  5. Marcus Edwards
  6. Gelson Martins
  7. Axel Witsel
  8. Edouard Mendy
  9. Diego Carlos
  10. Milan Škriniar
  11. Youcef Atal
  12. Rúben Dias
  13. Marcos Llorente
  14. Renato Sanches
  15. Kevin De Bruyne
  16. Wissam Ben Yedder

The five best Signature Signings in Ultimate Team

5. Rúben Dias

Signature Signings Dias

The 2020/2021 Premier League defender of the year is the first of two Manchester City players to earn a Signature Signings item. This 89 overall Dias is a monstrous defender. The Portuguese international is available at around 310,000 coins.

Players may have concerns with his 76 pace but the defender truly doesn’t feel that heavy or clunky. His defending and physical stats are out of this world. There are a ton of great options at right-back to pair with Dias. His Manchester City teammates João Cancelo and Kyle Walker are fantastic choices.

The center-back boasts a high defensive work rate and is easy to link thanks to his Premier League association. Also, an underrated short passing stat of 87 makes him feel like a confident option on the ball. 

4. Marcos Llorente

Signature Signings Llorente

Marcos Llorente’s base card was one of the best midfield options at launch. This special item expands on much of what made him a stellar choice. This card works best at CM thanks to the high attacking work rate.

His pace is excellent for a central midfielder. Llorente is the ideal all-rounder at his position. He does most things really well without truly being exceptional in one given category. He can recover lost balls, dribble past the opponent, and set up goals for your forwards.

The one glaring issue is the fact that this card’s price is currently inflated. Players can scoop up Llorente for around 490,000 coins. This is a steep price for a card that boasts minor upgrades. 

3. Renato Sanches

Signature Signings Sanches

Although Renato Sanches’ overall is not as high as most of the players on this list, his current valuation of around 750,000 should tell you a little bit about how excellent this item is. For starters, the high/high work rate is exceptional for a midfielder that can be utilized on both sides of the pitch.

The ability to excel on offense or defense depending on your play style and squad is incredibly valuable. The midfielder’s pace, dribbling, and physicality are top tier while above-average passing stats are also a welcome sight.

Sanches is no slouch in front of goal either – 93 shot power and 84 long shots mean he can strike from distance. With Ligue 1 items running rampant this year, Sanches is an incredibly popular choice as a CDM, CM, or CAM. 

2. Kevin De Bruyne

Signature Signings De Bruyne

After much deliberation, De Bruyne slots in at the number 2 spot. His influence on the current state of FUT is going to be powerful. Without a doubt, Signature Signings De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the game.

Firstly, he’s quite easy to link with his ties to Manchester City. 5* weak foot is a wonderful trait for high-level players to have. This makes De Bruyne a dual-threat driving up the middle of the pitch. Just because De Bruyne’s passing is absurdly excellent, don’t think you won’t be taking your chances in front of goal. The midfielder is more than capable of netting his own goals thanks to amazing shooting stats.

De Bruyne is best utilized as a CAM or CM. Make sure to boost his pace with a chemistry style given that it is the only area that needs an increase. The Belgian is one of the smoothest midfielders in FUT at the moment. 

1. Wissam Ben Yedder

Signature Signings Ben Yedder

Given how amazing De Bruyne’s item is, this may seem like a controversial decision. However, Ben Yedder has all of the qualities to effortlessly torment opposing defenders. One look at the card and it’s clear that Ben Yedder is going to be a nightmare in the Weekend League.

Signature Signings Ben Yedder has received one of the most significant upgrades in comparison to his base card. It’s always nice when a hefty price tag of around 860,000 is justified by a massive upgrade. Still, this item remains an unattainable luxury for most players. Those lucky enough to get their hands on him have a top-class striker at their disposal.

His links to Ligue 1 and his French nationality make him supremely easy to build a team around. The high/low work rate and 5* weak foot is the best possible combination for a striker. A striker’s three most important categories are dribbling, pace, and shooting. Suffice to say, Ben Yedder excels at all three.

Increasing pace and shooting with a hunter chemistry style is going to result in goal after goal for your team. Ben Yedder is an extremely meta option for high-level players and is the best card of the Signature Signings promo. 

The positive reception of Ultimate Team’s Black Friday content has FIFA 22 players excited at what’s to come next. Hopefully, EA continues to deliver quality player items that are accessible through various means. 


For all of the latest FIFA 22 news keep an eye on Charlie INTEL. 

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How to complete FIFA 22 Flashback Chiellini: FUT SBC requirements

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players have the chance to earn a Flashback Chiellini alongside the well-received Black Friday promo.

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The most recent Flashback SBCs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team are giving players a chance to earn some spectacular high-quality additions. Here’s how to meet the Flashback Chiellini SBC requirements. 

Expectations were understandably high before the Ultimate Team Black Friday promotion. As it comes to a close, it’s safe to say most players are satisfied with the items on offer. 

Some of the promo cards released during the FUT Black Friday promo are amongst the best in FIFA 22. If you thought Adidas Numbers Up or FUT Heroes were some of the best promos, you’ll be pleased with EA’s latest offer. 

With Chiellini, players will receive a centre-back that excels at forcing interceptions thanks to his quick reactions and defensive awareness. 

What are FIFA 22 Flashback SBC cards?

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Much as the name suggests, Flashbacks are a throwback to a player’s previous cards in past FIFA games.

Sometimes this may be a carbon copy of an old Team of the Season or a card with stats inspired by a past season.

