While attackers often get the headlines, defenders are just as important in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. A solid backline can be the difference between winning and losing, so here are the best, cheap, and meta center-backs you should buy in FUT 22.
What goes without saying is that having the best players in each position is vitally important to being competitive when faced with high-skilled opponents.
We’ve picked out the center-backs that are dominating this year’s FIFA and split them up into three categories.
- Best center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
- Meta center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
- Cheap center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
Best center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
Even though it’s the strikers that tend to get the attention, keeping things tight at the back is just as important.
Center-backs need to have the intelligence to read the game when opponents are in position, but also have the speed to recover when a pacey forward inevitably beats the offside trap.
Based on EA’s player ratings, these are the best non-Icon center-backs on the market in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.
|Player Name||Club||Rating||Average Price|
|Ruben Dias (TOTY)||Manchester City||97||400,000|
|Virgil van Dijk (TOTS)||Liverpool||96||260,000|
|Kalidou Koulibaly (TOTS)||Napoli||95||236,000|
|Eder Militao (TOTS)||Real Madrid||95||594,000|
|Aymeric Laporte (TOTS)||Manchester City||94||380,000|
|David Alaba (TOTS)||Real Madrid||94||185,000|
|Jules Kounde (TOTS)||Sevilla||93||298,000|
|Milan Skriniar (TOTS)||Inter Milan||92||56,000|
|Evan Ndicka (TOTS)||Eintracht Frankfurt||92||326,000|
Best meta center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
Even though some defenders have unbelievably high ratings, they aren’t always the best ones to buy.
Whether because of their pace, defending, or something else, there are other cards that fit the FIFA 22 meta far better. You’ll see them in FUT Champions teams up and down the land.
Special cards also come out thick and fast, many of which quickly outshine the top-rated players with their stats.
These players will often have lower overall ratings, but a higher market value. Here are the best meta center-backs you should think about using in your squad.
|Player Name||Club||Version||Rating||Average Price|
|Ivan Cordoba||N/A||FUT Captain||92||980,000|
|Eder Militao||Real Madrid||TOTS||95||595,000|
|Ruben Dias||Manchester City||TOTY||97||400,000|
|Aymeric Laporte||Manchester City||TOTS||94||380,000|
|Evan Ndicka||Eintracht Frankfurt||TOTS||92||326,000|
|Lukas Klostermann||RB Leipzig||Fantasy FUT||91||285,000|
|Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||TOTS||96||258,000|
Best cheap center-backs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
Some of the defenders we’ve listed there are probably going to set you back a few coins, but this isn’t always possible if you’re just starting out or if you’re respecting a budget.
In the early stages of your FUT journey, you might just want someone who can keep you competitive while you save up for six-figure meta cards.
Luckily, this year’s notoriously slow market means you can bag some outstanding cards without breaking the bank.
Here are the cheap gold defenders you should buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.
|Player Name||Club||Rating||Average Price|
|Dayot Upamecano||Bayern Munich||82||2,600|
|Eder Militao||Real Madrid||82||2,900|
|Lukas Klostermann||RB Leipzig||80||2,200|
|Nathan Ake||Manchester City||78||1,400|
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New FIFA 23 FUT Hero cards revealed: Yaya Toure, Marchisio, Park Ji-sung
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.
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.
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
- FIFA 23 confirmed FUT Hero cards
- FIFA 23 leaked FUT Hero cards
- How to get free 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 have revealed the first few stars from the Premier League that will show up.
