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How to play FIFA 22 early: EA Access release date

This is how you can jump into FIFA 22 ahead of its October release by subscribing to EA Play or picking up a different edition of the game

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As we near the worldwide release of FIFA 22 on October 1st, the hype among football fans is reaching a fever pitch. But as is the case with many modern game releases, EA has offered multiple ways of taking to the pitch ahead of time.

It’s not unusual for video game publishers to offer players a route into their newest release early in exchange for purchasing a more expensive version of the game or subscribing to one of their in-house services, and FIFA 22 is no different.

But how exactly can players lace up their boots before the rest this year? Here’s our quick and easy guide.

How to get FIFA 22 before October 1st

Trailer screenshot from EA's FIFA 22

As has been the case in previous years, EA is offering two editions of this year’s installment – the standard edition and the ultimate edition. The latter, which is priced at around £90 depending on the retailer, has a release date of September 27th, four days ahead of the standard edition.

But it doesn’t stop there. Fans who are particularly eager can jump in a full week early by signing up for EA Play (formerly EA Access). Anyone with an EA Play account will have the option to download the game on September 22nd, over a week before the rest of the world.

Trailer screenshot from EA's FIFA 22

EA Play is available across all platforms, including PC, for $4.99 per month. As well as FIFA it grants early access to all of EA’s releases, offers exclusive in-game rewards and discounts on the publisher’s products.

It does, however, come with a small caveat. The EA Play membership only grants access to 10 hours of play across the week. Once you hit the 10-hour mark, the game will remain locked until September 27th.

How to sign up for EA Play

Trailer screenshot from EA's FIFA 22
  1. Head over to the EA Play website
  2. Select “Join Now” in the top right-hand corner
  3. Choose which platform you will be playing on (NOTE: Your membership will only apply to a single platform)
  4. Select your payment method – monthly or annually
  5. You will then be taken to your platfroms store to complete the purchase

It’s also worth noting that anyone who already owns a copy of FIFA 21 can quickly sign up from the in-game main menu. Simply select the EA Play tile in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, and you will be directed straight to the store to make the purchase.

Ultimately, there is no pressure to get FIFA 22 early if it isn’t possible for you. But for those more serious players looking to get a head start on their Ultimate Team or adapt to the new gameplay tweaks, it can be a great way to gain that competitive edge over your rivals.

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All FIFA 22 Ones to Watch cards: Release date, confirmed players & predictions

Ones to Watch cards are returning to Ultimate Team once again in FIFA 22, and we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is very nearly upon us, which means the newest batch of Ones to Watch cards won’t be too far behind. We’ve got all the confirmed players below, as well as our predictions.

Ultimate Team continues to be the most popular mode in the FIFA series, and the unique promotional cards added each year go a long way in keeping players engaged.

EA has already announced the addition of FUT Heroes in FIFA 22, and the return of Ones to Watch cards will have fans equally excited.

Now, just as the top 100 players have started being unveiled, the publisher has also announced more Ones to Watch cards. We’ve got every confirmed card below, along with our predictions for the full line-up.

FIFA 22 Heroes artwork

What are Ones to Watch cards?

Perhaps one of the biggest draws in Ultimate Team is how real, on-the-pitch action directly impacts the mode.

Ones to Watch cards are special items depicting players who have recently transferred to a new team. These players have dynamic ratings which get higher and higher to match their performances for club and country.

Each time that player is awarded a Team of the Week in-game, their overall rating will match it. For example, in FIFA 21, Ferran Torres was rated 81 but received an 84-rated in-form card. His Ones to Watch went up to the same rating and remained there for the rest of the year.

A new feature announced could also see these items get a special one-time upgrade. The ‘Wins to Watch’ mechanic means that if an OTW player’s team wins five out of ten competitive matches after October 1, they receive a rating boost of plus one.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch team

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team confirmed Ones to Watch

EA announced that Ones to Watches would be returning once again in FIFA 22, but so far, they have only officially revealed a handful of players.

Real Madrid’s David Alaba, who moved from Bayern Munich over the summer, was the first to be confirmed alongside the post explaining that the promotion will be back again this year.

Four more players have also been shown off recently, all of which have moved to the Premier League during the latest transfer window. Among them is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is set to be one of the valuable Ones to Watch cards when they land in-game.

These are all of the players confirmed so far. We’ll update this hub with the full line-up and ratings when EA announces them.

Player NameTransferRating
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus to Manchester United91
Romelu LukakuInter Milan to Chelsea88
Jack GrealishAston Villa to Manchester City84
David AlabaBayern Munich to Real Madrid84
Ibrahima Konate RB Leipzig to Liverpool 78

FUT 22 Ones to Watch predictions

This year it’s been a stacked transfer window with some of the biggest names in football switching clubs. While it might be worrying for mid-table sides across Europe, for FIFA fans, it means we could be store for the best Ones to Watch promo in recent memory.

