When a football club discovers an exciting young talent, he isn’t just handed a place in the starting lineup; he has to earn it. The same applies to the FIFA career mode. To get to the top, you must start from the bottom as a substitute, to a starter, and eventually world-class. The journey could take a while, but it is worth seeing your created player as the highest-rated player in the game. This FIFA 22 Career Mode Guide should hopefully help you breeze through the process.
So you just loaded up Player Career Mode and can’t wait to start for your dream club FC Barcelona. Hold up there! You aren’t going to get many minutes at a club like that with an overall rating of below 70! You will have to start slow and work your way up until your rating is high enough to play at that level. I would advise you to start from the second division in England, The EFL Championship, as this will get you plenty of minutes and keep the manager’s expectations more realistic. After a season, you can transfer to a larger club, then an even bigger club the following season, and so on. If you instead do choose to play for a huge club right from the start, you will probably be loaned out by the manager after a few games.
First of all, you need to cement your place in the starting lineup. To do this, you will need to keep your Manager Rating high. This can be done by completing match objectives – there are three at the start of every match. These vary greatly based on your position, squad role, rating, etc., and are usually composed of tasks such as goal contributions, maintaining a certain percentage of possession, etc. If you complete these, you will be seen by the manager in a good light, who will start putting you in the starting eleven more frequently. In contrast, if you fail to maintain the Manager Rating, you will be reduced to the bench or even worse, loaned out. Another way to improve Manager Rating is to do well in training sessions. You have three in each set, and the higher the grade you achieve, the more you will improve your rating. Once you are regular for your team, you will receive more rewarding objectives.
Additionally, you will receive XP from each completed objective and the training sessions. The higher the grade you accomplish, the more XP you will gain. This is vital to improving your player, which I will discuss soon. Of course, not everyone has the patience to participate in repetitive training sessions every few matches. Thankfully you don’t need to play through them again and again. Instead, once you achieve a high grade, you can simply simulate the session the next time, gaining the same grade and XP as the last time. This saves valuable time and keeps FIFA 22 Career Mode from becoming repetitive.
Using Skill Points
XP is the most significant factor in getting you to the very top. As you gain more and more XP, you will get to level up. This, in turn, provides you with Skill Points. You can use these to grow your player attributes in several categories, such as physical, dribbling, shooting, pace, etc. This will gradually increase your player’s overall rating. These attributes are spread out as a skill tree, as shown in the picture below. So you will have to go in a specific order to complete a particular skill tree. At the end of each skill tree, you have something called the Archetype. This is sort of a super boost to your attribute, which will significantly increase your ratings. Now, which skills should you target first? Well, it depends on your position. Since most people play as forwards, I recommend focusing on your Pace and Shooting traits first. This will get you plenty of goals which are usually your Manager’s Objectives for you.
Additionally, FIFA 22 has also added Perks to the Career Mode. You can activate three of these during a game, giving you a temporary boost in attributes such as Long Range Shots, first touch, etc. You can use these to help you complete your three objectives in each match, which will grant you XP and skill points that you can then invest into further improving your attributes through the skill tree.
Once you are done with your debut season and have achieved a decent rating of, say, 77, you can expect transfer offers to come up to you in the next transfer window. If not, you can hand in a transfer request and see what your manager thinks of it. It’s essential that you consider which club you want to join. Try to make it a top-flight club, regardless of which league it is. Complete a season there, and once your rating hits 83, you can expect some big clubs to start bidding for you. Rinse and repeat and watch as your rating keeps climbing and climbing until you are among the elite few in the world with one above 90.
That’s about it. In summary, these are the things you have to do:
- Start off with a weaker team from a second division.
- Focus on completing the three manager objectives to cement your place in the starting 11 and gain XP points.
- Gain additional XP from getting high grades in Training Sessions
- Level Up and use the earned Skill Points to improve your attributes through the Skill Tree. Focus on trees relevant to your position.
- Activate Perks to help you in completing match objectives and repeat the cycle.
- Steadily work your way to bigger clubs.
How quickly you manage to rise through the ranks depends significantly on your chosen difficulty. It’s easier to complete match objectives, such as scoring a given number of goals if you are playing on semi-pro difficulty, compared to Legendary. So it’s up to you how realistic you want the FIFA 22 Career Mode experience to be.