To paraphrase Sir Alex Ferguson, attack wins you games, defence wins you titles, and in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, goalkeepers need to be invincible. Although in the last game, of course, they just had to be Nick Pope.
Once you have a good goalkeeper in FIFA, it’s easy to forget about them. They stop everything that you think they should stop, and it probably isn’t their fault when they concede. But you definitely notice a bad goalkeeper: they flap at crosses, they can’t protect their near posts, and they get lobbed all the time. Get him out of there!
Fortunately, FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has plenty of strong options to place between the sticks. Look through our guide on the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers below, and you should find a healthy mixture of top leagues and nationalities to fit every squad and chemistry requirement. We’ve also thrown in a couple of Icons. They will be pricey for the first few months, but if they do their job well, then you may never need to replace them.
Here are the best goalkeepers in FIFA 22:
- Ederson (Brazil): The missing piece of the puzzle in the Early Pep Years, Emerson is a solid choice thanks to his Comes for Crosses and Rushes out of Goal traits.
- Hugo Lloris (France): Rarely the highest rated, this World Cup winner is a reliable FIFA 22 keeper with good traits who is more affordable at most. The best mid-tier option.
- Alisson (Brazil): One of the most influential keepers in Liverpool’s history, winning the Champions League and the Premier League. He even scored a crucial headed goal last season. And he has quite the beard.
- Nick Pope (England): Weirdley overpowered in the last game, Pope will be overpriced in FIFA 22, but his 6’7″ frame is great against lobs, and he has the useful Saves with Feet trait.
- Martin Dubravka (Slovakia): An underrated keeper destined for ridicule after an amazing own goal at Euro 2020, Dubravka is a great option for a starter squad, even compared to Kasper Schmeichel or Bernd Leno.
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy): PSG’s business in the summer was so absurd that getting the Euro 2020-winning Italian keeper on a Bosman was a footnote. Fantastic in-game with Rushes out of Goal and Comes for Crosses traits.
- Keylor Navas (Costa Rica): Only worth considering if you’re doing a Ligue 1 squad due to his nation links, Navas is a solid keeper.
- Thibaut Courtois (Belgium): The former Chelsea man has a lower rating than Oblak, but his height gives him the edge facing lobbed shots.
- Jan Oblak (Slovenia): Atletico Madrid’s 6’2″ Slovenian stopper is one of the highest-rated keepers in the game, with fantastic base stats, although he only has the Comes for Crosses trait.
- Manuel Neuer (Germany): “Manu could play in midfield,” Pep Guardiola once claimed, so naturally he has the Comes for Crosses, Rushes out of Goal, and Leadership traits. The best Bundesliga option.
- Yann Sommer (Switzerland): Often dismissed as SBC fodder, Sommer is a decent mid-price option (as is Peter Gulacsi) if you don’t want to tie up all your coins in Neuer. Then when you outgrow him, he’ll be, uh, good SBC fodder.
- Koen Casteels (Belgium): If you want someone reliable for your starter squad, you could do worse than Casteels, who is 6’6″ and perfectly serviceable.
- Samir Handanovic (Slovenia): There must be something in the water in Slovenia. While his countryman Jan Oblak keeps Atletico at the top of LaLiga, Samir is currently basking in his first Serie A title with Inter. Lacks traits but with Donnarumma gone to PSG, he’s the best choice.
- Mike Maignan (France): Donnarumma’s replacement is more than a Danny Aarons meme. The likely recipient of some in-forms this cycle, his French/Serie A links make him great for hybrid squads.
- Lev Yashin (Russia): In life he was the “Black Spider”, but in FIFA he’s “The Goalkeeper With The Hat”. His Base Icon doesn’t have a hat, but it does have superb stats and universal Icon chemistry.
- Peter Schmeichel (Denmark): Icons will be expensive for a few months, but if you get the Great Dane out of an Icon SBC pack, hang onto him. He’s solid in goal and his Icon chemistry means he works in any team.
So there you have it, our best FIFA 22 goalkeeper recommendations. The men between the sticks keep your games flowing, so don’t skimp on costs if you’re looking to grind the Division Rivals rewards and conquer the Weekend League.