The best FIFA 22 meta players, tactics and formations
Calling yourself a FIFA 22 meta player is rarely welcome on social media, but it’s certainly a way to stay in regular division rivals and the weekend league. FIFA 22’s sweaty maps and strategies are making a difference online, and you’ll find everything you need to keep up with the masses on that front. We’ve got the sneakiest tactics, most successful formations, and OP players – including an affordable but solid Ligue 1 formation – in your FIFA 22 meta guide.
FIFA 22 Meta Players
Goalkeepers have improved a lot this year, which makes them generally more reliable, but two factors in particular define their individual popularity: size (tall goalkeepers are particularly good at crosses and shots to the top corners) and the “save with feet” trait (which helps them block close-range or one-on-one bounces).
As with FIFA 21, Nick Pope (Burnley, 83) is a hugely popular selection there – he has the ‘save with feet’ trait to go with his 6ft 6in frame, and can be had for around 1 600 pieces. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris SG, 89) is also popular for his exploits at Euro 2020. The king of Italy between the sticks is 6ft 5in and although he doesn’t have the ‘save with feet’ trait , two others make him imperious on high balls and one-on-ones: “comes for crosses” and “rushes out of goal”.
Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. No matter how hard EA tries to mitigate the effect of individual speed, it remains the priority for most competitive FUT teams.
At the back, that means the two fastest gold cards are the ones you regularly come across online: Alphonso Davies (LB, FC Bayern, 82) has a mind-boggling speed rating of 97, while Achraf Hakimi (RB, Paris SG, 85) has 95 in the same department. If Hakimi’s 11,500 coin price tag puts you off, try Ryan Fredericks (RB, West Ham, 76). It costs 1,300 coins and is usable in any side any sweaty EPL.
80 is the magic number for pace when it comes to CBs, and that means Eder Militao (Real Madrid, 82) is among the list of central defensive possibilities. His base gold card offers 83 pace, 83 defense, and 82 physical. Green links to Donnarumma and Hakimi also make the meta for Marquinhos (Paris SG, 87) and Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SG, 83), even if the former costs you 22,500 coins. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try Jason Denayer (OL, 80)
As always, the most powerful midfield couple in the game is arguably the most expensive. N’golo Kante (CDM, Chelsea, 90) costs you 57,000 coins at the time of writing, while Paul Pogba (CM, Manchester United, 87) requires another 22,000. With ratings of 82 in defense and 87 in physicality, a cheaper alternative – but still OP – is Franck Kessie (CDM, Milan, 84).
On the outside, Speed is again key in the meta, alongside minimal four-star skill moves and a four-star week foot. Vinicius Jr (LW, Real Madrid, 80) makes a common choice on the left, with 95 pace, five-star SM and four-star WF. Ousmane Dembele (RW, Barcelona, 83) is equally effective on the opposite flank, delivering 93 pace and five WF and SM stars.
Tired of playing against Timo Werner (ST, Chelsea, 84) online? Me too, or at least I was until I packed it up and realized it was worth it. Ratings of 91 pace, 81 shooting, and 82 dribbling make him the most meta attacking card in FIFA 22, and he definitely feels OP. Dropping 5,500 coins on German is good value at this point in the cycle.
EPL teams using two central strikers often pair Werner with Jamie Vardy (ST, Leicester, 86) – although you have to cough up 14K for his card. Although they don’t offer green links to Werner, more affordable OP alternatives include Wissam Ben Yedder (ST, Monaco, 84), Joao Felix (CF, Atletico Madrid, 83) and Inaki Williams (ST, Athletic Bilbao, 81).
FIFA 22 Meta Formations
Two setups stand out if you’re looking for a full but generally OP approach: 4-2-2-2 and 4-1-2-1-2 (2).
Either way, you want two full-backs with 90+ pace in order to both support attacks and break back in defence, while one striker needs to be fast (85+ pace) and the other powerful ( physics of 80+).
The main difference between these two formations lies in the midfield. The 4-2-2-2 offers more defensive sturdiness, as you have two players sitting in front of your back-four – but there is also width to offer, with both CAMs drifting wide so to build attacks.
4-1-2-1-2 (2) is more suited to those who like to pass the ball through the center of the park and get shots away from inside and around the edge of the box – your only CAM is going to need solid shooting, passing, and dribbling stats to make this setup thrive.
For additional effective strategies, head over to GR’s FIFA 22 Formations Guide.
FIFA 22 Meta Tactics
After experimenting with various community suggestions throughout the season, I’m having the most success in Division Rivals with a 4-1-2-1-2(2) setup created by Reddit user FutureFC (opens in a new tab). The basics are covered below – click that link if you need a breakdown of what each individual setting does.
- Defensive Style – Press after loss of possession
- Width – 45
- Depth – 65
- Build the Game – / Balanced
- Luck Creation – Direct Pass
- Width – 45
- Boxed Players – 5
- Coins – 2 Free
- Kicks – 2
Instructions for the player:
- GK – Sweeper Keeper / Come for the Crosses
- CB – Default
- RB/LB – Stay Back / Overlap
- CDM – Cut passing lanes / Stay back / Cover center
- LCM – Stay Back
- RCM – No Instructions
- CAM – No Instructions
- Fastest ST – Stay Center / Stay Behind
- Mighty ST – Stay Central / Mixed
FIFA 22 Meta Team
Looking to build an OP startup team that brings together all of the above? Try out this all-gold base Ligue 1 squad, then build it up until you have enough funds for PSG stars like Mbappe, Neymar and Messi. All prices are correct on PlayStation from Thursday, April 7.
- GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris SG, 89) – 39,500 coins
- RB: Achraf Hakimi (Paris SG, 85) – 11,500 coins
- Credit card: Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SG, 83) – 5,300 pieces
- DC: Jason Denayer (OL, 80) – 1,300 coins
- LB: Nuno Mendes (Paris SG, 78) – 700 pieces
- CDM: Renato Sanches (LOSC, 80) – 1,300 coins
- MG: Jonathan Bamba (LOSC, 80) – 1,100 coins
- RM: Gelson Martins (Monaco, 78) – 1,000 coins
- CAM: Georginio Wijnaldum (Paris SG, 84) – 6,000 pieces
- ST: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco, 84) – 6,400 pieces
- ST: Andy Delort (OGC Nice, 81) – 700 pieces
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