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FIFA 22 new update brings huge changes to free kicks, referees and goalkeepers



First FIFA 22 update

FIFA 22’s first update is out, and EA SPORTS is already hammering goalkeepers and officials, while amplifying the potency of the game’s already potent free kicks in Ultimate Team and kick-off modes – here’s everything in the October 6 patch notes.

FIFA 22 has been released for a little over a week, and publishers EA SPORTS are ready to make their first major tweaks and improvements to the gameplay of their latest version.

The first and most important is aimed for goalkeepers.

Shot-stoppers have been an early standout in FIFA 22, dominating the Ultimate Team meta. Unlike in previous FUT metas, no single goalie has been a must-pick; regardless of the card players chose to fit into their squads, they have been delivering each and every game.

EA SPORTS has taken steps to “lower the efficiency” of goalkeepers, particularly when it comes to attempts from inside the eighteen-yard box. According to EA, this update will affect all shots taken within 11.27 metres of the goalmouth.

FIFA 22 goalkeepers have received many new “genuine” in-game movements to “improve efficacy” when saving flair shots to counteract these nerfs.

Goalkeepers aren’t the only ones who have been scrutinised by EA in FIFA 22 update #1; referees have also been given a helping of “logic” in the patch.

This contains improved AI interpretation of high-velocity tackles (more fouls) and keeper impacts, but officials will no longer call as many penalties for “reasonably timed slide tackles.”

The most significant change is that they will “no longer call fouls due to gentle touch.”

The final major change in the October 6 patch is connected to free kicks. Dead-ball situations have already been a highlight of many players’ Ultimate Team campaigns, and they’re about to get even better.

In the notes, EA announced that they have now “widened the region where the reticle can be placed during free kicks” to enable more control over spin and shot placement.

Aside from the FIFA 22 gameplay changes, the first patch of the new title cycle includes a slew of bug patches, as well as updates to Ultimate Team, Volta Football, Pro Clubs, Kick Off mode, Career Mode, and a slew of other features.

On October 6, the new FIFA update will be available for all PC versions of the game. As is customary, the patch will be delayed on consoles — including the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X — so that EA SPORTS can iron out any serious issues. It is scheduled to be released on consoles next week.

FIFA 22 update #1 patch notes

Gameplay changes

  • Goalkeepers’ efficiency when diving for top corner shots from inside the penalty box has been reduced.
  • This modification applies only to shots taken within 37 feet/11.27 metres of the goalkeeper.
  • The frequency of player-controlled sliding blocks making contact with a travelling ball has been increased.
  • When defending a counterattack that came from a corner situation, the defensive reasoning for players along the halfway line has been updated.
  • Defenders along the midway line will now try to track the counter-attacking players more closely.
  • Goalkeeper animations have been included that may occur when a keeper attempts to stop a high finesse strike.
  • This adjustment is intended to create more realistic goalie reflexes while also marginally increasing the effectiveness of goalkeepers saving this type of shot.
  • When defending a counterattack that came from a corner situation, the defensive reasoning for players along the halfway line has been updated.
  • Defenders along the midway line will now try to track the counter-attacking player more closely.
  • The frequency of player-controlled sliding blocks making contact with a travelling ball has been increased.
  • The region where the reticle can be positioned during free kicks has been increased in size to allow for more control over spin and overall placement.
  • Player Lock will now be cancelled in Co-Op matches once the Player Locked player makes a pass or their teammate makes a pass to a different player.
  • [Only for PS5] A new Controller Setting has been added to configure the desired Adaptive Trigger Resistance.
  • Improved referee rationale to make the following call:
  • more fouls as a result of high-velocity tackles
  • fewer penalty kicks as a result of well timed slide tackles
  • More fouls in scenarios where a player collides with a goalie who is holding the ball on purpose.
  • Fewer fouls as a result of mild physical contact
  • Throw accuracy and target selection have both improved.

