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FIFA 22 Winter Wildcards: Release date, featured players, SBCs

Winter Wildcards is the next Ultimate Team promo set to hit FIFA 22 and it is strongly reminding players of FUT Freeze.



Winter Wildcard Ultimate Team

Ultimate Team players believed that the FUT Versus promo would take the place of last year’s beloved FUT Freeze. Now, it looks like we’re getting FUT Freeze under its new moniker, Winter Wildcards. 

EA aren’t afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to Ultimate Team promos. Just when you think you know what to expect they deliver a surprise. This is exactly what occurred with the previous promo as fans expected FUT Freeze but got FUT Versus instead.

FUT Versus is a brand new promo that debuted in FIFA 22. Players assumed that this would replace last year’s FUT Freeze promo. However, new information concerning the Winter Wildcards promo suggests that FUT Freeze is making a return under a new name. 

FIFA 22 Winter Wildcards release date

Winter Wildcards mini release

The upcoming promo has been revealed through FUT loading screens. The Winter Wildcards promotion is set to arrive on Friday, 17 December at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 7 PM CET. These special items will remain in packs until Thursday, December 23 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 7 PM CET, when they will be replaced with Team 2.

Winter-themed promotions tend to generate a lot of excitement and Winter Wildcards will aim to maintain this trend. 

What is FUT’s Winter Wildcards promo?

Wildcards promo screen

The Winter Wildcards promo seems heavily inspired by last year’s FUT Freeze. As with most promos, a stat boost is administered to the players involved. However, only some players can be seen in a new position.

“From supernatural boosts to shapeshifting upgrades and the powerhouses in between, Winter Wildcard Player Items will receive a variety of permanent boosts inspired by past, present, and potential future FUT player upgrades.”

The most important change is a positional one. The idea of changing the base position of players is what made FUT Freeze such a special promo. For example, FUT Freeze Adama Traoré went from a RW to a LB. This drastic change allowed for new squad-building possibilities.

PSG’s Neymar is the big-name player that is set to headline the Winter Wildcards promo. Interestingly enough his natural position of LW has shifted to ST. French superstars Paul Pogba and Kinglsey Coman are also highly sought-after players included in the promo.

Here’s a list of the featured players:

Team 1

  • Neymar – PSG
  • Paul Pogba – Manchester United
  • Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
  • Fabinho – Liverpool 
  • Nelson Sémedo – Wolverhampton Wanderers 
  • Leonardo Spinazzola – Roma FC
  • Embarba – RCD Espanyol
  • Pau Torres – Villarreal
  • Adel Taarabt – Benfica
  • Moussa Niakhate – Mainz 05
  • Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa
  • Frank Acheampong – Shenzhen Kaisa
  • Jordan Graham – Birmingham City
  • Sergej Milinković-Savić – Latium (Lazio)
  • Breel Embolo – Borussia Mönchengladbach 

Team 1 mini-release

  • Jonathan David – LOSC Lille
  • Luka Modrić – Real Madrid
  • Dodi Lukebakio – VfL Wolfsburg

Team 2

  • Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
  • Eden Hazard – Real Madrid
  • Lucas Moura – Tottenham
  • Anthony Martial – Manchester United
  • Kieran Tierney – Arsenal
  • Caglar Soyuncu – Leicester City
  • Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille
  • Romain Alessandrini – Qingdao Huanghai F.C.
  • Morales – Levante
  • Alessandro Florenzi – A.C. Milan
  • Nnamdi Collins – Borussia Dortmund

FUT Winter Wildcards SBCs

Zaha SBC fifa 22 ultimate team

FUT Players will get the chance to earn a few special Winter Wildcards players through the completion of SBCs. If you’re not feeling particularly lucky in packs, the SBC will be a surefire way of securing a Winter Wildcards item. 

The players up for grabs are Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, Genoa’s Goran Pandev, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow, Watford’s Etebo, Bologna’s Orsolini, and Blackburn Rovers’ Magloire. Players must complete three SBCs to earn Etebo, two for Zaha, Sow, Orsolini, and Magloire, and only one SBC to earn Pandev.

Winter Wildcards Zaha requirements

Premier League

  • Min 1 Premier League player
  • Min 85 Squad Rating
  • Min 70 Chemistry

86-Rated Squad

  • Min 86 Squad Rating
  • Min 65 Chemistry

Sow requirements

Top Form

  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 84 Squad Rating
  • Min 75 Chemistry


  • Min 1 Bundesliga player
  • Min 85 Squad Rating
  • Min 70 Chemistry

Pandev requirements

  • Min 1 Serie A player
  • Min 85 Squad Rating
  • Min 55 Chemistry

Magloire Requirements


  • Min 1 player from England
  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 83 Squad Rating
  • Min 80 Chemistry

Top Form

  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 85 Squad Rating
  • Min 70 Chemistry

Orsolini Requirements


  • Min 1 player from Italy
  • Min 82 Squad Rating
  • Min 75 Chemistry

Serie A TIM

  • Min 1 Serie A TIM players
  • Min 84 Squad Rating
  • Min 65 Chemistry

Etebo Requirements

Premier League

  • Min 1 Premier League player
  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 82 Squad Rating
  • Min 80 Chemistry

Top Form

  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 83 Squad Rating
  • Min 75 Chemistry

84-Rated Squad

  • Min 1 TOTW player
  • Min 84 Squad Rating
  • Min 70 Chemistry

That just about covers everything we know about FIFA 22’s Winter Wildcards promo so far. We’ll be updating this page as new information comes to light about this exciting new Ultimate Team promotion.

