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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Icons: New, returning & leaked players

Icons are some of Ultimate Team’s most valuable items, and there’s more in FIFA 22 than we’ve ever seen in the series before.

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Robin Van Persie Icon cards in FIFA 22

Icons players are some the most prestigious and sought after in all of Ultimate Team, adding a touch of football class into any squad. These are Icons, new and old, heading into FIFA 22.

Another year of FIFA brings with it another year of Ultimate Team. After the announcement of Hero cards and Ones to Watch, fans are preparing for another year of carefully crafting the perfect squad of talent.

While there’s plenty of special cards on offer in FUT every year, Icons let players rub shoulders with footballing royalty.

Here are all of the FIFA 22 Icons we’re expecting to see in Ultimate Team.

Real Madrid players celebrating in FIFA 22

What are Icons in Ultimate Team?

Icons are unique special cards in FIFA Ultimate Team which depict a past legend of the real-world sport. They are hand chosen because of their achievements and contributions to football, which have been revered as an all-time great since their retirement.

Each of the FIFA 22 Icons comes with three versions with different stats – a base, mid, and prime. Each one represents a different stage of the player’s career, from when they first burst onto the scene to the peak of their powers.

They function like normal player cards in-game, only they offer chemistry links to every other player regardless of league or nation. However, they provide strong links to anyone from the same nation, making them extremely useful for building hybrid teams from different leagues.

FIFA 22 Icons can be found in packs but have increased rarity because of their high rating and invaluable chemistry features. EA tends to add Squad Building Challenges later in the year to earn Icons and Icon Swaps.

Picture of every Icon from FIFA 21

Leaked & rumoured FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Icons

A handful of new potential Icons have long been rumored, and some have even surfaced online through leaks.

Insiders like FUTWatch and Futzone reported months ago that a number of players had been added to the code for FIFA 22, however, it’s possible that some of them may come to the game as Heroes instead.

These are all of the potential Icons that have been strongly rumoured or leaked in the build-up to launch.

Player NameNationalityPotential Prime Rating
Alfredo di StéfanoArgentina93
Fernando CavenaghiArgentina85
Gabriel BatistutaArgentina91
Jaap StamNetherlands90
LucioBrazil90
Park Ji-SungSouth Korea88
Wayne RooneyEngland92
Wesley SneidjerNetherlands91

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Icons

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team saw the biggest lineup of Icons to date, with 100 of the game’s best-ever players being added to the mode alongside today’s stars.

We’re expecting all of the legends from last year to make the switch into FIFA 22 Icons, although EA is yet to confirm if adjustments will be made to any of the ratings.

The roster from last year is set to be joined by Robin Van Persie, Iker Casillas, and Cafu, with one more set to be revealed closer to release.

You can find every confirmed Icon in the list below. We will update this page with positions and ratings as soon as they are officially confirmed. New players are marked in bold.

