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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: What’s new in FUT this year?

EA has given fans their first glimpse at the Ultimate Team mode for FIFA 22. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new this year in FIFA 22 FUT.

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Promo image of the FIFA 22 cover featuring Kylian Mbappe

After months of anticipation, EA has finally shown off the changes coming to Ultimate Team in FIFA 22. In a short trailer, the publisher gave fans a closer look at what they can expect from the FIFA 22 FUT mode in the coming year.

Year after year, FUT proves to be the series’ premier mode, which sees millions of players competing to build the strongest team.

The loop of taking to the field in various casual and hardcore modes in the pursuit of new players from packs has built FUT a strong and passionate fanbase over the years.

FUT Heroes have already been revealed, but what else can football lovers look forward to when FIFA 22 releases worldwide on October 1st?

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FIFA 22 FUT

Changes to Division Rivals

Division Rivals has emerged in recent years as a great way to earn rewards for your club. In FUT this time, the mode adopts a seasonal progression system, with where you finish in one season affecting how high you start in the next.

Wins and losses still affect your standing, but streaks can also help you progress faster. Rewards are still dealt out weekly, but there are also packs and coins to be earned at the end of each season.

The ranking will look familiar to veterans of the series, but there are now stages within each rank. Some of these stages are also checkpoints, which means you can’t fall below that position no matter how many times you lose.

There’s also a new “elite division” above division 1, which will be home to the most skilled players aiming for a place in the Global Series.

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FIFA 22 FUT Champions revamp

FUT’s elite mode has also seen a reworking ahead of FIFA 22. The weekend league will now be divided up into two sections, a “play-offs” section during the week where teams try to qualify for the “finals.” It appears to resemble the daily knockout tournament, which was scrapped for FIFA 20.

The second half of the mode will take place over the weekend as it does now. Here is where the best rewards in FIFA 22 FUT will be on offer, as teams compete for points to improve their overall ranking.

Promo image of FUT Heroes cards

Other additions

Building on the stadium customization introduced in FIFA 21, EA is doubling down on letting players express themselves this year. A new range of tifos and trophies can be earned in-game and all-new features like VIP areas and crowd flags. There’s also cross-progression with Volta, which will keep your home-ground updated with themed cosmetics.

The last big announcement comes in the form of public co-op matchmaking. FIFA 21 only allowed players to invite their friends to join them in an online match against other community members, and it didn’t appear to make much of a splash.

But this year, you can match with random players to try new players and squads “built specifically” for the mode.

This was just the first taster of what’s new in FIFA 22 FUT, and EA is likely to reveal even more in the coming weeks. With the beta and the demo also on the horizon, fans won’t have to wait long to get stuck in.

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How to complete Ultimate Team Varane Flashback SBC in FIFA 22

Raphaël Varane is one of the best CBs in FIFA 22, and FUT players are going to want to complete his Flashback SBC.

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Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane was already one of the best CBs in the game and his Flashback upgrade is set to take him to the next level. Here’s how you can complete Varane’s FIFA 22 Flashback SBC.

Flashbacks SBCs have been extremely popular in FIFA 22 and Ultimate Team players should be excited to see another top player join the likes of Benzema, Pato, and Kane.

Varane’s Rare Gold card was already a meta defender option and this Flashback upgrade can very well make him the best CB in the game. However, given his club and nationality, Varane is far from an affordable defender.

Ultimate Team players will be required to submit seven squads to get their hands on this mighty CB, and we’ve got the cheapest solution to give you a hand.

FIFA 22 Flashback Raphaël Varane stats

Varane Flashback stats FUT

Varane is an absolute monster that is sure to improve the majority of squads. Thanks to his French nationality and Premier League association, fitting Varane into squads should be a simple task. For starters, Varane’s pace will allow him to keep up with some of the fastest forwards in the game.

Varane is the most complete defender in the game with very few weaknesses. He can pass well and move the ball up the pitch. Of course, his defending and physical stats are some of the best in the game. Varane will be a brick wall at the heart of your defense.

Cheapest way to complete Flashback Varane SBC in FIFA 22

Varane Manchester United CB

To complete this SBC players will need to give up seven squads: Past and Present, Les Bleus, Top Form, 2x 87-Rated Squad, 88-Rated Squad, and League Finesse. With a value of around 1 million coins, Varane will be out of reach for some. However, if you have the coins to complete this FIFA 22 SBC you absolutely must.