The following concerns were addressed:

  • A late Fake Shot request resulted in a pass on occasion.
  • In rare circumstances, players may unintentionally take a terrible touch.
  • In some cases, the ball carrier might refuse to perform the Feint and Exit Skill Move when asked.
  • When rushing the goalkeeper outside of the penalty box, the keeper may attempt to make an inaccurate save with their hands.
  • When attempting to intercept the ball, the intercepting player may unintentionally take a strong touch, resulting in possession loss.
  • Players with a Skill Move rating of one to three will now perform the Bridge Skill Move instead of no Skill Move when requesting a Skilled Bridge Skill Move.
  • In some cases, the defensive team’s player would stop moving for a brief while after the attacking team accomplished a Lobbed Through Pass.
  • Players receiving the ball from the air were rarely seen running in place before taking control of the ball.
  • In some circumstances, while receiving the ball from the air from behind, the receiving player would not attempt to take possession of the ball while running.
  • In rare circumstances, players may unintentionally take a terrible touch.
  • The Goalkeeper could sometimes slide on the pitch after catching the ball near the goal line and sliding to the ground with it.
  • When a goalie tries to punch the ball after a deflected shot, he or she may instead try to head the ball.
  • If the shot was close to the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper would occasionally not make an attempt to stop the ball.
  • In certain rare cases, the goalkeeper would rise excessively slowly after a violent match.
  • When attempting a diving save, the goalie may descend diagonally rather than laterally.
  • This was a purely visual issue, and resolving it had no effect on goalie performance in these instances.
  • When attempting to move while shielding the ball, the shielding player may lose sight of the ball.
  • A cross near the goal area is not caught by the goalkeeper.
  • When a ball was kicked out of play, the ball was given to the wrong team to resume play.
  • When playing as a locked player and the match finishes in a penalty shootout, the locked player’s Match Rating may decline inadvertently during the shootout.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • When skipping a non-playing scene that plays before a goal kick, the input combination may occasionally result in the Come Short or Push Up function being asked.
  • When fouls were committed on a player performing a nutmeg or a Bridge Skill Move, they were not always called.
  • After a well-timed sliding tackle in the penalty box, a penalty kick may have been erroneously awarded.
  • After requesting a Skill Move, an erroneous animation may occur on rare instances.
  • The ball carrier may occasionally dribble in a direction other than the one specified.
  • Occasionally, a player may become stuck in a Strafe Dribble animation for a longer period of time than planned.
  • If the Sprint button configuration was altered, Sprint Knock Ons could not be requested.
  • When attempting to save a header, the goalkeeper may occasionally perform an inaccurate saving animation.
  • When utilising the Pro camera, gameplay may appear fuzzy at times.
  • Only for PCs – Cancelling an advantage call had no effect.
  • During gaming and replays, hair may appear hazy at times.
  • During gaming and replays, players may notice a faint dark light around them.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Changes

  • The FIFA 22 Division Rivals Progress tile UI has been updated to increase readability and clarity.
  • When opening or previewing a Pack with a walkout Player Item, players will begin their walkout motion somewhat later.
  • While a match is halted, Tifos can now be viewed in the Stadium.
  • Tifos can now be seen in Squad Battles and Friendlies during additional pre-match scenarios.
  • When purchasing Stadium Items or Bundles from the FUT Store, a pop-up message will now notify players if one or more of the Items are for a Stadium customization slot that must be unlocked through Objectives.
  • When previewing a kit Stadium Item or a Stadium Item Bundle including a kit, a goalie dressed in the aforementioned kit now appears alongside the outfield player.

The following concerns were addressed:

