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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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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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Best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter squad

Finding the right starter team can be tricky in the first weeks of Ultimate Team, so we’ve put together the best XI you can make on a budget.

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Building the perfect FUT squad is no easy task, especially at the beginning when coins are hard to come by. So, we’ve put together the best starter squad in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team that won’t break the bank.

FIFA Ultimate Team is a marathon, not a sprint. Although fans go into every new season dreaming of squads full of ICONS and Ones to Watches, this just isn’t possible right away.

Even those who have put in work on the Web App won’t have raised the coins to have a team full of superstars in the early stages of the season. With that in mind, we’ve put together the best team to get your FUT journey started in FIFA 22.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter defenders

Goalkeeper is the one position on Ultimate Team that you have no control over, so really it all comes down to the one with the best overall stats. Early on, we’ve gone for AC Milan’s Mike Maignan, who has great reflexes despite his modest 84 rating.

When it comes to defenders, pace is the name of the game. Most starter squads contain extremely pacey attackers, so it’s important to have a backline that can keep up when the ball is played in behind.

That’s why we’ve picked Fikayo Tomori and Maxence Lacroix as a center-back pairing. Both have pace stats over 80, but neither is more than 79 rated overall, which means their price will come down relatively quickly.

Once again, full-backs are all about keeping up with the blistering speeds of FUT’s wingers. Theo Hernandez and Kevin Mbabu will be ideal at the start, as their pace can be boosted to the high 90’s with chemistry styles.

Theo Hernandez dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

FUT 22 starter midfielders

The midfield is arguably the most important area of the pitch, as it gives your team balance between attack and defense. At launch, the top CAMs and CDMs will require a lot of coins, but there are plenty of solid low-rated cards that will set you on the right path.

Tanguy Ndombele has been FUT favorite for many years, thanks to his impressive all-round card. Pairing him with Real Madrid starlet Eduardo Camavinga will give your midfield two great box-to-box players that can offer a lot in all areas of the pitch.

For a more attacking player, we’ve opted for Chelsea’s Mason Mount. EA gave him nice passing and dribbling stats for the early game, but upgrades to players like Phil Foden will likely mean that Mount’s price will stay low throughout the year.

Mason Mount in FIFA

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter attackers

Picking cheap players that can still do the business at the top end of the pitch can be difficult, as many of the best goalscorers and wingers keep the price for many months. However, there are still some devastating attackers that won’t set you back too much.

Bearing in mind chemistry links to the midfield, Christian Pulisic will be the perfect early option on the left-wing. His pace and dribbling stats will make it much easier to get around opposing full-backs, and his shooting can easily be buffed by a Deadeye or Hunter chemistry style.

On the right, Ousmane Dembele is going to be a star-man for many players once again. His stats far outweigh his 83 rating, and although he is likely to be the most expensive player in this team – he’s worth splashing on as soon you have enough coins.

Though the middle you’ll want someone who is still effective against the overpowered center-backs that other teams will have. We’ve gone for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, whose downgrade to 81 will make him the go-to in FIFA 22.

Anthony Martial in FIFA

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team full starter squad

For the sake of getting everybody on full chemistry, we’ve selected a 4-3-3 formation. However, this can be changed in-game using custom tactics to any lineup that suits your playstyle.

Some of the players can be seen to be on nine chemistry instead of the maximum 10. This can be fixed by picking a Premier League manager such as Sean Dyche or Dean Smith.

Check out our full FIFA 22 starter squad below.

  • GK – Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
  • RB – Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg)
  • CB – Maxence Lacriox (Wolfsburg)
  • CB – Fikayo Tomori
  • LB – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)
  • CM – Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
  • CM – Tanguy Ndombele (Spurs)
  • CM – Mason Mount (Chelsea)
  • RW – Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
  • ST – Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
  • LW – Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Starter team for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

That was our guide on the best XI to get your FUT 22 season off to the perfect start.

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

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Changes coming to FUT Draft rewards in FIFA 22, says leaker

Fans have been calling for changes to FUT Draft rewards for some time, and a new leak suggests that EA may have listened for FIFA 22.

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FUT Draft has been a staple of Ultimate Team for many years now. According to a new leak, the FIFA 22 FUt Draft rewards will see a revamp that fans have been calling for in the franchise.

