The next FIFA 22 promo is here — EA SPORTS are set to unveil the new Road to the Knockouts team in Ultimate this week, boasting live FUT player cards from the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League.
EA SPORTS has pulled the trigger on their European-themed promo earlier, doing away with the old “Road to the Finals” promo in favor of something fresh in FIFA 22.
This time, we’re charting the path of all the world’s most famous players as they battle their way through three European competitions for a spot in the knockout stages. This will include heavyweight teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool in the Champions League, as well as lower competitions.
Even the newly-formed Conference League will be included too.
Considering all the stars in these European leagues, the Road to the Knockouts Ultimate Team promo team should be absolutely mouthwatering.
FIFA 22 Road to the Knockouts cards revealed
🏆 Road to the 𝙆𝙣𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙨 🏆
-Earn upgrades if the players' clubs reach the Knockout Stage of their European competition 📈
-Get a potential second ratings boost if they win 3️⃣ of their next 4️⃣ Group Stage matches ⏫
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 15, 2021
Road to the Knockouts start date
The latest FIFA 22 event, Road to the Knockouts, is just around the corner; Dexerto can reveal EA SPORTS is preparing to drop a batch of live European cards in Ultimate Team on Friday, October 15 to kick-start the promo.
Early Road to the Knockouts leaks
It’s been all quiet on the social media front regarding “Road to the Knockout” leaks so far, and that’s not surprising — up until EA updated the FUT loading screen at the start of the promo, the FIFA 22 community didn’t even realize the event was on the way. Expect to see more UCL cards slip through the cracks soon though.
Our dataminer, @FutWatch, will be digging through the code too.
In more recent days, we’ve got our hands on the first Road to the Knockout leaks via the Ultimate Team promo screens.
The updated loading screen shows three cards, one from each of the European competitions, as well as small tidbits about each of the special players that are set to be revealed within the next 24 hours. These include a high-rated UCL card and a fast-paced Conference star.
FUT loading screen clues
- Europea League card, Striker, 83 dribbling
- Champions League card, 88-rated, 85 shooting
- Conference card, 90 pace, 82 physical
The popular consensus in FIFA 22 circles is that these three promo players will be Jamie Vardy, Leon Goretzka, and Rick Karsdorp from Roma.
FIFA 22 RTTK card designs
What we have already been given clue-wise is the usual FUT loading screen update, which depicts cards for the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League. That does suggest we’ll see special cards from each.
If EA SPORTS sticks to their usual tune, these cards should be similar to the Road to the Final cards from past FIFA titles, though with a slight spin on them.
How will FIFA 22’s RTTK cards work?
Dexerto understands these Road to the Knockouts cards will work similarly to other live Ultimate Team upgrade cards from FIFAs past.
So far, EA SPORTS has unveiled two ways to upgrade the special cards. The first is relatively simple; their real-life club must simply “qualify for the knockout stage in current competition,” so the Champions League player can only be upgraded via a top-two finish in their group. The second boost comes via victories — “three wins in next four group stage matches” is enough for an in-form style upgrade.
In FIFAs past, RTTF cards also had these breakpoints:
- Qualify for:
- Knockout stage (+1 to +3)
- Round of 16 (+1 to +3)
- Quarter-Finals (+1 to +2)
- Semi-Finals (+1)
- Final (+1)
- Europa / Champions League winner (+1)
Whether these will remain the same in FIFA 22 remains to be seen, for now.
Our Road to the Knockouts predictions
The new European promo in FIFA 22 could have any number of thousands of players competing across the three continental competitions, so that makes predictions hard. That said, EA SPORTS are fairly predictable in the special cards they pick, so we can make an educated guess on some players.
Here’s a dozen we think will be included:
- Presnel Kimpembe — PSG
- Dani Olmo — Red Bull
- Frenkie de Jong — Barcelona
- Trent Alexander Arnold — Liverpool
- Mason Mount — Chelsea
- Jude Bellingham — Dortmund
- Ruben Dias — Manchester City
- Karl Toko Ekambi — Lyon
- Marcos Llorente — Atlético Madrid
- Jadon Sancho — Manchester United
- Angel Di Maria — PSG
- Gelson Martins — Monaco
And our loading screen leak predictions:
- Jamie Vardy — Leicester City
- Leon Goretzka — Bayern Munich
- Rick Karsdorp — Roma
So there you have it — everything we know about FIFA 22’s Road to the Knockout promo. Remember, this will include rare cards from the Champions League, Europa League, and more, so it will be a cracker.
We’ll keep you updated on all the latest developments right here.