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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Full-backs at centre-back to be nerfed

Fans excited to get hold of FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team mode will be please to see that this frustrating feature from last year has been nerfed



Trent Alexander Arnold from FIFA 22 gameplay trailer

While the arrival of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team brings with it a number of huge overhauls, it’s often the little details that get the hardcore fans most excited. Most importantly, the balancing of features that were overpowered in the previous game.

Since it first launched in 2009, the main draw of FUT has been building a squad made up of the world’s best players – perfectly balanced with league and nation links. Unfortunately, the reality is that every year certain types of players, no matter how highly rated, just don’t fit the meta of the game.

This leads to more dedicated FUT players coming up with creative ways to cram in cards that do suit the gameplay each year to get the upper hand on their opponents. FIFA 21 was no exception, but a particularly frustrating one appears to have been nerfed for this year’s entry.

FIFA 22 trailer

Perhaps more so than ever before, FIFA 21 placed a great emphasis on pace. Pretty soon after launch, players would run into teams featuring attacking lines with pace stats in the high 90’s. Immediately, slower center-backs like Harry Maguire and Georgio Chillelini became obsolete.

In an effort to combat the blistering pace of the game’s most-used attackers, the community began using full-backs, who are generally quicker than their defensive counterparts, in the middle of the back four. Due to how FUT’s chemistry system works, the out-of-position players wouldn’t see their stats punished, but instead just received a smaller boost than those in the correct position.

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team squad with a full-back at center back

In the end, modes such as FUT Champions became plagued with teams playing Ferland Mendy or Kevin Mbabu at CB, making defenses extremely difficult to get in behind. As more and more special cards were released, the problem only persisted.

Luckily, it appears EA has taken steps to prevent this from happening in FIFA 22. In the gameplay deep dive available on the publisher’s website, it says that placing a full-back at center-back will “negatively impact” their defensive positioning. It adds that criteria such as fatigue and work rates will also affect how defenders behave in-game.

The only downside is that the gameplay tweak is only listed as coming to next-gen consoles and PC. Consoles and the Switch version will likely see the problem carry over into the new season.

Players won’t have to wait long to see these changes in action, as the FIFA 22 beta is expected to hit very soon. The full game is due out worldwide on October 1, but early access options are available through the Ultimate Edition and the EA Play service.

Image credits: EA Sports / FUTBIN


How to complete Ultimate Team Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC in FIFA 22

A Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC has dropped in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, here’s the SBC requirements and solutions needed to make your pick.



base or mid icon player pick sbc

Ultimate Team players get another shot at securing a highly sought-after Icon player with the Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC in FIFA 22. Here’s how to complete the Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC.

Leading up to the highly-anticipated release of TOTY, Ultimate Team players are getting a ton of opportunities to improve their squads and the latest is letting players complete a Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC.

A Player Pick is rather tricky as you get the choice of picking one of three Icon players therefore a lot of luck is involved. Obviously, you’ll be hoping for a stellar Mid Icon rather than a Base Icon.

This SBC is repeatable which means FUT players can complete it as many times as they wish. Here’s how to complete the Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC.

How to complete Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC in Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 icons

Players will have to submit a total of four pricey squads to complete the SBC. Given that players get to choose between three Icon cards, this SBC is understandably expensive.

The Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC will set Ultimate Team players back a total of 782,000 coins.

86-Rated Squad Requirements

  • TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 45

86-Rated Squad Solution – Cost 137,000 coins

86 rated squad sbc solution

87-Rated Squad Requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 40

87-Rated Squad Solution – Cost 186,000 coins

87 rated squad sbc solution

87-Rated Squad Requirements

  • TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 35

87-Rated Squad Solution – Cost 196,000 coins

87 rated squad sbc solution

88-Rated Squad Requirements

  • TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 30

88-Rated Squad Solution – Cost 265,000 coins

88 rated squad sbc solution

This SBC is the epitome of calculated risk and some players will not be able to avoid the temptation of a top-tier Mid Icon. It certainly isn’t an affordable SBC so think carefully before completing it.

The Base or Mid Icon Player Pick SBC will be available until January 31 which gives players a ton of time to submit the four required squads.

For more FIFA 22 news check out how to complete the Alexandre Pato FIFA 22 Flashback SBC and the best midfielders in Ultimate Team.

Image Credits: EA / FUTBIN

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How to complete FIFA 22 Player Moments Ilkay Gundogan SBC

Ilkay Gundogan is looking like a great option in the midfield, and FUT players are going to want to complete his FIFA 22 Player Moments SBC.



Player Moments Gundogan SBC

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is the latest player to receive a Player Moments SBC in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Here’s everything you need to know including stats and how to complete Gundogan’s Player Moments SBC.

