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How to play FIFA 23 early: EA Play early access & 10 hour trial

FIFA 23 is set to release later this year, and FUT fans can get their hands on the game early via EA Play. Here are all the details.



FIFA 23 early through EA Play

Football fans around the world are itching to get their hands on FIFA 23, the next game in EA’s long-running sports franchise. Fortunately, players can lace their boots early through EA Play. Here’s everything you need to know.

With FIFA 22 nearing the end of its lifecycle, attention is beginning to turn to the next installment. FIFA 23 will be the last game in the series to feature the FIFA branding, and fans have lofty expectations before this era ends.

The confirmation of World Cup content and the increasingly likely addition of crossplay support has got FIFA 23 off to a good start, but players won’t know how they feel about the game until they hit the pitch for the first time.

Luckily, for those who simply can’t wait until the worldwide release date, you can play FIFA 23 early with EA Play.

How does FIFA 23 early access work?

FIFA 23 Real Madrid Ultimate Team chemistry

EA offers anyone who subscribes to EA Play 10 hours of unrestricted early access to all of their games, and FIFA 23 is no exception. Once the trial period has expired, the game will lock until it is released to everyone.

Whereas the closed betas or free demos will often only give players a small taste of the new FIFA, with many modes and features stripped away, early access lets you into the full game ahead of time.

Not only does it give eager fans the chance to get a headstart on their Ultimate Team, but it also gives the devs one final opportunity to fix any lingering bugs before the turnstiles open.

How to play FIFA 23 early with EA Play

EA Play logo

In order to play FIFA 23 ahead of the crowd, all you have to do is secure yourself an EA Play subscription. A membership will set you back $4.99 / £3.99 a month, or $29.99 / £19.99 for the year.

Then, it’s simply a case of waiting for the game to be available to pre-load and installing it. Once early access goes live, the application will unlock and you can hop in.

Here’s how to play FIFA 23 early with EA Play:

  1. Sign up for an EA Play subscription.
  2. Pre-load FIFA 23.
  3. Load up FIFA 23 when EA Play early access begins.
  4. Enjoy 10 hours of FIFA 23

When does FIFA 23 early access start?

Haaland playing for Man City in FIFA 22

EA is yet to confirm when FIFA 23 early access will begin. However, if the publisher sticks to the same schedule as FIFA 22, it will be available just over a week before the game’s release.

It’s been leaked previously that FIFA 23 will drop on Friday, September 30, 2022, so our best guess is that EA Play early access will open from Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

We’ll be sure to update this section as soon as more details are available.

For more on FIFA 23, be sure to check out how you can pre-order the game and grab a discount in the process.

Image credits: EA


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

The Bundesliga is expected to supply some of the best players in FIFA 23, so we’ve predicted who will have the highest rating for each club.



FIFA 23 Bundesliga Ratings

The Bundesliga will be the battleground for some of FIFA 23’s highest-rated stars, with players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund set to impact Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the top Bundesliga ratings in FIFA 23, as well as every team’s best players.

Each new FIFA title brings new Ultimate Team ratings based on player performances in the previous season, and FIFA 23 will be no different. To discern which players are deserving of an upgrade or downgrade, EA will analyze the 2021/2022 season.

In Germany, the 2021/2022 Bundesliga season saw Bayern Munich cruise to a tenth straight title. The battle for Champions League spots was a fierce one as Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and RB Leipzig should all expect player rating upgrades in FIFA 23.

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

Lewandowski FIFA 22

FIFA 23 Bundesliga top 10 player rating predictions

PlayerClubUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich92
Sadio ManeBayern Munich+190
Joshua KimmichBayern Munich+190
Manuel NeuerBayern Munich-189
Leon GoretzkaBayern Munich87
Thomas MullerBayern Munich-186
Kingsley ComanBayern Munich86
Filip KosticEintracht Frankfurt +286
Koen CasteelsWolfsburg-185
Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig+485

It’s been quiet summer so far when it comes to Bundesliga transfers. However, things in Germany can still heat up with the summer transfer window open until September 1.

All eyes will be on Bayern Munich as they look to keep a hold of disgruntled star striker Robert Lewandowski. At this moment, the striker is attempting to force a move to Barcelona, but if he remains, there’s no doubt he’ll be the highest-rated FIFA 23 player in the Bundesliga.

Bayern dominates the predicted list of top ten Bundesliga players in FIFA 23. The illustrious German club won ten Bundesliga titles in a row and they’re the clear powerhouse option to pick up an eleventh straight title in 2023.

