Marc-Andre ter Stegen played a pivotal role.
Since the inception of FIFA Ultimate Team, Team Of The Year (TOTY) has always been one of the most hyped promos.
TOTY is an annual celebration of the footballing elite, where the best-performing players from the previous year are honoured with special in-game cards of heightened attributes.
These virtual cards, adorned with a distinctive blue colour scheme, become highly coveted by Ultimate Team players for their superior stats, making them coveted assets in building formidable squads.
Although the franchise has been rebranded EA FC, Team Of The Year remains and for the first time, there will be a Women’s TOTY.
It is heavily rumoured that the promo will arrive on January 19, 2024, and with that said, let’s take a look at the players predicted to be in the coveted teams.
The Team Of The Year has always been one of EA’s top promos in FIFA Ultimate Team, which is now rebranded EA FC.
However, it is always difficult to predict which players will make it since the criteria is based on performances throughout 2023.
This is made more difficult by the fact that gamers have a say in the selection, meaning some players are chosen based on how meta they are in-game.
Nevertheless, we look at a predicted starting 11 that will turn blue as part of TOTY.
Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
During the triumphant 2023 season for Barcelona, the team showcased an outstanding defensive performance by conceding merely 20 goals against LaLiga opponents.
This defensive prowess not only secured them the top spot in Europe’s top five leagues but also positioned them just two goals shy of breaking LaLiga’s record for the lowest number of goals conceded in a single season, which stands at 18.
The linchpin behind his team’s defensive solidity, Marc-Andre ter Stegen played a pivotal role.
The German shot-stopper concluded the season with an impressive 27 clean sheets, topping the charts across Europe.
Despite a slight downturn in Barcelona’s performance during the initial stages of the 2023/2024 season, ter Stegen continues to excel as a standout performer.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Ruben Dias, Theo Hernandez
Anticipate defensive surprises in the EA FC 24 Team of the Year.
AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez has blossomed into a football maestro, resembling a fine wine maturing with time.
As he approaches his prime, his standout performances in 2023 not only designate him as Milan’s linchpin but also firmly establish him among the world’s top left-backs.
The rest of the defensive lineup is poised to be predominantly filled by Premier League talents.
Despite the murmurs of Premier League bias, Manchester City’s triumphant treble in the 2023 season demands recognition.
Expect the likes of Ruben Dias and potentially John Stones to feature in the TOTY.
Nonetheless, the inclusion of Virgil van Dijk seems likely, considering the proclivity of EA FC 24 players to vote for meta players in the TOTY.
After a poor start to the 2022/23 season, Trent Alexander-Arnold proved himself as the world’s best right-back in 2023 and is a possibility in the TOTY.
Midfielders: Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Jude Bellingham
First and foremost, it’s impossible not to highlight Jude Bellingham’s stellar performance.
Since his blockbuster move to Real Madrid, the midfielder has showcased exceptional form, making him a strong contender for the EA FC 24’s TOTY.
While his contributions at Borussia Dortmund were commendable, his impact has soared to new heights at Madrid, substantiated by his goal-scoring prowess.
Acknowledging the quieter but crucial role, Rodri emerges as the unsung hero of Manchester City’s triumphant 2023 treble-winning season.
Despite lacking the flashiness of some players, Rodri’s unparalleled work rate, both on and off the ball, solidifies his significance to the team.
In a similar vein, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri’s teammate, is poised for inclusion in the TOTY, even though he has missed a lot of the 2023/24 season.
This attests to the exceptional form he displayed during Manchester City’s dominant 2023 campaign.
Attackers: Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have emerged as the dynamic attacking duo, supplanting Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the central figures in European football.
While it is unknown if they will replicate the exact accomplishments of their predecessors, the impressive goal-scoring performances by Mbappe and Haaland throughout 2023 position them as strong contenders for the EA FC 24’s Team of the Year.
Messi’s inclusion in the TOTY is a bit more difficult, considering his World Cup victory was in 2022 and his subsequent move to the MLS.
Whether attributed to a sense of nostalgia, his domination in a new chapter in the US, or his record-setting eighth Ballon d’Or win in 2023, dismissing Messi from contention would be unwise.
