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How to complete FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Base ICON Upgrade: SBC requirements & is it worth it?

A Base ICON Upgrade SBC has dropped in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, here’s the SBC requirements and whether or not it’s worth completing.



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EA has dropped a Base ICON Upgrade SBC in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team for fans to get stuck into. Here’s everything you need to know about how to complete it, and whether or not it is worth the grind.

The first ICON SBC of the year has landed in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, as EA have dropped a Base ICON Upgrade for fans to complete.

ICONS are some of the game’s highest-rated players and are perfect for helping your team achieve full chemistry or securing bragging rights over your friends.

Fans will no doubt be tripping over themselves to bag themselves their first footballing legend of the year, so here’s how to complete the FIFA 22 Base ICON Upgrade, and our thoughts on whether or not players should go for it.

What are FIFA 22 Base ICONS?

Rooney in FIFA 22

Base ICONS are the first and lowest-rated version of every legend in FIFA 22, they usually represent the player when they were just breaking through or in the swansong of their career.

They still come with all the same chemistry benefits, where they link to everyone regardless of league or nation, but their stats are more modest than the Mid or Prime versions.

That’s not to say they are unusable. Since they occasionally depict a player when they were younger, their pace stats can sometimes but just as good as their high-rated counterparts.

How to complete FIFA 22 Base ICON Upgrade


There are a total of four SBCs to complete to earn your shiny Base ICON, requiring two Team of the Week players altogether.

According to FUTBIN, the whole SBC is clocking in at between 459,000 to 512,000 coins depending on which platform you play on.

Each individual challenge also rewards players with a free pack, so keep your fingers crossed for some good SBC fodder in any of those.

Check out the full list of requirements below.

  • 87-Rated Squad (Prime Mixed Players Pack)
    • Squad Rating: Min 87.
    • Team Chemistry: Min. 40
    • Players in Squad: 11
  • 86-Rated Squad (Small Prime Gold Players Pack)
    • Team of the Week Players: Min. 1
    • Squad Rating Min. 86
    • Team Chemistry: Min. 45
    • Players in Squad: 11
  • 86-Rated Squad (Premium Mixed Players Pack)
    • Squad Rating: Min. 86
    • Team Chemistry: Min 50
    • Players in Squad: 11
  • 85-Rated Squad (Small Prime Electrum Players Pack)
    • Team of the Week Players: Min. 1
    • Squad Rating: Min. 85
    • Team Chemistry: Min. 55
    • Players in Squad: 11

Is the Base ICON Upgrade worth it?

Eric Cantona on FIFA 22

If we’re being completely honest, the answer to whether or not you should complete the Base ICON Upgrade depends on how your club is looking at this early point of the year.

The market has been notoriously dead this year, but as we mentioned earlier if you have to buy every player for each SBC you’re looking at a nearly 500,000 coin dent in your savings.

There are more than 100 ICONS in the game this year, but at the time of writing, only 36 Base versions are selling for more than that, and these are some of the biggest names like Pele and Eusebio.

With this in mind, if your club is relatively empty but you’re sitting on a 500,000 to 600,000 coin haul, save your coins or splash out on the ICON you really want – rather than leaving it to chance and getting Inzaghi.

Robin Van Persie Icon cards in FIFA 22

On the other hand, if you’ve been spamming those 78+ Player Picks and have a club full of high-rated players that don’t challenge your starting squad, then this SBC is more than worth the risk.

Ultimately, we wouldn’t recommend completing the Base ICON Upgrade unless you would only have to spend around 100,000 coins in total.

That was everything you need to know about the first Base ICON Upgrade of FIFA 22. There’s sure to be more SBCs like this throughout the year, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for more guides.

For more on FIFA 22, check out how to complete the Reece Oxford League Player Objective, as well as the latest La Liga Player of the Month.

Image credits: EA


FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage: Release date & featured players

Ultimate Team players can now test out the new Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s the release date and every player involved.



TOTGS FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

The group stage of Europe’s three major club competitions is coming to a close. Ultimate Team fans can expect to get their hands on the Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s when you can expect to test these new items as well as every player in TOTGS.

This year, football fans have had the pleasure of watching three European club competitions as opposed to two. The newly created Conference League joined the likes of the UEFA Champions League, and Europa League. Each year, EA Sports celebrates the most dominant players amongst these European competitions through the Team of the Group Stage promotion

The top performers across these three competitions are set to be honored in FIFA 22. With massive clubs involved, players can expect to get their hands on some excellent cards. Here’s when FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players can expect Team of the Group Stage as well as the players up for grabs. 