  • The post-match screen for FUT Champions Play-Offs did not always appropriately reflect the total points and Rank.
  • The right Play-Offs progression was and continues to be displayed on the Play-Offs progression panel, therefore this is purely a visual issue.
  • Fixed an issue with FUT Hero Joe Cole’s Player Item, which prevented players from entering a match while the Item was present in the Squad.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • The Play-Offs rewards screen indicated an inaccurate number of Finals qualifiers after qualifying for the FUT Champions Finals. This was purely a visual issue.
  • Finals qualification grants one entrance into the competition, and the relevant information is provided while previewing awards on the Play-Offs Progression screen.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • If the Starting Price was one increment lower than the Buy Now Price when putting an item on the FUT transfer market, players may have gotten an error preventing the item from being published on the transfer market.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • When indicating that the player’s awards were ready to be claimed, the Division Rivals main menu window did not indicate the player’s current placement. This was purely a visual issue.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • When it appeared after a successful penalty kick in extra time, the augmented reality presentation overlay failed not show the right scoreline.
  • The Squad Rating and Chemistry UI components were not display correctly when displaying the opposing squad during offline Friendly match loading.
  • Quick Sold Kit Items were not always removed from the Club and could be Quick Sold again for 0 FUT Coins.
  • After finishing a Division Rivals match, the button callout for the in-game friends list may vanish until you re-enter Rivals.
  • During post-match moments in Division Rivals and FUT Champions, some sound effects did not play appropriately.
  • During a FUT Friendlies Swaps match, swapped players were flickering.
  • Increased visibility of the wins counter in the Division Rivals post-match flow.
  • When being promoted to a new Division in Division Rivals, the New Division text that appears in the post match flow is now more visible.
  • The Division Rivals post-match screen may occasionally run slower than planned.
  • Following a defeat in Division Rivals, the progress bar may vanish during the post-match flow.
  • On the Rivals Progression screen, some Division Rivals award status descriptions were more ambiguous than intended. This was a cosmetic flaw that had no bearing on progress.
  • When the Competitive Master Switch was on, the Through Ball Assistance setting could not be changed to Manual.
  • Some Badge and Kit Items did not appear properly.
  • When viewing Crowd Card Items in the Stadium menu, there may be a stability issue.

Career Mode Changes

  • In FIFA 22 Player Career, a Player Growth button callout has been added to the levelling up screen.
  • The Board Expectations section has been replaced with the team’s formation on the team choice screen in Player Career.

The following concerns were addressed:

  • Board Objectives could often be inadvertently contradictory.
  • An unnecessarily excessive number of performance warnings may arise when simulating matches in Player Career.
  • Player fitness did not display appropriately on the post-match panels when skipping to the end result after coming on as a sub in Player Career.
  • The number of teams who can compete in the Polish Cup has been reduced.
  • The A-start League’s date has been corrected.
  • The Turkish Super Lig’s start date has been corrected.
  • Following a completed match, the post-match interview button callout would sometimes take the player to the main hub.
  • When addressing the manager, Inbox messages occasionally utilised an inaccurate title.
  • Players generated via Create Your Club and Youth Players were not given randomised footwear.
  • Some Training Drills had erroneous descriptions.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • After obtaining a new level while simulating matches in Player Career, the level up screen will not appear.
  • When skipping dialogue during post-match interviews, the microphone may shake unintentionally.
  • In Player Career, an incorrect button callout was shown when selecting objectives prior to entering a match.
  • Sometimes, players could ask to play in the match despite being injured.
  • Youth player kits were always displaying first names.
  • The import Avatar pop up was incorrectly appearing when trying to edit the manager after starting the first season.
  • When editing a genuine player in Player Career, the UI colours are incorrect.
  • On the Player Growth widget in Player Career, some UI elements overlapped.
  • Behind the Player Career main menu, the selected team’s outfit did not appear.
  • During various pre-match scenarios, placeholder kits were mistakenly presented. PC Only – The button callout for skipping a pre-match scene could display a mouse icon, even when a controller was connected and being used.
  • When disconnecting and reconnecting the controller during a Player Career match, Objectives could stop tracking progress.
  • When coming on as a sub in Player Career, the Objectives UI overlay could not be skipped.
  • In Player Career, an incorrect email could be repeatedly received when being a member of a national team’s squad.
  • International Player Career matches were incorrectly being referred to as league matches.
  • Away games may carry an unnecessarily large cost in exceptional cases.
  • The News tile sometimes displayed with harsh lighting.

VOLTA Football Changes

  • FIFA 22 VOLTA ARCADE competitions can now begin with as little as two human participants.
  • In VOLTA ARCADE, the maximum amount of time that a matchmaking search can last has been increased.
  • Foot Tennis now lacks the Driven Lob.
  • Requesting a Driven Lob will result in a regular Lob request.
  • The Welcome To VOLTA ARCADE screen that appeared before each VOLTA ARCADE tournament has been removed.
  • Some text lines in the UI have been updated.