For the first time in Ultimate Team history, there will be a Women’s Team Of The Year.
It is a groundbreaking development, given that female players have only just been introduced in EA FC 24.
These players will receive insane boosted cards, and be considered the best in the game, and deservedly so after performing exceptionally in the women’s game throughout 2023.
Here is a predicted women’s TOTY that is sure to give gamers a difficult choice when looking to improve their Ultimate Team.
Goalkeeper: Mary Earps
Commencing with the goalkeeper role, the top contender is Manchester United’s Mary Earps.
Recognised as one of the premier goalkeepers in women’s football, Earps enjoyed a stellar year.
Although her England side narrowly lost to Spain in the Women’s World Cup, Earps won the Golden Glove award.
She also clinched BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for her outstanding contributions to both club and country.
Defenders: Ona Batlle, Mapi Leon, Wendie Renard, Fridolina Rolfo
A lot of Barcelona players are expected to be in the Women’s Team Of The Year and among them are defensive trio Ona Batlle, Mapi Leon and Fridolina Rolfo.
Barcelona triumphed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and Liga F.
For Batlle, she also secured the Women’s World Cup with Spain.
The fourth defensive prediction is France’s Wendie Renard.
In the realm of women’s French football, Lyon stands out as the dominant force, effortlessly clinching the double.
The team’s defence, conceding a mere nine goals in the 2022/23 season, rightfully garners praise.
Renard is a stalwart in the Lyon defence and has consistently earned acclaim by securing a spot in every FIFPRO World 11 since its inception in 2020.
Although now aged 33, this remarkable record may inevitably have a limited lifespan, but for the present moment, she will likely maintain her 100% inclusion in the prestigious lineup.
Midfielders: Lena Oberdorf, Aitana Bonmati, Patri Guijarro
One of the most promising young talents in women’s football, Wolfsburg’s defensive midfielder Lena Oberdorf, stands out at just 22 years old.
As a German CDM, she is recognised as one of the premier holding midfielders in the game.
Despite experiencing two runner-up finishes in the Frauen-Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League Final, Oberdorf’s stellar performances warrant her inclusion in the Team Of The Year.
Barcelona is predicted to dominate the midfield, with Aitana Bonmati guaranteed to make it into the TOTY.
In addition to her team triumphs for both club and country, Bonmati also won the 2023 Ballon d’Or Feminin in 2023.
Her substantial contributions in terms of goals and assists across each campaign make her a top contender for the highest-rated player in the Women’s TOTY, with an anticipated outstanding card.
While Alexia Putellas is a strong contender to make it into TOTY, Patri Guijarro might just pip her to the third midfield spot.
Instrumental in Barcelona’s triumphs in 2023, Guijarro showcased her skills by providing numerous assists.
Attackers: Kadidiatou Diani, Sam Kerr, Salma Paralluelo
Although Barcelona’s Caroline Hansen is a viable TOTY option, Kadidiatou Diani had a better individual season.
She excelled in every competition, participating in twice as many matches as Hansen.
Diani’s impressive display earned her a move to Lyon, winners of the D1 Arkema for two consecutive years.
In the realm of women’s football, one of the standout game-changers is Sam Kerr, consistently dominating with her goal-scoring prowess and accumulating titles in the WSL.
Kerr won the league with Chelsea and helped Australia to a fourth-place finish in the Women’s World Cup.
Being the runner-up for the Ballon d’Or Feminin further boosts Kerr’s chances of making it into TOTY.
Barcelona sensation Salma Paralluelo is also predicted to be in the Women’s TOTY.
Remarkably finishing third in the Ballon d’Or Feminin rankings at a mere 19 years of age, 2023 marked Paralluelo’s breakout year.
The Barcelona and Spain star achieved an unprecedented feat, winning every possible accolade throughout the year.
Team Of The Year remains one of the gaming title’s top promotions, with gamers saving their packs and hard-earned coins in a bid they obtain one of these rare items.
With the addition of a Women’s TOTY, there are more opportunities to improve your team.
Rumoured to release on January 19, 2024, it will be interesting to see which men and women will make into their respective teams.