Elsewhere, Filip Kostic enjoyed a fantastic season in which Frankfurt secured a Europa League trophy. FIFA 22 delivered a whopping ten separate special Christopher Nkunku cards and the midfielder’s performances should see him rise to 84 or 85 in FIFA 23.

Marco Reus FIFA 22

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

The Bundesliga is dominated by Bayern Munich players when it comes to landing a player in the top 10. Nonetheless, it’s still fascinating to see how EA upgrades and downgrades players from across Germany with each new title. In the 2021/2022 season, every team had both surprises and disappointments that should be reflected when FIFA 23 is released.

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


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Daniel Caligiuri+279
Niklas Dorsch+277

Bayer Leverkusen

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Moussa Diaby+283
Florian Wirtz+381
Patrik Schick+180

Bayern Munich

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Robert Lewandowski92
Sadio Mane+190
Joshua Kimmich+190


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Manuel Riemann74
Anthony Losilla+173

Borussia Dortmund

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Mats Hummels-185
Marco Reus85
Raphael Guerreiro84

Borussia Monchengladbach

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Yan Sommer-184
Matthias Ginter-183
Florian Neuhaus+183

Eintracht Frankfurt

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Filip Kostic+286
Kevin Trapp+284
Martin Hinteregger+181

FC Koln

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jonas Hector+179
Ellyes Skhiri+178
Salih Ozcan+275


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Christian Gunter+281
Vincenzo Grifo+180
Ritsu Doan+177

Hertha BSC

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Dedryck Boyata-177
Kevin-Prince Boateng-177
Marc-Oliver Kempf76


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Andrej Kramaric-182
Oliver Baumann-280
David Raum+578


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Silvan Widmer+176
Dominik Kohr+176
Jeremiah St. Juste-175

RB Leipzig

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Christopher Nkunku+485
Peter Gulacsi-184

Schalke 04

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Simon Terodde+277
Ko Itakura+175
Thomas Ouwejan+274

Union Berlin

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Christopher Trimmel+279
Robin Knoche+177
Jordan Siebatcheu+274

VfB Stuttgart

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Wataru Endo+179
Borna Sosa+178
Konstantinos Mavropanos+376

Werder Bremen

Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jiri Pavlenka-179
Niclas Fullkrug76
Leonardo Bittencourt75


Player NameUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Koen Casteels-185
Max Kruse81
Ridle Baku+181

EA are yet to reveal the full slate of Bundesliga ratings in FIFA 23. As soon as they do, we’ll be sure to update this page with the latest information.

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

Image credits: EA Sports / Bundesliga

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FIFA 23 Ones to Watch: OTW promo explained & predictions

FIFA 23 Ones to Watch is set to be the first major promo of FUT 23, so here’s everything we know about the event so far.



FIFA 23 Ones to Watch is expected to be the first major promo of this season’s Ultimate Team, celebrating the most exciting moves from the summer transfer window. Here’s how FIFA 23 OTW will work, along with the players likely to feature.

Ones to Watch is always one of the most interesting and exciting promos in any FIFA, mainly because it tends to be the very first major event of the year. FIFA 23 will be no exception, as EA look to shine the spotlight on the biggest transfers of the summer.

FIFA 22 OTW was arguably the biggest ever, as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo switched clubs in a crazy end to the transfer window. While FIFA 23 OTW is unlikely to have as many groundbreaking signings to choose from, some of the game’s highest-rated players have been on the move.

Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23 Ones to Watch, from how the cards will work to the players we expect to see.

Is there a FIFA 23 Ones to Watch start date?

Haaland playing for Man City in FIFA 22

EA are yet to confirm when FIFA 23 Ones to Watch will kick off, but we can look at previous years to gain a pretty good idea.

Last year, OTW got underway on October 1, the same day as FIFA 22’s worldwide release. With this in mind, we’d expect FIFA 23 OTW to begin on Friday, September 30, 2022.

This is the expected FIFA 23 release date based on various leaks and the usual schedule, but we’ll add new information to this section once it’s available.

FIFA 23 Ones to Watch explained

Ones to Watch Team 2 FIFA 22

FIFA 23 OTW will award special live cards to players who have recently moved to a new club. These dynamic items will go up in rating depending on how well the player performs for their club in real life.

Each time a OTW star is handed a TOTW after a top display in their domestic league, the card will increase in rating and stats to match the most recent one.

For example, in FIFA 22, Dayot Upamecano started out at an 82-rated card after his move to Bayern Munich. But, by the end of the year, he was 87-rated and one of the best center-backs that the Bundesliga had to offer.

They will also receive an extra +1 boost for winning a certain number of matches after the promo begins. Last year, the threshold was five wins out of 10 games after October 2.

We’ll update this section with more specific information once EA officially announces the promo.