FIFA 22 is nearly upon us, and fans are itching to dive into another season of swapping and trading in Ultimate Team. With the additions of FUT Heroes and some fresh ICON cards, there’s more to grind for than ever before.

Opening packs is fundamental to Ultimate Team, and FUT Draft was added as a way to earn pack rewards quickly. However, the underwhelming rewards earned in Draft have caused the mode to be largely abandoned by the community.

However, according to a new leak, FUT Draft in FIFA 22 could see some changes that have been long-awaited by the community.

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

FUT Draft is an Ultimate Mode where fans spend 15,000 coins to build a team from scratch using a series of random player picks. They then use this team to play in up to four matches, with rewards increasing in value the more games you win without losing.

Unfortuntlaey, the random nature of opening FUT packs means that the items earned aren’t always valuable enough to make playing the mode productive.

Players will find that they have recuperated their 15,000 entry fee – even if they win the Draft by beating four rival teams in a row.

According to known Ultimate Team leaker FutSpy, EA is looking to solve this issue by adding new rewards to be won. The leaker uncovered code hinting that Draft rewards will now feature some cards of a guaranteed rating, some of 82 or higher and some of 83 or higher.

This is a way of ensuring that those who make it further are always rewarded for their efforts and that packs have much more chance of being worth 15,000 coins or more.

The news is likely to please long-time fans, who have been calling for more incentive to play the more for many years.

EA has yet to confirm if the leak is true, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the top-rated players from all the major leagues and our guide to this year’s Web App.

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FIFA 22 player ratings confirmed: Best players in Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, more

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 finally revealed the top stars in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so we’ve put together all the big names into one handy guide.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings top 100

Mbappe controlling a ball in FIFA 22

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
#23Luis SuarezAthletico MadridST88
#24Sergio RamosPSGCB88
#25Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedCAM88
#26Romelu LukakuChelseaST88
#27Raheem SterlingManchester CityLW88
#28Toni KroosReal MadridCM88
#29Erling HaalandBorussia DortmundST88
#30Keylor NavasPSGGK88
#31MarquinhosPSGCB87
#32Ruben DiasManchester CityCB87
#33Leon GoretzkaBayern MunichCM87
#34Andrew RobertsonLiverpoolLB87
#35Thomas MullerBayern MunichCAM87
#36Sergio AgueroBarcelonaST87
#37Paulo DybalaJuventusST87
#38Luka ModricReal MadridCM87
#39Jadon SanchoManchester UnitedRM87
#40Frenkie De JongBarcelonaCM87
#41Angel Di MariaPSGRW87
#42Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolRB87
#43Paul PogbaManchester UnitedCM87
#44Marco VerrattiPSGCM87
#45Wojciech SzczesnyJuventusGK87
#46Ciro ImmobileLazioST87
#47Hugo LlorisSpursGK87
#48Lorenzo InsigneNapoliLW86
#49Sergio BusquetsBarcelonaCDM86
#50Joao CanceloManchester CityRB86
#51Mats HummelsBorussia DortmundCB86
#52FabinhoLiverpoolCDM86
#53Riyad MahrezManchester CityRW86
#54Gerard MorenoVillarrealST86
#55Raphael VaraneManchester UnitedCB86
#56Milan SkriniarInter MilanCB86
#57Marcos LlorenteAthletico MadridCM86
#58Samir HandanovicInter MilanGK86
#59Aymeric LaporteManchester CityCB86
#60Koen CasteelsWolfsburgGK86
#61ParejoVillarrealCM86
#62Kalidou KoulibalyNapoliCB86
#63Giorgio ChielliniJuventusCB86
#64RodriManchester CityCDM86
#65Jordi AlbaBarcelonaLB86
#66ThiagoLiverpoolCM86
#67Jamie VardyLeicester CityST86
#68Bernardo SilvaManchester CityCAM86
#69Kingsley ComanBayern MunichLM86
#70JorginhoChelseaCM85
#71Leonardo BonucciJuventusCB85
#72Antoine GriezmannAthletico MadridST85
#73Serge GnabryBayern MunichRM85
#74Thiago SilvaChelseaCB85
#75Memphis DepayBarcelonaCF85
#76Ilkay GundoganManchester CityCM85
#77Eden HazardReal MadridLW85
#78Stefan De VrijInter MilanCB85
#79David SilvaReal SociedadCAM85
#80Achraf HakimiPSGRB85
#81Marco ReusBorussia DortmundCAM85
#82Wilfred NdidiLeicester CityCDM85
#83Lautaro MartinezInter MilanST85
#84OyarzabalReal SociedadLW85
#85Kasper SchmeichelLeicester CityGK85
#86Sergej Milinkovic-SavicLazioCM85
#87Peter GulacsiRB LeipzigGK85
#88Marcus RashfordManchester UnitedLM85
#89Kyle WalkerManchester CityRB85
#90KokeAthletico MadridCM85
#91Matthijs De LigtJuventusCB85
#92Alejandro GomezSevillaCAM85
#93Yann SommerBorussia M’gladbachGK85
#94Edinson CavaniManchester UnitedST85
#95Pierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenalST85
#96CarvajalReal MadridRB85
#97Roberto FirminoLiverpoolCF85
#98David AlabaReal MadridCB84
#99Nicolo BarellaInter MilanCM84
#100Luke ShawManchester UnitedLB84