The following concerns were addressed:

  • Avatars in the Disco Lava VOLTA ARCADE party game could occasionally become trapped towards the limits of the playing field.
  • During a game of Foot Tennis, requesting a High Lob could cost the opposing side a point.
  • In Foot Tennis, the serving Avatar’s teammate would sometimes move inappropriately away from the playing area.
  • Even if no progress was made, the Season progression UI presented an erroneous progress bar. This was purely a visual issue.
  • Following the completion of a VOLTA ARCADE competition, some text was cut out on the progression panels.
  • The start counter in the VOLTA ARCADE Party Game did not always start at three.
  • The lobby took longer to load than expected after accepting a game invite from a friend.
  • Goal celebrations could be skipped.
  • The wording on the VOLTA BATTLES match results screen was misplaced.
  • Some outfits contrasted with long hairstyles.
  • The kiosk has been removed from the background of the main menu.
  • The Skill Meter may have accidentally filled up after the ball was removed from play.
  • On the post-match screen, the XP advancement metre did not appear appropriately.
  • The post-match screen may occasionally falsely refer to the finished match as a tournament win.
  • The corners of the Team Keepaway party game were not always visible to the camera.

Pro Clubs Changes

The following concerns were addressed:

  • The visual overlay displaying the amount of XP earned after completing a Club Friendly match did not appear. This is a purely cosmetic issue; players were still gaining XP.
  • This problem is documented in the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker:
  • During Drop In matches, Custom Tactics presets were not always implemented appropriately.
  • If the CPU AI made tactical modifications during a Practice Battle, the match could have ended early.
  • For player-controlled goalkeepers, the ball trail was not always apparent.
  • Some equippable celebrations were misnamed.
  • The Known As field was not saved when customising AI teammates.
  • During gameplay, threat signs were not always visible.
  • The active voice chat speaker was not shown in the Drop In lobby.
  • The Commentary Name UI may display erroneously when configuring your Virtual Pro.
  • During gameplay, custom kits may appear to be completely black.
  • When configuring the Club, the Brentford Community Stadium was mistakenly made selectable.
  • This problem is documented on the EA SPORTS FIFA Tracker at
  • Players were unable to exit a match search after fast preparing many times.
  • During matches, the Match Performance UI element overlapped with the Mystery Ball UI element.
  • On the Club Customization screen, there may be a stability issue.
  • Start the ball rolling

Kick Off Changes

The following concerns were addressed:

  • During Kick Off matches, the transition effect between different tabs in Match Facts has been improved.
  • A player’s second yellow card in a Kick Off match does not display the relevant red card UI indicator on the Events screen.
  • The UI indicator for Advantage Settings was difficult to understand.
  • The Connect Online option did not work properly, returning the player to the Side Select screen.
  • Audio, Video, and General
  • I made the following modifications:

Audio and Video Changes

  • 31 new starheads were added.
  • Added new songs in EA SPORTS Trax and VOLTA Trax.This will be available only after a server update. Please keep an eye on @EAFIFADIRECT for information on when this will be available in-game.
  • Some players now have the ability to perform Jul’s celebration.
  • The arrangement of players on the Player Performance screen has been changed so that strikers are at the top rather than goalkeepers.
  • Some broadcast packages, stadiums, crowd shouts, commentary lines, tifos, UI components, corner flags, crowds, pre and post-match scenarios, goal songs, anthems, badges, ad boards, tutorial overlays, celebrations, non-playable characters, and balls
  • Several instances of errors, misplaced text, improper graphics, and unexpected space in the UI.

The following concerns were addressed:

  • When disabled, the Player Based Difficulty Indicator may still appear during matches.
  • The Player Based Difficulty Indicator might remain on during non-playing scenes and be visible at all times during a match.
  • After being switched off during a match, the Player Based Difficulty Indicator remained active.
  • The Default Game Plans seen in Team Sheets via the Customise option only differed in terms of Defensive Depth.
  • When the Defensive Depth of other Game Plans was updated and saved in Team Sheets, the default Game Plan’s Defensive Depth was overridden.
  • Depending on the lighting, hairstyles may appear a different hue than intended.
  • Closing and reopening the title during the Welcome Experience may result in faulty audio and lights.
  • Match losses in the FIFA Online Seasons Cup were not being noted on the stats section.
  • In Game Plans, the Fast Build Up and Balanced Offensive tactics exhibited erroneous reference animations.
  • Some visuals and language in the Welcome Experience have been updated.
  • After exiting Career Mode and returning to the main menu, the intended visuals were not displayed.
  • The font used on the FIFA 22 Trainer UI has been corrected.
  • When playing the title while installing, the transition between the Welcome Experience and the full game has been improved.
  • The status of an online friend was not always appropriately displayed in the game’s friends list.
  • After completing a Co-Op Seasons match, a stat tracking error warning may appear, leading Match Facts to disappear.
  • After opening the in-game friends list, parts of the main menu may have ceased appearing correctly.
  • When displayed in menus, some character models may appear smaller than their true size.
  • The visual indicator for Man of the Match did not appear on the post-match Player Performance screen.
  • In the main menu, EATV videos were not looping properly.
  • EA SPORTS Trax did not play instantly in several cases.
  • The button callouts in FIFA Trainer did not reflect customised button configurations.
  • The Quick Subs UI has been improved in terms of clarity.
  • The spacing on the Tournaments Main Menu tile has been updated.
  • In the Controller Settings, there was no written description for Player Rotation Right Stick Switching.
  • In the menus of some Skill Games, an inaccurate preview image was presented.
  • Several instances of clashing kit colours were addressed.
  • General stability has been improved.
  • Addressed a potential stability issue while utilising Dutch commentators.


How to get FIFA 22 Twitch Prime Gaming reward packs



Fifa 22 twitch prime rewards

A new batch of FIFA 22 Twitch Prime Gaming loot has been announced for November 2021, which means Amazon Prime members will be able to collect a new special FUT pack in-game chock-full of rare players.

Last year, on a month-by-month basis, a number of free packs were made available to members of the game’s community. These, in addition to their Division Rivals and FUT Champions awards, aid in the gathering of a large squad of players, which can be valuable for either playing with or completing SBCs.

The higher the number of cards, the better. For Ultimate Team, this is the typical rule.

And now, with FIFA 22, there are a slew of additional packs on the way. Let’s go over how to get the FUT unlocks, as well as what’s included.

Twitch Prime rewards for FIFA 22

The second set of FIFA 22 Prime Gaming goodies was confirmed for November on October 20.

Each month, Amazon Prime Gaming subscribers will receive a new FUT pack, which means there will be lots of opportunities to open packs.

What does the FIFA 22 Prime Gaming pack include?

The November FIFA 22 Prime Gaming prizes have been revealed, and they include a short-term loan Kylian Mbappe card (91-rated PSG striker), as well as almost half a dozen gold players and two 81+ player pick selections.

Here’s what you’ll get when you buy the bundle:

  • 7 rare gold player cards
  • Mbappe, Kylian (five-game loan)
  • 2 rare Gold Player picks (over 81)

It’s a decent haul of prizes, and having additional high-rated FUT players is always a good thing. Plus, if you can acquire it for free through Twitch Prime, you won’t say no; perhaps your Ultimate Team pack luck will strike the perfect chord.

How to get Twitch Prime Gaming awards for FIFA 22

You’ll only need to perform a few things to obtain the FIFA 22 Twitch Prime incentives when they start rolling out:

  • On their website, you can link your Twitch account to an Amazon Prime account.
  • Connect a Twitch account to an EA SPORTS account.
  • Go to the top-right corner of the website and click the Twitch Prime crown.
  • From there, claim your prizes.
  • Start FIFA 22 and go to the Ultimate Team interface and select ‘Store.’
  • Your prizes should be delivered – ready to open – once you click ‘My Packs.’

Everything should be added to your account automatically once you’ve completed those procedures.

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FIFA 22 Heroes: Morientes, Dempsey and Cahill are now available



FIFA 22 Heroes

FIFA 22 Heroes introduces a slew of ‘new’ players to Ultimate Team, although these are all very old characters. All of the superstars below are assigned to a certain league, which means they must be placed up next to cards from the same competition for maximum harmony. Scroll down to view thorough biographies of nine elite contenders, as well as the full list of FIFA 22 Heroes.

