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FIFA 23 Career Mode: Best free agents & contract expiry players

FIFA 23 Career Mode will be full of free agents and contract expiry players for you to snap up. Here are the best you should look out for.

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It’s never too early to start preparing for your first FIFA 23 Career Mode, and managers will already have an eye on the signings they want to make. The Transfer Market is full of free agents and contract expiries you can sign, so here are some of the best bargains available.

The countdown to FIFA 23 is well and truly on, as players eagerly await what EA has in store for them this year. Since the last year before the big EA Sports FC rebrand takes place, expectations are higher than ever before.

While Ultimate Team and the promised World Cup content will no doubt take center stage, FIFA 23 Career Mode is still a massive draw. The journey of taking a new or existing club from mid-table obscurity to European glory is tough to beat, so it’s no surprise that Career Mode remains a highly popular feature year after year.

The secret to a good Career Mode is making the right signings, but stricter budgets can make it difficult to attract top talent. Luckily, there are plenty of free agents and contract expiry players in FIFA 23 Career Mode that can help you build a winning squad without breaking the bank.

What are free agents in FIFA 23 Career Mode?

FIFA 23 Real Madrid

Free agents are players that have reached the end of their contract with a club and are currently without a team.

These players can be picked up without having to fork over a transfer fee, as there is no club to negotiate with. Instead, you simply have to agree personal terms with the player themselves by haggling over weekly wages and bonuses.

Signing free agents is an effective strategy if you’re managing a lower league team and don’t have the funds to splash big fees on a single player.

What are contract expiry players in FIFA 23 Career Mode?

Salah shooting in FIFA 22

On the other hand, contract expiry players are those who are still playing for a club but are nearing the end of their current deal.

When approaching stars with less than a year on their contract, managers have two options; they can either wait until January and agree a pre-contract with no transfer fee or snap them up early at a fraction of their market value.

There are some great bargains to be found on expiring contracts, so be sure to keep an eye on big names running their deals down.

Best free agents & contract expiry players in FIFA 23 Career Mode

At the beginning of any new FIFA 23 Career Mode, the transfer market mirrors that of the real sport. This means players that are set to become free agents or are entering the last year of their contract in real-life will be doing the same in-game.

With this in mind, we’ve used Transfermarkt to put together the best free agents and contract expiry players you should look at in FIFA 23 Career Mode:

Goalkeepers

Player NameStatus
Sam JohnstoneFree agent
Loris KariusFree agent
Thomas StrakoshaFree agent
Jan OblakContract expiry
Yann SommerContract expiry
Kasper SchmeichelContract expiry
David De GeaContract expiry
Bernd LenoContract expiry
Mathew RyanContract expiry
Nick PopeContract expiry

Defenders

Player NamePositionStatus
Ashley YoungLWBFree agent
Ben MeeCBFree agent
Andreas ChristensenCBFree agent
Jason DenayerCBFree agent
Serge AurierRBFree agent
Djibril SidibéRBFree agent
Jose GayaLBContract expiry
Kalidou KoulibalyCBContract expiry
Milan SkriniarCBContract expiry
Manuel AkanjiCBContract expiry
Stefan de VrijCBContract expiry
Diogo DalotRBContract expiry
Nordi MukieleRBContract expiry

Midfielders

Player NamePositionStatus
Juan MataCAMFree agent
Jesse LingardCAMFree agent
Axel WitselCMFree agent
Remy CabellaCAMFree agent
FernandinhoCDMFree agent
Thomas LemarCMContract expiry
Todd CantwellCAMContract expiry
Youri TielemansCMContract expiry
JorginhoCMContract expiry
N’Golo KanteCDMContract expiry
Renato SanchesCMContract expiry
FredCMContract expiry
Luka ModricCMContract expiry
AllanCDMContract expiry
Toni KroosCMContract expiry
Alex Oxlade ChamberlainCAMContract expiry
Adrien RabiotCMContract expiry

Attackers

Player NamePositionStatus
Gareth BaleRWFree agent
Andrea BelottiSTFree agent
Dries MertensCFFree agent
Angel Di MariaRWFree agent
Luis SuarezSTFree agent
Ousmane DembeleRWFree agent
Danny WelbeckSTFree agent
Cristian TelloLMFree agent
Mohamed SalahRWContract expiry
Karim BenzemaSTContract expiry
Cristiano RonaldoSTContract expiry
Memphis DepaySTContract expiry
Raheem SterlingLWContract expiry
Jonathan BambaLMContract expiry
Riyad MahrezRWContract expiry
Serge GnabryRMContract expiry
Neal MaupaySTContract expiry

It’s worth noting that these players could easily be snapped up or offered new deals before the season starts, so we’ll be keeping this page updated with the latest movements.