These are our predictions for every Ones to Watch card in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Confirmed cards are highlighted in bold.

PlayerTransferPredicted Rating
Lionel MessiBarcelona to PSG 93
Cristiano RonaldoJuventus to Manchester United91
Romelu LukakuInter Milan to Chelsea88
Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund to Manchester United88
Sergio RamosReal Madrid to PSG87
Gianluigi DonnarummaAC Milan to PSG87
Sergio AgueroManchester City to Barcelona87
Memphis DepayLyon to Barcelona86
Raphael VaraneReal Madrid to Manchester United86
Achraf HakimiInter Milan to PSG85
Jack GrealishAston Villa to Manchester City84
Georginio WijnaldumLiverpool to PSG84
David Alaba Bayern Munich to Real Madrid84
Andre SilvaFrankfurt to RB Leipzig82
Danny IngsSouthampton to Aston Villa82
Emiliano BuendiaNorwich City to Aston Villa81
Ibrahima KonateRB Leipzig to Liverpool80
Patson DakaRB Salzburg to Leicester City79
Daniel JamesManchester United to Leeds77
Joe WillockArsenal to Newcastle United76
Josh SargentWerder Bremen to Norwich City76

When do Ones to Watch start?

EA is wasting no time in getting Ones to Watch cards into the game this year. In their most recent website update, they revealed that the promotion will kick off on October 1, 2021, the same day as FIFA 22’s worldwide release.

The first team of Ones to Watch players will be in packs on launch day, while the second lot will follow on October 8, 2021.

The publisher also confirmed that there will be two smaller releases away from the two main lineups. These will take place between October 3 – 8 and October 10 – 13.

For more FIFA 22 Ultimate Team in the lead-up to release day, check out our predictions of the best defenders, midfielders, and strikers you can buy.

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FIFA 22 top 100 player ratings: Release date & confirmed ratings

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 started revealing the top stars in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, so we’ve put together all the big names we know so far.

FIFA 22 ratings release date

FIFA 22 Haaland kicking a ball

Based on previous years, the full slate of ratings won’t be revealed until players have FIFA 22 in their hands and search for their favorites. But in the lead-up to each game’s release, the top 100 rated players are usually are announced gradually until we reach the game’s elite.

EA began revealing ratings over the course of the week beginning on September 13. Historically, a new batch of players is shown off every day before the full top 100 lands on the Friday.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings top 100

FIFA 22 PSG players

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

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

Casemiro tapping his badge

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 very 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
#21Wout WeghorstWolfsburgST83
#22Angelino RB LeipzigLB83
#23Lucas HernandezBayern MunichCB83
#24Lukas HradeckyBayern LeverkusenGK83
#25Axel WItselBorussia DortmundCDM83

Other confirmed FIFA 22 Ultimate Team ratings

Real Madrid celebrating

Although the stats are revealed officially by EA, many real-life teams and footballers find out their rating ahead of time. This appears to have been the case this year, as some have taken to social media to announce theirs to the world.

Many of these aren’t players who will feature in the top 100, so they offer insight into how the rest of the Ultimate Team roster might look.

These are all of the ratings that have been confirmed ahead of the official reveal taking place soon.

Player NameClubPositionRating
Thiago SilvaChelseaCB85
Theo HernandezAC MilanLB84
Phil FodenManchester CityCAM84
Nicolo BarellaInter MilanCM84
John Stones Manchester CityCB83
Domenico BerardiSassuoloRW82
Alphonso DaviesBayern MunichLB82
Luis MurielAtalantaST82
Christian PulisicChelseaLW82
PepePortoCB82
Ben Chillwell ChelseaLWB82
Jan VertonghenBenficaCB81
Vinicius JuniorReal MadridLW80
Jude BellinghamBorussia DortmundCM79
Eduardo CamavingaReal MadridCM79

Those were the biggest Ultimate Team ratings that have been confirmed by EA so far. But 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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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: Featured players and TOTW 1

TOTW is back again in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and we’ve got everything you need to know about how it works – including the latest squad.

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EA has revealed that the Team of the Week is returning to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. This time, however, they’re addressing some long-running fan complaints. Here’s how TOTW will work in this year’s game.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is the way it incorporates 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 special items is the Team of the Week, which offers players a weekly batch of new upgraded cards to help build out their squads. We’ve got everything you need to know about FUT TOTW right here.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW, so be sure to check back here every week.

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that provide a boost in 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 round of domestic or international fixtures. 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 of TOTW is available in packs for a full 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 the 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 have 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 TOTW card.

FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 1

Team of the Week items won’t start being released until fans have their hands on the game and a batch of real-life fixtures have been played.

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, although they are yet to confirm if they will stick to the same schedule for FIFA 22.

We’ll post all of the players in TOTW 1 right here as and when they are revealed. Be sure to check back here every week for the latest squad announcement.


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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