For more information on the latest FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promos stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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New FIFA 23 FUT Hero cards revealed: Yaya Toure, Kuyt, Crouch, more

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.



FIFA 23 FUT Hero leaks

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.

While FIFA 23 is set to introduce new features like World Cup content and crossplay support, Ultimate Team fans will be happy to know that some returning features will also appear in FIFA 23.

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

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 are slowly revealing the stars and household names from the best leagues in the world that will make an appearance.

Here’s a full list of expected FIFA 23 FUT Hero players, with new cards marked in bold.

Abedi PeleCAMLigue 1 Uber EatsGhana89
Fernando MorientesSTLa Liga SantanderSpain89
Jurgen KohlerCBBundesligaGermany89
Mario GomezSTBundesligaGermany88
Antonio Di NataleSTSerie AItaly88
Diego MilitoSTSerie AArgentina88
Jorge CamposGKLiga BBVAMexico87
Ivan CordobaCBSerie AColombia87
Joe ColeCAMPremier LeagueEngland87
Jerzy DudekGKPremier LeaguePoland86
Freddie LjungbergRMPremier LeagueSweden86
Aleksandr MostovoiCAMLa Liga SantanderRussia86
Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSTPremier LeagueNorway86
Robbie KeaneSTPremier LeagueIreland86
Sami Al-JaberSTMBS Pro LeagueSaudi Arabia86
Tim CahillSTPremier LeagueAustralia85
Clint DempseyLM/CF/STMLSUSA85
Lars RickenCM/CAMBundesligaGermany85
Yaya ToureCMPremier LeagueIvory CoastTBC
Park Ji-sungCMPremier LeagueSouth KoreaTBC
Ricardo CarvalhoCBPremier LeaguePortugalTBC
Claudio MarchisioCMSerie AItalyTBC
Javier MascheranoCDMPremier LeagueArgentinaTBC
Rafael MarquezCBLaLigaMexicoTBC
Diego ForlanSTLaLigaUruguayTBC
Peter CrouchSTPremier LeagueEnglandTBC
Thomas BrolinRWSerie ASwedenTBC
Harry KewellLWPremier LeagueAustralianTBC
Sidney GovouRWLigue 1FranceTBC
Dirk KuytRWPremier LeagueNetherlandsTBC
Jean-Pierre PapinSTLigue 1FranceTBC
Hidetoshi NakataCAMSerie AJapanTBC
Rudi VollerSTSerie AGermanyTBC
Ebi SmolarekSTEkstraklasaPolandTBC
Saeed Al-OwairanCAMSaudi Professional LeagueSaudi ArabiaTBC
Jay-Jay OkochaCAMLigue 1NigeriaTBC
Joan CapdevilaLBLaLigaSpainTBC

So far, Yaya Toure, Park Ji-sung, Ricardo Carvalho, Landon Donovan, Javier Mascherano, Rafael Marquez, Lucio, Diego Forlan, Sidney Govou, Dirk Kuyt, Jean-Pierre Papin, Harry Kewell, Peter Crouch, Thomas Brolin, Rudi Voller, Ebi Smolarek, Saeed Al-Owairan, Joan Capdevila have been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Jay-Jay Okocha and Hidetoshi Nakata will also be in FIFA 23 as Heroes, after featuring as Icons in previous years.

It’s also safe to assume that every FIFA 22 Hero will return, as EA look to double down on the feature this year.

How to get free FUT Hero cards in FIFA 23

FIFA 23 pre-order Ultimate Edition

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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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar: Next FUT promotion & special cards

Our FIFA 23 promo calendar lets you know what the next FUT event is expected to be, and when each special card could arrive.



FIFA 23 promo calendar

The FIFA 23 Ultimate Team season is set to get underway very soon, which means another year of FUT promos for players to enjoy. We’ve put together a complete FIFA 23 promo calendar of all the expected events, and when they should arrive.

FIFA 23 is almost here, and football fans can’t wait to dive into another year of crafting their Ultimate Team with the new Chemistry system.

Although the players will spend the first few weeks looking at the game’s top-rated players, pretty soon special cards will come into play to help take those FUT squads to the next level. Luckily, FIFA 23 Ultimate Team is set to be jam-packed with promos.

With this in mind, we’ve put together every FIFA 23 promo we’re expecting to see, when they could arrive, and which is up next.

What is the next FIFA 23 promo?