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

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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 20 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

FIFA 22 top-rated Serie A players

AC Milan player dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

Although the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku have fled Italy in favor of the Premier League, Serie A is still one of the go-to leagues when it comes to crafting a team.

There are plenty of high-rated cards to choose from in the Italian league, and some of the big names will actually make its players cheaper because they will be less sought-after by players building hybrid squads.

This makes Serie A a great division to focus on in the early stages of the game when coins can be hard to come by.

Take a look at 20 best players from the Italian league in the table below.

RankingPlayer NameClubPositionRating
#1Paulo DybalaJuventusST87
#2Wojciech Szczesny JuventusST87
#3Ciro ImmobileLazioST87
#4Lorenzo InsigneNapoliLW86
#5Milan SkriniarInter MilanCB86
#6Samir HandanovicInter MilanGK86
#7Kalidou KoulibalyNapoliCB86
#8Giorgio ChielliniJuventusCB86
#9Leonardo Bonucci JuventusCB85
#10Stefan de VrigInter MilanCB85
#11Lautaro MartinezInter MilanST85
#12Sergej Milinkovic-SavicLazioCM85
#13Matthijs de LigtJuventusCB85
#14Nicolo BarellaInter MilanCM84
#15Theo HernandezAC MilanLB84
#16Franck Yannick KessieAC Milan CDM84
#17Marcelo BrozovicInter MilanCDM84
#18Zlatan IbrahimovicAC MilanST84
#19Mike Maignan AC MilanGK84
#20Luis AlbertoLazioCAM84

FIFA 22 top-rated Ligue 1 Uber Eats players

FIFA 22 PSG players

As the status of PSG continues to grow, more of the world’s biggest names are heading to the French league than ever before.

Many of the most desirable players in every position can be found in the French capital, including Lionel Messi and FIFA 22 cover star Kylian Mbappe.

But that’s not to say that players from other teams aren’t going to be popular this year, Monaco’s Ben Yedder will almost certainly be FUT staple for another season.

Check out the 20 best players from the Ligue 1 Uber Eats in the list below.

RankingPlayer NameClubPositionRating
#1Lionel MessiPSGRW93
#2Kylian MbappePSGST91
#3Neymar JrPSGLW91
#4Gianluigi DonnarummaPSGGK89
#5Sergio RamosPSGCB88
#6Keylor NavasPSGGK88
#7MarquinhosPSGCB87
#8Angel Di MariaPSGRW87
#9Marco VerrattiPSGCM87
#10Achraf HakimiPSGRB85
#11Georginio WijnaldumPSGCM84
#12Wissam Ben YedderAS MonacoST84
#13Presnel KimpembePSGCB83
#14Kevin VollandAS MonacoST83
#15Mauro IcardiPSGST83
#16Idrissa GueyePSGCDM82
#17Anthony LopesLyonGK82
#18Juan BernatPSGLB82
#19Burak YilmazLilleST81
#20Andy DelortNiceST81

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

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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