The FIFA franchise is one of the most popular sports video games series globally, and we have the FIFA 22 release date covered for you, along with details on the game’s main modes: Ultimate Team, Career, Pro Clubs, and more.
Not many game franchises can release an extremely popular game every single year like Call of Duty, but FIFA is an exception, as the globally popular game series is one of the most played in the world, and players anxiously await the newest entry every year.
This is no different for FIFA 22 with its upcoming release date. We know many details about EA’s sporting behemoth, and you can find out everything you need to know below.
When is FIFA 22’s release date?
Fans of the high-profile sports franchise will be able to jump into all of the action that the newest game will offer on October 1, 2021.
This means the community still has a few weeks to wait until they can get their hands on FIFA 22. FIFA is never subjected to delays, so we can expect this release date to be concrete.
FIFA 22 pre-order editions & bonuses
Players will have two different editions of the game to choose from when the game arrives on October 1, 2021.
You can check out everything that the Standard and Ultimate Editions offer below:
- FIFA 22 Standard Edition – $59.99
- FIFA 22 Ultimate Editions – $79.99
Players who pre-order the game before the FIFA 22 release date will receive various benefits to help them out at the start of their career in the franchise’s newest entry. You can find all of the pre-order benefits below:
FIFA 22 pre-order benefits
- Limited Time Offer – FUT Heroes Player item
- Ones to Watch Player item
- 4 Days Early Access
- Dual Entitlement – free PlayStation 5 upgrade
- 4600 FIFA Points
- Team of the Week 1 Player item
- Kylian Mbappé Loan item
- FUT Ambassador Loan Player Pick
- Career Mode Homegrown Talent
FIFA 22 PS4 / PS5 & Xbox One / Xbox Series X differences
Even though the PlayStation5 and Xbox Series X have been out since November 2020, the majority of people are still playing on last generation’s consoles: the PS4 and Xbox One.
Despite this, the PS5 and Xbox Series X are understandably the core focus for FIFA 22 due to their unbelievable power and technical capabilities.
Whilst the PS5 and Xbox Series X will benefit from HyperMotion Technology, faster loading times, and more, don’t expect this for last-gen.
The PS4 and Xbox Series X versions are expected to miss out on several key features that make FIFA 22 worth the upgrade.
The complete FIFA 22 Pitch notes detail every single feature and point out which platforms you’ll be able to enjoy them on.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & FUT Heroes
The ever-popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode returns once more to get players playing, packing their favorite players to create the best possible team.
Arguably the biggest announcement so far is that it will feature new FUT Heroes. Intended to celebrate some football greats for their impact on football, lethal forwards such as Mario Gomez and Diego Milito will have special player cards that can be worked into different teams and styles.
EA recently showed their first look at the changes coming to Ultimate Team. Tweaks have been made to how Division Rivals works, with the mode being broken up into seasons as well as the usual weekly competition.
There will now be checkpoints within each rank to stop you from sliding down the standings if you hit a bad patch of form. There’s also the addition of win streaks, which let you climb the leaderboard quicker when you string together a series of wins on the bounce.
FUT Champions has also seen an overhaul. Teams are now entered into a mid-week Play-off stage to earn a place in the Finals at the weekend. Check out our full breakdown of the announcements here.
FIFA 22 Career Mode
If you’re not heavily invested in Ultimate Team, then there’s a good chance you invest a lot of time in FIFA’s storied Career Mode.
Who hasn’t taken a team from League Two and guided them all the way to the upper echelons of European football? Well, this will be possible once again in FIFA 22 Career Mode, but this time with a twist.
Creating a club could be an exciting proposition indeed. Fans have been begging for the feature for years, and this year EA is letting them craft a club from the ground up. Everything from your club’s kits, stadium, and even its principles are in your hands.
Once the cosmetics are sorted, it’s also up to the player to build a squad from scratch. There’s even the option to tweak the team’s age and rating, from a lower-league squad with a lot of promise, or an aging team in need of a rebuild.
Player Career is also getting revamped with new in-game objectives which impact the way your manager views you. The new challenges will also unlock XP, which grants you skill points to drop into the Pro Clubs-style skill tree and unlock brand-new perks.