For more on FIFA 23, check out how to preorder the game, as well as how to drop in early with EA Play.

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FIFA 22 FUTTIES: Release date, promo explained, & player leaks

According to FIFA 22 leaks, the FUTTIES promo will be making its way to Ultimate Team shortly along with some of this year’s best cards.

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A FIFA 22 leaker has revealed that the FUTTIES promo is returning to Ultimate Team this summer as a victory lap celebrating the game mode’s best cards of the year.

FUTTIES isn’t necessarily the final FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promo, but it will symbolically wrap up the title by celebrating some of the best special cards we’ve seen since launch. Players can expect to get their hands on boosted versions of this year’s best special items as they make their way to packs, SBCs, and Objectives.

FUTTIES provides FIFA 22 players with a rare second chance. You can expect to revisit some of the best promo cards of the year that you may have missed out on the first time around.

Here’s everything you need to know about Ultimate Team’s FUTTIES including an explanation of the promo and the expected release date.

FIFA 22 FUTTIES release date

FUTTIES is expected to hit Ultimate Team on Friday, July 15 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST. According to renowned FIFA leaker FutSheriff, FUTTIES will follow Shapeshifters as the next promo that Ultimate Team players could enjoy.

Previously, Sheriff reported that FUTTIES would arrive on July 8, but the leaker has now claimed that Shapeshifters Team 4 is expected on this date instead. This has pushed FUTTIES’ expected start date by one week.

We’ll let you know when EA officially confirms the promo’s arrival.

FUTTIES FIFA 22 promo explained

FIFA 21 Futties

The FUTTIES promo is meant to wrap up the Ultimate Team promo calendar by celebrating the best special items of the year. FIFA 22 brought us some truly amazing cards, so here’s a look at how the promo should work.

For starters, Ultimate Team players will have a chance to vote between two previous special cards on any given day. The player who wins the fan vote will not only receive an upgrade but the card will be made available via SBC.

In addition to incredible SBC and Objectives content, some of the best special items from FUT 22 will be re-released. In FIFA 21 there were three batches of re-released FUTTIES teams that appeared in Ultimate Team packs.

FIFA 22 FUTTIES player leaks

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FutSherrif has reliably provided details of leaked promo players throughout the entirety of FIFA 22. The leaker’s coverage of FUTTIES should be no different as players are expected to be revealed prior to the July 15 release.

We’ll keep you posted as more information concerning the FIFA 22 FUTTIES promo comes to light. Given that the promo highlights previous special cards that were already in the game, leaks may be difficult to come by, but we’ll update this section accordingly.


For more FIFA news, check out our guide to Ultimate Team in FIFA 23 including new features & expected changes.

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FIFA 23 LaLiga ratings: Every team’s best players predictions

Spain’s LaLiga is set to host some of the top talent in FIFA 23, so we’ve predicted who will have the highest rating for each club.

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LaLiga will deliver some of the best players in FIFA 23, with Champions League winners Real Madrid and bitter rival Barcelona set to take over Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the top LaLiga ratings in FIFA 23, as well as every team’s best players.

Prior to the release of FIFA 23, EA will provide their updated player ratings for the Ultimate Team game mode. Performances throughout the 2021/2022 season are the criteria with which EA provides upgrades and downgrades to some of the best Ultimate Team players.

After losing their two biggest stars in Ronaldo and Messi over the past few years, LaLiga seems stronger than ever with Real Madrid recently crowned champions of Europe and Spain.

But who will be the best players in the LaLiga? We’ve put together our predictions for the top 10 highest-rated LaLiga players in FIFA 23, and highlighted the best players from each club.

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FIFA 23 LaLiga top 10 player rating predictions

PlayerClubUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid+291
Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid+291
Jan OblakAtletico Madrid91
Marc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona-189
CasemiroReal Madrid89
Luka ModricReal Madrid+188
Toni KroosReal Madrid-187
Luis SuarezAtletico Madrid-187
Frenkie de JongBarcelona87
Jordi AlbaBarcelona86

Karim Benzema is the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or after his miraculous displays led Real Madrid to widespread success in 2022. Madrid teammates Courtois, Modric, and Vinicius Junior should all be in line for upgrades as well.

Barcelona are still on a journey to reach former heights, and their manager Xavi seems to be imprinting his style of play on the current squad. Jordi Alba was perhaps their best player last season and despite his age, he should maintain his rating from FIFA 22.