Each new FUT season usually starts with Ones to Watch, and we expect FIFA 23 to follow suit to kick off the year in style. This promo highlights the biggest moves of the summer transfer window and gives them a live card that increases to match their best Team of the Week.

FIFA 22 had one of the biggest Ones to Watch promos to date after the likes of Ronaldo and Messi switched teams, and there’s been plenty of massive transfers that should ensure that FIFA 23 OTW is just as popular.

FIFA 23 Son Vinicius Davies Ultimate Team

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo calendar

EA like to keep fairly quiet about the promo schedule, usually not announcing the next FUT event until just days before it begins.

However, there are plenty of promos that feature every year in some form or another, and they tend to arrive at similar points in the year, so we can come up with a FIFA 23 promo calendar based on what has come before.

We’ve also removed any of the FIFA 22 promos that we don’t expect to make a comeback, such as Adidas NumbersUp or Signature Signings.

Here’s every FIFA 23 Ultimate Team promo that could arrive this season, along with a rough date of when it could begin.

Promotion / card nameFIFA 22 start dateExpected FIFA 23 start dateConfirmed
Team of the WeekWeeklyWeeklyYes
Ones to WatchOctober 1, 2021September 30, 2022No
Road to the KnockoutsOctober 15, 2021October 14, 2022No
RulebreakersOctober 29, 2021October 28, 2022No
Team of the Group StageDecember 3, 2021December 2, 2022No
FUTMAS/Winter WildcardsDecember 17, 2021December 9, 2022No
HeadlinersDecember 31, 2021December 30, 2022No
Team of the YearJanuary 21, 2022January 13, 2023No
Future StarsFebruary 4, 2022February 3, 2023No
Road to the FinalFebruary 18, 2022February 17, 2023No
FUT BirthdayMarch 4, 2022March 17, 2023No
Fantasy FUTMarch 18, 2022March 31, 2023No
Team of the SeasonApril 29, 2022April 28, 2023No
ShapeshiftersJune 17, 2022June 16, 2023No
FUTTIESJuly 15, 2022July 14, 2023No

It’s worth keeping in mind that EA likes to keep things fresh every year by moving the promos around, adding new ones, and removing ones that didn’t quite land. So, we’ll be sure to keep our FIFA 23 promo calendar up to date with the latest details as they are announced.

For more on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, check out every FUT Hero and new Icon card we know about so far.

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FIFA 22 player reveals Ultimate Team trick to instantly make 300k coins

A simple yet often forgotten FIFA 22 trick can gift Ultimate Team players with up to 300k coins before FIFA 23 comes around.



FIFA 22 stadium ultimate team trick

FIFA 22’s endgame is underway, but players are still discovering clever ways to generate coins, and this Ultimate Team trick has the possibility to grant a few hundred thousand.

Despite the fact that FIFA 23 is right around the corner, FIFA 22 players are still enjoying everything the Ultimate Team mode has to offer well into August. While the stakes and excitement can’t match that of FUT’s early game, the end game is still a great way to flex your FIFA skills.

The end of FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team cycle is when the market tends to crash, allowing you to purchase incredible players for bargain prices. If you’re looking to do so but you’re short on coins, a FUT player has revealed a clever trick to instantly gain almost 300k coins in one sitting.

FIFA 22 LAFC stadium

With FIFA 23 set to release on September 30, FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team market is not the pillar it once was at the start of the game. Instead, some of the best cards in the game including Shapeshifters, TOTY, and FUTTIES items are available for cheap.

However, you’ll need coins to live out FIFA 22’s remaining days with the best possible squad and most players have burned through their savings.

Luckily, a helpful tip from a clever Ultimate Team expert could allow you to build your dream squad this late in the game. The trick involves discarding all your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team stadium items.

Stadium items like anthems, flags, and goal songs are used to decorate your FUT stadium. As the player who posted the tip to the FIFA subreddit explained, they “made about 300k” doing so.

The idea is that most players have amassed a ton of stadium items since the start of FIFA 22 that simply remain in their clubs unchecked. They don’t necessarily impact gameplay, so most players will forget about them.

If you’re one of these players, it’s likely that you’re sitting on a goldmine. Of course, if you immediately discard your stadium items as they come in, then this trick will not work for you.

The comments are full of players praising the forgotten trick: “Didn’t realise how much s**** I had. Couldn’t believe it when I seen it was 485 per discard.” Meanwhile, others opted for well-timed Barcelona jokes given their curious financial situation: “Bro went Barcelona’s financial team mode,” and “So this is what pulling a lever feels like.”

Unfortunately, there’s no FUT feature to quick sell all items, therefore you’ll have to manually quick sell them one by one. However, a player in the comments offered yet another helpful tip that should save you some time: “Web app isn’t the worst thing in the world however, took 20 minutes at most.”

Your stadium stockpile will determine how many coins you’ll receive. The OP accrued almost 300k, while some in the comments reached 150k and 200k. Any result that nets you over 100k coins is certainly worth it, as it’ll be considered a fortune in the current market.

For more, check out how EA Sports’ costly mistake let players purchase FIFA 23 for less than $1.

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