Here’s a full list of expected FIFA 23 FUT Hero players, with new cards marked in bold.
|Abedi Pele||CAM||Ligue 1 Uber Eats||Ghana||89|
|Fernando Morientes||ST||La Liga Santander||Spain||89|
|Antonio Di Natale||ST||Serie A||Italy||88|
|Diego Milito||ST||Serie A||Argentina||88|
|Jorge Campos||GK||Liga BBVA||Mexico||87|
|Ivan Cordoba||CB||Serie A||Colombia||87|
|Joe Cole||CAM||Premier League||England||87|
|Jerzy Dudek||GK||Premier League||Poland||86|
|Freddie Ljungberg||RM||Premier League||Sweden||86|
|Aleksandr Mostovoi||CAM||La Liga Santander||Russia||86|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||ST||Premier League||Norway||86|
|Robbie Keane||ST||Premier League||Ireland||86|
|Sami Al-Jaber||ST||MBS Pro League||Saudi Arabia||86|
|Tim Cahill||ST||Premier League||Australia||85|
|Yaya Toure||CM||Premier League||Ivory Coast||TBC|
|Park Ji-sung||CM||Premier League||South Korea||TBC|
|Ricardo Carvalho||CB||Premier League||Portugal||TBC|
|Claudio Marchisio||CM||Serie A||Italy||TBC|
So far, Yaya Toure, Park Ji-sung, Ricardo Carvalho, and Landon Donovan have been confirmed, but we’re expecting plenty more to be revealed ahead of September 30. It’s also safe to assume that every FIFA 22 Hero will return, as EA look to double down on the feature this year.
FIFA 23 leaked Hero cards
Although only a handful of FIFA 23 Heroes have been officially revealed, plenty more have been leaked ahead of time.
Leakers have been slowly revealing the new names we could see in FIFA 23, and there could be some fan favorites on the way. In addition, some players like Nakata and Okocha are rumored to be downgraded from Icons to Heroes in FIFA 23.
We’ve put together all of the leaked FIFA 23 FUT Heroes we’ve seen so far below:
|Peter Crouch||ST||Premier League||England||89|
|Diego Simeone||CDM||La Liga Santander||Argentina||89|
|Rafael Marquez||CB||La Liga Santander||Mexico||89|
|Dirk Kuyt||ST||Premier League||Netherlands||89|
|Joan Capdevila||LB||La Liga Santander||Spain||89|
|Tomas Brolin||RW||Serie A||Sweden||89|
|Hidetoshi Nakata||RM||Serie A||Japan||89|
|Jay-Jay Okocha||RM||Premier League||Nigeria||89|
How to get free FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23
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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How to pre-order FIFA 23: Editions, prices, & bonuses
Here’s everything you need to know about pre-ordering FIFA 23, including the special editions on offer and prices.
EA’s FIFA 23 reveal has come and gone, so here’s our guide on how to pre-order the game, as well as the editions and rewards available to players.
As FIFA 22 draws to a close, fans are already eagerly anticipating what the next iteration of the franchise will have to offer. FIFA 23 will be the final title created in tandem by EA Sports and FIFA, before the transition to EA Sports FC.
As the final joint project between the companies, FIFA 23 is expected to go out with a bang. With the gameplay reveal introducing new mechanics and changes to fan-favorite game modes, now’s the perfect time to find out how to pre-order FIFA 23.
How to pre-order FIFA 23
Physical copies of FIFA 23 will be available for purchase at retail stores worldwide, with digital copies expected to be available via your platform’s game marketplace.
The most popular retailers for those looking to pre-order a physical version of FIFA 23 include Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon.
PlayStation users can pre-order digital copies of FIFA 23 through the PlayStation store, while Xbox players can use the Microsoft store to purchase the game. Meanwhile, PC players should be able to find a FIFA 23 pre-order on Steam and Origin.
FIFA 23 pre-order editions & prices
FIFA 23 follows the same pre-order model as FIFA 22, so players could expect a Standard Edition and an Ultimate Edition. Here’s a breakdown of the prices players can expect to pay:
|Platform||Standard Edition||Ultimate Edition|
|Xbox Series X|S||$69.99||$99.99|
FIFA 23’s official release date is September 30, 2022. However, there is a way for players to access the game three days earlier regardless of their platform of choice.