The biggest question mark for Barcelona is midfielder Frenkie de Jong who is also one of their highest-rated Ultimate Team players in FIFA.

Manchester United are pushing for his signature, but Barcelona’s midfield should continue to thrive with Pedri, Gavi, and new signing Franck Kessie trending upwards.

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FIFA 23 LaLiga rating predictions: Every team’s best players

The top ten players were unsurprisingly comprised of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid stars. However, the middle of the pack in LaLiga is a strong bunch with Villarreal, Sevilla, Real Betis, and Valencia all expected to provide high-rated players in FIFA 23

With this in mind, we’ve made our predictions for every LaLiga club’s top three players in FIFA 23:

Almeria

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Umar Sadiq+277
Lucas Robertone+177
Alex Centelles75

Athletic Club de Bilbao

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Muniain+184
Inigo Martinez+182
Unai Simon82

Atletico Madrid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jan Oblak91
Luis Suarez-187
Marcos Llorente86

Barcelona

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Marc-Andre ter Stegen-189
Frenkie de Jong87
Jordi Alba86

Cadiz

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jeremias Conan Ledesma+380
Lucas Perez-277
Alfonso Espino+276

Celta Vigo

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Iago Aspas+185
Denis Suarez+179
Brais Mendez+278

Elche

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Edgar Badia-277
Johan Mojica+276
Omar Mascarell+175

Espanyol

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Sergi Darder+281
De Tomas+180
Embarba-179

Getafe

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Dakonam Djene81
David Soria81
Nemanja Maksimovic+180

Girona

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Cristhian Stuani+177
Samu Saiz+176
Aleix Garcia+274

Mallorca

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jaume Costa-177
Pablo Maffeo+277
Angel-177

Osasuna

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
David Garcia+381
Ruben Garcia79
Sergio Herrera+179

Rayo Vallecano

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Diego Lopez+279
Alvaro Garcia+176
Oscar Trejo+176

Real Betis

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Nabil Fekir+286
Canales+184
Alex Moreno+280

Real Madrid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Karim Benzema+291
Thibaut Courtois+291
Casemiro89

Real Sociedad

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Oyarzabal85
Merino+184
David Silva-184

Real Valladolid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Roque Mesa+278
Shon Weissman77
Lucas Olaza-276

Sevilla

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Marcos Acuna+185
Jules Kounde+184
Alejandro Gomez-184

Valencia

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Carlos Soler+283
Gabriel Paulista+183
Gaya-182

Villarreal

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Parejo86
Gerard Moreno-185
Pau Torres+183

EA have not yet revealed the full slate of LaLiga ratings in FIFA 23. When they do, we’ll be sure to update this page with the latest information.


For more on FIFA 23, be sure to check out our player rating predictions for the Premier League, Serie A, and Bundesliga.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotion calendar: Every FUT special card

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has a ton of special cards and promotions to dissect, so we’ve put together a calendar featuring every single one.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has already seen its fair share of promotions, and there’s more on the horizon. Here’s a full schedule of every special card we’re expecting to see in FUT this year.

One of the most appealing parts of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is the constant rollout of fresh promotions and special cards.

Fans were just treated to Team of the Season and Shapeshifters throughout May and June, after Winter Wildcards and TOTY were added to the mode, in addition to FUT Heroes and ICONs in packs all year.

With FIFA 22 content slowly coming to a close, we’ve put together an in-depth calendar and description of every promotion and special card in FIFA 22.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotions

FUT Birthday promo FIFA 22

EA likes to keep their cards close to their chest when it comes to promos to keep things surprising at every turn.

That being said, certain special cards have become FUT staples, and return to the mode at a similar time every year.

So while there’s no official full-year schedule, we can look to previous years to come up with a detailed calendar of promotions.

Here is every promo that made its way or will make its way to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team throughout the year.