Player NameNationRatings
Alan ShearerEngland87/89/91
Alessandro Del PieroItaly87/90/92
Alessandro NestaItaly88/90/92
Andrea PirloItaly88/90/92
Andriy ShevchenkoUkraine86/88/91
Ashley ColeEngland85/87/89
Bastian SchweinsteigerGermany87/89/91
Bobby MooreEngland 87/89/92
CafuBrazil88/90/93
Carlos Alberto TorresBrazil 87/90/93
Carles PuyolSpain86/90/92
Christian VieriItaly 86/88/90
Clarence SeedorfNetherlands85/88/91
Claude MakeleleFrance85/88/90
David TrezeguetFrance 86/89/91
Davor ŠukerCroatia85/87/90
DecoPortugal85/87/90
Dennis BergkampNetherlands 87/90/92
Didier DrogbaIvory Coast87/89/91
Diego MaradonaArgentina91/95/97
Edwin Van Der SarNetherlands87/89/91
Emilio ButragueñoSpain 87/90/92
Emmanuel PetitFrance 85/88/90
Eric CantonaFrance 88/90/93
EusébioPortugal 89/91/93
Fabio Cannavaro Italy 87/89/92
Ferenc PuskásHungary89/92/94
Fernando HierroSpain 86/89/91
Fernando TorresSpain 85/88/91
Filippo InzaghiItaly 85/87/90
Franco BaresiItaly 88/91/93
Frank LampardEngland 86/88/90
Frank RijkaardNetherlands 86/88/90
GarrinchaBrazil 90/92/94
Gary LinekerEngland 87/89/92
Gennaro GattusoItaly85/87/89
George BestNorthern Ireland88/90/93
Gheorghe HagiRomania85/89/91
Gianfranco ZolaItaly 85/87/90
Gianluca ZambrottaItaly 86/87/89
Henrik LarssonSweden86/87/90
Hernán CrespoArgentina 85/87/90
Hidetoshi NakataJapan85/86/88
Hristo StoichkovBulgaria87/90/92
Hugo SánchezMexico87/89/92
Ian RushWales 87/89/91
Ian WrightEngland 85/87/89
Iker CasillasSpain 87/89/92
Jari LitmanenFinland85/88/90
Javier ZanettiItaly 87/88/92
Jay Jay OkochaNigeria85/88/90
Johan CruyffNetherlands 89/91/94
John BarnesEngland 86/87/89
Josep GuardiolaSpain 85/87/90
Juan RiquelmeArgentina 87/89/91
Juan Sebastián VerónArgentina 86/88/90
KakaBrazil 87/89/91
Kenny DalglishScotland87/90/92
Laurent BlancFrance 85/89/91
Lev YashinRussia89/91/94
Lothar MatthäusGermany 88/91/93
Luis FigoPortugal 88/90/92
Luis HernándezMexico85/87/90
Marc OvermarsFrance 86/88/90
Marcel DesaillyFrance 87/88/91
Marco Van BastenNetherlands 89/91/93
Michael BallackGermany 86/89/91
Michael EssienGhana85/87/90
Michael LaudrupDenamark85/89/91
Michael OwenEngland 86/88/91
Miroslav KloseGermany 87/89/91
Nemanja VidićSerbia85/88/90
Paolo MaldiniItaly 88/92/94
Patrick KluivertNetherlands 86/88/91
Patrick VieiraFrance 86/88/91
Paul ScholesEngland 87/89/91
Pavel NedvědCzech Republic86/89/91
PeléBrazil 91/95/98
Peter SchmeichelDenmark86/90/92
Petr ČechCzech Republic86/88/91
Phillip LahmGermany 87/89/91
RaúlSpain 86/88/92
Rio FerdinandEngland 85/88/90
RivaldoBrazil 87/90/92
Robert PirèsFrance 85/88/91
Roberto BaggioItaly 89/91/93
Roberto CarlosBrazil86/88/91
Robin Van PersieNetherlands 87/89/91
Ronald KoemanNetherlands 85/88/91
RonaldinhoBrazil 89/91/94
Ronaldo NazárioBrazil 90/94/96
Roy KeaneRepublic of Ireland86/88/90
Rui CostaPortugal 85/88/90
Ruud GullitNetherlands 86/90/93
Ruud Van NistelrooyNetherlands 86/90/92
Ryan GiggsWales87/89/92
Samuel Eto’oCameroon87/90/92
SócratesBrazil 87/89/91
Sol CampbellEngland 85/87/89
Steven GerrardEngland 86/89/91
Thierry HenryFrance87/90/93
XaviSpain 88/90/93
Zinedine ZidaneFrance 91/94/96

That is all of the FIFA 22 Icons we currently know will be playable in this year’s game. Full ratings and positions should follow after the game is released.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our guides for the best defenders, midfielders, and strikers you should buy.