FIFA 23 Ones to Watch predictions

Mane in FIFA 22

The summer transfer window is far from closed, but we’ve already seen some major signings that are a shoo-in to be a FIFA 23 OTW. On top of that, there are plenty of deals that are on the verge of going through that will surely make the cut.

Here are our predictions for FIFA 23 Ones to Watch so far:

Player NameTransferTransfer Confirmed?Predicted Rating
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich to BarcelonaNo92
Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund to Manchester CityYes90
Sadio ManeLiverpool to Bayern MunichYes90
Paulo DybalaJuventus to Inter MilanNo87
Romelu LukakuChelsea to Inter MilanYes86
Paul PogbaManchester United to JuventusYes85
Franck Yannick KessieAC Milan to BarcelonaYes85
Gabriel JesusManchester City to Arsenal Yes83
Aurelien TchouameniAS Monaco to Real MadridYes82
Boubacar KamaraMarseille to Aston VillaYes82
RicharlisonEverton to SpursYes82
Darwin NunezBenfica to LiverpoolYes81
Mario GotzePSV to Eintracht FrankfurtYes81
Ivan PerisicInter Milan to SpursYes81
Ryan GravenberchAjax to Bayern MunichYes80
Karim AdeyemiRB Salzburg to Borussia DortmundYes76

We’ll be keeping this page up to date with all the latest confirmed transfers that we think will make the cut in FIFA 23 Ones to Watch, so be sure to keep checking back.

For more on FIFA 23, check out the brand-new Icons and FUT Heroes confirmed for the game so far.

Image credits: EA Sports

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How to complete FIFA 22 Gareth Bale End of an Era SBC

An End of an Era Gareth Bale SBC is live in FIFA 22 to celebrate the Welshman’s career with Real Madrid. Here’s everything you need to know.



FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale

An End of an Era Gareth Bale has dropped in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team to mark the end of the Welshman’s decorated Real Madrid career. Here’s how to complete the SBC and unlock this unbelievable new card.

After nine years, five Champions League winners medals, and plenty of controversies, Gareth Bale’s time with Real Madrid has come to an end. The Welsh star is moving on to Los Angeles FC, but he leaves the Galacticos having won every major trophy on offer to him.

To celebrate his Madrid career, EA have added an End of an Era Bale to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team during the Shapeshifters promo, unlockable through an SBC.

It’s one of the most eye-watering cards we’ve had in FIFA 22 to date, so here’s how to complete End of an Era Gareth Bale as well as cheap solutions for each section.

FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale stats

FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale stats

Even with so many special promo cards on the market, End of an Era Bale stands out as one of the best players in FIFA 22. Both his Pace and Finishing are virtually maxed out, so he’ll strike fear into defenders and goalkeepers alike.

97 Dribbling means he can glide past full-backs with ease, but his impressive passing gives him the ability to play in an attacking midfield role if you want him more involved in the action. Throw in 99 Jumping and Heading Accuracy, and it’s hard to find a single drawback.

FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale requirements & solutions

There are only four squads to submit for End of an Era Bale, but very high requirements mean it will set you back around 750,000 coins to complete the overall SBC, based on data from FUTBIN.

It’s definitely on the pricey side, but that’s probably to be expected for a 98-rated player from one of the game’s most popular leagues.

If you’re thinking of adding Bale to your squad, we’ve laid out all of the SBC requirements and cheapest solutions below:

Real Madrid requirements

  • # of Real Madrid players: Min 1
  • # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Reward: Premium Mixed Players Pack


FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale Real Madrid solution

LaLiga requirements

  • # of LaLiga players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 55
  • Reward: Rare Mixed Players Pack


FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale LaLiga solution

Top Form requirements

  • # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 40
  • Reward: Premium Mixed Players Pack


FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale Top Form solution

89-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 89
  • Team Chemistry: Min 35
  • Reward: Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack


FIFA 22 End of an Era Bale 89 Rated Squad

Players have until Wednesday, August 3 to complete all four SBCs for End of an Era Bale, so there’s plenty of time to save up those Division Rivals and FUT Champions rewards. There are also plenty of packs up for grabs in Summer Stars to help ease the pain.

This is an SBC that certainly won’t be for everyone, as the price is extremely high and Bale’s Welsh nation link makes him tough to fit into teams that don’t have plenty of LaLiga players already.

However, if you can fit him into your squad, there’s no doubt End of an Era Bale has the stats to be one of the best players in all of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

For more on FIFA, check out how to complete Flashback Alexander-Arnold, as well as our predictions for the top 100 players in FIFA 23.

Image credits: EA Sports / FUTBIN

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