Promotion / card nameFIFA 21 start dateExpected FIFA 22 start dateConfirmed
Team of the WeekWeeklyWeeklyYes
FUT HeroesNew to FIFA 22October 1, 2021Yes
Ones to WatchOctober 6, 2020October 1, 2021Yes
Road to the KnockoutsNovember 6, 2020October 15, 2021Yes
RulebreakersOctober 23, 2020October 29, 2021Yes
NumbersupNew to FIFA 22November 12, 2021Yes
Signature SigningsNew to FIFA 22November 26, 2021Yes
Team of the Group StageDecember 4, 2020December 3, 2021Yes
VersusNew to FIFA 22December 10, 2021Yes
Winter WildcardsNew to FIFA 22December 17, 2021Yes
HeadlinersJanuary 1, 2021December 31, 2021Yes
Team of the YearJanuary 22, 2021January 21, 2022Yes
Future StarsFebruary 5, 2021February 4, 2022Yes
Road to the FinalDecember 18, 2020February 18, 2022Yes
Silver Stars SeriesN/AFebruary 25, 2022Yes
FUT BirthdayMarch 26, 2021March 4, 2022Yes
Fantasy FUTN/AMarch 18, 2022Yes
Showdown SeriesN/AApril 1, 2022Yes
FUT CaptainsN/AApril 8, 2022Yes
Team of the SeasonApril 23, 2021April 29, 2022Yes
ShapeshiftersN/AJune 17, 2022Yes
FUTTIESJuly 16, 2021July 8, 2022Yes

Team of the Week

Team of the Week 1 in FIFA 22

Team of the Week cards have been a staple of Ultimate Team for many years, providing a steady stream of fresh cards based on real-world performances.

Every Wednesday, the best performers from the latest round of domestic or international fixtures are given an upgrade to replace their normal card in packs for that week.

FUT Heroes

FUT Heroes in FIFA 22

FUT Heroes are the first new type of card in FIFA 22, giving a nod to some of the greatest cult figures in world football.

These new cards highlight players who maybe didn’t quite go down in the history of the sport, but made their mark at a specific club.

Ones to Watch

Ones to Watch Team 2 FIFA 22

EA’s go-to for kicking off a new season, Ones to Watch cards are dynamic items that could be upgraded consistently throughout the year.

These special cards are awarded to players who have been part of a high-profile move in the latest transfer window and they automatically boost themselves to match the highest-rated TOTW that player has earned.

Road to the Knockouts

Road to the Knockouts Team 1

Road to the Knockouts is another new promotion for FIFA 22, celebrating the three European competitions clubs can compete during the 2021/22 season – the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League.

Chosen players whose teams win three out of their last four group stage games, or qualify for the knockout stages, are given permanent boosts to their cards.

Rulebreakers

FIFA 22 Rulebreakers

FIFA traditionally gets a promotion every Halloween. What started as Ultimate Scream changed into Rulebreakers with FIFA 21.

These cards give big boosts to players, but also fundamentally alter the way they play by swapping around their stats.

Sluggish strikers may lose some finishing ability in favor of pace, while attacking full-backs may become solid defenders.

Numbersup

Numbers up FIFA 22

Numbersup is another brand new promotion for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, backed by the real-world sportswear brand Adidas.

These special cards are selected by EA, with one stat being chosen for regular upgrades throughout the year at times decided by the developer.

This stat will keep receiving boosts until it reaches the maximum of 99 and becomes one of the game’s top cards.

Signature Signings

FIFA 22 Signature Signings

Ultimate Team’s Signature Signings are items designed to celebrate some of the most successful transfers in recent years.

These players have made incredible contributions to their new teams and earned a one-time Ultimate Team upgrade as a result.

Team of the Group Stage

Team of the Group stage in FIFA 21

While Road to the Knockouts rewards team performance, the Team of the Group stage is all about individual brilliance.

These are one-off special cards given to the top performers across every European tournaments group stage, whether it be a prolific goalscorer or anchor at the back.

Versus

FIFA 22 FUT Versus

FUT Freeze was such a monumental hit in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, so it was a bit of a surprise to see it altered in FIFA 22. However, Versus upped the ante by offering two versions of the same stat boosted player.

Instead of just one ‘freeze’ card, there is also a contrasting ‘fire card.’ One player will have two different upgrade cards possible, similar to the Rulebreakers SBC.

Winter Wildcards

Winter Wildcards FIFA 22

EA aren’t afraid to think outside of the box and just when you think you know what to expect from the next promo they deliver a surprise.

The Winter Wildcards promo was heavily inspired by last year’s FUT Freeze. As with most promos, a stat boost is administered to the players involved but strangely enough, only some players were seen in a new position.

Headliners

Headliners FIFA 22

Headliners is a promotion that celebrates the best players of the season so far and gives them an extremely desirable card.

These dynamic items always stay one rating higher than a player’s highest-rated Team of the Week, meaning they can continue to grow throughout the year.

Team of the Year

FIFA 22 TOTY

The most prestigious and expensive cards in every FUT season, Team of the Year collects a squad of the best players from the previous 12 months and gives them an incredible stat boost. TOTY is only reserved for the best of the best, and 99-rated cards aren’t unusual to see.

