EA SPORTS are expected to reveal FIFA 22 changes at EA Play Live in July, but FIFA 22 leaks have beaten them to the punch as details have been spilled on gameplay, FUT Champs Weekend League, and custom tactics.
The next installment of the FIFA series is expected to drop this Holiday season as previous titles have in the past.
As players look forward to getting their hands on Ultimate Team and other modes early, via Early Access or the beta, one reliable leaker has broken silence on a whole host of things that are set to change. Usually, when signing up to a beta version, an agreement is made between the publisher/developer and creators to not show off content early – but each year there’s always somebody who steps over the mark.
On June 23, around a month before EA’s big FIFA 22 showcase, KingLangpard has posted a load of new leaked content.
The Twitch streamer has been teasing new info on his timeline for some time now, previously hinting at some changes to FUT Champs Weekend League’s format for qualification.
First up, the game menu was leaked – showing off the FIFA 22 beta logo in the top left corner.
Quick look at the game menu! 😍
What do you think of this design?
— FIFA 22 News & Leaks (@KingLangpard) June 23, 2021
Gameplay and custom tactics
After running a poll on whether or not he should leak gameplay or custom tactics details next, Langpard’s fans decided gameplay was the priority to learn about next.
However, in the comments, Langpard did confirm custom tactics have experienced a “good bit of change” since FIFA 21.
Good bit of change 👌
— KingLangpard (@KingLangpard) June 23, 2021
In the tweets that followed, Langpard revealed what’s included in the beta so far in terms of gameplay changes.
He said: “Player Switching: When defending, pressing R3 lets you choose between 3 of the closest players and they all have an arrow set for the direction you flick R3 towards Can still also use R1 or flick the right stick as normal.
“2nd man press: It is nerfed a bit, there’s a little green arrow above the player that is 2nd man pressing and it depletes quickly (3-4 seconds max), soon as it depletes the player’s press isn’t as intense and basically non-existent, also pulls your player out of position.”
On June 26, 2021, @FUTZONECENTRAL seemed to confirm Langpard’s earlier comment about a “good bit of change” coming by Tweeting out what they claimed was leaked info on FIFA 22: players finally being given the ability to customize their offensive tactics.
Here’s apparently how tactics work in #FIFA22:
You can customise your offensive tactics 👀
– Build up Play ( Balanced , Slow Build up, Fast Build up , Long Ball)
– Chance Creation ( Balanced , Possession , Forward Runs , Direct Passing )
– No change on defensive tactics ❌ pic.twitter.com/R2ORLE1uU8
— FUTZone | #FIFA22 News (@FUTZONECENTRAL) June 26, 2021
Areas like how your team builds up play and creates chances with passing and runs will all be directly customizable by players. Unfortunately, while there’ll be many more options on the offensive side of the ball, FIFA 22 won’t see a similar feature for defensive tactics.
FIFA 21 meta leaks
The meta is always an ever-changing debate in FIFA 22, with certain tactics giving players an advantage in-game. This time, it looks like headers are back with a bang in the beta.
One of the meta formations in previous years has been the 4-3-2-1, where players can move around wingers into forward positions to get pace into their most offensive positions. In FIFA 22, though, it looks as if that formation and others like it are set to change.
According to ChampVG, the three forwards will now be CF positions, meaning strikers can be put into those slots with position change cards, but no longer wingers.
FIFA 22 leak: LF & RF positions in formations like 4-3-2-1 will apparently change to CF
— FIFA 22 News (@UltimateTeamUK) June 27, 2021
FIFA 22 heatmaps and expected goals
In a series of other leaks, it looks as if heatmaps will be introduced in FIFA 22, giving players another layer of stats analysis to look at for each player on the pitch.
Not only that, but the infamous ‘expected goals’ will be added to player and team stats.
New & Updated heat maps are in FIFA 22.❗️❗️❗️
— KingLangpard (@KingLangpard) June 26, 2021
Instead of wearing just the basic shirt and shorts attire before matches, players will reportedly wear tracksuits for club and country – according to leaked images.
NEW ON #FIFA22 👀
Players will wear team jumpers when lining up 🙌
— FUTZone | #FIFA22 News (@FUTZONECENTRAL) June 26, 2021
FUT Champs format
Back on April 29, KingLangpard also revealed a format change for Weekend League.
In the new format, he claims there will be less than 30 games to play and qualification will be required every week. They posted: “Weekend League Qualification required every week. 5 games to play, need to win three or more for qualification. Can only enter three times in a week.”
🎙 From @KingLangpard: “Weekend League Qualification required every week. 5 games to play, need to win 3 or more for qualification. Can only enter 3 times a week.”
— FIFA 22 News (@UltimateTeamUK) April 29, 2021
This is a familiar format, of course, in terms of qualifying – used in previous games as a mini tournament to enter. Though, the shift towards a lower amount of games than 30 will be a welcome one for players.
FIFA 22 FUT Champs rewards
If this turns out to be accurate, there may never be a more important time to climb the ranks in FUT Champs than in FIFA 22. We’ll have to wait and see how it all shapes up.
FIFA 22 ICONs leaks
Abedi Ayew Pele played for all the seemingly random clubs that got added to the code today 🤔
— FUT Watch (@FutWatch) June 29, 2021
On June 29 FUTWatch (part of the Dexerto Network) discovered what looks like a bunch of random clubs hidden away in the code of a FIFA 21 update, but meant for the next game. From these seemingly random clubs they were able to come up with some likely candidates for FIFA 22 ICONS. These can be seen below:
- Abedi Pele
- Jerzy Dudek
- Joe Cole
- Tim Cahill
- Robbie Keane
Nine players were potentially leaked before FUTWatch’s leaks for the FIFA 22 ICONs list, seen below:
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Iker Casillas
- Cha Bum-Kun
- Diego Forlan
- Park Ji Sung
- Wesley Sneijder
- Jaap Stam
- Robin Van Persie
- Mario Gomez
- Luis Fabiano
A number of new stadium leaks have been revealed so far, including the following:
- Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles FC
- Estádio da Luz – Benfica
- Estádio do Dragão – Porto
- Estadio Ramón de Carranza – Cadiz FC
- Schüco Arena – DSC Arminia Bielefeld
- El Sadar – Osasuna
New leagues and teams have also been rumored for inclusion, including the following:
- Go Ahead Eagles
- Apoel FC
- G.D. Estoril Praia
- Altay SK
- Adana Demirspor
- FC U Craiova 1948
- FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
- Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio
- FC Presnya Moscow
- CIS national football team
- ATK Football Club
- Concordia Knurow
- Real Tamale United
- AS Dragons FC de l’Ouémé
- RC Paris
- B. Dortmund II
- SC Freiburg II
- Sutton United
- Radomiak Radom
- SC Toulon
- FC Vizela
- FC Mulhouse
- Hangzhou Greentown
- GKS Tychy
- Quevilly Rouen
- Al Tai
- Tampa Bay Rowdies
- RFC Seraing
- Itagui Leones FC
- CS Mioveni
- Viborg FF
- Austria Klagenfurt
- Ferencvarosi TC
- Wrexham AFC
- Union SG
- Hajduk Split
- FC Rapid 1923
- Grasshopper Club