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FIFA 22

All FIFA 22 Ones to Watch cards: Release date, confirmed players & predictions

Ones to Watch cards are returning to Ultimate Team once again in FIFA 22, and we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is very nearly upon us, which means the newest batch of Ones to Watch cards won’t be too far behind. We’ve got all the confirmed players below, as well as our predictions.

Ultimate Team continues to be the most popular mode in the FIFA series, and the unique promotional cards added each year go a long way in keeping players engaged.

EA has already announced the addition of FUT Heroes in FIFA 22, and the return of Ones to Watch cards will have fans equally excited.

Now, just as the top 100 players have started being unveiled, the publisher has also announced more Ones to Watch cards. We’ve got every confirmed card below, along with our predictions for the full line-up.

FIFA 22 Heroes artwork

What are Ones to Watch cards?

Perhaps one of the biggest draws in Ultimate Team is how real, on-the-pitch action directly impacts the mode.

Ones to Watch cards are special items depicting players who have recently transferred to a new team. These players have dynamic ratings which get higher and higher to match their performances for club and country.

Each time that player is awarded a Team of the Week in-game, their overall rating will match it. For example, in FIFA 21, Ferran Torres was rated 81 but received an 84-rated in-form card. His Ones to Watch went up to the same rating and remained there for the rest of the year.

A new feature announced could also see these items get a special one-time upgrade. The ‘Wins to Watch’ mechanic means that if an OTW player’s team wins five out of ten competitive matches after October 1, they receive a rating boost of plus one.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch team

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team confirmed Ones to Watch

EA announced that Ones to Watches would be returning once again in FIFA 22, but so far, they have only officially revealed a handful of players.

Real Madrid’s David Alaba, who moved from Bayern Munich over the summer, was the first to be confirmed alongside the post explaining that the promotion will be back again this year.

Four more players have also been shown off recently, all of which have moved to the Premier League during the latest transfer window. Among them is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is set to be one of the valuable Ones to Watch cards when they land in-game.

These are all of the players confirmed so far. We’ll update this hub with the full line-up and ratings when EA announces them.

Player NameTransferRating
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus to Manchester United91
Romelu LukakuInter Milan to Chelsea88
Jack GrealishAston Villa to Manchester City84
David AlabaBayern Munich to Real Madrid84
Ibrahima Konate RB Leipzig to Liverpool 78

FUT 22 Ones to Watch predictions

This year it’s been a stacked transfer window with some of the biggest names in football switching clubs. While it might be worrying for mid-table sides across Europe, for FIFA fans, it means we could be store for the best Ones to Watch promo in recent memory.

These are our predictions for every Ones to Watch card in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Confirmed cards are highlighted in bold.

PlayerTransferPredicted Rating
Lionel MessiBarcelona to PSG 93
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus to Manchester United91
Romelu LukakuInter Milan to Chelsea88
Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund to Manchester United88
Sergio RamosReal Madrid to PSG87
Gianluigi DonnarummaAC Milan to PSG87
Sergio AgueroManchester City to Barcelona87
Memphis DepayLyon to Barcelona86
Raphael VaraneReal Madrid to Manchester United86
Achraf HakimiInter Milan to PSG85
Jack GrealishAston Villa to Manchester City84
Georginio WijnaldumLiverpool to PSG84
David Alaba Bayern Munich to Real Madrid84
Andre SilvaFrankfurt to RB Leipzig82
Danny IngsSouthampton to Aston Villa82
Emiliano BuendiaNorwich City to Aston Villa81
Ibrahima KonateRB Leipzig to Liverpool80
Patson DakaRB Salzburg to Leicester City79
Daniel JamesManchester United to Leeds77
Joe WillockArsenal to Newcastle United76
Josh SargentWerder Bremen to Norwich City76

When do Ones to Watch start?

EA is wasting no time in getting Ones to Watch cards into the game this year. In their most recent website update, they revealed that the promotion will kick off on October 1, 2021, the same day as FIFA 22’s worldwide release.