This has made them some of the rarest and most overpowered players in Ultimate Team history.

Future Stars

FIFA 22 Future Stars Ultimate Team

Future Stars is all about the youngsters who are set to light up the world stage in the years to come.

While their base cards might be unusable because of their age, Future Stars cards are a glimpse at what a starlet may look like if they live up to their full potential.

Road to the Final

Rttf Ultimate Team screen FIFA 22

RTTF is finally making its way to FIFA 22 and thanks to the dynamic player items up for grabs, fans of Ultimate Team are truly excited.

Road to the Finals is designed to highlight players taking part in Europe’s three major club competitions and the players involved in the promo will receive upgrades at select stages from the knockout rounds to the Final.

Silver Stars Series

The Silver Stars Series shifted the focus to Silver cards in FIFA 22. While no new promo cards were added to packs, each day EA released additional Silver Stars cards that were available through either SBCs or Objectives.

These particular Silver cards offered notable upgrades to some players while also highlighting Flashback versions of Marco Reus, Paul Pogba, and Kevin De Bruyne.

FUT Birthday

FUT Birthday Team 1 FIFA 22

Every year, EA celebrates Ultimate Team’s birthday with a festival full of quirky cards, SBCs, and objectives.

This is where FIFA looks back at the fan-favorite players who have dominated previous FUT years and brings them back with big upgrades via the FUT Birthday promo.

Fantasy FUT

Fantasy FUT Team 1

Fantasy FUT is an updated version of FIFA 21’s What If promo that saw players earn upgrades if their clubs met specific real-life criteria. Fantasy FUT has made it easier for featured players to earn upgrades.

As of April 1, 2022, players can earn upgrades by completing one of the three listed requirements in the next five matches:

  • Play 3 matches in the next 5 games
  • Win 1 match in the next 5 games
  • Attackers and Midfielders score 1 goal or earn 1 assist in 5 games OR Defenders and Goalkeepers keep 1 clean sheet in the next 5 games

Showdown Series

FIFA 22 Showdown Series SBC

Showdown Series is an entirely new promo concept that arrived in FIFA 22. Much like Silver Stars, it’s a promo that provides special cards through SBCs and Objectives rather than through packs.

The promo will highlight two players from an upcoming football fixture. The outcome of the real-life football match will result in upgrades for the players involved. The winner will receive a +2 upgrade, while a tie will result in a +1 upgrade for both players.

FUT Captains

FUT Captains Team 1 FIFA 22

Yet another brand-new campaign for FIFA 22, FUT Captains places the spotlight on the best skippers both past and present. Some of football’s best-known captains will be given ridiculously juiced cards to place them firmly in the FUT meta.

The FUT Heroes that debuted in FIFA 22 will also see revamp. Despite the positive response to some of the game’s cult heroes making a comeback, they don’t stack up compared to some of the incredible promo cards that have come since.

With FUT Captains, the likes of Robbie Keane and Antonio Di Natale could become viable once again.

Team of the Season

FIFA 22 TOTS

Possibly the most popular promotion in all of FIFA, Team of the Season rewards the best players from every major league for their displays throughout the real football season.

Every week, a new league of TOTS players are placed in packs with massive upgrades from their normal cards.

There are also plenty of SBCs and objectives to complete, as well as a fan-voted team to take part in.

Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters FIFA 22 Team 1

The Shapeshifters promo is well-liked by Ultimate Team fans thanks to its unique quality of changing players’ traditional positions. The Shapeshifters promo takes players out of their normal position and opens the door to new squad-building opportunities.

In FIFA 22 the promo is filled with some truly incredible cards like Lionel Messi and Heung Min Son. Furthermore, in addition to position changes and rating increases, players also received upgrades to skill moves and weak foot.

FUTTIES

FIFA 21 FUTTIES

While most other promotions are based on real-life football, FUTTIES is a victory lap for the current version of FIFA itself.

Throughout the event, meta players who have been popular throughout the year, like Vinicius Junior, Mane, or Ben Yedder, are pitted against each other in fan votes.

The winner is given a heavily upgraded FUTTIES card to help them compete with the hundreds of other special players in everyone’s club.


So there you have it, that was every single promotion and special card we’re expecting to land in FUT this year. EA may well have some more tricks up their sleeve, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for the latest updates.

For more on FIFA news, check out our guide to FIFA 23 including leaks, Ultimate Team changes, and details of a World Cup mode.

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