Players who pre-order the Ultimate Edition will be able to play FIFA 23 as of September 27, thanks to the three-day early access period.
FIFA 23 pre-order bonus rewards
The Standard Edition of FIFA 23 is the base version and while it doesn’t come with many perks, it is the cheapest version of the game available. On the flip side, the Ultimate Edition comes with a ton of bonus content for players to enjoy, especially for fans of Ultimate Team.
Here’s the bonus content players could expect to receive with their FIFA 23 pre-order based on EA’s FIFA 23 webpage.
|Bonuses||Standard Edition||Ultimate Edition|
|Team of the Week 1 Player item||Yes||Yes|
|Kylian Mbappe loan item (5 games)||Yes||Yes|
|FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick (Son, Vinicius Jr, Davies)||Yes||Yes|
|Career Mode Homegrown Talent||Yes||Yes|
|Untradeable Ones to Watch Player Item||No||Yes|
|4,600 FIFA Points||No||Yes|
|Untradeable FIFA World Cup FUT Hero player (before August 21)||No||Yes|
|Dual Entitlement: Free PlayStation 5 upgrade||No||Yes|
|Three Days Early Access (from September 27)||No||Yes|
The Ones to Watch Player item will be available to players from September 30, while the World Cup FUT Hero player will be available as of November 11. It’ll be up to you to decide which version is right for you, but if you’re a fan of FUT, the Ultimate Edition will be difficult to ignore.
For more FIFA 23 news, check out everything you need to know about the Ones to Watch promo.
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FIFA 23 players fear Ultimate Team SBCs will be a nightmare to complete
Due to the drastic chemistry changes introduced to FIFA 23, Ultimate Team players are dreading the completion of SBCs.
With major chemistry changes set to impact FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode, players are already convinced that completing SBCs will be a nightmare.
With the standard version of FIFA 23 set to arrive on September 30, players are excited to discover what the game’s new features have to offer. EA have been breaking down FIFA 23’s new features across each game mode ahead of the highly anticipated release.
While Ultimate Team fans are excited for FUT Moments, other changes like the ones made to team chemistry have not gone down well with the fanbase. It seems players are worried about the implications this new Ultimate Team chemistry system could have on SBCs.
SBCs have been a staple of the Ultimate Team mode for some time now. These FUT puzzles grant players valuable items and packs to improve squads. In order to earn rewards, players must submit a squad that meets certain criteria. Most SBCs will have a chemistry requirement which makes finding the correct solution a challenge.
With team chemistry set to be a thing of the past in FIFA 23, players are worried that SBCs will be an aggravating experience to complete. As one FIFA fan puts it, “More controllers will be broken trying to complete SBCs than from actual gameplay.”
Previously, players could be asked to submit a squad with a minimum chemistry rating of 80. However, this is no longer possible with FIFA 23’s shift to player chemistry.
A statement from EA confirms that players will be asked to meet new SBC chemistry requirements of either the “Total Chemistry of all Players combined, up to a maximum of 33,” or “Chemistry Points per Player between 0 and 3.”
Players have yet to come to grips with the new system of calculating chemistry, which makes the idea of FIFA 23 SBCs with the new system a daunting task on the horizon.
An example of a FIFA 23 SBC requirement would be for all players in the squad to have a minimum of two chemistry points. Given that players are used to using straightforward chemistry lines, this new system could cause a ton of frustration, especially during FIFA 23’s early days.
A post to the FIFA subreddit highlights most players’ perplexed reaction to a system that according to them, did not need changing: “The system doesn’t make sense and it’s vastly inferior to the previous system.”
FIFA 23 players will have to adjust to a learning curve when it comes to Ultimate Team SBCs, despite the fact that they believe the previous system did not require any changes. One can only hope that no controllers will be damaged in the process.
For more on Ultimate Team rewards up for grabs, check out how you can secure a free FIFA 23 Marvel FUT Hero World Cup card.
Image Credit: EA Sports
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