The first team of Ones to Watch players will be in packs on launch day, while the second lot will follow on October 8, 2021.

The publisher also confirmed that there will be two smaller releases away from the two main lineups. These will take place between October 3 – 8 and October 10 – 13.

For more FIFA 22 Ultimate Team in the lead-up to release day, check out our predictions of the best defenders, midfielders, and strikers you can buy.

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FIFA 22 top 100 player ratings: Release date & confirmed ratings

EA have finally started gradually announcing the ratings for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so here are the biggest names revealed so far.

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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.

After confirming Icons and Ones to watches, EA has started revealing the top stars in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so we’ve put together all the big names we know so far.

FIFA 22 ratings release date

FIFA 22 Haaland kicking a ball

Based on previous years, the full slate of ratings won’t be revealed until players have FIFA 22 in their hands and search for their favorites. But in the lead-up to each game’s release, the top 100 rated players are usually are announced gradually until we reach the game’s elite.

EA began revealing ratings over the course of the week beginning on September 13. Historically, a new batch of players is shown off every day before the full top 100 lands on the Friday.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings top 100

FIFA 22 PSG players

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.

RankingPlayer nameTeamPositionRating
#1Lionel MessiPSGRW93
#2Robert LewandowskiBayern MunichST92
#3Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedST91
#4Kevin De BruyneManchester CityCM91
#5Kylian MbappePSGST91
#6Neymar JrPSGLW91
#7Jan OblakAtletico MadridGK91
#8Harry KaneSpursST90
#9N’golo KanteChelseaCDM90
#10Manuel NeuerBayern MunichGK90
#11Marc-Andre Ter StegenBarcelonaGK90
#12Mohamed SalahLiverpoolRW89
#13Gianluigi DonnarummaPSGGK89
#14Karim BenzemaReal MadridST89
#15Virgil van Dijk LiverpoolCB89
#16Joshua KimmichBayern MunichCDM89
#17Heung Min-SonSpursLM89
#18Alisson BeckerLiverpoolGK89
#19Thibaut CourtoisReal MadridGK89
#20CasemiroReal MadridCDM89
#21EdersonManchester CityGK89
#22Sadio ManeLiverpoolLW89

FIFA 22 top-rated Premier League players

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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.

RankingPlayer NameTeamPositionRating
#1Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedST91
#2Kevin De BruyneManchester CityCM91
#3Harry Kane SpursST90
#4N’Golo KanteChelseaCDM90
#5Mohamed SalahLiverpoolRW89
#6Virgil van DijkLiverpoolCB89
#7Heung Min-Son SpursLM89
#8Alisson BeckerLiverpoolGK89
#9EdersonManchester CityGK89
#10Sadio ManeLiverpoolLW89
#11Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedCAM88
#12Romelu LukakuChelseaST88
#13Raheem SterlingManchester CityLW88
#14Ruben DiasManchester CityCB87
#15Andrew RobertsonLiverpoolLB87
#16Jadon SanchoManchester UnitedRM87
#17Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolRB87
#18Paul PogbaManchester UnitedCM87
#19Hugo LlorisSpursGK87
#20Joao CanceloManchester CityRB86

FIFA 22 top-rated LaLiga Santander players

Casemiro tapping his badge

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.

RankingPlayer nameTeamPositionRating
#1Jan OblakAthletico MadridGK91
#2Marc-Andre Ter StegenBarcelonaGK90
#3Karim BenzemaReal MadridST89
#4Thibaut CourtoisReal MadridGK89
#5CasemiroReal MadridCDM89
#6Luiz SuarezAthletico MadridST88
#7Toni KroosReal MadridCM88
#8Sergio AgueroBarcelonaST87
#9Luka Modric Real MadridCM87
#10Frenkie de JongBarcelonaCM87
#11Segio BusquetsBarcelonaCDM86
#12Gerard MorenoVillarrealST86
#13Marcos LlorenteAthleticoCM86
#14ParejoVillarreal CM86
#15Jordi AlbaBarcelonaLB86
#16Antoine GriezmannAthletico MadridST85
#17Memphis DepayBarcelonaCF85
#18Eden HazardReal MadridLW85
#19David SilvaReal SociedadCAM85
#20OyarzabalReal Sociedad LW85

FIFA 22 top-rated Bundesliga players

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

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 very best Bundesliga players in the list below.