Mario Gomez (88, Bundesliga)

Gomez, a long-time FIFA favourite who only retired in 2020, returns to the series with a super-powered card commemorating his time with Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, and Wolfsburg. The 6ft 2in target man scored 231 goals in 456 games for his club, and added 31 more in 78 appearances for Germany. If you play FIFA 22 with an all-Bundesliga team, you’ll get a Physicality rating of 90+ and be good for the full season — but at a high beginning cost.

Tim Cahill (85, Premier League)

The box-to-box midfielder has 108 caps for Australia, and his career has taken him to Millwall, New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown, Melbourne City, and Jamshedpur, but FIFA 22 honours his period at Everton. Cahill spent eight years in Merseyside’s blue half, scoring 56 goals in 226 games and earning player of the year honours in 2004-05.

Diego Milito (88, Serie A)

The Argentine’s international achievements pale in comparison to those of his contemporaries on this list, with only 25 games and four goals. His club career, on the other hand, is a different storey. Milito moved to Italy after 34 goals in 137 games for Racing Club, scoring 57 goals in two spells at Genoa and 62 goals in 128 games for Inter Milan. He won both the Serie A and the Champions League while at the San Siro in 2010, and was awarded man of the match in the latter’s final after scoring twice to defeat Bayern Munich.

Jorge Campos (87, Liga BBVA MX)

Mexico’s greatest goalkeeper has to be considered one of the most eccentric net-minders of all time, alongside Bruce Grobbelaar and Rene Higuita – and it’s nice to see his 1990s achievements gain FIFA 22 recognition. Campos sported bright jerseys, made 130 international appearances, and occasionally played up front, scoring 35 goals in the process. UNAM, LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire, and Puebla are among the clubs on his resume.

Robbie Keane (86, Premier League)

Wolves, Coventry City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, West Ham United, Villa, Celtic: Keane’s lung-busting performances and stunning finishing have made him a fan favourite across the United Kingdom. He’s also quite popular in California, thanks to an 83-goal season with the LA Galaxy. After 146 matches and 68 goals for his country, the brave Irishman retired in 2018 and should be a popular Premier League card in FIFA 22. Will EA, on the other hand, incorporate his signature cartwheel-to-forward-roll goal celebration?

Abedi Pele (89, Ligue 1)

Isn’t that a familiar face? If that’s the case, it’s presumably because Abedi Pele is the father of Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew and Swansea forward Andre Ayew. The former Ghana captain is regarded as one of the best African players of all time, having won the Champions League with Marseille in 1993 after a six-year career with the club during which he scored 23 goals in 112 games. While on loan at Lille, he scored 16 goals in 61 games, and he has also played for Lyon, Torino, and 1860 Munich.

Fernando Morientes (89, La Liga Santander)

The Spaniard’s time at Liverpool won’t be remembered in FIFA 22 – or anywhere else – for long, but it was an outlier in an otherwise stellar career. Morientes won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid, in 1998, 2000, and 2002, and scored 143 goals in 421 games during his career, which also included stops at Zaragoza, Monaco, and Valencia.

Clint Dempsey (85, MLS)

This is a bit of a setback for Fulham supporters. While Demspey’s 50 goals in 189 appearances make him a Craven Cottage icon, FIFA 22 honours his return to the United States in 2013. Following that, he played for the Seattle Sounders and scored 47 goals in 115 games, as well as 57 goals in 141 games for the national team. Demspey and Seattle won the MLS Cup in 2006.

Sami Al-Jaber (86, MBS Pro League)

Al-Jaber was the epitome of a one-club player, appearing for Al-Hilal from 1989 until 2007, with the exception of a four-match loan spell with Wolves in 2000. He scored 204 goals in 376 games for the club where he is still revered, and added 46 more goals in 156 appearances for Saudi Arabia. Al-Jaber played in four World Cups for his country: 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006. He is now the assistant manager of Scottish club Hearts.

List of FIFA 22 Heroes

As of Wednesday, September 29, every player on the FIFA 22 Heroes list is listed below.