You can check out the cheapest solutions below.

Past and Present requirements

  • # of players from Real Madrid or Manchester United: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75

Past and Present solution – Cost: 44,000 coins

Past and Present SBC solution

Les Bleus requirements

  • # of players from France: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65

Les Bleus solution – Cost: 116,000 coins

Les Bleus SBC Solution

Top Form requirements

  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 60

Top Form solution – Cost: 150,000 coins

Top Form SBC solution

87-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85

87-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 195,000 coins

87-rated squad SBC solution

87-Rated Squad requirements

  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50

87-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 200,000 coins

87 rated squad sbc solution

88-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 45

88-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 265,000 coins

88 rated squad sbc solution

League Finesse requirements

  • # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70

League Finesse solution – Cost: 68,000 coins

League Finesse SBC solution

The Varane Flashback SBC is available until February 27, so you’ll have plenty of time to complete this pricey reward.

TOTW players will be slightly overpriced at the moment due to active SBCs requiring in-form players but you may be able to snipe some for cheap.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to complete Ultimate Team Hero player pick SBC in FIFA 22, or check out the upcoming TOTY Honourable Mentions players & release date.

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Ultimate Team TOTY Honourable Mentions leaks & release date in FIFA 22

It is tradition for Honourable Mentions to accompany the TOTY promo in FUT to highlight players that just missed the cut.

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TOTY Honourable Mentions Ultimate Team

Ultimate Team players will be eager to get a hold of some Honourable Mentions cards as a part of the TOTY promo in FIFA 22. Here’s all the info you’ll need to know including leaks and possible release date.

For many, TOTY represents the best promo Ultimate Team has to offer and fans have been loving the FUT content in recent weeks.

With the TOTY 12th man vote open to players and the winner announcement set to occur once the full TOTY squad is available in packs, many are already looking forward to the TOTY Honourable Mentions candidates.

Here’s what we know about TOTY Honourable Mentions so far.

TOTY Honourable Mentions explained

FIFA 22 TOTY nominees

TOTY Honourable Mentions are a set of players that just missed out on making the squad of eleven and should be a real treat for FUT players who have yet to pack a TOTY card. There are some really exciting players in the pool of TOTY nominees who missed out.

This group of players will receive a significant stat boost but they won’t be as major as the increase to TOTY cards. Last year, we saw the arrival of six new Honourable Mentions players in FIFA 21 but leaks have suggested that we could be getting 16 brand new cards.

Honourable Mentions TOTY release date

TOTY Tifo FUT

Ultimate Team players can expect the TOTY-themed promo to hit FIFA 22 on January 28. All 16 cards will be available in packs as of this date, and TOTY cards will also remain giving players many rare cards to hope for.

It is important to note that EA has still not teased or confirmed the inclusion of Honourable Mentions this year but several renowned leakers have confirmed the promo.

TOTY Honourable Mentions leaks

FIFA 22 Honourable Mentions Ultimate Team

EA have truly spoiled FUT players this year with a whopping 16 Honourable Mentions cards. Of the 16, FUT leakers have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 12th Man vote as the final member of the TOTY. Take a look at the leaked list of 15 Honourable Mentions down below.

Here is the full set of Honourable Mentions players included in the promo as of January 28:

  • Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – RW
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund – ST
  • Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United – CAM
  • Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – ST
  • Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea – CB
  • Leon Goretzka – Bayern Munich – CM
  • Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli – LW
  • Edouard Mendy – Chelsea – GK
  • Federico Chiesa – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – RW
  • David Alaba – Real Madrid – CB
  • Phil Foden – Manchester City – CAM
  • Jules Kounde – Sevilla – CB
  • Kyle Walker – Manchester City – RB
  • Leonardo Bonucci – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – CB
  • Jonathan David – Lille – ST

With the full TOTY set to enter packs alongside the TOTY Honourable Mentions, now is a great time to save some valuable packs as your chances of securing a rare card are fantastic.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to complete Kaka Prime Icon SBC in FIFA 22, or check out our list of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best strikers.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 19 & 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 19 lineup.

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It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 19, 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 19.

FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 19

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

The FIFA 22 TOTW 19 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 19 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 10 best Ultimate Team cards in FIFA 22 and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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