These perks grant temporary buffs to turn matches on their heads. Some might boost the passing stats of all teammates to unlock stubborn defenses, while others provide shooting bonuses after scoring a goal to help kill the game off.
FIFA 22 Pro Clubs
Often the forgotten and overlooked game mode by EA. Pro Clubs is a fun, social activity that sees multiple players create their own players and build their stats. Friends usually create a club for everyone to join, and you work your way through the ranks.
Fans of the game have been begging EA for years to implement fun, new features to make Pro Clubs fresh and it looks like this might finally be the year the mode lives up to its potential.
Many of the updates that are fleshing out the Player Career mode are making their way into Pro Clubs, most notably the XP system which gives much-needed structure to how Pro’s improve. Perks are also coming to the mode, which provides an extra tactical layer when trying to secure the win.
There’s a much stronger emphasis being placed on customization this year, with fans being able to kit their virtual club out with themes, tifos, and crowd chants.
EA has also taken great steps in diversity by allowing players to create male and female players to play together.
FIFA 22 Gameplay, trailer & HyperMotion
One of the big headlines for FIFA 22 is the fact that this is the first proper FIFA game being made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X at the forefront of the game’s thoughts.
As a result, EA has created the new HyperMotion Technology that seeks to make FIFA 22 feel like the most authentic and immersive football gameplay ever.
Here’s the latest FIFA 22 Gameplay Trailer from EA:
EA also claims that HyperMotion is set to add over 4,000 new animations to the game to make for easier player transitions and seamless football matches.
You can learn more about this exciting new breakthrough via EA’s sit-down discussion and HyperMotion video below.
As well as HyperMotion Technology, EA also promises the following new Gameplay innovations to reshape the way the game is played:
- Full Team Authentic Motion
- Tactical A.I.
- Kinetic Air Battles
- Composed Ball Control
- Player Humanization
- Goalkeeper Rewrite
- True Ball Physics
- Explosive Sprint
We’ll learn even more about all these features as EA continues to roll out more reveal videos showcasing FIFA 22.
The FIFA 22 release date is set to be an exhilarating time for the community and will no doubt have plenty of entertaining and fond memories for players in 2021 and beyond.
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What is Expected Goals in FIFA 22? How xG is calculated
Expected Goals is one of the many stats tracked in FIFA 22, but fans have been confused about what it means. We break down xG below.
Expected Goals is a new stat in FIFA 22 that pops up at the end of each Ultimate Team and Career Mode match, but what does it actually mean? We’ve got the lowdown on what xG is, and how it’s calculated, right here.
FIFA 22 tracks more stats throughout a match than any other game in the series up to this point.
One of the new stats that has been given a lot of credibility in FIFA 22 is Expected Goals, but what exactly does it mean?
What is Expected Goals (xG) in FIFA 22?
Simply put, Expected Goals is the number of times a team “should” have scored based on its performance in the game.
If your Expected Goals is in the fours and fives but the game finished 1-0, it means that you were either slightly wasteful on the attack or the opponent’s goalkeeper was in top form.
Likewise, if the xG is under one but you ran out with a two-goal win, it means you didn’t make many chances but were devastating when they did arise.
How is Expected Goals calculated in FIFA 22?
Each shot you take in FIFA 22 is awarded a rating between zero and one based on how likely it was to fly into the net. Zero being impossible to score and one being almost guaranteed.
A huge amount of factors are taken into account when working out the xG. It would be impossible to list every single one, but these are some of the most important:
- Distance from goal
- Angle to the net
- Type of assist (through-ball, cross ect.)
- Position of defenders
- Type of shot
- Body part (Foot or header)
- Type of attack (such as a counter-attack)
- One v one
At the end of every match, the probability of every shot you had being a goal is added together, and that is the xG stat displayed in the post-game menu.
While having a higher Expected Goals doesn’t necessarily mean a team deserved to win, it is a good indicator of how one-sided a match was.
If your xG is consistently far higher than the number of times you actually score, don’t be afraid to head onto the training pitch and practice the shooting drills.