  • Sami Al-Jaber (ST, MBS Pro League) – 86
  • Tim Cahill (ST, Premier League) – 85
  • Jorge Campos (GK, Liga BBVA MX) – 87
  • Joe Cole (RW, Premier League) – 87
  • Ivan Cordova (CB, Serie A) – 87
  • Clint Dempsey (CAM, MLS) – 85
  • Antonio Di Natale (ST, Serie A) – 88
  • Jerzy Dudek (GK, Premier League) – 86
  • David Ginola (LM, Ligue 1) – 98
  • Mario Gomez (ST, Bundesliga) – 88
  • Jurgen Kohler (CB, Bundesliga) – 89
  • Freddie Ljungberg (LM, Premier League) – 86
  • Robbie Keane (ST, Premier League) – 86
  • Diego Milito (ST, Bundesliga) – 88
  • Fernando Morientes (ST, La Liga) – 89
  • Aleksandr Mostovoi (CAM, La Liga) – 86
  • Abedi Pele (CAM, Ligue 1) – 89
  • Lars Ricken (CAM, Bundesliga) – 85
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (ST, Premier League) – 86
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FIFA 22 Icons guide: Rooney, Cafu, Casillas, and full FIFA 22 Icons list



FIFA 22 Icons guide

This year, four ‘new’ old names join the FIFA 22 Icons list, including a particular Derby County manager who also happens to be England’s all-time leading goalscorer. The addition of Wayne Rooney, Cafu, Iker Casillas, and Robin van Persie brings the total number of FIFA 22 legends to 105, and we’ve profiled each of them below. The whole FIFA 22 Icons list can be seen further down the page.

FIFA 22 Icons: Cafu (Brazil)

Brazil’s most capped player has played 142 times for his country, seventeen more than fellow FIFA 22 Icon Robert Carlos, who has played 125 times. The battering right-back is the only player in history to have appeared in three World Cup finals in a row, winning in 1994 and 2002 and coming in second in 1998. In Italy, he’s a legend for his dominance with Roma and AC Milan.

FIFA 22 Icons: Iker Casillas (Spain)

This Real Madrid favourite led his country to European Championship gold in 2008 and its first-ever World Cup victory in 2010, keeping five clean sheets in the latter competition. Casillas won the Euros for the second time in 2012, adding to his 167 international caps, five La Liga titles, and three UEFA Champions League championships.

FIFA 22 Icons: Wayne Rooney (England)

As a 77-rated attacking midfielder for Derby County, the long-time Everton and Manchester United fan sneaked into FIFA 21 as a 77-rated attacking midfielder. Rooney, who is now retired (but still manages the Midlands club), receives a significant improvement for FIFA 22, his first year as an Icon. With 53 goals in 120 appearances, Super Wayne is England’s all-time best goalscorer.

FIFA 22 Icons: Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

RVP was a polarising figure in North London after resigning as Arsenal captain to join rivals Manchester United. However, his time at the Emirates remains a highlight of his career. He scored 96 goals in 194 games for Arsenal, as well as 50 goals in 102 appearances for the Dutch national team. However, during his time at United, he won the Premier League in 2012-13.

FIFA 22 Icons: The full FIFA 22 Icons list

The FIFA 22 team consists of 105 players. This is the index of every legend in Ultimate Team, sorted by country.

Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
Diego Maradona (Argentina)
Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)
Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
Javier Zanetti (Argentina)

Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
Cafu (Brazil)
Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
Garrincha (Brazil)
Kaka (Brazil)
Pele (Brazil)
Rivaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Socrates (Brazil)

Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
Davor Suker (Croatia)
Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)

John Barnes (England)
David Beckham (England)
Sol Campbell (England)
Ashley Cole (England)
Rio Ferdinand (England)
Steven Gerrard (England)
Frank Lampard (England)
Gary Lineker (England)
Bobby Moore (England)
Michael Owen (England)
Wayne Rooney (England)
Paul Scholes (England)
Alan Shearer (England)
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Marcel Desailly (France)
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Claude Makelele (France)
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Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Michael Essien (Ghana)
Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
Roy Keane (Ireland)

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Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
Gianfranco Zola (Italy)

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan)
Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
Marc Overmars (Netherlands)
Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
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Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
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George Best (Northern Ireland)
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Eusebio (Portugal)
Luis Figo (Portugal)
Rui Costa (Portugal)
Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
Lev Yashin (Russia)
Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
Nemanja Vidic (Serbia)

Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
Iker Casillas (Spain)
Josep Guardiola (Spain)
Fernando Hierro (Spain)
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Xavi (Spain)

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