Football fans traditionally have two Christmases with FIFA games; the first takes place over the standard holiday period with the Winter Wildcards promotion, and the second takes place a few weeks later when the Team of the Year cards are thrown into the mix. Now that Winter Wildcards is done, it’s FIFA 23 TOTY release date season, baby.
Team of the Year cards give you an edge in Ultimate Team modes, as some of the best players in the world are given one big boost in-game. So if you’re already saving packs in anticipation for the FIFA 23 Team of the Year release date, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know.
FIFA 23 TOTY release date
The FIFA 23 TOTY release date is January 20, 2023 – this is when some of the players will first become available in packs. The promo begins with the TOTY attackers, then the midfielders, then the defenders and goalkeeper, before the entire TOTY is thrown into packs.
The full schedule for TOTY can be found below:
- TOTY attackers: January 20-21
- TOTY midfielders: January 22-23
- TOTY defenders: January 24-25
- Full TOTY: January 26
FIFA 23 TOTY vote
Voting for this year’s Team of the Year included 100 nominees. The 12th man vote, which sees one of the players that narrowly missed out get picked by the community to get a blue TOTY card, features Erling Haaland, Federico Valverde, and Joao Cancelo.
You can find a full list of the 100 TOTY nominees right here.
FIFA 23 TOTY cards
For this year’s FIFA 23 TOTY cards, there will be more than just the 12 members of the fan-voted TOTY to obtain. There will also be TOTY Icons. Below you can find full lists for both the TOTY and TOTY Icons lineups.
The full FIFA 23 TOTY XI is:
- De Bruyne
- Eder Militao
- Van Dijk
- 12th man: Erling Haaland, Joao Cancelo, or Federico Valverde
The lineup of FIFA 23 TOTY Icons is:
- Alessandro Nesta
- Andrea Pirlo
- Ashley Cole
- Claude Makélélé
- David Beckham
- Edwin van der Sar
- Gerd Muller
- Hugo Sánchez
- Javier Zanetti
- Nemanja Vidić
- Robert Pirès
- Ruud Gullit
- Xabi Alonso
What is TOTY?
Team of the Year is a promotion that comes to FIFA every single year and it celebrates the best 11 players of the year. The players are voted for by the public and the winners are taken by EA Sports and given a special blue card, complete with stat boosts.
These cards are then added to packs in batches, where players try and snag one or two of them along the way. They are so elusive that players often save up their packs from Divisions Rivals, FUT Champions, and Squad Battles for weeks in advance in the hopes of unpacking one.
EA Sports also adds a twelfth man into the mix in the second week of the promotion, which is determined by fan vote. Last year, this went to Cristiano Ronaldo. These are also supported by Honourable Mentions – players that didn’t quite make the TOTY cut.
If you want to stock up on packs ahead of FIFA 23 TOTY, then either grind some Squad Battles or Division Rivals and save up your rewards, or complete as many SBCs as you can – our FIFA 23 cheapest players guide will help you do that without breaking the bank.