Team of the Year is set to begin this January in FIFA 22. The annual promotion celebrates the best players of the past year in world football, giving them massively upgraded cards in FIFA Ultimate Team and making them the best players available in FUT.
There are numerous players in the TOTY talk, but only 12 can make it in. Here's our prediction for the Team of the Year defenders in FIFA 22.
Here are some of the players we feel deserve a spot in the TOTY backline.
FIFA 22 Team of the Year Defenders Predictions
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
Donnarumma has played well in-between the sticks for both AC Milan early last year and in his debut season for PSG. The Italian also served his country in the Euro 2020 competition, helping them beat England on penalties to win the competition. Chelsea's Edouard Mendy also stands a fair chance, but we're picking Donnarumma for his role in PSG's, Italy's, and even AC Milan's success in 2021.
RB: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
Liverpool's once wonder-kid defender has become one of the best playmaking defenders this decade. TAA has featured in the last few TOTYs in FIFA 22, and we expect him to continue his reign in FIFA 22. Trent provided help for Liverpool's defense while key players were injured for months, all while continuing his brilliance as a playmaker setting up the team's attackers.
LB/RB: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Joao Cancelo has proven to be a valuable addition to Manchester City since his arrival in 2020. With his ability to play on both the left and right, Cancelo is a great ball-playing defender who can help track back and intercept the ball, then connect it back to the midfield and attack. He helped Man City make it to the Champions League final as well as win the Premier League title, so a TOTY card is well deserved for his performances in 2021.
Centerback: Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Ruben Dias has been at Manchester City for less than two years and has already solidified himself as a top defender in the world. A Champions League Final appearance, Premier League title, and massive +6 overall boost from FIFA 21 to FIFA 22 all show how much the defender has approved in his short Premier League stint. Dias and Cancelo both making it into TOTY will be a lethal, endgame perfect link for your defense if you manage to get them both.
Centerback: Marquinhos (PSG)
The final defender is one of the most contentious picks in the defense, but in the end we're choosing Brazil and PSG's Marquinhos. As one of the leaders in the PSG squad, Marquinhos helped his squad in the backline and even midfield in some games. A popular pick among FIFA fans, Marquinhos is a good shout for TOTY, but Antonio Rudiger, Leonardo Bonucci or Giorgio Chiellini are also excellent picks to finish the back four.