17 Sep 2021 2:36 PM +00:00

FIFA 22 Ones to Watch: Pitch Notes reveal SECRET TRICK to get best OTW

Within the FIFA 22 Ratings drop, EA has given us exciting news about OTW.

Ultimate Team will be the biggest draw in FIFA 22, so these new Pitch Notes are big.

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Find out all you need to know about Ones to Watch below.

Latest - Open your packs early

EA has released new Pitch Notes, and it massively affects OTW.


Some OTW cards will be eligible for a 'Wins to Watch' boost, giving them +1 OVR if their team wins 5 out of their next 10 games.

Mini-releases mean there will be more OTW cards than before, with additional cards coming out on Sunday's to add to the respected OTW teams.

If you have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 22 you are guaranteed a OTW item, and who it could be depends on when you open it.

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We haven't had confirmation on who will be included in what team, but if Messi, Ronaldo and Lukaku make OTW Team 1, you will want to be opening your pack early.

PSG OTW items confirmed

EA has confirmed, via the official FIFA Twitter page, that Messi & a couple of his PSG teammates will have a Ones to Watch card in FUT 22!


Lionel Messi (OVR 93), Gini Wijnaldum (OVR 84) and Achraf Hakimi (OVR 85) will all have a OTW card in FUT 22.

EA released a 'Guaranteed Ones to Watch SBC' at the start of FUT 21, which, if repeated, could well be worth the investment with the incredible cards on offer this year.


Ones to Watch confirmed

EA has confirmed that David Alaba will be a Ones to Watch player for the coming FUT 22 season.

"Arguably Europe’s best and most versatile defender, Alaba will be sporting the Galactico’s shirt this season after a summer move to Real Madrid.
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CONFIRMED - Alaba will be a FUT 22 Ones to Watch star
"If the Austrian defender takes his impressive form from EURO 2020 into La Liga, it’s likely his OTW FUT card will see upgrades and increased ratings throughout the season."

While we don't know his official ratings, we can certainly speculate as we think he will receive an OVR of 84.


FIFA 22 Release Date

The release date for EA's upcoming title has been confirmed, and there is not long to wait!

After months of speculation, EA announced that FIFA 22 will be released on Friday, 1 October 2021.

Early Access will be available from Tuesday, 28 September - with the EA Play Trial going live 10 days before release.

New OTW upgrade system

Ones to Watch cards have featured in the past couple of Ultimate Team seasons, and they will be back again in FUT 22.

If you are not sure how they work, then take a look at EA's summary below as there are some changes to the previous editions.

"As players show off their skills on the pitch for their new club, their Ones To Watch item will upgrade when they receive a performance-based in-form item such as Team of the Week and Man of the Match.
"New in FUT 22, OTW items will also be eligible for a ‘Wins to Watch’ upgrade, a one-time +1 In-Form boost if a team wins five matches out of their next ten domestic league games starting from October 1!"

Confirmed as OTW

EA has confirmed the following players as One to Watch, with more likely to be announced before release.

Lionel Messi (OTW 93)

The GOAT. Lionel Messi has taken up pastures new in Paris, and EA saw fit to give him an early FUT promo.

He was already going to be a top target for many players, and this will make him even more popular.

Cristiano Ronaldo (OTW 91)

Also the GOAT. Does that even work?


He's back. Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford.

Another massively popular player in FUT, EA has spoilt us by including these two greats within the first promo of the season.

Romelu Lukaku (OTW 88)

Brought in to take European champions, Chelsea, to the next level, Romelu Lukaku is the goal machine they lacked last campaign.

Look out for a front two of Lukaku and Ronaldo tearing up defences in the opening weeks.

Achraf Hakimi (OTW 85)

The second of three PSG stars, Hakimi's lightning pace of 95 had already earmarked him as an early FUT favourite.

His Morrocan nationality will make it hard to link him with top talent from other leagues, but there is plenty to choose from in Ligue 1 so it should be too much of a hindrance.


Georginio Wijnaldum (OTW 84)

The final PSG player confirmed - for now - as a OTW.

Wijnaldum is a strong all-round midfielder, with just enough pace to mean he is going to see use in the middle of the park.


Jack Grealish (OTW 84)

Man City's £100 million man Jack Grealish is already contributing with goals and assists in a side scoring for fun.

He will be a terrific OTW player in FUT 22.


David Alaba (OTW 84)

The first confirmed of the OTW bunch.

Real Madrid new boy David Alaba looked to be the only new arrival for Los Blancos until Eduardo Camavinga signed on Deadline Day.


Ibrahima Konate (OTW ??)

Brought in to back up an injury-prone Liverpool defence, we have confirmation that he will get a OTW card, but we are yet to see any of his stats.


Take a look at who we think could feature in the promo next season after one of the most outrageous transfer windows of all time.

Sergio Aguero (OTW 87)

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CLINICAL - Aguero can be top-class when fit

Pressure has been mounted on Sergio Aguero to score the goals following the mass exodus of attacking talent in Barcelona this summer.


Jadon Sancho (OTW 87)

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SUPERSTAR - Sancho has bags of ability and age on his side

England winger Jadon Sancho produced some incredible numbers during his time in the Bundesliga, but can he produce that quality in the Premier League?


Raphael Varane (OTW 86)

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WINNER - Varane has won trophies throughout his career

Ronaldo and Sancho... what a window for Man Utd. What do you mean there's more? World Cup winner Raphael Varane has also signed as the Red Devils hope to push for trophies!


Memphis Depay (OTW 85)

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FREESTYLER - Depay has hit the ground running at Barcelona

Another of Barcelona's free transfers, Memphis Depay and Aguero could form a deadly partnership upfront.


Antoine Griezmann (OTW 85)

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POINT TO PROVE - Griezmann will hope he can show his best form

Antoine Griezmann has gone back to Atletico Madrid and he will hope to put his Barcelona nightmare behind him.

With a point to prove and Luis Suarez beside him, can he help Atletico to retain their title?


Eduardo Camavinga (OTW 78)

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FUTURE GALACTICO - Camavinga will hope to prove a future superstar

A massive move for the youngster, could we see Eduardo Camavinga feature alongside teammate Alaba as a OTW card?

Odsonne Edouard (OTW 75)


Coming in from Celtic, Odsonne Edouard made an instant impact off the bench on his debut, netting twice.

He could be just the man Crystal Palace were in need of, after lacking a goalscorer for many seasons.

Other noteable summer transfers:

  • Sergio Ramos - PSG
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma - PSG
  • Saul Niguez - Chelsea
  • Andre Silva - RB Leipzig
  • Marcel Sabitzer - Bayern Munich
  • Dayot Upamecano - Bayern Munich
  • Leon Bailey - Aston Villa