Player Moments cards have been somewhat of a disappointment in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team but this Ilkay Gundogan SBC can potentially break that trend.

Luckily, Gundogan is easy to link to squads thanks to his Manchester City allegiance and German nationality. Although this SBC is a touch overpriced, players looking for a quick dribbling central midfielder will want to give him a try.

Players will be required to submit four squads to get their hands on this German maestro, and we’ve got the cheapest solution to give you a hand.

FIFA 22 Player Moments Gundogan stats

Player Moments Gundogan Stats FUT

Gundogan’s two biggest assets are without a doubt his passing and dribbling which will allow you to breeze past defenders if used correctly. Gundogan is for the player that prefers a slow and methodic approach to Ultimate Team gameplay.

Unfortunately, his pace is a glaring weakness in the current Ultimate Team meta. Even central midfielders are now expected to boast a ton of pace and Gundogan simply does not have that quality.

Cheapest way to complete Player Moments Gundogan SBC

Ilkay Gundogan FIFA 22

To complete this SBC players will need to give up four squads: Tactical Emulation, Germany, Premier League, and 88-Rated Squad. With a value of around 600,000 coins, Gundogan is certainly overpriced but those desperate for a new midfielder should not find it hard to invest fodder into this FIFA 22 SBC.

You can check out the cheapest solutions below.

Tactical Emulation requirements

  • # of players from Manchester City: minimum 1
  • Squad Rating: minimum 84
  • Team Chemistry: minimum 80

Tactical Emulation solution – Cost: 40,000

Tactical emulation sbc solution

Germany requirements

  • # of players from Germany: minimum 1
  • Squad Rating: minimum 86
  • Team Chemistry: minimum 60

Germany solution – Cost: 120,000 coins

Germany SBC solution

Premier League requirements

  • # of players from the Premier League: minimum 1
  • Squad Rating: minimum 87
  • Team Chemistry: minimum 55

Premier League solution – Cost: 165,000 coins

Premier League sbc solution

88-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: minimum 88
  • Team Chemistry: minimum 50

88-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 245,000 coins

88-rated squad sbc solution

The Gundogan Player Moments SBC is available until January 21, so make sure to get working on this challenge as soon as possible. Market value is expected to rise in the coming days as anticipation for TOTY builds but Gundogan is still a solid choice for players who have an abundance of fodder.

For more FIFA 22, check out our guide to Team of the Year Warmup Series, or check out our list of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best wingers.

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FIFA FUT 22 Team of the Year Warmup Series: Start date, TOTY leaks, more

Before FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team TOTY event, EA Sports are dropping a special Warmup Series promo to build hype.



FIFA 22 TOTY Warm Up Series logo

Team of the Year is here, but before the full squad arrives, EA Sports are dropping the TOTY Warmup Series promo.

For the first time ever, EA Sports have decided to host a pre-TOTY event, with the Warmup preempting the release of the upcoming superpowered squad.

Because this is the first time it’s ever happened, there wasn’t a lot of information about this promo available to players. We can confirm that it’s linked to Team of the Year, and it will give players a chance to stock up on valuable packs.

Players can expect some SBCs, a handful of new packs, and maybe even a few player cards following its initial release. For now, here’s everything we know about FUT 22’s Team of the Year Warmup Series event.

FIFA Team of the Year logo

FIFA 22 Team of the Year Warmup Series release date

The good news is that players won’t have long to wait for this promo to start. According to a loading screen in FIFA 22, TOTY Warmup Series will kick off on Friday, January 14.

As with all Ultimate Team promos, the promo will start at 6 PM GMT, adding new content to the game at that time.

TOTY Warmup Series leaks

Interestingly enough, FIFA leakers weren’t able to discover anything about this promo prior to its release.

As it turns out, EA have decided to throw players a curveball with the TOTY Warmup. Instead of receiving a collection of new promo cards, players have received new SBCs, Upgrade SBCs, and new Objectives.

Players will get a chance to earn some incredible new cards through these various means from now until the release of TOTY. EA has also granted players a free 83+ x3 pack that can be found in the FUT Store.

TOTY warmup series announcement

As of now, players can complete a Player Moments Ilkay Gundogan SBC, League Player Malang Sarr Objective, 83+ 3x defender, midfielder, and attacker upgrade SBC as well as two TOTY-themed SBCs.

We’ll be sure to keep updating this article as more information becomes available, while the TOTY Warmup Series continues.

In the meantime, make sure you’re using the best players possible with our guide to Ultimate Team’s best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and strikers.

Image Credits: EA Sports

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