FIFA 22 TOTY: Ultimate XI reveal date announced by EA

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Team of the Year will join FIFA 22 Ultimate Team imminently!

At the moment we are ploughing through all the new SBCs and Objectives brought about by the Warmup Series promo, and getting prepared for the main event.

Read on to find out all the latest TOTY news, leaks and rumours.

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Latest news - Ultimate XI coming soon

Now that the voting has closed we are waiting to see who made the final cut.

Thankfully, we needn't wait for long, as EA has announced when the announcement will come!

FIFA 22 TOTY Vote Closed
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NOT LONG NOW - The Team of the Year will be released soon

We don't know a time yet, but on Thursday, 20 January, we will see who makes the Ultimate XI.

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This could be released during the day, or on a loading screen at 1pm ET / 6pm GMT, so keep your eyes peeled.

TOTY vote officially closed

Your time is up! The voting period for Team of the Year in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has finished, which means EA will now be locking in the players for this year's event.

With the votes being counted, the official TOTY stars for 2021 will surely be announced sooner rather than later and hopefully arrive in packs too.

Take a look at the RealSport 101 Writers' Ultimate XI picks.

Team of the Year 2021

The Team of the Year is exactly what it says on the tin, the best performing XI of the past year.

Expect it to include a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders, and three attackers, but not necessarily conforming to their positions.

FIFA 21 TOTY
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BEST OF THE BEST - Expect to see all the big stars included

It will probably also have a 12th man inclusion, which was picked up by Lionel Messi last year.

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There will also be an honourable mentions list, for recognition of players that put in top performances but just didn't make the cut.

When will TOTY start?

As expected, the Team of the Year will come to the game in mid-January.

TOTY Schedule:

  • Friday, 7 January - Forward Nominees revealed
  • Saturday, 8 January - Midfield Nominees revealed
  • Sunday, 9 January - Defender & Goalkeeper Nominees revealed
  • Monday, 10 January - Voting begins
  • Tuesday, 18 January - Voting closes
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  • Thursday, 20 January - TOTY revealed

This suggests that the first Team of the Year cards will arrive in packs on Friday, 21 January, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Attacking Threat

EA pushed a FIFA 22 TOTY loading screen live early in-game, and as a result, we had the full list of Attacker Nominees earlier than expected this year.

You can check out the full list of nominees and your Attacker options for the FIFA 22 TOTY XI below:

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BEST OF THE BEST: Fans will vote between these Attackers to join the FIFA 22 TOTY XI

The usual suspects are involved, with PSG trio Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar all in contention.

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Take a closer look at the TOTY Attacker Nominees.

Midfield Magic

Last year we saw 19 midfielders nominated for a spot in FIFA 21 Team of the Year, with Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, and Joshua Kimmich occupying the three spots in the final XI.

As expected, three Chelsea stars feature with N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mason Mount nominated for this year's XI.

FIFA 22 TOTY midfielders
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There is also a strong showing for the Bundesliga with 7 nominees

English youngsters Phil Foden, Declan Rice, and Jude Bellingham also populate the list although they will be hard pushed to make the final cut.

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Take a look at the official TOTY Midfield Shortlist.

Defensive Dynamos

There are no less than four English defenders nominated for Team of the Year in FIFA 22, although none of them are centre-backs...

Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, and Trent Alexander-Arnold are joined by Newcastle new boy Kieran Trippier on the shortlist.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could be incredible if he makes it into the final XI and we would love to see this happen.

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Take a look at the official TOTY Defender Shortlist.

Super Stoppers

Seven goalkeepers have been nominated for this year's Team of the Year, with Italian giant Gianluigi Donnarumma our favourite for the number one spot.

FUT favourite Mike Maignan is also on the list, and the FUT community certainly could sway the votes in his favour!

Take a look at the official TOTY Goalkeeper Shortlist.