RankingPlayer NameTeamPositionRating
#1Robert Lewandowski Bayern MunichST92
#2Manuel Neuer Bayern MunichGK90
#3Joshua KimmichBayern MunichCDM89
#4Erling HaalandBorussua DortmundST88
#5Leon GoretzkaBayern MunichCM87
#6Thomas MullerBayern MunichCAM87
#7Mats HummelsBorussia DortmundCB86
#8Koen CasteelsWolfsburgGK86
#9Kingsley ComanBayern Munich LM86
#10Serge GnabryBayern MunichRM85
#11Marco ReusBorussia DortmundCAM85
#12Peter GulacsiRB LeipzigGK85
#13Yann SommerBorussia M’gladbachGK85
#14Marcel SabitzerBayern MunichCM84
#15Filip KosticEintracht FrankfurtLM84
#16Andre SilvaRB LeipzigST84
#17Matthias GinterBorussia M’gladbachCB84
#18Raphael Guerreiro Borussia DortmundLB84
#19Leroy SaneBayern MunichLM84
#20Andrej KramaricHoffenheimST83
#21Wout WeghorstWolfsburgST83
#22Angelino RB LeipzigLB83
#23Lucas HernandezBayern MunichCB83
#24Lukas HradeckyBayern LeverkusenGK83
#25Axel WItselBorussia DortmundCDM83

Other confirmed FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings

Real Madrid celebrating

Although the stats are revealed officially by EA, many real-life teams and footballers find out their rating ahead of time. This appears to have been the case this year, as some have taken to social media to announce theirs to the world.

Many of these aren’t players who will feature in the top 100, so they offer insight into how the rest of the Ultimate Team roster might look.

These are all of the ratings that have been confirmed ahead of the official reveal taking place soon.

Player NameClubPositionRating
Thiago SilvaChelseaCB85
Theo HernandezAC MilanLB84
Phil FodenManchester CityCAM84
Nicolo BarellaInter MilanCM84
John Stones Manchester CityCB83
Domenico BerardiSassuoloRW82
Alphonso DaviesBayern MunichLB82
Luis MurielAtalantaST82
Christian PulisicChelseaLW82
PepePortoCB82
Ben Chillwell ChelseaLWB82
Jan VertonghenBenficaCB81
Vinicius JuniorReal MadridLW80
Jude BellinghamBorussia DortmundCM79
Eduardo CamavingaReal MadridCM79

Those were the biggest Ultimate Team ratings that have been confirmed by EA so far. But 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.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our guides for the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and strikers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: Featured players and TOTW 1

TOTW is back again in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and we’ve got everything you need to know about how it works – including the latest squad.

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EA has revealed that the Team of the Week is returning to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. This time, however, they’re addressing some long-running fan complaints. Here’s how TOTW will work in this year’s game.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is the way it incorporates 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 special items is the Team of the Week, which offers players a weekly batch of new upgraded cards to help build out their squads. We’ve got everything you need to know about FUT TOTW right here.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW, so be sure to check back here every week.

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that provide a boost in 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 round of domestic or international fixtures. 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 of TOTW is available in packs for a full 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 the 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

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Featured TOTW

In FIFA 22, EA have 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 TOTW card.

FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 1

Team of the Week items won’t start being released until fans have their hands on the game and a batch of real-life fixtures have been played.

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, although they are yet to confirm if they will stick to the same schedule for FIFA 22.

We’ll post all of the players in TOTW 1 right here as and when they are revealed. Be sure to check back here every week for the latest squad announcement.


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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