Team of the Group Stage Ultimate Team release date

FIFA 22 TOTGS release date

After receiving some incredibly useful cards through the Signature Signings promo, Ultimate Team players are eager to see what’s next. The last matchday of European club competitions is set to take place next week between December 6-8. 

It turns out EA has decided to release the promo before the last matches are complete. They are wasting no time in getting new content to players across Ultimate Team. 

December 3 is the date to mark on your calendar. On Friday, December 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 8 PM CEST, keep an eye out for the new promo. 

For players with poor pack luck, rest assured you’ll have a chance to snap up one or two of these players through SBCs and objectives

FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage card design

As with past TOTGS promos we’ve seen, the card design isn’t going to display significant differences from the RTTK promo. So far, we’ve seen the TOTGS through leaks. The one major difference is the direction of the line designs in the background. 

The RTTK cards all looked fantastic therefore EA probably won’t be changing much. The lime green of the Conference League certainly pops on screen. 

Team of the Group Stage player items


The fact that there are three competitions to choose from this year and the same number of spots available means that some top performers have missed out. Competition is fierce this year and only the best of the best are showcased below. 

Here are all of the players involved in Team of the Group Stage:

  • Sébastien Haller (Ajax) *SBC*
  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli) *Objective*
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
  • João Cancelo (Manchester City)
  • Marquinhos (PSG)
  • Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
  • Federico Chiesa (Piemonte Calcio / Juventus)
  • Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
  • Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid
  • Tiago Djaló (LOSC Lille)
  • Saïd Benrahma (West Ham)
  • Erik Botheim (FK Bodø/Glimt)

That just about covers everything we know about TOTGS in Ultimate Team. Make sure to get a look at the team on December 3 and see how it compares to RTTK. Don’t forget, Ultimate Team players who log into the game between December 15 and January 14 will receive a free Next Generation card.

For more FIFA 22 news, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: EA Sports

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 10 & 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 10 lineup.



Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 10, 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 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 10.


FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

The FIFA 22 TOTW 10 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 10 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

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Featured TOTW

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.

No specific time has been set for when the team will be announced. However, so far, they have tended to surface at around 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 4 PM BST. We’ll update this post with an exact schedule as and when it is available.

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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FIFA 22 streamer Castro banned for Ultimate Team “coin distribution” live on Twitch

Popular FIFA YouTuber and streamer Castro was recently permabanned from the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team transfer market.



FIFA 22 transfer market

Castro is one of the FIFA community’s biggest and most popular streamers, and he was banned live on Twitch from using FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s transfer market.

Ultimate Team is pretty much the lifeblood of EA’s FIFA franchise as it rakes in billions each year. It’s helped by the fact the game’s most popular content creators advertise the game so well and pump lots of money into FIFA Points – the game’s microtransaction currency.

Edwin Castro AKA Castro_1021 has been one of the game’s main streamers and content creators for years now. So it was a huge shock to many when he was unceremoniously booted from FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s transfer market – permanently.

castro being banned from FIFA 22 ultimate team

During a typical live stream on Twitch, Castro was having an issue with EA’s servers as he was searching for players in Ultimate Team.

Suddenly, a prompt appeared on his screen saying “Account At Risk” and EA had apparently noticed that his account was “recently involved in FUT Coin distribution” and subsequently banned him from the game mode’s transfer market.

Ultimate Team’s transfer market is a crucial aspect of the game, and, especially for a high-profile streamer like Castro, will have a damaging effect on his content creation.

“The day before Team of the Group Stage, and I just dropped like 300K FIFA Points on Black Friday, and you think I’m coin distributing?!” Castro angrily shouted for his viewers.

This imposed ban will prevent the player from buying or selling any players on the FIFA Ultimate Team market. Meaning he can’t sell any exciting, valuable pack pulls or buy the game’s latest and greatest cards.

Castro doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong, and it’s likely he will appeal against the decision. The streamer is one of the most well-liked in FIFA, and it’s likely that his ban will be overturned.

If you’re interested in more cool FIFA content, then take a look at how to claim a free FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Twitch Prime Gaming pack.

Image Credit: EA / Castro / Twitch

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