In the case of Giorgio Chiellini, his Flashback is an ode to his debut season with current club and Italian giants Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) in 2005/2006.

This is Chellini’s first special item to appear in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Flashback Chiellini SBC requirements

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Players have until 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 6 PM GMT on Friday, December 5, 2021, to complete the three SBCs required for Flashback Chiellini.

At the time of writing, according to FUTBIN, the full group of SBCs is clocking in at around 115,000 depending on which platform you play on.

Of course, this is only if you have to buy every single player and don’t have fodder to apply to the SBCs.

Check out the full list of SBC requirements and each one’s value below.

  • Piemonte Calcio (45,000)
    • # of players from Piemonte Calcio: Min 1
    • SIGNATURE SIGNINGS Players: Min 1
    • Squad Rating: Min 82
    • Team Chemistry: Min 65
  • Serie A TIM (22,000)
    • # of players from Serie A TIM: Min 1
    • Squad Rating: Min 83
    • Team Chemistry: Min 60
  • Italy (51,000)
    • # of players from Italy: Min 1
    • IF Players: Min 1
    • Squad Rating: Min 84
    • Team Chemistry: Min 60

Is Flashback Chiellini worth it?

FUT Flashback Chiellini Statistics

Despite a drop in overall rating, Flashback Chiellini is far better than his base card in FIFA 22. A massive upgrade in the pace department makes Chiellini more of a meta choice. 

Chellini’s pace can hit 90 when equipped with a Shadow Chemistry Style. The increase in mobility paired with incredible defending and physical stats makes Chiellini a formidable defender. 

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Flashback cards

Unfortunately, an Italian nationality isn’t the easiest to link in squads. There are very few Italian players who play outside of the Serie A, making this card valuable exclusively to those who use Serie A squads. 

Furthermore, the price is somewhat steep for the quality of the card. Considering Milan Skriniar’s Signature Signings card costs 123,000 coins, completing Chellini’s SBC makes little sense. Skriniar is the superior card between the two. 

Some may even claim that Kalidou Koulibaly’s base card is superior to Chiellini’s Flashback card. Although this is a bit of a stretch, Chiellini isn’t worth the cost unless you’re looking to upgrade your base Serie A centre-backs. 


That was everything you need to know about how to complete the Flashback Chiellini SBC in FIFA 22. For more on FIFA 22, be sure to check out the latest on the Next Generation promo.

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How to complete FIFA 22 Flashback Benzema: FUT SBC requirements

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players have the chance to earn a Flashback Benzema alongside the well-received Black Friday promo.

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The most recent Flashback SBCs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team are giving players a chance to earn some spectacular high-quality additions. Here’s how to meet the Flashback Benzema SBC requirements. 

Expectations were high prior to the Ultimate Team Black Friday promotion. It’s safe to say players are happy with the content EA has provided over this period. 

Some of the promo cards released in the past week are amongst the best in FIFA 22. If you thought Rulebreakers or Road to the Knockouts were some of the best promos, guess again. 

With Benzema, players will receive a well-rounded striker that can easily torment your opponents’ backline.

What are FIFA 22 Flashback cards?

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Much as the name suggests, Flashbacks are a throwback to a player’s previous cards in past FIFA games.

Sometimes this may be a carbon copy of an old Team of the Season or a card with stats inspired by a past season.

In the case of Karim Benzema, his Flashback is an ode to his debut season with current club and Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009/2010.

This is the fourth iteration of Benzema to appear in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Flashback Benzema SBC requirements

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Players have until 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 6 PM GMT on Friday, December 3, 2021, to complete the two SBCs required for Flashback Benzema.

At the time of writing, according to FUTBIN, the full group of SBCs is clocking in at around 135,000 depending on which platform you play on.

Of course, this is only if you have to buy every single player and don’t have fodder to apply to the SBCs.

Check out the full list of SBC requirements and each one’s value below.

  • Real Madrid (48,000)
    • Minimum one Real Madrid player
    • Minimum one Signature Signings player
    • Minimum 83 Team Rating
    • Minimum 75 Team Chemistry
  • LaLiga (85,000)
    • Minimum one LaLiga player
    • Minimum one TOTW player
    • Minimum 85 Team Rating
    • Minimum 70 Team Chemistry

Is Flashback Benzema worth it?

Flashback Benzema FUT stats

Although Benzema has one standard and two upgraded cards that boast a higher overall than this Flashback item, players believe this is currently the best version of Benzema available in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

This is the classic case of an overall not dictating how great an item truly is. The Flashback version alleviates the major issues that held back Benzema’s 91 overall Player of the Month card. 

Benzema FUT 22 comparison

Compared to the POTM item, this Flashback Benzema has better pace and agility which minimizes the clunky feeling players had with the former. In addition medium/medium work rates have been adjusted to the favorable high/low.

Players will be happy to learn that this SBC costs even less than Benzema’s POTM. Not only is this Flashback Benzema available at a great price but he feels great in-game. With above-average pace, shooting, and dribbling, Benzema has all of the tools a top striker needs to succeed. 

The French nationality is one of the easiest to link in squads. Players aren’t exactly forced to put a La Liga team together. This isn’t a case of completing if you have the fodder. Flashback Benzema is a can’t miss item that you absolutely need to try. 


That was everything you need to know about how to complete the Flashback Benzema SBC in FIFA 22. For more on FIFA 22, be sure to check out the latest on the Next Generation promo.

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