These can drastically help a player choose the right shot in any given situation, and will give you a better feel of how to work a chance.
Image credits: EA
FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 5 & 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 5 lineup.
It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 5, there are some huge names for people to add to their teams, and the featured player is a former FUT favorite.
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 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 FUT TOTW 5
The FIFA 22 TOTW 5 is here, and it’s full of big names from across the world.
Check out the full squad for the FIFA 22 TOTW 5 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 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.
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.
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.
Image credits: EA Sports
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotion calendar: Every FUT special card
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has a long road of special cards and promotions ahead, so we’ve put together every single one.
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.
With so much content still to come, we’ve put together an in-depth calendar and description of every promotion and special card set to hit FIFA 22.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotions
EA likes to keep their cards close to their chest when it comes to promos in an effort 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 schedule as of yet, we can look to previous years to come with a detailed calendar of promotions.
Here is every promo we’re expecting to see in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team throughout the year.
|Promotion / card name||FIFA 21 start date||Expected FIFA 22 start date||Confirmed|
|Team of the Week||Weekly||Weekly||Yes|
|Ones to Watch||October 6, 2020||October 1, 2021||Yes|
|Road to the Knockouts||November 6, 2020||October 14, 2021||Yes|
|Record-breakers||November 29, 2020||October 19, 2021||Yes|
|Rulebreakers||October 23, 2020||October 29, 2021||TBC|
|Team of the Group Stage||December 4, 2020||December 3, 2021||TBC|
|FUTMAS||December 11, 2020||December 10, 2021||TBC|
|Road to the Final||December 18, 2020||December 17, 2021||TBC|
|Headliners||January 1, 2021||December 31, 2021||TBC|
|Team of the Year||January 22, 2021||January 21, 2022||TBC|
|Future Stars||February 5, 2021||February 4, 2022||TBC|
|Winter Ones to Watch||Not released||February 11, 2022||TBC|
|FUT Birthday||March 26, 2021||March 25, 2022||TBC|
|Team of the Season||April 23, 2021||April 22, 2022||TBC|
|FUTTIES||July 16, 2021||July 15, 2022||TBC|
Team of the Week
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.
Ones to Watch
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.
OTWs automatically boost themselves to match the highest-rated TOTW week that player has earned, and stay there until their next in-form.
Road to the Knockouts
Road to the Knockouts is a 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 the knockout stages, are given permanent boosts to their cards.
Record-breakers, much as the name suggests, are awarded to players who have entered the record books over the last year.
For example, in FIFA 22, expect the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo to be included for setting the international goal record.
These cards tend to be a one-off upgrade but significantly boost a players’ stats.
FIFA traditionally gets a promotion every Halloween. What started as Ultimate Scream changed into Rulebreakers with FIFA 21.
- Read more: Best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team starter squad
These cards give big boosts to players, but also fundamentally alter the way they player by swapping around their stats.
Sluggish strikers may lose some finishing ability in favor of pace, while attacking full-backs may become solid defenders.
Team of the Group Stage
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.
The beauty of TOTGS is that the player’s team doesn’t even have to qualify for the knockouts to be recognized.
FUTMAS / Freeze
Christmas is always kind to Ultimate Team players thanks to the yearly FUTMAS (or Freeze) promo that EA rolls out.
Here, fans are treated to a steady rollout of special cards and SBCs to celebrate the festivities, each and every day.
Road to the Final
Similar to Road to the Knockouts, RTTF cards constantly upgrade based on a player’s team’s performance in Europe.
This time, upgrades are awarded for individual wins in two-legged knockout matches, as well as progressing to the next round.
Road to the Final players can grow into some of the game’s cards if their team goes all the way.
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
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.
This one 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.
The likes of Curtis Jones and Ansu Fati were rated in the high 80s and low 90s in FIFA 21, suddenly making them some of the game’s best players.
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.
If you’re a long-time player, you’re bound to recognize a lot of these cards.
Team of the Season
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’s also plenty of SBCs and objectives to complete, as well as a fan-voted team to take part in.
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 Gabriel Jesus 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 on Charlie INTEL for the latest updates.
Image credits: EA
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